Books Youtuber Philisiwe Twijnstra on her book reviews, rants and what she’s currently reading
Drum chats to books Youtuber Philisiwe Twijnstra aout her vlogs and her love for books.
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Durban playwright, actor, theatre director and magical realism and fantasy writer. In between these roles I’m always with books whether I’m going to an audition or going to direct a play there is always a current read in my bag.
What can followers expect from your Youtube channel?
Book reviews, book rants, and my thoughts on what I’m currently reading. Usually, my reviews are very much balanced; I share what inspires me and what I liked or didn’t like about a book. Lately, I’ve been comfortable with reading and reviewing books that I would benefit from both as writer and an avid reader. On my Goodreads, YouTube and Instagram I share books by African authors focusing on People of colour and LGBTQIA+ books. I’m a huge supporter of #ownvoices.
A recent book that you loved, and why?
I have so many, where do I start.
I would say ‘Her body & Other Parties.’ By Carmen Maria Machado. This book is inventive, strange and sensual. Not to mention, the writing is breath taking. It focuses on queer bodies, on woman bodies. It is written with care, yet every page is daring and original.
Another book that tops every bookshelf is ‘Freshwater’ by Akwaeke Emezi. If you want to read a perfect book, this is it. We follow a story of Ada who is an ?gbanje. She lives with spirits inside of her and has to dabble living in the real world with the spirits. The book takes form in parts, the first narrated by a collective called ‘we’, then we meet the individual voices of the spirits that have been with Ada since her birth, However, both these world clashes and the body that suffers at the end is Ada. We tap into spirituality and mental illness. Every sentence is hypnotic and evokes every emotion.