The Sunday Post #27

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Greetings you all. First of all, a big big big big big big thank you to all of you for recommending watching Bridgerton on Netflix. It truly is the cure to many, many ailments. 2021 just got a bit better. 


We are honestly not even going to complain about anything that happened this week and we actually can do quite a bit of that. But I'm quite sure The Dashing Duke of Hastings will just lift a condescending eyebrow and tell us to get over it in no uncertain terms. 


Lady Whistledown's scandalous society papers is exactly what we need to forget all about the world outside of Regency England. It's never been my Mommy's preferred reading destination or era, unless it's Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes did a marvelous job of blending Regency England with modern day gossip and thrill seekers. 

But wait, I think she is planning to do a post about this book-to-screen adaptation, so I better stop. Let's talk books.

Stacking the Shelves


You are not going to believe this, but guess what my Mommy bought on Thursday:


I know, I also didn't see that one coming. And she's done with the first one. My Mommy was wrecking her brain to try to remember who first told her about these books. It was actually recommended to her before the hit Netflix series. It was recommended by Katherine @ I wish I Lived in a Library and as always, she was right! My Mommy loves it. Strange that she does, because this is really not her type of books at all. (We had to google what a Rake is)

Scratching the Blog Pole


We really had a week to complain about, but seeing that we definitely don't want The Duke of Hastings to raise an eyebrow, we keep quiet. But from the amount of posts, you can easily figure out that it was a rough one. 

Our Wondrous Words Wednesday was clowder. Thanks so much to everyone that participated in this meme. We'll see you on the 3rd of February again. 


Our only other post was Weekend Book Friends where we featured hmmmm... you'll never guess. 

On the Couch

Recently Finished


Sometimes when I take a look at the diversity of the books my Mommy read and that in the same time-frame, I wonder if she might be certifiable. Both of these where one-sitting reads and excellent. 

Currently Reading


I rest my case after the last statement. 

Currently Watching

I'm not going to say anything. I'm just going to curl up next to my Mommy and enjoy the show. 



Dare I ask if you've watched Bridgerton? Or read the books?

What other scandalous gossip can you share with us this week?

May you all have a wonderful week ahead. Do take care of yourself and rather just stay at home and watch Bridgerton. 

Lots of Love,


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Weekend Book Friends #15

Friday, January 22, 2021

Greetings Humans! It's Friday afternoon and time to grab the books. What are you all reading this weekend? 

Somewhere last year, my Mommy asked your advice on authors whose names or surnames start with a 'Q'. We did that dreadful Alphabet challenge. Julia Quinn's name came up more than once and especially The Bridgerton series. If you spend enough time here with us, you will see that my Mommy isn't big on romance. Especially not where Dukes and ladies-in-waiting are concerned. Unless it's Jane Austen of course. Our book choice for today was shelved on the TBR and very much forgotten. That's until Monday night when she didn't know what to watch on TV while marking school books and the dice fell on Bridgerton. Within 10 minutes, all schoolwork was left unattended (as what normally happens with schoolwork. So glad I'm not a schoolbook) and I was purring happily on her lap. 

But we've decided that we are first going to read the first book in the series and then we'll continue the Netflix series. I believe that is the preferred and acceptable practice in the bookish world. Books first.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule...
 


Yes, we are aware that the custom to use movie covers as book covers, is completely unacceptable, but really - just look at the Duke and that smoldering look he gives the lady in waiting. Here's to hoping the book will be just as captivating. Let's see how it opens. 

Book Beginnings


  For our first stop today, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. 

It opens with a prologue that I know is very important, but if you've seen episode 2, it's a bit blah blah blah. The fun starts with Chapter 1: 

"The Bridgertons are by far the most prolific family in the upper echelons of society. Such industriousness on the part of the viscountess and the late viscount is commendable, although one can find only banality in their choice of names for their children. Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth - orderliness is, of course, beneficial in all things but one would think that intelligent parents would be able to keep their children straight without needing to alphabetize their names."

Dear Reader, this type op writing style captures my Mommy's attention immediately. A bit of reminiscence to Jane Austen herself, don't you think?

The Friday 56


Next we will pay a visit to Freda over at Freda's voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don't show up empty handed though! 
  • Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And  last but not least, don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

We are reading this one on the Kindle and there's obviously something like a duel (yes with pistols and counting steps) going on at 56% into this book: 

"She was bent low over her mare, in full gallop as she raced across the field, and for one stunned moment Simon forgot to be absolutely furious with her for interfering with the duel and instead just marveled at how utterly magnificent she looked in the saddle."

Wait, it gets better:

"Finally she did the only thing she could think of to delay the duel. She punched Simon. In his good eye." 

This is just light and fluffy, but good for a laugh and an escape from reality. 

Friday Face-Off


We haven't done a Friday Face-Off in months and just because I miss Lynn and Sarah, I've convinced my Mommy to do one today. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.  

It's Vintage Sci-Fi month and the themes have been predominantly around that for the last couple of weeks. We don't know anything about Sci-Fi and I'm way too young to even grasp the concept of vintage. But something about this week's prompt reminded my Mommy of a book she's read as a child. She's a vintage model, so I'm sure it will count. 

An Alien Encounter - We come in peace (or not)

I'm not even going to try and add the Goodreads blurb. It's a very old Afrikaans book, published in 1923, about an Alien, called Loeloeraai (do read that aloud please) who lands in Kerneels and Vroutjie's backyard. He did come in peace and was actually wise beyond this planet. My Mommy loved this book!




The last one is my favorite, because it features Neelsie, Herrie (the elephant) and Jakkals (the dog). Unfortunately, this is not available in English or any other language than Afrikaans. Such a shame, because I believe you lovers of vintage Sci-Fi would love this one.

I'm not going to ask if you've read it, but if you did, give me a shoutout! But I am going to ask if you've read The Bridgerton series? We are in for a treat, right? Oh please don't disappoint us. We are so looking forward to The Duke and I this weekend.

Hope you will all have a wonderful weekend and also looking forward to spending it with a good book and a cat on your lap.

Lots of Love,


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Wondrous Words Wednesday - Clowder

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Welcome back to Wondrous Words Wednesday! This is the second week that we play host to this wonderful meme and we hope you can join us. 

This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and we've stumbled upon it through Yvonne at Fiction BooksOf course we immediately fell in love with it.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards
You are welcome to use my graphic or design your own! 

Our choice for this week's Wondrous Words Wednesday is:


Now for some of you, this must come as a bit of a shock. After all, I am a cat and queen of my own clowder and should have known that word. To be honest, I was today-years old when I've learned it. No idea how my Mommy missed it as well. She is normally very good with collective nouns. It might be because I'm so cute, cuddly and small for a 14 month old cat. I'll be a kitten forever and therefore actually belong to a litter

"According to Dictionary.com, Clowder originates from the term, “clodder.” Clodder is a Middle English term that originated in the late 1700s, and was used to describe a “clotted mass.” The term evolved over the years to the current “clowder.”"

A clotted mass! I'm seriously offended here. What we can't get clarity over, is how many cats you need to have to form a clowder. Two is a pair in most cases, so I guess anything more than three? 

As always, my Mommy loves to link her WWW word up with some books. Unfortunately, we couldn't think of any books with a clowder of cats in. So we just went with a clowder of people who stick together to form a clotted mass. 

1. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense. Dumas transforms minor historical figures into larger- than-life characters: the Comte d’Artagnan, an impetuous young man in pursuit of glory; the beguilingly evil seductress “Milady”; the powerful and devious Cardinal Richelieu; the weak King Louis XIII and his unhappy queen—and, of course, the three musketeers themselves, Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, whose motto “all for one, one for all” has come to epitomize devoted friendship. With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining.

2. Double Crossing (Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys) by Carolyne Keene Nancy Drew is enjoying a luxury cruise aboard the ship where her friend George is the new social director. It seems like great fun until Nancy overhears a plan to sell CIA secrets to another country. Meanwhile . . . the Hardy Boys are working undercover on the same cruise ship trying to track down a dangerous group of thieves who prey on rich passengers.

3. The Famous Five by Enid Blyton The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?


4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkeness bind them.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, The Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit.
In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

5. Die Uile van Kranskop deur Cor Dirks Okay, this is an Afrikaans series and unless you are going to use our translate button, it's going to be incomprehensible for you. Unless you've dusted off your Afrikaans a bit. Die Uile means The Owls. It's been one of the best known Afrikaans Middle Grade series since 1952 and the kids in my Mommy's school, still reads this series. Super excellent! But not available in English. So sorry.

6. The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton It's their very first adventure, and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of some really weird clues. It's snowing and the Seven are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house - and a mystery. 


I'm quite sure there are a number of books featuring a clowder of people. These were just the ones we could come up with without wrecking our brains too much. What books did we miss?

If you want to join us for Wondrous Words Wednesday, just complete the linky below and share your Wondrous Words with us!

Lots of Love, 



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The Sunday Post #26

Sunday, January 17, 2021

 Greetings Humans! How was your week? Mommy is back at work and even though I miss her terribly when she's at school, it's good to see her running around and spreading sunshine just like a busy bee. School officially opened on Wednesday and it was chaos. The good kind. Lots of happy, smiley faces and only a few tears from the new Grade 1's. 

But alas, the sunshine only lasts until the thunder clouds start rolling in. my Mommy works at a Private School and trying not to get into politics, but the gap between Public Schools and Private Schools in SA is quite the pothole. Needless to say, after the chaotic school year in 2020, it's now rather The Big Hole in Kimberley. 



Quite a number of the Private Schools in SA opened on Wednesday with Public Schools planned to open on the 27th of January. This date has now been postponed to the 15th of February. And those Private Schools who did open already, are now forced to close until the 15th of February as well. Look, I do get it. I really do understand that even though a very, very large percentage of public schools hardly had any school from March last year and that some schools still don't have their ducks in a row 9 months later. But why penalize the ducklings who are already safely on the pond?  Yes, it is very difficult for some schools to comply to the Covid health and safety regulations, but some schools actually do have a clean bill and strictly adhere to all rules and regulations in such a way that the kids are safer at school than many other places in our country. Those schools are the future of this country. If everybody jumps into the hole, we are all  just going to drown with no lifesavers at the top to help us out. 

But what do I know? I'm nothing but a fluffy white kitten. Let's rather talk books. 

No new books acquired last week. 

Scratching the Blog Pole


I did warn you that not much is going to happen this week and I was right. As usual. Only 3 posts. Top Ten Tuesday was by far our favorite and it does appear as if you also enjoyed it. So glad! Of course we can all do with some ABBA during this time. Click on the graphic if you've missed the post. 


On Friday we did a Friday Fives and we talked about 5 places we would love to visit, because the books told us to. 


And yesterday I, not we, I, reviewed A Cat's Guide to Bonding with Dragons


On the Couch 

Currently Reading


The Guest List is soooo good. I hope we can still finish it this afternoon. 

Watching

Last Sunday we've watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I know Mommy has seen it a couple of times, but I was glued to the edge of my paws. What a lovely movie and perfect to start a new school year with. Even with all that happened this week. Perhaps even more so. Believe it or not, my favorite character was the talking mouse.


 Just like Reepicheep - my word is my honour and I value it deeply. Both me and my Mommy are physically small with loud voices, strong opinions with an unshakeable faith in Aslan and Narnia. "It's not your size that matters, but the size of your faith." I am sure that when we all gather around Aslan's table one day, we will spend hours upon hours talking to Reepicheep. 

Mommy and Daddy's been watching The Queen's Gambit as well this week after many of you recommended it. It's good! 

Okay, that's all from us today. Mommy has a book to finish and I have cuddles that was due this week, to cash in. 

Wishing you all a wonderful week and stay safe! 

A big thank you to our Sunday hosts for listening to all our stories every week. Gosh, I hope they do. 


Lots of Love,




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A Cat's Guide to Bonding with Dragons by Chris Behrsin

Saturday, January 16, 2021


Title: A Cat's Guide to Bonding with Dragons
Author: Chris Behrsin
Published: December 2020
Pages: 224 
Format: Kindle (Book Funnel)
Series: #1 Dragoncat
Content: Squeaky Clean
Genre: Humorous Fantasy
Age Category: 8 - 18 (or 81)
Read: 10 January 2021
Rating: 
Synopsis: Ben must be the hungriest cat ever…
One moment, he was enjoying a breakfast of salmon trimmings in his home in South Wales. The next, he was teleported across time and space onto the cold stone floor of an evil warlock. Locked in through day and night, Ben may have to serve him for a while.
He’ll hate this, especially having to hunt those infernal demon rats when the warlock doesn’t feed him well at all.
Meanwhile, in a distant academy, a dragon is bored out of her mind. Unable to wear a saddle, no human dares mount her. Is there anyone in this land who can ride her into battle against the forces of the evil warlocks? Somehow, she doubts she’ll ever find a suitable bond.
Unless there is another creature with enough dexterity to fulfil that role. One, perhaps, who is currently sprinting right out of a warlock’s front door…
 


Greetings Humans! I'm back with a another great read, featuring one awesome cat. Meet Benji. (Sorry Ben, I also think Benji sounds a bit better.) Ben(ji) is a Bengal. A descendant of the Great Asian Leopard Cat. He is a housecat in Wales and just like me, he loves his salmon snacks and being fed 3x a day. He was quite content with being spoiled and spoiled his owners every now and then with a treat of their very own that he caught especially for them and lovingly presented it at their feet. Okay,  I made the last bit up. Or did I? Maybe it is perfectly true, it just didn't make it to the final cut of this book.


Anyhow, Benji had good cat life. That was until he got whisked away by an evil warlock to a faraway country where dragons still roamed freely and where you need a dictionary or a talking dragon to explain all the weird lingo to you. Like warlocks, demon rats, portholes, driars, vortexes and a whole bunch of words me and Ben needed explaining of. And that's where the adventure begins! 

Mommy says I'm not allowed to give any spoilers and shouldn't tell too much about the story. So I'll just say that it really was a great adventure to travel in that unknown land with Ben and Salanraja, his Bluetooth dragon. No, she didn't have blue teeth in that strange and ominous world. It was just like in our world where two devices are connected through an unseen bond. Like Bluetooth. Ben and Salanraja had to defeat the evil warlock and his cronies and defend the Dragon Academy where they had to convince the council that Ben is worthy of being a dragon rider and truly bonded with Salanraja. All the elements of a great fantasy novel. 

I absolutely  loved this book and couldn't wait for Mommy to start reading it at night. I felt as if I were also on Salanraja's back and I do believe that me and Ta'ra can be great friends. I will teach her how to be a real cat princess in no time. Mommy, however, made a few catlike sounds when we were done. "Mehw", or something like that. Unexplainable to me in any case. But I know what the problem is. Fantasy isn't really her strong suit and I think she just doesn't get it. And that's okay, because I do and I know there will be thousands of readers out there who will love this series.

She did say that I should mention the author's superb writing style. It was the writing that made this book highly enjoyable, even to a non-getting-it fantasy reader. The humor wat witty and in some places, laugh out loud funny. 

"She also had wrinkles at the corners of her eyes so deep, they looked like fruit flies could use them for flight training."

The story is told through Ben's first-cat narrative and Mr. Behrsin must be a cat owner, because he captured Ben's point of view, his typical catlike aloofness, his thoughts and actions, perfectly. He also very sublimely, tried to show humans that cats are just so much better at handling life and humans can most definitely learn from us. 

"That was the beauty of being a cat. You didn't need to have any worries. You could just put everything behind you and focus on being in the moment."

I'm not all that sure if my Mommy will read the rest of the series, but I might still be able to persuade her otherwise. I'm not all that worried, because I know that this series will find it's target market and it will fly as high as Ben and Salanraja. The next two in the series are also available soon!

Thank you to  Lola's Blog Tours for providing us with an Advance Reader's Copy and for inviting us to do the Book Blitz. That was a lot of fun! A Cat's Guide to Bonding with Dragons Book Blitz 

Here's a bit more information about the author:


When Chris Behrsin isn't out exploring the world, he's behind a keyboard writing tales of dragons and magical lands. He was born into the genre through a steady diet of Terry Pratchett. His fiction fuses a love for fantasy and whimsical plots with philosophy and voyages into the worlds of dreams.


Author links:


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Lots of Love,


PS: The gorgeous Bengal in the photo collage is not Benji. That's my friend, Cooper. Cooper is of course also a descendant of the Great Asian Leopard Cat, but he is still safe and sound with his human and being spoiled with salmon snacks. 




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