Weekend Book Friends #17

Friday, April 23, 2021

Greetings Humans! We haven't done a Weekend Book Friends in ages. Missed us much? My Mommy is having a long weekend and we plan on spending it reading. The.Whole.Time. Tomorrow is the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon and we are very excited to take part in it. If you also want to take part, the link is attached to the image below.

We are not quite sure what exactly we are going to read yet and I suspect we might just have some fun with the Bingo Board and the Instagram Prompts. It's suppose to be fun! But before we can start with our Readathon, we first need to finish our current read. I guess we can perhaps let it stand over for tomorrow as we still have around a 100 pages left. 

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate, Mei, cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics who carry her away, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. Then a second girl falls asleep, and then another, and panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. As the number of cases multiplies, classes are canceled, and stores begin to run out of supplies. A quarantine is established. The National Guard is summoned.

Mei, an outsider in the cliquish hierarchy of dorm life, finds herself thrust together with an eccentric, idealistic classmate. Two visiting professors try to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. A father succumbs to the illness, leaving his daughters to fend for themselves. And at the hospital, a new life grows within a college girl, unbeknownst to her—even as she sleeps. A psychiatrist, summoned from Los Angeles, attempts to make sense of the illness as it spreads through the town. Those infected are displaying unusual levels of brain activity, more than has ever been recorded. They are dreaming heightened dreams—but of what?

Let's pay a visit to a couple of our beloved Weekend Book Friends and share our books. We've missed you guys! 

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. 

The Dreamers open with the following line:

"At first, they blame the air. 
It's an old idea, a poison in the ether, a danger carried in by the wind.
Whatever this is, it comes over them quietly: a sudden drowsiness, a closing of the eyes."

My Mommy really enjoys this book and she says she loves the poetic, dreamlike writing style. I mainly just nap next to her and hope to wake up again. 

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 way passed page 56 already, but this passage on page 56 sets the tone of this book so perfectly: 

"The other kids lie around all day in the halls, waiting for something to happen, to change, or at least for the next meal to come. After only a few days, they have turned sleepy and sluggish, but who can say what is causing it: the sickness or the stillness?"

Book Blogger Hop

The Book Blogger's hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It's hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and I guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. They also have a lovely new logo! 

Today's question: Do you do most of your blog work on a computer, iPad or phone?

We actually do most of our blog work in our heads. That's why so very few posts see the light of publishing. My Mommy always have all these great ideas, but before you know it, the week is gone. But the ones that do manage to land on this blog, are mainly done on a laptop. We use the tablet every now and then and Mommy will use the phone for comments and some blog hopping.

Friday Face-Off

We love Friday Face Off and my Mommy so enjoys searching for lovely covers. 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.  

This week's prompt:

Your Current Read

This was easy! The only problem is that my Mommy takes at least an hour playing around on Canva. She seriously needs a few templates. 

We didn't realize there are so many different covers for The Dreamers. And so diverse! The Swedish one (top left corner) is really nice and captures the feel of the book well, so does the German one. But I think we like the one that we are reading at the moment most. 

Which one is your favorite? And what is your current read?

Hope you will all have a wonderful weekend and that you have a nice book and a lovely cat to curl up with. If you are taking part in the Dewey Readathon, let us know!

Lots of Love,

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Hanks and a Hitman (Knitty Kitty Mystery #3) by Tracey Drew

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Title: Hanks and a Hitman 
Author: Tracey Drew
20 April 2021
Format: Kindle (Book Funnel)
Source: ARC from the Author
Series: Knitty Kitty Mystery #3
Content: Genre: humorous cozy mystery Age appropriate: from young adult +. Language: as clean as a kitty that just washed itself. Graphic content: how squeaky are you for kitty litter? 
Synopsis: Wanted: Cat mum to manage a yarn store, corral two curious cats, all the while being tangled up in murderous mayhem and mystery.

A smart woman would dump her cheating ex, move from the city, and give herself a chance for a well-deserved do-over. A smarter woman—smarter than me, anyway—wouldn’t jump out of that same frying pan and return to Cape Discovery, a seaside village where her family is the nuttiest of all the nut-ball residents.

I’m a former high school counsellor, middle-child peacemaker, and current curator of lots of squishy/fuzzy goodness at my granddad’s little yarn store. Temporary assistant. Until I decide what to do with the rest my life. There’s only one knotty problem to untangle first. The knife sticking out of the most unpopular man in town, and the police detective trying to pin the murder on the donkey—otherwise known as my younger brother. With a pair mischievous cats determined to be underfoot and a craft group of Serial Knitters and Happy Hookers wanting the inside scoop, a girl could lose her mind. And if the killer has their way, maybe even my life...

Tessa Wakefield has her hands full juggling a cozy craft store, her crazy family, and two men who’d rather poke out their eyes than describe themselves as cute. Which they totally are. Cute, charismatic, and occasionally on her mind when she’s not stumbling over dead bodies and using her newfound sleuthing skills to track down murderers. Lucky she’s an excellent multi-tasker because digging beneath Cape Discovery’s surface can unearth secrets that kill.

Greetings Humans! Yes, this review will come from my adorable and witty kitten perspective once again. My Mommy is just here to press the buttons, but this time, she doesn't get my tail in as many knots. What a lovely, hilariously funny series this is. Yes, yes, we do read The Knitty Kitty series as a knitting pattern - knit one, skip one. We've read the first one, skipped the second one and just finished the third one. It still makes a lovely pattern though. 

Tessa Wakefield still runs their family business "Unravel", a yarn shop, in Cape Discovery where eavesdropping is considered a competitive sport. Tessa still plays Mommy to Pearl and Kit while taking care of  Grandpa Harry too. Pearl and Kit are two jet-black kitty siblings. Kit is a chubby, food-focused boy and Pearl is the haughty queen of the Known Universe and prone to kleptomania. Tessa still runs the Serial Knitters and the Crafting for Calmness and is the other knitting club called Happy Hookers? Why can't I remember? I've told my Mommy a gazillion times before that she needs to take better notes. Anyway, back to Tessa. I don't know if it's still fair to call Tessa an amateur sleuth. She sniffs out clues and murders almost as well as she sniffs out chocolate. This has been her third murder that she stumbled on and I believe that firmly places her in the same league as Jessica Fletcher.* 

*Fun Trivia for the Knitting clubs! You can actually knit Jessica Fletcher's Fish Cardigan. I've linked the original post on Exploring Jessica Fletcher's Closet here. Don't know if the pattern is still available though. But I'm sure one of the Happy Hookers will be able to come up with a stunning design for their very own murder solving serial knitter.

Once again, Tessa finds herself in the right place at the wrong time, or the wrong place at the right time and once again she needs the broodingly handsome Detective Mana to help her unravel the yarn. Or in this case, search for a knitting needle in a stack of kitty litter. 

This series truly  are quite similar to landing in a basket filled with fluffy, soft balls of yarn. Yes, you are definitely going to get yourself tangled up, but getting out is just as much fun as getting in. And what's the harm when you can do that giggling at the quirky and fun writing style of Tracey Drew? 

"Who needed boot camp to elevate your heart rate into the fat-burning zone when you could have a killer chase you through the woods?"

I'm terribly glad that my Mommy won this ARC from the very talented Nancy  Tracey Drew and we are looking forward to the rest of the series. The first three books are available at Amazon and if you haven't started with this series yet, put down the knitting needles and get reading!

About the Author                                                               
Tracey Drew lives Down Under with her husband—who’s given up complaining about her yarn addiction--and two madcap tabby cats called Kevin and Alfie. The feline brothers constantly battle with her while she’s trying to write her books by demanding lap-time, but they also provide constant inspiration for her fun & quirky cozy mysteries.

Lots of Love,

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The Sunday Post #35

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Greetings you guys! Just a really quick post from our side to see how you are doing! My Mommy says the passed week felt like at least a year, but it's good to be back at school and she stands amazed at just how resilient children can really be. It's the second term of school for us and if you walk into school, it's as if nothing ever happened. Yes, the kids still wear masks and social distancing is still adhered to, but otherwise, the kids are just as naughty and busy and happy and playful as ever before. This makes my Mommy's heart very happy. And tired. But in a good, content, cuddle-with-me way. 

My Mommy had Book Club on Monday night and she only took one English Book and two Afrikaans books. The English book is really good and she is almost done with it. Have you read this one?

Scratching the Blog Pole

Through all the organized chaos this week, we've managed 4 posts:

The Spin landed on Number 11 and we are very excited for our choice! My Mommy has read Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson many ears ago, but I obviously haven't read it yet. I've heard it's a beautiful story. 

On the Couch 

We are currently reading 3 books:

Yesterday we've watched the funeral of Prince Philip. What a beautiful and moving ceremony and well planned and orchestrated event. Our thoughts and prayers are still with The Queen and her family. I haven't even been with my Mommy for 73 months. Imagine years. 

Photo from Forbes

That's all from our side today. Hope you all had a good week and that you will have a wonderful week ahead!

Lots of love,

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Classics Club Spin #26

Friday, April 16, 2021

Greetings! How are all you lovers all things Classic doing today? It's time for another Classics Club spin. We loved taking part in this for the previous round and also loved our book! Classics Club Spin #25 - Around the world in Eighty Days. Of course we are going to take part in this. Heck, we need to. It appears as if it will be the only time my Mommy actually reads her list on the The Classics Club ChallengeI think it's more of an adventure than an actual challenge and as it goes with many adventures - it's all about the journey and not the destination.

Luckily we always have the lovely creators of The Classics Club to keep us on our toes with the 

So how do you go about joining in the fun? It’s easy. At your blog, before this Sunday, 18 April 2021, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

This is your Spin List.

On Sunday 22nd November, they'll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 31 May 2021.

We can so do that! Here's our list: 

1. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
2. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
3. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
4. The Princess Bride - William Goldman
5. A tree grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith
6. The Westing Game - Ella Raskin
7. The Lord of the Rings - J.R. Tolkien
8. Watership Down - Richard Adams
9. Charlotte's Web - E.W. White
10. Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
11. Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson
12. All Creatures great and small - James Herriot
13. The BFG - Roald Dahl
14. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
15. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
16. Perfume: The story of a murderer - Patrick Suskind
17. The Unexpected Mrs Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman
18. The Secret life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd
19. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
20. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot

One or two of these are a bit of a gamble and I'm not sure how we will feel if the dice falls on them. But I am not going to tell you which ones! If it does land on one of them, I will show my hand.

Good luck to all of you and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Lots of Love,

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The Curious Case of Florence Winters

Thursday, April 15, 2021

 Title: The Curious Case of Florence Winters
Author: May Bridges
Published: April 2021
Pages: 204 (Kindle Edition)
Series: Florence Winters #1
Read: 12 April 2021 
Source: From the author herself
Content: Genre: historical cozy mystery Age appropriate: from young adult +. Language: 1920's high society Graphic content: not even a spot of blood 
Synopsis: Florence Winters is ready to escape the whispers about her.
At twenty-three, being unmarried is almost unheard of in small town Ohio, which leaves Florence living with her busy-body parents who’d like nothing more than to marry her off to the first fellow who so much as looks her way.

Everything changes when the wealthy and slightly eccentric Aunt Julia requests Florence’s companionship in the city where dreams come true—the one and only New York City. Intrigued but still cautious, Florence accepts the invitation but she has no idea what awaits her in Aunt Julia’s ravishing brownstone in the West Village.

Secret meetings. Secret passages. Secretive house staff. Even Aunt Julia’s cat seems to have something to hide!

Florence isn’t the type to pry, but when one of Aunt Julia’s adversaries ends up missing and Aunt Julia is suspected of foul play, Florence feels she owes it to her hostess to search for the truth. Even if it means braving the glitzy and glamorous New York City night life in the process.

Take a moment to step back in time to Great Gatsby style dresses, speakeasies, toe-tapping jazz, and… murder. 

Meet Florence Winters. She is 23 years old. Unmarried. As tall as a willow tree (no idea how tall a willow tree should be, but she reminds me of a willow tree and most trees are quite tall). Agatha Christie fan. Imagine living in an era where you can still eagerly await the latest Christie mystery. Inquisitive beyond what is good for her. A nose for foul play. I say we have a brand new amateur sleuth joining the Cozy Mystery genre!

Life in the 1920's and in New York City, was definitely the Bee's Knees. Between the dazzling lights of the city, and unravelling more than one secret, things have never been more exciting for Flo and all her new acquaintances. Even Mr. Sneaky who I believe will still solve many a secret all by himself.

May Bridges is a welcome new voice to the Cozy Mystery high society. She captured the glitz and the glam of the 1920's perfectly and all the characters are well developed and relatable for the era. We can't wait to see what Flo and the gang will come up with next time!

About the Author

May Bridges is the author of the Florence Winters Mystery series, set in NYC in the 1920's - where high society can be deadly! 
She also has a deep love of history and reading. Put them together with a twist of a mystery and you have her book! You can find her with her nose in a book with a paint brush in her hand, or with a messy bun on her head. 

I've received an ARC from May Bridges in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and purrs on this book is our own. 

Lots of Love,

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