Thursday Quotables #1

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Welcome to Thursday Quotables hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage during your past reading week. Whether it's something funny, startling, gut-wrenching or just really written beautifully - this is where you must share! It is so simple:
  • Write a Thursday Quotable post on your blog. (We're all busy here, so pick something from what you are currently reading)
  • Link back to Bookshelf Fantasies and link-up with the linky provided.
  • Make sure to visit the other quotable bloggers and snitch their books.
  • Go finish reading your book.

When in doubt, keep reading. A book will never die on you. - John van de Ruit SPUD

I've had my eye on this meme for a couple of weeks and today I am finally joining in. My one obsession greater than reading and talking about books, is copying half the book. This came about as a means to an end, which you can read all about on Putting Pen to Paper - Literally. But throughout the years I have filled numerous little notebooks with quotes and passages and inky-thoughts on every single book that I read. 

See why this meme is right up my alley? I even dedicated my latest Top Ten Tuesday to a few of my favourite quotes from books. 

Being a bit of a Miss-goody-2-shoes as well (yup, that is my husband laughing in the background) I tend to stick to rules. And the rules state that you must quote from a book you are currently reading. I am currently reading a Netgalley book, The Benefits of Death by Roderic Jeffries. Not all that crazy about it (so far), but what the heck - it's quotable: 

It might be a game of chess in which the pieces would slowly change into people. 
The man might be short, tall, thin, fat ugly, handsome. The wife was a bitch. The widow was bedable.  

 I won't necessarily like te be described as 'bedable', but I guess it is better than being described as 'the bitch'. 

But let me leave you to go finish your book, I need to do the same. Will keep you posted on The Benefits of Death and the bedable widow. 

Please share your Thursday Quotables with me or just your favourite quote!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday - it's almost Friday! 
Remember to join me tomorrow for Friday Meets. 

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Putting pen to paper (literally)

After dedicating my latest Top Ten Tuesday to a few of my favourite quotes from books, I've decided to write a post on where this 'obsession' with bookish quotes come from. Now this is not a an easy (although quite laughable) subject to write about. I need to go dig and delve there where I can't even remember (but will never forget). 

I could read long before I could write (I presume that's the case with most of you). Mainly because I really, really hated putting pen to paper - literally.
Oh I could write in my head ever since I’ve read “Aspoestertjie” (the Afrikaans translation of Cinderella) for the first time. I knew from a very young age that I too can arrange letters into words that turn into keys that can open the most magical things on earth - books.
The problem was not the arrangement of the letters as much as the formation of those 26 doodly, scrappy, thingies.  Seeing that this was BC and we only got one of these  
long after I was required by The Department of Basic Education be able to make those doodly thingies in avoidance of being sent to "Nuwe Hoop School", a plan had to be made.
See, I had a few problems growing up. No no, I had lovely parents and a horrible sister - normal family life. But I was an epileptic and left-handed. The latter, far the worst of my problems. Due to the epilepsy, the keys to form the letters in my mind and get the message through to that cursed left-hand to put them down on paper, were a bit screwed up. This was long before Harry Potter as well, otherwise the flying keys scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone might have brought some comfort.
Although this was BC and BHP (not the mining company), the time for fairy godmothers is always the present. My fairy godmother turned out to be my own mother.  Although at the time, she might have appeared more like Cruella de Vil to me. She made me practice those silly doodles over and over and over. Again. Until I finally got it right. And then I had to do it again. Just for good measure.
All the keys finally opened all the right doors leading straight to the dreaded left hand. Still, getting the hand of it (pun intended) and actual enjoyment of the accomplished task at hand (no pun intended), are worlds apart. What’s the fun in copying stupid little sentences likeBaas en Mossie sit.” And it had to look just like that, or you had to do it again. Writing was seriously hijacking my reading time. I sulked a lot and found a kindred spirit in Aspoestertjie. We both had to perform such horrible, mundane tasks. Yup, writing stupid sentences was just as bad as picking peas from the ashes.
Thankfully, the comfort of escaping to the local library came around fortnightly. Between me and that horrible sister, we had twelve library cards (told you I had lovely parents). We went to the library every two weeks and rotated our library books between the two of us and for a couple of days, the world was at peace. Until my mother got a phone call from the local librarian.
You know when you read a book, and there are just some words, sentences and passages that speak to you in such a way you just have to highlight them? I did that. A lot. And you know you  dog-ear certain pages, because you want to read them again later? I did that too. A lot. My mom sighed a couple of times and then turned into my fairy godmother once again. She came up with an ingenious solution to all the world’s problems! (The world does revolve around you at the age of 8 or 9.) We made a quick stop at the local CNA and she bought me my very first diary. Now I’m as much a “Dear Diary”-girl as I am a “Dear Abby”-girl. The intend of this beautifully bound-in-pink diary, was for me to copy all those words, sentences and passages I just couldn’t send unappreciated  back to the library.  
The world turned into a magical place in which I reside to this day. Putting pen to paper became my super-power. All those wonderful words are considered sacred beyond measure and has to be treated as such. Through the years, I’ve collected quite a number of ‘book diaries’.

I still diarise every single book that I read. Some with only the date completed, book title and author. Others I fill up page after page of notes and quotes and copied passages. And yes, it still is pen to paper.

Footnote: Of course I have a Goodreads profile and a Kindle that can just do all that for me. I use those too. A lot.
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Cover Characteristics - Ladders

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

29 June 2016 - Ladders

Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 (or more - whatever blows your hair back) covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate: 
  • Pick your covers 
  • Post it to your blog
  • Share your post's URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark
  • Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.) 

I don't have a single book on any of my shelves featuring a ladder. So I had to call on Google-my-old-friend once again. Neither have I ever heard of any of the books I did end up choosing and I've only listed one as a TBR. I guess that will have to be my favourite pick of the week:


The rest of my selection is totally random and Google-my-old-friend picked them for me. Much obliged.  If you've read any of the following, please let me know if I need to pull a ladder closer in order to shelf it!

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Don't you just love the vintage-look of these books? Let me know if you know where to find any of them or just share your favourite covers featuring ladders with me. 

Happy Wednesday!

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Top Ten Tuesday - Ten Favourite Book Quotes

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

28 June 2016 - Top Ten Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish  where they provide a prompt and other lovers of list-making (me! me! me!) join in with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to. Just please link back to The Broke and the Bookish  if you are participating. Link up with your BLOG POST (not your blog) in the linky provided and remember to pay it forward!

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Seeing that it was The Broke and the Bookish's blogoversary last week - you can choose what you want to give them for an anniversary present this week. It's not as if we as participating bloggers do not be-gift them every single week with our clever thoughts and wit and participation in this utterly delightful link-up hey. Ag, we don't mind at all - any excuse for cake and wine. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!

This week is a freebie week: Either you can choose your own Top Ten of what ever you like (of course you can just pick the numbers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 and come up with an equation that most readers will never understand - do as you please) or you can have a throw-back on an old topic. I'm a new blogger, so nothing is "old" in my frame of reference (or regret). 

10 Favourite Book Quotes

181868071. from One plus one by Jojo Moyes (this one is dedicated to those brainy guys who are going to use numbers to confuse us)

The law of probability combined with the law of large numbers state that to break the odds, sometimes you have to repeat an event an increasing number of times in order to get you to the outcome you desire. The more you do, the closer you get. Or as I explain to Mom, basically sometimes you just have to keep going.


2. from The shadow of the wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Nobody knows much about women, not even Freud, not even women themselves. But it's like electricity: You don't have to know how it works to get a shock. 


3. from The collected works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zavin

The words you can't find, you borrow. In the end we are all collected works. He has read enough to know there are no collections where each story is perfect. Some hits, some misses. If you're lucky, a standout. And in the end, people only really remember the standouts. 


4. from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, insist upon it and sometimes even travel around the world for it. Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. 


5. form The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

Time is more precious than gold, more precious than diamonds, more precious than oil or any valuable treasure. It is time that we do not have enough of. It is time that causes the war within our hearts and so we must spend it wisely. Time cannot be packaged and ribboned and left under trees for Christmas morning. Time can't be given. But it can be shared.


6. from The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory

When you pray, you know that you want something. That is always the first step: To let yourself know that you want something, that you yearn for it. Sometimes that's the hardest thing to do, because you have to have courage to know what you desire. You have to have courage to acknowledge that you are unhappy without it. And sometimes you have to find courage to know that it was your folly or your wrongdoing which lost it. 


7. from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

One of the beauties of Jungle Law is that punishment settles all scores. There is no nagging afterwards.

8. from The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein

To live everyday as if it had bee stolen from death, that is how I would like to live. To separate oneself from the burden, the angst, the anguish that we all encounter everyday. To say 'I am alive, I am wonderful. I am, I am'. When I am a person, that is how I will live my life.


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

That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book and that tiny thing will lead you on to another book and another bit there will lead you on to a third book. It is geometrically progressive. All with no end in sight and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment. 

and of course:


2254548010. from The Rabbit Back literature society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen (this one is dedicated to all South Africans who is suffering under the strain of the current drought)

Let's think about the rain. Little spheres of water falling from the sky. They're harmless. Do you think that water only belongs in lakes and ponds and rivers, in pipes and bath tubs? What troubles we go to, building ourselves waterproof roofs, clothes, umbrellas, all to keep from having anything to do with water. We try so hard to separate ourselves from it. But we are made from water. You are and so am I. Water is flowing through us all the time. Is water God? It is certainly life at least. Life has its source in water.

What is your favourite quote from a book? Please share it with me. Or share your favourite Top Ten Anything (but if it's that dreaded equations, rather leave it)

Enjoy the rest of the week!

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Make Me Read It Readathon

Monday, June 27, 2016

Go ahead - Make me 

Time to put on my reading shoes and get ready for the latest Readathon with The Innocent Smiley and Tea & Titles.

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The fun part of this Readathon is you get to pick what I should read. 

 Yes Hon - all you. And if you enjoy it so much, go and visit the other readothletes (a participant in a readathon is a 'readothlete') who have signed up and pick theirs as well. See, fun for everyone!

The Make Me Read It Readathon will start on July 9th and end on July 16th. Now that's my part - I'll do the reading. You just do the picking. I have selected 10 books that is currently on my TBR list and hope to read 5 of them during the upcoming Readathon. The top five books as voted for by you, will be on that list. The 10 books are:

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Which of these do you think I should read?

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