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How To Read More (And Love Reading) in 2021

Did you make a resolution to read more but don’t seem to have time? Well don’t worry your big sister is here with advice you will love *I hope*

  1. Read in bed before you sleep – Once Upon A Time I was that girl that would say I was sleeping only to spend an hour on Twitter (okay you got me, I meant to say Pinterest ) and that mobile light would disrupt my sleep after all I spend a whole day on my computer because of my job and now school . I like to give my eyes a break so I go to bed with a book.
  2. Embrace audiobooks- Last year I struggled with audiobooks but I started the year repeating ” I will love audiobooks” mantra and so far so good. I listen to audiobooks doing chores, doing work, working out and I am loving them so far
  3. Join a book club: Being in a book club is super cool as you are surrounded with people like you and the discussions may enlighten you and offer a different perspective
  4. Set a reading challenge for yourself: You can even do one with Goodreads by deciding on how many books you want to read in a year
  5. Read what you like : You don’t have to read a genre you don’ like because it’s on the bestseller list

How many books do you want to read in 2021?

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Three Lessons from Joyce Meyer’s Eat The Cookie…Buy The Shoes

The title itself has me craving cookies because hmm who doesn’t love cookies *not me*. I read Joyce Meyer’s book last year but I am ready for a re-read *wink wink* and these are the lessons that I took from it

  1. Anci celebrate small wins

So I have been waiting to get to 1K to celebrate my Instagram page and because I am not there yet I am a tad bit in a comparison rut with bookstagram and seeing all the things I fail at because I am a crazy person. I am now going to celebrate small wins with a cookie (or two)

2. Spoil Anci

Okay so when you are single you have this notion that you can’t buy a house, go out to dinner, and travel because you don’t have a man *I am looking at you*. Realizing that God wants me to enjoy my life and not wish that I could have traveled, ordered prawns, and gone house hunting.

3. Not Feeling Guilty For Splurging

I have kicked myself in the buttocks every time I splurged on cookies after a week of working out because if you have ever followed some fitness influencers they tell you about clean eating all the time and I found myself hating myself for eating one cookie

Don’t forget to eat the cookie and buy the shoes (also follow me on Twitter/IG @heyanci)

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My Favorite Books By Africans On Money

Raise your hand if you lowkey want to have Jeff Bezos kinda money (I will wait). Okay I need to confess that I raised both hands and my toes even *laugh out loud* You would think with my 20cents I would be smarter with money but nope I am the biggest spender I know and maybe that explains why I am Pre-Rich (thanks Mapalo for that term). But in 2021 we getting a grip on our coins , paying our tithes and adding $$$ in our grown-up Emergency Fund .

YOU’RE NOT BROKE, YOU’RE PRE-RICH BY MAPALO MAKHU

You're Not Broke, You're Pre-Rich by Makhu, Mapalo | Penguin Random House  South Africa

Firstly I am that girl that is unlearning the word BROKE because I have overused it and saying PRE-RICH because yass sis I am that rich aunt in transition.

Why I loved the book : The book has anecdotes that are relatable and some even amusing and the advice is simple and actionable

Why you should read the book: She has a whole chapter dedicated to budgeting and has some cool sections like “Where to Find Money in your current budget”

What I took from the book:

*The 50/30/20 Rule

*I sucked at budgeting but Mapalo Makhu makes them seem easier

*Saving is not easy but with practise you will do it right

How To Manage Your Money Like A F*cking GrownUp

Manage Your Money like a F*cking Grownup: The Best Money Advice You Never  Got by Sam Beckbessinger

Okay if the title doesn’t make you want to read the book then I don’t know because the title sealed the deal for me

Why I loved the book: Sam was so relatable and this wan’t my ordinary financial book because girl was not only sharing her stories (that I related with )but she was serving money advice in my language

Why you should read the book: It’s just so fabulous and it will walk you through on how to stop spending more, how to budget, and how to just ditch debt

What I Took From The Book:

* I don’t need yo actually buy an AUDI to be an accomplished aduly

*Importance of having an Emergency Fund

*Never get into debt

*I am my own blesser

The Smart Money Woman by Arese Ugwu

The Smart Money Woman eBook by Arese Ugwu - 9781785897603 | Rakuten Kobo  South Africa

We all have read/heard about this book and believe me when I say it’s good and worth the hype

Why I loved the book: At the end of each chapter are lessons and real exercises that we all can do and they are all realistic .

Why you should read the book: It’s just so amazing and if you won’t relate to Zuri you will relate to her friends

What I took from the book:

*I can be the smartest money woman too

*A money journal isn’t a bad idea

What’s your favourite money book by africans/Black Authors?

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Getting A Life Like Chloe Brown & Planning My Solo Lockdown Birthday

The countdown to my birthday has officially started and yippee yay I am getting older and wise (hopefully fine like wine) . I am excited because my birthday is in lockdown because my poor heart can’t take it when people forget my birthday (I love gifts and affirmations y’all).

After finishing Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert I feel like it’s time to make my own Get A Life Anci list because life is too short and memories are worth taking six feet under so here is mine:

  1. Learn how to make cinnamon rolls (like finally) I am a cinnamon junkie I need to make them myself
  2. Get faux locs (I do have a dream of rocking locs in an exotic location or just in Vumba
  3. Go to a wine tasting (no cake tasting for me anymore till my wedding)
  4. Get a fitbit
  5. Learn a new skill
  6. Get a leather jacket because uhmm Redford *swoon* needs to see how cool I am (I kid)
  7. Cook from cookbooks more

That’s my mini shareable list and that brings me to my next rant ‘Lockdown Birthday’

I am so excited that I get to celebrate my birthday another year soon so here is what I want to do on my solo celebration

  1. Have a nice breakfast
  2. Order takeout because it’s my birthday and I can have prawns if I want too
  3. Eat cake
  4. Watch my favorite movie
  5. Dance
  6. Gift myself

I hope this year I am able to get me the gift I want (If you don’t know me , ask me).

This rant was way too long

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Anxious People – A Review

Just A Rant: I want Fredrik Blackman’s books all off them now because I enjoyed anxious people and now I don’t know what to do with myself

Genre: Fiction

Ancillar’s Book Summary: This is a book about a crime that never happened and a would be bank robber and how one event brought together eight people and changed their lives (we all need each other)

Cover rating: 4/5

What stuck with me: I felt every single human emotion from sadness,laughter and empathy.

Character/s I loved: Everyone including Jim who I thought was senseless and the worst cop in history

What I took from the book : There is good in humanity , compassion goes a long way and we are all connected (and everything happens for a reason)

Will I be reading more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Overall rating on the sip meter (ratings are out of 5):

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Get A Life Chloe Brown- A Review

Just A Rant: I wanted to love Chloe Brown just as I loved Dani but alas it wasn’t so (Dani is still my favourite girl). I listened to this on audiobook for #JanWarriorReadathon and it was such a swwonworthy steal your day story

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Ancillar’s Book Summary: This book tells the story of Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost dying she comes up with a to-do list and enlists the help of Redford her leather-wearing biker dude.

Cover rating: 4/5

What stuck with me: The brilliance of Talia Hibbert and the emotions I went through ( I cried, cringed and laughed when they laughed)

Character/s I loved: Redford. Aaaah red. *swoons*
Let’s wear our leather jackets for RED who was an artist afraid of showing his work because of his abusive ex-girlfriend.

Chloe Brown because I am such a computer geek

What I took from the book : To do lists are not stupid and I totally should enlist a hot guy to help me cross that list *wink*

Will I be reading more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Overall rating on the sip meter (ratings are out of 5):

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Behold The Dreamers- A Review

Just A Rant: I have also imagined myself in a suburban house with a chiselled man living the American Dream in Vermont with a pug and two wonderful kids but the how to get there is the question like nay African with a dream it’s the how’ that gets me. This book is haunting me because I know a Jende

Genre: African Literature

Ancillar’s Book Summary: This book tells the story of an immigrant family from Cameroon (Jende Jonga, Neni,, and their six-year old son )who moved to America for a better life. It is a heartbreaking story that tugs every bit of emotion as it describes the struggles they went through to hold onto a better life and the bittersweet ending that followed

Cover rating: 4/5

What stuck with me : The brilliance of the author and the emotions I went through ( I cried, wanted to slap Jende and laughed when they laughed)

What I took from the book : *Not every immigrant has a great life where they are

*family is all we have got at the end of the day

*There comes a day when hope stops carrying us and we have to face the music

Will I be reading more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Overall rating on the sip meter (ratings are out of 5):

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Thirteen Months Of Sunrise – A Review

Just A Rant: This is my first book from Sudan and I am a mess (someone hug me) and I want to visit Sudan again

Genre: African Literature

Ancillar’s Book Summary: Thirteen months of sunrise is a collection of short stories touching on love ,grief,religion and mental health

Cover rating: 4/5

What stuck with me : The brilliance of the author and the emotions I went through

Will I be reading more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Overall rating on the sip meter (ratings are out of 5)

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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How I Am MARIE KONDO-ING my life

Happy new year friends *raises glasses* super excited that we made it into the new year *quick *waits* pat your back and scream ‘Thank you God’* So I have decided to Marie Kondo my life because some areas of my life are full of clutter and not forgetting that one plastic bag that’s full of plastics *laugh out loud* . I am super excited to be doing this :

  1. My contact lists need a little spring cleaning y’all because I have some contacts I last talked to 10 years ago and some that I am hoping will app me “I miss you Anci”(like they actually care right?). It’s time to get real and DELETE numbers
  2. My snack bar has to go (NEW YEAR NEW EATING HABITS). Truth be told I am no Willy Wonka so I shouldn’t be surrounded by chocolate bars and candy *hides face*. I am hoping to eat a little healthier thus I cannot be surrounded by temptation
  3. Unfollowing social media accounts that trigger my mental health and make me feel like I am a century behind everyone
  4. Blessing someone with clothes I no longer need because let’s face it those pajamas I wore in Form 1 are no longer ideal for a full bloom adult
  5. Forgiving people that aren’t sorry-I read somewhere that forgiveness is a memory release so finally I need to let go of some hurt and pain because it’s great for me.
  6. Decluttering my room because I want nice dreams and not crappy ones

What do you need to Marie Kondo in your life?

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Girl Stop Apologizing- A Review

Just A Rant: I had high hopes for this book y’all. I was ready to shape my life and get my life together but alas it didn’t go according to plan. I will try out some of her other books

Genre: NonFiction

Ancillar’s Book Summary: This is a non-fiction book for the badass female who wants to win at life and achieve her goals. The book is broken down into sections such as Excuses to let go off , Behaviours to adopt and skills to acquire. I enjoyed Excuses to let get off as a whole because it spoke to me but I became disengaged with the book halfway through

Cover rating: 3/5

What stuck with me : You ought to let go of believing people’s opinions of you are truth

Will I be reading more books by the author?Maybe

Do you recommend this book? Yep

Overall rating on the sip meter (ratings are out of 5)

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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