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You’ve Turned 30 Now What by Paul Brezhnev Banda – A Review

Just an Anci Rant : There was a time when 30 looked so far but as a 90s baby 30 is closer than I think and I am not ready. I legit am not ready for when are you getting married questions and so you are 30 huh !?

Genre : Non-Fiction

Anci’s Summary : I received a complimentary copy from the author and all opinions expressed are entirely my own

You’ve turned 30 now what is the book you really don’t need to read if you are scared of being offended but kinda need to read asap. The book tackles the 30s when you don’t want to adult but have to adult because the 30s come with mortgage ,babies ,spouses , debt,the inlaws and friendships. It’s one man’s journey through so we don’t tackle it solo

What the book got right? The title ,the short chapters and how the author brought up important topics in a conversational way

What I needed the book to have? More personal stories because who doesn’t dig a good love story ,break over story and debt management story

Favorite chapter in the book? The chapter about Self-care

As a Christian would I enjoy the book? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Will I read more books by the author? Yes


Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Relatability: πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘/πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Overall Rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

*featured image:Paul Banda*

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WHAT’S YOUR MOVE by Nicolette Mashile- A Review

Just a rant : Personal finance is exactly that ‘personal’. As crazy as it may sound I am semi-obsessed with reading books about personal finance because I do want to master money and not money mastering me wink wink

Genre : Non-fiction /Personal Finance

Author: Nicolette Mashile

Anci’s Book Summary : What’s your Move is a financial book by Nicolette Mashile (and yes you have seen her on YouTube).

What I liked about the book: Nicolette is funny y’all because the book wasn’t hectic and all . I enjoyed that the financial lessons was told in a series of stories from Nicolette’s perspective.

What I took from the book:

  1. Personal finance is personal
  2. Don’t just save. Have a reason to save
  3. Get a money buddy to keep you accountable
  4. Track your expenses

Do I recommend this book? Yes

Would you read more books by the author? Yes


Relatability: πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°/πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°πŸ’°

Humor : πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚/πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Overall rating : β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•/β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•β˜•

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Notes on Grief by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie- A Review

Just a rant:Β There is nothing sadder and harder than losing a loved one. How do you even say goodbye to someone that you love? Are words enough? and selfish it may seem sometimes we never want them to leave. Grief takes many forms and at one point in our lives we all have gone through it

Genre: African Nonfiction

PublisherΒ : Knopf

Themes: Grief/ Family

Trigger Warning: Death of a parent

Anci’s book summary: This is one of those books that tugs at heartstrings and makes you remember a loved one past gone.

In Notes on Grief Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie b captures her intense grief about her father’s death and also pays homage to the father she immensely loved.

Quotes That Made Me Tear Up:

“I did not know we cry with our muscles.”

“How is it that the world keeps going, breathing in and out unchanged, while in my soul there is a permanent scattering?”

Cover rating: 4/5

Would you read more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Would I Enjoy this book as Christian looking for a clean read ? Yes you would



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Overall rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Posted in Non-Fiction, Sip n' Read

Checking In: How Getting Real about Depression Saved My Life—and Can Save Yours- A Review

Just a rant: I am very passionate about Mental Health and yes I will forever scream Mental health matters because I refuse to lose anyone. While you are still here remember to CHECK on your STRONG FRIENDS.

Genre : Non-Fiction

Anci’s book summary: Firstly shut the front door and someone send me tissues and flowers because my heart sob. I love Michelle Williams and thus this book was just a front-row seat to her life. Firstly kudos to her for sharing her story. In Checking In Michelle Williams shares the importance of checking in with yourself, your friends, community, and God. This book made me question a lot of things

Key Takeways:

  1. Gratitude can go a long way when your thoughts spiral sometimes
  2. It’s okay to work on your abs but also on your mind, spirit and heart
  3. Taking breaks should also be intentionally
  4. Talking to strangers about our problems is also normal

Memorable Quotable from Michelle

” We shouldn’t invite negative thoughts over for dinner,move them in, and share a bed with them”

“Part of checking in with yourself is becoming aware of what thoughts you’re having….”

What I loved about the book: Michelle’s honesty and humor

Cover rating : 4/5

Would you read more books by the author ? Yes!!

Do you recommend this book ? Yes


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
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Bamboozled by Jesus: How God Tricked Me Into the Life of My Dreams- A Review

Just a rant: Bamboozled by Jesus was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021 because if we are being honest we all love Yvonne Orji so best believe the coins were set aside for my copy. Getting an advanced readers copy was Jesus bamboozling (is that a word?) me

Publishing Date : May 25 2021 (Happy Release Day)

Genre : Non-fiction

Anci’s book summary: A huge thanks to Worthy Publishing for my e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I did scream when I saw the email because wow who wouldn’t?

If you are expecting a book about a very perfect never stumbled and never failed a class human then this isn’t it! In Bamboozled by Jesus Yvonne takes us through lessons from her life infused with Biblical principles and yes it’s not one of those long, boring books that make you snore wild awake. The chapters are short (so perfect for me) and filled with wisdom and humor. You will be laughing, crying, nodding your head and low-key feel like you are having a conversation with your friend (Yvonne). She honestly depicts her journey from where she started from and where she is. Expect to be bamboozled on the detours she took from a child whose parents wanted her to be a doctor (get the book and call me out) to the well-traveled and respected comedian she is. If you have been struggling to trust God’s process GET this book.

Cover rating : 4 /5

Would you read more books by the author ? Yes

Do you recommend this book ? Yes

I am a Christian what should I expect from the book?

πŸ₯žMotivation and a refresher course in some biblical stories you may have forgotten


Rating: 5 out of 5.
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The Personal Finance Game Plan -A Review

Just A Rant: I feel extremely blessed that I got to meet this author in person *whoop yippee* and trust me when I say her personality is unmatched

Trigger Warnings : None

Publisher: Blue Scroll Consultancy

Blue Scroll Consultancy is a Zimbabwean publishing company owned by Sympathy Sibanda that publishes works from exceptional African writers. See more of their authors on

Genre : Personal Development/Finance

Anci’s Book Summary: The Personal Finance Game Plan is a financial book by a Zimbabwean for Zimbabweans .

Cover Rating: 3.5/5

Will I be reading more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? I recommend it to people that are beginning their financial journey and to those struggling with managing their money

Lessons from the book:

β˜• Goals that you set drive how you spend your money

β˜• Plan you spending

β˜• Learn about your money spending personality

β˜• Know your partners money spending habit

What I loved about the book? :

β˜• The author’s style of writing

β˜• The way the book was written and arranged

β˜• The information shared was relevant and relatable

What I didn’t like about the book :

β˜• How she did not tackle the types of budgeting styles

β˜• How she didn’t tackle debt repayment methods

Overall Rating :

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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When Women Pray-A Review

Just A Rant: Is it me or there are days, when you feel like a prayer warrior *like the lion in you, is roaring loud* and other days you feel like a cat meowing but thank God he hears the murmurs of our heart

Trigger Warnings : None

Genre : Christian Non-Fiction

Anci’s Book Summary: In Women Who Pray Bishop T. D Jakes highlights the lives of 10 prayer-filled women of the bible and the life-changing miraculous ways prayer changes the one that prayers and those around her.

Cover Rating: 5/5

Will I be reading more books by the author? Yes

Do you recommend this book? Yes! Go buy it now

Lessons from the book:

  • Do not lose your uniqueness trying to fit into want something wants you to be
  • Prayer can change your life
  • God’s ability to act is not dependent on our ability to pray
  • Whenver you approach the throne of God, be yourself

Rating (ratings are out of 5)

Overall Rating :

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Kiss-O-Meter Rating :

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Steam-o-meter :

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Scary-o-meter :

Rating: 0 out of 5.

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Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself- A Review

Just a rant: Now more than ever we are having Mental Health Discussions because if we don’t we are in trouble. Mental health issues are real and we need to acknowledge that

Genre: Self Help

Anci’s Book Summary: This book is a must read! Nedra tackles boundaries and how having boundaries can make us less stressed. She highlights the importance of boundaries to avoid burnout, toxic friends/family and friends. Each chapter has relatable stories that illustrate the topic, as well as an exercise to put the principles into practice.

Cover rating: 4/5

What I Loved From The Book: The way the book was written. The book tackled a difficult subject but it was packaged in a way that made it digestible

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): ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lessons I took from the book:

β˜• Asking for help is not a sign of weakness!

β˜• Setting unrealistic expectations on ourselves can make us anxious

β˜• Before committing to something ask yourself What’s the worst thing that could happen if I don’t do this?Do I have the time to commit to this?

β˜• Don’t carry your work home with you mentally

β˜• Self-care is so important

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Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – A Review

Just A Rant: I love Grey’s Anatomy but then again who doesn’t! I have had momentsduring an episode that I have wanted to have the kind of friendship Christina and Meredith had and other days I wanted to be Miranda Bailey . This book scared me because I had instances I could relate and would scream ‘Me too Shonda”

Genre: Nonfiction/Memoir

Ancillar’s Book Summary:

If you have not heard anout Shonda Rhimes uhmm please go to your laptop and in your search bar write ‘Shonda Rhimes’. This is a refreshing story about Shonda Rhimes herself who challenges herself to do the things that scare her .

Cover rating: 4/5

What I Loved From The Book: The way she was honest about her fears

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.

Memorable Quotes

β€œI am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard. Don’t call me lucky. Call me a badass.”

β€œThey tell you: Follow your dreams. Listen to your spirit. Change the world. Make your mark. Find your inner voice and make it sing. Embrace failure. Dream. Dream and dream big. As a matter of fact, dream and don’t stop dreaming until your dream comes true.
I think that’s crap.
I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, powerful, engaged people? Are busy doing.”
― Shonda Rhimes, Year of Yes

Lessons I took from the book:

β˜• Stop Dreaming! Just don’t dream, do it too!

β˜• You need genuine friends that support, root for you and are dependable

β˜• If you want cake eat it but don’t complain about belly fat

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Wealthy Uncle’s Guide To Money,Happiness and Investing -A Review

Just a rant : I heard a lot about this book and I never got around to it till now and it was a short ride (yay) because it’s one of those books you can read in a day

Genre: Personal Finance

Anci’s book summary: It’s a FUN book about Money and Investing

What I liked about the book:

β˜• It’s a short read

β˜• It’s written by a Zimbabwean

β˜•It made sense

What I didn’t like about the book:

Call me petty but it was too short

Key Takeaways from the book:

β˜•Gratitude will keep you from comparing yourself

β˜•Love your life

β˜•Live within your means

Do you recommend this book? Yes

Will you read more books by the author?: Maybe

Rating (rating is out of 5):

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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