10 x 10 + 1 = The 101th Dalmatian - Give it a sniff

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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First of all - Thank you to all the congratulatory messages on my 100th post! Guess what? Here's one more. I really am starting to feel like a Disney Princess here. If I don't prevent you from falling asleep during a long and tedious-to-read blog post, I present you with another post filled with lovely little Ink Spots.

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(What do you mean, SHE's not a Disney Princess??)

I wanted to do something special for the 100th post celebration and seeing that Somebody already stole 100 puppies and gave them away, I had to think of something else. And then it hit me: The sum of the parts are greater than the hole whole. Let's do a bit of maths and see how you can get to 100!

1. Ten things I've learned from blogging

1. Gif's - so much better than gifts
2. HTML - How To Make Lasagne (thanks Cait @ Paperfury!)
3. CSS - Cruising the Seven Seas (yes, almost like RMS Titanic)
4. RSS - Reporting Sinking Ship (again, almost like RMS Titanic)
5. Meme - Yes, You!! Take part in them, it's good for you.
6. Disqus - Better than your High School Debate Team.
7. Commentluv - Luv u 2 honey-bun
8. Links - You won't get murdered on these Links and you don't have to pursue a little white ball. Unless you want to.
9. KYA - Nope, not Kill the Young Adults (I know it is a very popular theme at the moment yes). Know Your Acronyms. TBR, DNF, LGBQ, YA, MG, OWL, etc. 
10. FUN - Having it while blogging.

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2. My Ten Favorite Posts

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3. Your Ten Favorite Posts (statistically) 

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4. My Ten Favorite Bloggers (so far)

3. Greg @ Book Haven
4. Sarah @ Brainfluff
5. Elizabeth @ Silver's Review
6. Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense
7. Angel Erin @ AngelErin
10. Wendy @ Literary Feline

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5. My Ten Favorite Blog Spots (so far)

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6. My Ten Favorite Book Reviews

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7. My Ten Favorite Memes/Features

1.Cover characteristics - hosted by Sugar and Snark
2. The Sunday Post - hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer
3. Friday 56 - hosted by Freda's Voice
4. Book Beginnings - hosted by Rose City Reader
5. Top Ten Tuesday - hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
6. Book Blogger Hop - hosted by The ramblings of a coffee addicted writer
7. Make me read it Readathon - hosted by The Innocent Smiley
8. Thursday Quotables - hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies
9. It's Monday! What are you reading? - hosted by The Book Date
10. Book Travelling Thursdays - hosted by Goodreads Group

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8. Ten Books I never would have noticed if not for blogging (Because Goodreads and Book Club can only get you SO far)

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9. These are ten of my favOrite things in books

1. Raindrops on roses - A few blood-drops on the staircase of an old Gothic staircase will do nicely too.
2. Whiskers on kittens - or dogs. As long as they don't die for no apparent reason or by the hand of some evil doer. 
3. Bright Copper kettles - like the type you get in the kitchen of Downton Abbey. 
4. Warm woolen mittens - like the type they wore in WWII. Especially red ones. For special effect you know.
5. Brown paper packages tied up with string - containing books..... 
6. (fast forward to) Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings - Make it a hippogriff and I'll settle. Okay, the occasional dragon too.
7. Girls in white dresses - but it has to be really good. Don't do romance. Throw in a ghost in a white dress and I'll settle. (Rather easy to bargain with me)
8. With blue satin sashes - Are we talking satin sashes as worn in the Victoria era? That makes me happy too.
9. Silver white winters - Think The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe here.
10. That melts into spring - Spring is here! Well, almost. Time to dust all the book shelves and make space for new ones. Who doesn't love that?

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10. Thank You!

I can't blog, if blogging is without you. Thanks for all the comments, support, likes, shares, tips and advice. You are too kind. Please don't stop. Oh and thanks for all the follows as well. All my Inky Trails are adventured on via a minibus-taxi in Africa - always place for one more! So why not hop aboard?

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(I don't really drive a taxi. But I really blog somewhere in Africa. And there really is always place for one more)


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The Sunday Post - Double up to 100

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Image result for 100 gifThe Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.

Today's Sunday Post is the 100th post on my blog. Yea! Of course I had big plans for this post. I mean it is 100 and we all know how very important that number is. (Actually, I have absolutely no idea what the significance of 100 is. Will find out though)

When I started planning today's Sunday Post, I realized it had that one magical ingredient that one need to write a classic fairy tale like Sleeping Beauty: The reception will bore you to sleep. Too much thalk thalk thalk, tooo much blah blah blah.

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So as a potential future evil queen (one should always aspire to greatness), I came to rescue you. I will NOT include my 100th post celebration, I will just give you a quick recap of the past two weeks and leave the celebrations for later in the week. That way you are bound to stay awake for the duration of this post AND you have enough time to go get me a present that you can present to me in an elaborate way.

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Featured LinkSpots


Cover Characteristics - Mountains

Thursday Quotables That Cursed Book and Not one, not two .....

"Those that we love never truly leave us Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. Paint ..... and Memory .... and Love."

Friday Meets - 19 August 2016 and 26 August 2016

Book Traveling Thursdays - Anna and the King of Siam

It's Monday! What are you reading? - Thanks to Eskom

Reflections on Ink

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Me Thinks

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What's happening this week? (Linking up with It's Monday! What are you reading over at The Book Date)

Currently Reading (covers link to Goodreads)


Recently finished - The Other Mrs Walker I'll have to think about this one before I review.

To be read - To be considered. Am I the only one who still have lots of books left on yearly challenges for a year that are 4 months away from its expiry date? 

On the Blog - The 100th Celebration! Top Ten Tuesday. Cover Characteristics. Thursday Quoatables. Book Traveling Thursdays. Review of Autumn in Oxford (providing I can figure enough out to write a review). Friday Meets. August Ink Stains. September Library Card. 

Wishing you all a great week ahead! 


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Friday Meets - 26 August 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Am I the only one who feels like that? Not complaining at all - just sharing.

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-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.
(With one click on the covers, you will be transported to the magical world of Goodreads)

After requesting a book from Netgalley and it got DENIED (*gasp*), I visited my Netgalley profile and realized that my feedback ratio is only 40% (*gasp*). How is that possible?? I've only requested 3 books so far and two are read and reviewed. Looking at my shelf, I saw that I've actually received 5 books from Netgalley (huh?) - and then I remembered.... It was a night, long gone by (at least a month), the movie was boring, the wine was delicious and I was browsing Netgalley. THAT's how this book ended up on my shelf. Forgotten. Ruining my feedback ratio. Being published on Tuesday. Yes, THIS Tuesday. 

"There, on the telephone, in a heated conversation, was Lieutenant Colonel Folsom again, crossing my path: first, dressing me down in front of Omar Bradley on that dusty parade ground in Louisiana, then handing me a promotion to captain without even looking at me, finally, sending us across the channel to man the Red Ball Express. Now he was the officer I'd have to report black marketeering to." 

So far, there are only 2 ratings on Goodreads and NO reviews. No pressure. No, not at all. I'm actually only at 9% (of 426 pages) and I'm still hoping and praying that this book will grasp my attention and I'll just fly through the pages.... Luckily, it's not bad at all and the Blurb is enticing:
After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as a student twenty years before, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Tom Wrought escapes America’s Cold War climate to teach at Oxford. There, he falls in love with Liz Spencer, a beautiful married woman. When Liz’s husband is pushed in front of a train in the London Underground, Tom is immediately arrested for the murder. Scotland Yard is convinced it has its man, as he had means, motive, and opportunity.
Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former secret work as an American spy made him a number of powerful enemies. Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reason to frame him. If Liz and Alice can find out who is behind the murder, they stand a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives at risk. Goodreads

Lets join Gilion @ Rose City Reader now 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. You are welcome to also post 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 visit the other City Readers! If you use another book as the one used for Friday 56, remember to include the title and author.

Definitely no time to pick another book for Book Beginnings! It has to be Autumn in Oxford as well.

Opening sentence(s): 
At 3:00 Tom Wrought left college for London. He was to meet his lover, Liz Spencer, at the Gresham House, a shabby hotel in Bloomsbury.
I like that the story "opens" immediately. Not too many introductions. It might read a bit like a court file though. BUT I strongly suspect that it is precisely the idea.

Book Blogger Hop
As always, I will also be joining the Book Blogger Hop hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer. Every week they will pop a question that you need to answer. Post your answer to your blog, enter your post to the linky provided, make yourself a cup of coffee and go visit the other blogs in the list. 

Today's questions: Can you say this sentence describes you (example): READING IS MY PASSION.

My answer:   I know how to read and I'm not afraid to use it

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Wishing you all a great weekend!


Thalk to me!

What are you reading over the weekend?
What sentence best describes you?

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Book Traveling Thursdays #2

Thursday, August 25, 2016

I have about an hour to kill, so let's take a coffee break with Book Traveling Thursdays.

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Danielle and Catia are the two lovely moderators over at the  Goodreads group. Should you wish to participate, just follow these easy 1,2,3 block(g) myself steps: 

    Book Traveling Thursdays
  1. Pick a book. At the beginning of every month, a list of themes will be posted. All you have to do is choose a book that fits that theme.
  2. In your blog post, include an explanation of why your chosen book fits the theme.
  3. Look at covers from multiple editions and multiple countries for the book you chose.
  4. Be sure to tag your posts with booktravelingthursdays so we can all see each other's posts. (Link back on the Goodreads Group)
  5. In your post, include the the following: 
  • The original cover
  • The cover from your country (if there are multiple covers from your country, include them all)
  • Your favorite cover
  • Your least favorite cover
This week's theme is: Because reading takes us to a lot of different adventures, choose a book that makes you think about travelling. 

After finishing Anna and the King of Siam by Margaret Landon over the weekend, I am going to pick this book for today. I've been to Thailand and Bangkok before, but after reading this and watching the hit musical The King and I, I really want to go back to Thailand.

Anna and the King of Siam was first published in 1944 and the original cover looked like this: 


This book was published as an ebook on Tuesday and the cover for the ebook and the one that I've read look like this:


Neither one has the same effect as caffeine however (not much excitement here). The following covers does make me feel a bit more excited though:

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Absolutely love the snippet from the 1956 musical in the middle cover. "No one's head must ever be higher than king! Et cetera Et cetera Et cetera!"

My favorite cover for Anna and the King of Siam:


Anna Leonowens was a strong-willed, hard-headed woman. I think the lady in this cover says exactly that. Just look at that face. You're not going to mess with her, are you? Give her a sword and a fantasy kingdom to defend and she can easily pass as a modern day heroine. 

Least favorite covers:

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Let's quickly have a look at the movie(s) and musical posters:

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If all these beautiful covers doesn't inspire you to travel to Thailand, maybe a few of my own photos will do the trick!


Thalk to me!

Have you read Anna and the King of Siam?
Where would you like to travel to and was there a book that inspired that?

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