Thursday Quotables #5 - The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

Thursday, March 23, 2017

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I'm not really one for memoirs, but The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan is an exception. "One Gift, three rules and a life changing journey around the world". Kim's travels definitely turned her into a wonderful storyteller. I'm about 70% done with this journey and will have my review up somewhere during the next week or so. For now, let me just share a few note-worthy quotes:  

I was learning to enjoy the great swath of possibility that came with uncertainty.

Had the cards been different, it could have been me to grow up on an isolated island protected from the rest of the world by miles and miles of water.Who would I have become it that had been my fate? And who was I now because it wasn't?

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Floating Islands Lake Titicaca, Peru

Maybe Diego never questioned the purpose of his life because he was too busy going about living it

I enjoyed Kim's account on the Rickshaw Challenge in India and I had soooo much sympathy with those girls! Yup, I would have cried the whole time.

The teams ahead of us were cruising along without problems, but they were missing out on something incredible: the extraordinary kindness that appeared out of nowhere each time that we broke down.

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It's Monday - What are you reading? #6

Monday, March 13, 2017


It's Monday! What are you reading? This weekly feature is hosted by Bookdate and it's a great way to get your reading week sorted. All you need to do is: 

  • Tell us what you are currently reading
  • What did you finish reading last week
  • What do you plan on reading next
  • Add your link to the linky provided by your host
  • Visit the other bloggers who also deal with terrible Mondays, but still find the time to prioritize their reading schedules
  • Make sure to read really awesome books in order to increase the above mentioned bloggers' stress levels by adding even more books to their TBR list
  • Stop whining and get reading

Recently Finished

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The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - A trivial comedy for serious people. I started working again last week, so that means I can multi-task again! I can sit, stand, lie, crouch, bend with a physical book for hours on end. 

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But not with Audio Books - I need to do something else while readening (read + listen). That's why I love listening to the classics while I mark students' work. 

I had such a great laugh readening this classic by Oscar Wilde. I am still wondering at what age we do turn into our mothers and if it really is at 102 or not?
"All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That is his."

The Light between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Funny how the right book can cross your path and just the right time. This book was exactly what I needed and it really touched my heart there where not even a tissue can reach.

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Yes, I ugly cried with this one. But it was so worth it. I feel better now. As you know by now, I am a sucker for words that get arranged into sentences and passages that are just so quotable and re-writable. Tons and tons of those in this novel. 

Currently Reading

Take Control TBR Challenge - That's what I'm suppose to do.... But like I very clearly stated in that post, I simply have no s(h)elf control. 

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The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan This is the last book that I still have on my Netgalley shelf and I really want to make a good,clean start with my Netgalley shelf - so I need to finish this one and get the review up. Luckily, I am enjoying the travels and adventures of the yellow envelope. 

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye I've decided not to do any any any any any challenges this year - except for the TBR challenge. My TBR shelf should not stand for "To Be Read", but rather for "To be reprimanded". Yes, I know it's not that bad. But I have no control over it! Trying to get back into reading, I spend hours on Goodreads and the Blogosphere and do you have any idea how many books I want to read and then when I shelf it, it is already there?? 

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So yes, I am doing the TBR challenge the whole year. Jane Steele has not been on my TBR list for the longest of time, but I nagged and nagged to read it last year. I bought it and then it just laid there.... I need to finish this book, soon. (The fact that I'm just a bit scared of this feisty heroine has got nothing to do with it)

Cross my heart hope to read

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What have you just finished reading? (Please don't let it be anything that will draw my attention...)

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Thursday Quotables #4 - The Light Between Oceans

Thursday, March 9, 2017

13158800Welcome back 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! Just remember to link back to 

I don't do a Thursday Quotable every week, heck - I haven't done one in months! I haven't really read anything notable or quotable in months. And then I came across this book..... The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and I simply can't stop quoting and unquoting. Funny how the right book can cross your path at just the right time. There are so many beautiful quotes and passages in this book that just speak to my heart so dearly at the moment.

"Like the wheat fields where more grain is sown than can ripen, God seemed to sprinkle extra children about, and harvest them according to some indecipherable calendar."

"It is a luxury to do something that serves no practical purpose: the luxury of civilization."

"Your family is never in your past. You carry it around with you everywhere."

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"We can't rightly ever talk about the future, if you think about it. We can only talk about what we imagine, or wish for. It's not the same thing."

"Violet had wanted to wail with her, to tear her hair and tell her she knew the grief of losing the firstborn: how nothing - no person, no money, no thing that this earth could offer - could ever make up for that and that the pain would never, never go away."

"That sort of experience either gives you a taste for death or a thirst for life"

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Have you read The Light Between Oceans
What was your favorite quote from it?

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Cover Characteristics - The ELEPHANT in the room

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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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 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! 
Greetings! Today is the day that we deal with the elephant in the room. Seriously, the elephant needs to be acknowledged today and allowed to go free..... 

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The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan - I haven't read this one, but I know my old Book Club has it in circulation this year. Apparently it is well worth the read. (Need to start a new Book Club now)

Dumbo by Helen Aberson Everybody's favorite elephant! Quite sure that he was never ignored and nobody ever pretended that he's not in the room.

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Elephants can remember by Agatha Christie Yes, I will always be able to find an Agatha Christie novel to use for any post. She is the ultimate "go to" author. But seriously, this is a great novel. Think I'll read it again.

Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell This is a collection of essays by another great author. The title story deals with Mr Orwell's painfull account as a police officer in Imperial Burma on killing an escaped elephant in front of a crowd (he didn't want to look like a fool you know)

Elephant Song by Wilbur Smith I don't ever want to read this book.

My favorite elephant in any room at any time forever and ever:

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Circles in a Forest by Dalene Matthee No matter how many books I will have on my Read shelf when I die one day, this book will always be one of my top 5 favorite reads. It was originally published in my mother tongue, Afrikaans, hence the reason for the two covers. I know plenty of Afrikaans people who will claim "Kringe in 'n bos" is the best book ever. Mostly because it is the only book they had ever read.... Be that as it may, it really is one of the best books. Ever. 


Are we going to talk about the elephant in your room as well? You are welcome to get it out in the open and share your favorite book covers featuring elephants with me 

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You take my s(h)elf, you take my s(h)elf control - *ohoho ohoho*

Monday, March 6, 2017

Welcome to the Take Control TBR Challenge hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. With this challenge, you need to take a bit of s(h)elf control. Let's be honest, (you are in a safe space here) who doesn't struggle with s(h)elf control?

I for one do not have a lot of things under control at the moment, least of all my TBR list. And unless I press delete (*gasp* Oh the shock and horror of even considering that), it is not going to be sorted anytime soon. But I guess if you want to move a mountain, you have to start kicking a few rocks. 

Here's the rules for the challenge: (Yup, I did copy/paste here. The "me" is Kimberly, not me)

Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private.
Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly
Begins midnight March 1st, 2017 and ends March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm.
Read/listen to books from your TBR pile.
ALL books/audios must have been published before March 1,  2017. I don’t care where you got them, so old ARCS count too!
Post a review to Goodreads, or your blog then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. ( these can be mini review)
You can combine events, challenges etc.
No novellas for this one peeps. Page count must be over 100 pages to qualify. Yes any book over 100 pages, even graphic novels.
The rafflecopter will only allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
Twitter Party March 15th @ 7 pm (CST) The Ides of March. Come chat about books you have read and win prizes.
24-hour TBR read-a-thon Saturday, March 18th (sign-up will post in February) Grab your snacks, snuggle up and read until you drop! Instagram challenges and more.
Earn extra entries for participating in the Twitter Party and 24-hour TBR read-a-thon

Okay. Let's do this! These are the rocks I plan on moving in March:

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I'm still working on a reading schedule for 2017. Normally I have all challenges lined up by December and everything is planned for the next year. I actually like the idea of the TBR challenge so much, I think I am going to stick with it through the year. In other words, only read from my TBR list (except for ARC's, of course). Not that it will make a significant impact. But just maybe I can get it sorted out and scale it down to A movable feast. Wait, I don't have that one on my TBR list... 

And that's my problem! I have no s(h)elf, I have no s(h)elf control....

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The Sunday Post - Headlines and the Failure of Super Powers

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Image result for So what happened?Greetings! Missed me and The Sunday Headlines much? Don't worry - so did I. I've been absent from the blogosphere for just over 4 months, but hopefully I'll start floating around again. I did manage to read a couple of blog posts, but didn't write (or read for that matter) anything myself.

(Note: Don't you guys miss Gene Wilder? And can somebody please tell me why does that picture of him just fit every possible meme you can ever think of?) To answer: Well, that's a rather long and sad story. It's Sunday and nobody feels like a sad song. So let's rather just give a few headlines. 

1. 29 September 2016 - Missing mind never recovered due to positive pregnancy test. (Refer back to Missing mind reported)

2. 03 October 2016 - Joyful joyful! But be warned - hcg levels are very high (possibility of twins)

3. 01 to 15 October 2016 - We're all going on a Summer Holiday (In Mauritius!)

4. 31 October 2016 - First ultrasound. Lo and Behold - it's twins! (And I feel like crap)

5. November 2016 - To move, or not to move? That is the question. (We live half-way across the country from family. And it's twins. We're going to need all the help we can get)

6. 06 December 2016 - It's a boy! (Or at least one is. The other one thinks his/her butt is the cutest thing ever. Which is true)

7. 09 December 2016 - It's my 38th birthday. (Let's eat cake and throw up)

8. 15 to 23 December 2016 - Time to answer #5. (Spent time with the in-laws and bought a beautiful house in Jeffreys Bay. Yes, we are moving half-way across the country in January)

9. 24 to 31 December 2016 - Get packing. (I do believe Christmas was somewhere that week too)

10. 10 January 2017 - It's a boy! Again! (Yup, two boys)

11. 12 January 2017 - So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye Nelspruit. (Road trip halfway across the country. Did I mention how crap I felt?)

12. 17 January 2017 - Moving is fun! So they said. (DID I mention how crappy I felt? High blood pressure, bloated like crazy.)

13. 24 to 27 January 2017 - All work and no play gives you the worst backache in recorded history. (Not to mention your twin boys kicking up a storm)

14. 01 February 2017, 23:00 - Something's wrong (Got admitted to hospital @ 00:30 with contractions)

15. 02 February 2017 - They came, they saw, they conquered. They left. (My first boy was born @ 17:15 and the second one @ 17:18. 22 Weeks gestation. Neither survived) 

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The worst part of all (let's face it - there is always something worse. And always something better) was how dismally my Superpower failed me. Isn't reading suppose to be the solution to everything? Granted, I didn't read a whole bunch of novels while I was pregnant, but do you have any idea how infinitely google-able pregnancy and the raising of twins are? There was no time to read a book here, I needed to get all that information into my head (the same head that was still suffering from "missing mind" condition)

I had to stay in hospital and I sent my husband home with everything but my kindle. For what else do you need in a time of distress than to read? Nope, did not give any comfort. I just opened the first book on the kindle and started reading. I have no idea what The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks is about...

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And so I went home with empty arms and an empty head and an empty reading schedule. Utter failure. Everyday I just went through the motions and the emotions and stared at the ocean (we live at the sea now!). And then I got bored with that. I need to beat this and I need The Beat, because as you know: 

"You can't stop
The motion of the ocean
Or the sun in the sky
You can wonder if you wanna
But I never ask why
And if you try to hold me down
I'm gonna spit in your eye and say
That you cant stop the beat!"

Life is for the living. And for reading. Let's get back to it.

Recently Finished

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 One of the five stages of grief is anger. I had to get angry and seeing that most of my own emotions were in power failure mode, I relied on someone else's anger. So I got angry with Marina Gregg. But still, would I have committed murder? I honestly can't give an honest answer to that one. 

"She never did mean harm, but there is no doubt that people like Heather Badcock are capable of doing a lot of harm because they lack - not kindness, they have kindness - but any real consideration for the way their actions may affect other people".

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Marina Gregg as portrayed by Elizabeth Taylor, Claire Bloom and Lindsay Duncan

Currently Reading

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman This is exactly what I need right now. This book has been on my TBR shelf for years (according to Goodreads it is listed as #18. My current TBR list is 503). Such a beautiful book. Will wait to watch the movie until I'm done. 

The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan My Netgalley account is a bit of a disaster. I need to start requesting again, but first need to finish this one. Then I can start afresh. This is a memoir, but it is an enjoyable read.

The Gunslinger by Stephen King I've been meaning to start with this series last year, but never got to it. It is one of the monthly reads for the South African Book Lovers group on Goodreads. Might as well join in. I've started with it, but I'm still not sure if it's for me. Or rather - it's not The Gunslinger, it's me.... 

Cross my heart, hope to read

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Fish of the Seto Inland Sea by Ruri Pilgrim I borrowed this one from my mother-in-law. I might as well give it a try. Seeing that I still can't really think for myself and it is just lying here. Staring at me. 

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Another book that has been on my TBR list for ages (#67) and I know my husband. He will want to watch the movie. So I need to read it beforehand. Read first. Watch later.


So what have you been up to?
What are you currently reading?
Any recommendations to start drafting my reading schedule?

This post links up with The Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by The Bookdate. Remember to add your links and to visit other bloggers who also share their inky thoughts and feelings. 

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