The Sunday Post #34

Sunday, April 11, 2021

 Greetings all you wonderful humans! My Mommy's holiday is coming to an end today and tomorrow she will be back at school. Can't believe 3 weeks went by so fast. She had all these plans at home and for the blog and in the end:


Yes, I know, I know. I think maybe she spends too much time with me and she is slowly turning into a cat. Sleep al day, demand to be fed, only cuddle when she feels like it, don't see anything through or stick to the rules, but still manages to be adorable and highly likeable. 

We are not going to stick to the normal template for The Sunday Post today. We need to do an update on our various reading challenges for this year and if we don't do it today, it might not happen until Christmas. 

According to Goodreads, we are at least on track with our 2021 Reading Challenges. Let's see what the progress is with the different challenges:


Africa

2. South Africa (Province - Free State. Town - Senekal) - Kanaän deur Sophia Kapp
3. South Africa (Province - Free State) - Droomvanger deur Chanette Paul

Australia


Denmark


England 

8. Kingsbridge (Fictional Town in the 12th Century) - The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follet
9. London (Regency England) - The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
10. London (Regency England) - The Viscount who loved me by Julia Quinn
11. London (Regency England) - An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn

Ireland 

13. West Coast of Ireland - The Guest List by Lucy Foley

New Zealand

14. (I believe Cape Discovery is a fictional town, so no clue where to map it) - Knitted and Knifed by Tracey Drew

Sweden 

15. (Borg is also a fictional town, no clue where) - Britt-Marie was here by Fredrik Backman

United States of America

17. Texas / California - The Four Winds by Kristen Hannah

I wonder if my Mommy has realized that she reads so many books set in England. No, we do not live in England. We've actually never been there!



1Knitted and Knifed by Tracey Drew





We are currently reading The Curious Case of Florence Winters by May Bridges and we hope to be done with it before sunset. 

We are watching the Netflix adaptation of Behind her Eyes and it's soooo good. If you've read the book, you will notice the producers really did a fantastic job with this. Freaky yes, but still plausible enough. 

We hope you are all doing well and that your reading challenges for the year is up to date! May you all have a wonderful week and I do hope you have more to tell our lovely hosts, Deb @ ReaderBuzz and Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

Lots of Love,


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Ten Books I'd gladly throw into the Ocean (for the mermaids to read)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

 Greetings all you beautiful mermaids, mermen and and mercats! It's time for Top Ten Tuesday and today's prompt from the lovely Jana over @ That Artsy Reader Girl, is Ten Books I'd gladly throw into the Ocean.

As you know me by now, I'm a puppies and rainbows or kittens and unicorns kind of cat. Most dark clouds have a pink lining and a fluffy white kitten can cure just about all ailments in life. We love to be of assistance to you as mere humans, but every now and then we can broaden our paws to also accommodate a few mythical creatures. Like Mermaids. Therefore, we are more than willing to throw a couple of books into the ocean for the mermaids to read.

The question is just, what on the bottom of the ocean, would they like to read? Maybe to see how the human authors perceive them? Great idea. Second question - did you know there are so many books about mermaids?? Good grief. And we haven't read any of them. Except for The Little Mermaid of course. It took my Mommy hours to go through a list of almost 500 books. Here's our pick of the ten books we think the merfolk might love finding in the ocean:




Have you read any of our merfolk books? Which one would you recommend to us? And what books would you gladly throw into the ocean? Of course it may be for different reasons than ours. You might have the same reason as the lady below:


Lots of love,




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The Journey by Kelsey Ketch

Monday, April 5, 2021

 
Title: The Journey
Author: Kelsey Ketch 
Published: 25 November 2020
Pages: 181 (Kindle Edition)
Series: Death Island #1
Read: 04 April 2021 
Source: Lola's Blog Tours
Rating:  (3.5)
Content: Genre: fantasy/adventure/pirates! Age appropriate: from young adult +. Language: You won't need a bar of soap to wash your mouth. Adult content: You'll be able to read in public without blushing. Violence: Pirates = violence. Magic: paranormal 
Synopsis: With her family name tainted by her great-grandfather’s crimes, Meriden Cummings could only dream of fleeing her oppressive life. Then she unearthed a piece of tanned skin, and her blood revealed an ancient map adorned with Mayan glyphs, launching her on the journey of a lifetime. However, she finds herself bound to the map, and there is a cost to her newfound freedom. One that will torment her mind as well as her soul.

After being shanghaied by pirates, Gregory Wilson escapes to a small English village where he runs into an obnoxious auburn-haired beauty. When he learns she is about to set sail on dangerous waters, he signs up to join her crew, hoping to defend her from the pirates seeking her great-grandfather’s treasure. But, will he be able to protect her from the ghost that haunts her or the curse running through her veins.


Ahoy Mateys! Shiver me timbers! (something like "Holy Cow" - a surprised expression). Oh how I wish I could be shouting that from the mast of Meriden's ship. What a fun, action packed adventure we just had on the high seas. A feisty heroine and her scaridy corgi, but an extremely brave cat. A bit of an anti-hero with scars where bandages can't reach. A pirate ship, a crew with a couple of scaly and scary sailors,  a ghost or two and of course, a treasure map. Gosh I loved it!

We're not going to re-tell the story for you in this review. The Goodreads blurb is more than adequate and this is one of those stories that will be best enjoyed first-hand. My Mommy said it reminded her of Pirates of the Caribbean, a movie series she loved. I have no idea what she's talking about, so I guess we'll be watching that tonight.


The story is told through Meriden and Gregory's alternating viewpoints. Both characters are aware of the true destination, the map and the curse their journey is leading too. I just wish we knew too! This is a duology and I guess we just have to request the second one in order to know where they are going to end up. What we do know, is that they definitely already sailed passed the Cape of Good Hope, or perhaps Algoa Bay. The rooibos leaves give that away.

"The rich aroma of the rooibos leaves mixed with spiced rum calmed my frayed nerves even before taking a sip."

My Mommy is not good with cliffhangers, or in this case - books that walk the plank and then it ends right there on the tip of the plank. Yes, yes, we know it's a very clever hack from authors to do that, because then you as the reader, want to read the next one immediately. Why not just make it one book in the first place? I know what's going to happen now. My Mommy will request the second instalment and then it's going to take her weeks, if not months, to read it while I just hang here on the edge of the plank with ghosts and pirates and salty seawater haunting me. I guess I'm going to need a cup of strong rooibos tea in the meantime.

The story was very well written with vivid character sketches and strong worldbuilding. I could just about feel the sticky sea salt on my fluffy fur (can't imagine how Wally must feel all the time) and I am convinced that there are still a few skeletons waiting to jump out of the treasure chests or rum barrels. 

All in all, it was a jolly good read. So far. 



About the Author:

Kelsey Ketch is a young-adult/new-adult author, who works as a Wildlife Biologist in the state of North Carolina. During her free time, she can often be found working on her latest work in progress. She also enjoys history, mythology, traveling, and reading.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com.

Author Links:

- Website: http://kelseyketch.com/

- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KelseyKetch

- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelseyketch

- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/Kelsey_Ketch/

- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kelseyketch/

- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7104482.Kelsey_Ketch

- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kelsey-Ketch/e/B00IHZXFIY

- Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/kelsey-ketch

 A big thank you to Lola at Lola's Blog tours for providing us with a review copy. You can find out more about Lola's Blog Tours, by clicking here:


Lots of Love,



 
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Wondrous Words Wednesday - Easter

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


 Greetings! We are having so much fun doing nothing, that we very almost forgot about Wondrous Words Wednesday. But I reminded my Mommy at the last minute and voila! A lovely Eastery Wondrous Words post, just for you. 

This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

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!  

Todays Wondrous Word Wednesday, should rather have been a Curious Tuesday post. It's not an unfamiliar word to us at all, it's just a word that we have no clue of it's origin.


Easter Weekend is just around the corner and if you are anything like my Mommy, the cupboards are filled with candy coated chocolate eggs, marshmallow eggs and of course, hot-cross-buns. 

As you know, we actually speak Afrikaans and in Afrikaans, Easter translates to Paasfees. A direct translation back into English will be - passover festival. Now that is a bit closer to the true meaning of Easter time. So where on earth does the word Easter come from?

For the next part, we are quoting from The Conversation.com:

"The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century. As religious studies scholar Bruce Forbes summarizes:

“Bede wrote that the month in which English Christians were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus had been called Eosturmonath in Old English, referring to a goddess named Eostre. And even though Christians had begun affirming the Christian meaning of the celebration, they continued to use the name of the goddess to designate the season.”

Bede was so influential for later Christians that the name stuck, and hence Easter remains the name by which the English, Germans and Americans refer to the festival of Jesus’ resurrection."

That's a lovely explanation, but I am still curious about this guy and Biology 101:


What does a bunny have to do with Easter? And in what curriculum or what universe does a bunny lay eggs? Okay, my actual, nagging question - Why a bunny and not a kitten

The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies, so they became a symbol of new life. Fun fact! You do know that a litter of rabbit babies are also called kittens? So if you rather want to use a kitten than a rabbit for your Easter Decorations, you won't be too far off.

Let's just get one thing very clear today - Rabbits do not lay eggs. The Easter Bunny gets his eggs from chickens. Just like we do. But I strongly suspect he doesn't pay for his. He goes to a farm and steals dozens and dozens of eggs to give to good little children on Easter. 

Nope, I have no idea how he gets them painted so lovely. But once again, I strongly suspect that he steals the paint from the farmer and the glitter and ribbons from Mrs. Farmer's Christmas Decorations Box up in the attic. 

The moral of today's post: Ban the Bunnies from Easter and replace them with fluffy, trustworthy and neutered kittens. 

Agh, I'm just joking. My Mommy loves Easter Bunnies and especially those delicious chocolate eggs they lay. We are looking forward to a relaxing Easter Weekend and spending some time with our books and also The Big Book that tells the true story of Easter better than any Google page can ever do.

What are you doing for Easter? Did you come across any interesting and wondrous words over the passed two weeks? Remember to add it to the linky and to pay each other a visit. 

Happy Easter you all!

Lots of Love,





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Ten Places in Books we'd love to Live / Die / Travel in

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Greetings all you wonderful Humans! How many of you have had the privilege to go travelling over the passed year? Or even better, moved to your dream destination? Life really wasn't all that much fun the last year, but at least we can still travel and move to our favorite destinations in books. Books never fail on us. 

Todays prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, is Places in Books we'd love to live in. But before you can decide where you really want to live, you first need to travel there. And if you are 100% sure that you found your dream destination to live in, you can find your dream destination to die in.

We are going to cheat a bit, or not really cheating, rather just save time and take care o the earth and recycle a post. A couple of weeks ago, I used a similar idea for Friday Fives and listed 5 places we'd love to visit, because of books. We will use them again, because we would still love to travel there. And then we'll add 5 new ones. 

1. Guernsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

2. Rio de Janeiro from The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

3. Isle of Man from Arrivals and Arrests by Diana Xarissa

4. New Caledonia from Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce

5. Egypt from The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult


For our last 5 book choices, we will take the game a bit more serious and think of places we would love to actually live in, or die in. Or be immortalized in. 

6. Burgh Island, Devon from Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie - My Mommy loves books set in England and I think she would love to live in England. But that weather, it will never work. We will constantly be depressed. Unless we move to Burgh Island. Island are always sunny, aren't they?


7. Chesapeake Bay from The Inn and Eagle Point by Sherryl Wood - We might never read the books, but the TV series sure does depict a perfect little world. Things go wrong with the family yes, but at the end of every day, they eat smores and laugh around a campfire. That can work for us too!


8. Transylvania from Dracula by Bram Stoker - Do you also have problems with controlling your TBR list? Have you realized that you will have to live to about 376 years of age to complete it? Perfect solution. Move to Transylvania, Romania and hang around Bran's Castle every night after sundown. You might just get lucky and receive an immortal kiss that will make sure you will be able to get through your TBR list on your own leisure time. You don't have to eat, sleep or exercise at all. You can just read. 


Our last two places, might be the two most probable places to be murdered in, in the whole wide fictional world. Statistically, you have about 67% chance to be murdered here.  Not that we would like to be murdered, but I guess there can be worse places to die in. Your best chance of survival, is to always, always be part of the investigation team. Nope, you don't need to be a police detective. If you can pull of being a wise-ass crime writer and amateur sleuth, you will have a long and prosperous life in both:





Which of our chosen destinations would you love to visit? Any you would really like to live in? And how comfortable would you be to die in one of our choices?

Remember to pay each other a visit and to add your link to Jana over @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Lots of Love,


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The Sunday Post #33

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Greetings all you wonderful Humans! How have you been? I take it most of you in the Northern Hemisphere are starting to see the first buds of spring, while those of us in the Southern Hemisphere are starting to feel the sting of the autumn wind. Such is life I guess. 

At least my Mommy is finally on holidays and we had a wonderful week of doing nothing. There is not a single thing of significance I can tell you about this week. Oh wait! There is 1 thing. After struggling with a sore hip and back and all other 40+ ailments, my Mommy's physiotherapist suggested that she rather join a full ballet class again and not only the barre class. She started with that on Wednesday and although she was walking like a frog for 2 days, she appeared quite pleased. 


No new books were acquired this week. In fact, we are all of a suddenly once again overwhelmed with the amount of books that are lying in ambush on our shelf and the Kindle. It's a fierce and dangerous army, I tell you.

Scratching the Blog Pole


We didn't write a Sunday Post last week as my Mommy was way too lazy and trying to catch up on all her blog comments. Thanks for always taking the time to visit us and leaving such fun comments! We love reading them. How about you give us a follow too? (Actually we just want to know if the new plug-in follow buttons work.... Right sidebar - add your pawprints. Hint hint)

We had six posts over the passed fortnight. As always, just click on the graphic if you've missed our post.

Thanks to all of you who always join in and comment on Wondrous Words Wednesday. We love hosting this feature and it's always a lot of fun. 


We had our first Cover Reveal and couldn't purr louder. Can't wait to read this book. 


Our Friday Fives was all about the review books we want/need/hope to read in the holidays.


My Mommy started this new feature on Tuesday and as you can guess, it's all because of my curiosity. The idea of this feature will be to answer, or try to answer, things that leave me curious for various reasons. This week we talked about the current popular reads and if we would like to read them or not. 


We haven't done a Wednesday Wisdom, where we share quotes from books, in months. And this is actually on of my Mommy's favorite features. We shared some marvelous wisdom from A Year of Marvellous Ways.

The same with Throwback Thursday. We did one the first Thursday of term and never again. I hope we'll manage to pre-schedule a couple of posts over the holidays. On Thursday we had a throwback to one of my Mommy's favorite reviews - King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard.

Honorable Mention this week: AJ over @ Read All The Things with her Top Ten Tuesday post  I'm the worst book cover designer ever. It was a brilliant and hilarious! 

On the Couch

Currently Reading



Mommy and Daddy watched Deadly Illusions on Netflix last night and that one will have to go to Curious Tuesday. No clue what was happening there. But we'll figure it out. After the movie, Mommy said she feels like reading an Gillian Flynn again and Dark Places was on the Kindle. As if Behind her Eyes aren't disturbing enough.

We are halfway through The Evening and the Morning and we enjoy it tremendously. It's our first Ken Follet and although I love all the cuddle time, I am very worried that my Mommy is going to want to read the rest of the saga after this one. And it's not as if all of them is not like 1000 pages long. She'll never complete her reading challenge this year! 

The Journey is one of our review books and it's a welcome break from the crazies and the historical tombstones. But I think she's going to want to read the rest of this series as well. 

That's all from us this week. We are looking forward to the upcoming week and Easter Weekend! We might not be in for a Sunday Post, but we will definitely hop in with the Easter Bunny during the week. 

Remember to thank our lovely hosts and to pay each other a visit. If you also want to join in for The Sunday Post and The Sunday Salon, just click on the image to be directed to our lovely hosts.



Lots of Love,





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