Miss South Africa 2018 Adè van Heerden is to launch her first book club for young women who want to be part of a community that offers support and growth.
Tomorrow, the medical doctor will invite all her loyal fans to be a part of her exclusive book club.
Van Heerden told The Star that books had played an important role in her life and helped make her the woman she is today.
“I want to share with other young women the treasures that some of my favourite books hold. I want this to be more than just a book club, but rather a tangible experience of community, inspiration, support and growth,” said Van Heerden.
“I would like to create an inclusive environment for any young woman who is looking to better herself and rise to the goals she has set out for herself,” she said.
Miss South Africa 2018’s favourite read is Tuesdays with Morrie, a memoir by American writer Mitch Albom.
She said the book was the first book that taught her how to truly value the small things in life.
“I am going to focus on books that have taught me skills that I've needed to succeed in life - books that teach us how to become the best, most whole version of ourselves.
"The first book I will be focusing on (in the book club) is Rising Strong by Brené Brown.
“It is about getting to the heart of the most painful and uncomfortable moments we've ever experienced, getting honest about the way in which they've made us feel, and being bold enough to hold ourselves accountable to get up and grow from the past as we move into the future,” she said.
She told The Star that she has dreams to write her own book one day because books are what have helped her through life's challenges.
“It is a very big goal and dream of mine to write my own book.
"Books have helped me through so many things in life, and I'd like to write a book that can teach people about healthy food choices, exercise and how to set goals. And there's more. There's also how to achieve those goals and inspire others to be their best selves. If I could write that book, a lifetime dream would come true."
* Miss South Africa told The Star that the club would meet every last Wednesday of the month in Exclusive Books stores across the country.