Friday Meets

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 to start the weekend with Book Beginnings.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. For this date, you will need the following:

  •  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 don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.
I have this terrible habit of reading more than one (or two or three) books at the same time. I do try to stick to one per format though. For this week's Friday 56, I will choose the paperback I am currently reading - When God was a rabbit, Sarah Winman.



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 P56:
Jenny Penny reached across and held my hand. Her palm was slippery. I couldn't look at her. Our guilt and our tears were not for each other. They were for someone else that day.

Before you run of for 'hey hey hey it's Friday'   

Remember to join Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings. Share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading (or just take the one you grabbed for Friday 56) and share it. As well as your initial thoughts on the sentence and your first impressions of the book. Remember to also post your link to Rose City Reader and to share the others! If you use another book as the one used for Friday 56, remember to include the title and author.

This week I will use the same book as for Friday 56. Simply because there are so many beautiful sentences and passages in this book. This book reads like a memoir, told through the eyes Eleanor Maud (Elly).

I divide my life into two parts. Not really a Before and After, more as if they are bookends, holding together flaccid years of empty musings, years of the late adolescent or the twentysomething whose coat of adulthood simply does not fit.



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Reading in the rocking chair

Friday, April 29, 2016

'Worrying is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere'

I remember reading Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot when I was in High School. How absolutely absurd the whole thing was to me. Vladimir and Estragon were just sitting there. On a bench (or was it a rock?), under a tree. Waiting. Endlessly and in vain. They didn't do anything. They didn't go anywhere. They just waited and worried for and about this Godot person/entity/deity/pty.ltd - whatever.

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"Nothing happens. Nobody comes. Nobody goes. It's awful!"


How awful that must be (thought the 18 year-old me). Imagine that. You just sit and wait while nothing happens. By choice. Whoa. For a young girl who's life was still ahead of her, a young girl who never seemed to have enough hours in the day or days in the week - Waiting for Godot was, well, ABSURD. 

Somehow I have always managed to squeeze in a bit of reading time in my hectic schedule - but oh, how I wished to have more time for reading and writing. The years went by (I am not going to say how many years) and my schedule just seemed to increase. Goals changed, careers changed, cities changed to towns and flats changed to houses that were moved a couple of times. But still I wished for more time for the important things in live. Like reading. And then I got married! To a genie who made all my dreams come true (Okay,he's not a genie. I just can't get him to bow to my will).  I became a part-time educator, a stay-at-home wife and an ever-hopeful-to-be mother. By choice. 

Be careful what you wish for ...... You might find yourself reading in a rocking chair with not very much else to do. I know I know, this sounds like a dream come true. And it was! For about a month or so.

 As I sat reading in my rocking chair, I started to worry. I wasn't bored at all. (I've never liked the word or the concept of boredom. There is always something to do. And worrying is something to do. The fact that it doesn't get you anywhere is irrelevant). The constant warrior turned into a constant worrier. And a waiter. No, not the type who serves your drinks and meals at SPUR. The type who sits and wait to be served my drinks and meals. I am constantly waiting for a number of things I can pin point and an even larger number of things I can't. Pretty much the same as Vladimir and Estragon. How absolutely absurd.


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No, honestly Didi - I can't. A rocking chair is for reading, not for worrying. There isn't very much I can do or change regarding the 'waiting game'. I guess to  'wait' is the aim of the game. But I sure can stop worrying while playing. 

And I need a game-plan:

1. Start your own blog. This was that genie-husband's idea. I was skeptical, but after reading Why you should start a book blog, I knew this was worth a try. (Thanks for the inspiration paperfury)

2. Read yourself out of this. Reading is always the solution - never the problem. 

I've made myself a list of books, with accompanied reasons, that I currently find beneficial to my state of play.

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  • The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah. These women knew about waiting. IT wasn't easy. And they had to burn their rocking chairs.
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer. # My husband did not pack up all my books and stored it in the basement to make space on the bookshelves for his less-important things. 
  • The girl on the train, Paula Hawkins. # I haven't started drinking (yet).


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  • The Dovekeepers, Alice Hoffman. # At least I have Jesus.
  • The Girl with all the gifts. # I also have a couple of students who love coming to my classes. I'm ever so grateful that they are not zombies.
  • The art of racing in the rain. # Oh for the love and loyalty of your dog(s).

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  • Spud, John van de Ruit. # "When in doubt, keep reading. A book will never die on you." You laugh until you cry. Both good reasons for reading. 
  • The turn of the screw, Henry James. # I don't see dead people (maybe I must make this a "yet" as well).
  • Griet skryf 'n sprokie, Marita van der Vyver. # A like-minded person! (I did not say "sane-minded")

That's about how far I am with my game-plan. Like this blog, it is a work in progress. I will triumph....!! 


If you have any game-strategies or other reading recommendations, please leave a comment.
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Currently Reading

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Paperback 

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My reading progress for the past week was a bit slow. Flue-season in SA and I got it. Thankfully I also got the most beautiful flowers from a wonderful friend. 
I'm still reading Come, thou tortoise by Jessica Grant. It is a lovely read with the loveliest characters. Especially Winifred. She is a tortoise yes, but I do so love her. So why don't I just finish it??  I'm just running through books at the moment. Very similar to a hare. Quite sure that Winifred will catch up with me. 

I've started When God was a rabbit by Sarah Winman on Sunday afternoon. Not exactly sure what is going on here yet, but so far it is an easy read and I'm looking forward to see what happens with Elly and Jenny Penny. 

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As I'm typing this, I suddenly realize I am reading about a Tortoise and a Hare. Will definitely keep you posted on who won the race! The funniest part of all, this was NOT intentional. 

Kindle 

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What's the use of a 'reading schedule' if it's not to not follow your reading schedule? This book is not on my April library card, but it has been on my kindle for a few months. I started with The name of the rose by Umberto Eco, the book that I should be reading - if only I was in the habit of sticking to schedules. I will finish that one too. Eventually. I've heard and read plenty of excellent reviews for The unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, so far I believe the raving reviews might be valid. 
'Life was very different when you walked through it.'

Audio (Librivox)

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This book has been on my TBR list for ages and is also on my "listed" books for 2016. This is one of the novels on Librivox where some of the chapters are read by different readers. For me as a listener, I don't always like that. Especially if some readers are just better readers than others. Like Sandra G, that girl is very good!  But it's still fun book to listen to. It is an art to use a bit of word play to portray the simplest of events with so much wit and humor. Hats of to Jerome K. Jerome.


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Bout of Books read-a-thon

Bout of books read-a-thon update!



Saturday 14 May 2016


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  • The Widow - 154 pages (finished)
  • The Mystery box - 4 pages
Total pages read: 156
Books finished: 1

Friday 13 May 2016


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  • The Widow - 120 pages
  • The Little Prince - 26 pages (Finished)
Total pages read: 146
Books finished: 1

Thursday 12 May 2016


It was a hectic day - if only we can always escape into a book and books can always be the only comfort we need.

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  • The Widow - 40 pages
Total pages read: 40

Wednesday 11 May 2016


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  • Three men in a boat - listened to 5 chapters (finished)
  • The little prince - read 19 pages
  • 11/22/63 -read 9 pages
Total pages read: 28 
Books finished: 1


Tuesday 10 May 2016


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  • Recipes for love and murder - read 166 pages (finished)
  • Three men in a boat - listened to 3 chapters
  • The little prince - read 2 pages
  • 11/22/63 - read 17 pages

Total pages read: 174
Books finished: 1

 Monday 09 May 2016


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  • Recipes for love and murder - read 93 pages
  • The Little Prince - read 9 pages
  • Three men in a boat - listened to 4 chapters
Total pages read: 102 
Books finished: 0


Bout of Books #16

I just saw the Bout of Books read-a-thon at Dual Reads and thought: Ah what the heck! I'm new to this blogging thing. Let's give everything a fair chance - at least once. I might need a bit of help though. Thankfully I've quickly realized that the blogger-world gives more support than the AA.  So here goes!

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am on Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional.

For all Bout of Books 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. 
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Cover characteristics

Monday, April 25, 2016

Today's cover characteristic - CIRCUS (oh yea!)



Cover characteristics is a meme hosted by Sugar & Snark - each week they post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favourite covers with that characteristic.

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The museum of extraordinary things by Alice Hoffman. This book was so amazing. Maybe the cover is not all that whoay Circus - I'll just call it intense loyalty. The setting of this novel is Coney Island. And that was the ultimate circus experience. 

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Another Coney Island setting (partly) - Church of marvels by Leslie Parry

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Yes, I am also going to list The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. When I saw the theme, this was the first book I thought of. I don't believe it matters if everybody uses this one. To quote from the novel: "The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are."

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I haven't read Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. I've just searched for it on Goodreads and immediately listed it as a TBR. Has anybody else read it?

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I'm Afrikaans first language and like most Afrikaans girls, I've grown up with Saartjie Baumann. I do suspect that this cover might give away my age. Saartjie se sirkus deur Bettie Naude.

Note: I love circus-themed novels. However, I have never been to the circus. Ever.


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