King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Friday, June 26, 2020

Audio book listened to between May 20 - May 26, 2016 (Listened to a few chapters again 25 June 2020)

 Librivox recording by John Nicholson (I still vote for Sean Connery to do this reading)

My rating: 

Goodreads:  H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quartermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds. 


You know what I love about book reviewing and blogging the most? It gives you the freedom to google your favorite books and characters for hours and hours and if someone asks what you are doing you can quite honestly say: RESEARCH. (You might even glare at them over the rim of your glasses. For effect. Also make sure to have a pencil at hand. Again - for effect)

Afterwards, you might sound extremely clever and give lots and lots of useless information to anyone who would be interested in listening. (I strongly suggest that you keep your glasses down on your nose and have that pencil either in your hand or stuck in your hair).

Just look at all this useless info we came up with regarding our lead character in King Solomon's Mines, Alan Quarterain:  
  • Alan Quartermain was born in 1817 
  • Physically he was small, wiry, unattractive, with a beard and short hair that sticks up. (So very, very unattractive as you can see)
  • He was married twice, but widowed quickly in both instances. No, we are not jumping to any conclusions considering the sudden passing of two wives.
  • He lived in Durban, Natal, South Africa
  • He was a professional big game hunter and occasional trader. Yes, he did have access to guns. Big ones. But still, we are not jumping to any conclusions regarding his wives.
  • He had one recorded son, Harry, who died of smallbox while working as a medical student. 
  • He had a speculated daughter who married a relation of Sherlock Holmes
  • The product of the above mentioned relationship was none other than Indiana Jones' father,
    Henry Jones Sr. (It might just be me, but I can definitely see a strong family resemblance)
     
  • We meet him for the first time in King Solomon's mines when he was 55.Alan Quartermain died on 18 June 1885 
That's enough useless information for now (you may either put your glasses down or place them in a more proper position, but hold on to the pencil for a few seconds more). Just one last thing: 

Did you know: When Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was first published, H. Rider Haggard made a 5 shilling bet that he could write a better adventure novel. (You may now put the pencil down as well)

In 1885, Haggard published "the most amazing story ever written". It became one of the best selling novels of the nineteenth century. It is the first English novel set in Africa and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

This novel tells of the search by sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good and the narrator, Alan Quatermain, for Sir Henry's younger brother George. He has been lost in the interior of Africa for two years in the quest for King Solomon's mines. The legendary source of the Biblical king's enormous treasures. The three companions encounter fearful hardships, fierce warriors, mortal danger and the sinister and deadly witch Gagool. Quatermain tells the tale of their struggles through unmapped Africa with touches of humour and excitement.

I so love the phrase: unmapped Africa. That leaves the reader with an open imagination for the location of King Solomon's mines. Yes, there has been numerous speculation on the precise location of the treasures. Even in this story, we never know where Kukuanaland actually are. That might be anywhere in Africa. I do tend to favor South of Africa more, but then again, I might just be biased and make my own conclusions. 

Through those hours and hours doing research, the following clues are the ones that convince me that the setting has to be in the southern part of Africa:
  • KU-KU-ANALAND: I am quite sure that is a word-play on "cuckoo". And you have to be a bit cuckoo to love and live in Africa, especially South Africa. It is a survival skill. "Afrika is nie vir sissies nie" (Africa is not for the meek)
  • SHEBA's BREASTS: In chapter 5 and 6 we read that the men are climbing Sulimans (Solomon's) Berg. This peak form part of twin peaks called Sheba's Breasts. These peaks are located in the Southern African Kingdom of Lesotho.
  • AFRIKAANS: My mother tongue and a language mainly spoken in South Africa. There are a whole lot of Afrikaans words in this novel. Yea!! I had a few nice chuckles with the pronunciation of some words and was wondering if the meaning of all the words were understandable:
Biltong: A kind of cured meat
Kaross: A coat made from the hide of livestock with the hair still on
Kraal: An enclosure for livestock
Kwagga: Sub-species of the zebra. Now extinct.
Koppie: A small hill. Also a cup. 

  • GAGOOL: She was old and dry, very ugly and full of wickedness. Like I said, Africa is not for sissies. Yes, there are plenty of things to fear in Africa. Lions and elephants might not be the worst of your fears. And if you thought that the African witch doctor belongs to the 19th century, think again. They are alive and well and very, very active. http://witches.co.za/

King Solomon's mines has been on my book shelve for YEARS. Somehow, I just never wanted to read it. Mainly, because I never knew what it was about and my copy has a rather unattractive cover. That is why book blurbs and good book reviews are very important. No matter how old a book is, we as readers need to keep them alive. My wish for this book is that it will bring joy to many more adventurous minds and hearts in the years to come and that maybe one day all of Africa will remember to do as Umbopa promised to Alan Quatermain:

"Remember to do as thou did promise: To rule judge; to respect the law; and to put none to death without a cause. - So shalt thou prosper."


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Wednesday Wisdom with The Shadow of the Wind

Wednesday, June 24, 2020


It's Wednesday and time for mid-week reflection. As you all know by now, I am a little white kitten who love to cause havoc as much as possible. By now, I can rearrange bathroom, kitchen and clothing cupboards like a pro. My ultimate desire, is to start rearranging my mommy's bookshelves as well. Alas... I am only able to access one. I do get the impression that some books on the shelf are even more precious to my mommy than me. Impossible, I know. But still, that little voice lingers.... 

I know that my mommy can reflect on books forever and a day. She even has these little books that she constantly writes in while reading a book. Apparently it's for quotes and thoughts. I'm not that good with reflections yet, unless you talk about the little kitten who hides behind the mirror. I also know that my mommy has been very sad about the passing of Carlos Ruiz Zafon  this past Friday. She says he wrote the most magical books and you just can't get more perfect than that. The only thing I could think of to do to help her, was throw those little books from the shelf, as well as her copy of The Shadow of the Wind and just let her reflect on all his wonderful words of wisdom. Hope you enjoy it with us!

"Every book has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and of those who read it and lived and dreamed it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens."

"A secret's worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept"

"One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it."

"Presents are made for the pleasure of the one who gives them, not for the merits of those who receive it."

"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".

"Army, Marriage, the Church and Banking: the four horsemen of the Apocalypse." 

"Sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger than someone you know. Probably because a stranger sees us the way we are, not as they wish us to be."

"Sometimes what matters isn't what one gives, but what one gives up."

 

"Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen."

"It's one thing to believe in women and another to believe what they say"

"Bea says that the art of reading is slowly dying, that it's an intimate ritual, that a book is mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day."

Not as long as we can help it, Mr Zafon. We are great readers and plan on remaining just that for a very long time to come. 


Hope you feel a little bit wiser for the rest of the week!

Elza

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Top Ten Tuesday 10 Books set in South Africa

Tuesday, June 23, 2020


It's Tuesday and we've been playing around with this week's prompt for 
Top Ten Tuesday for a couple of days now. "Pick a past TTT topic you've done and re-do/update it". My mommy's been strolling down memory lane, aka Mareli Thalk Ink, searching for a previous post that we can use and link up with That Artsy Girl, our lovely host for this weekly feature. 

We are from the land way down there on the southern most part of Africa, South Africa. We live in a picturesque coastal town, called Jeffreys Bay. Our hometown is one of the five most famous surfing destination in the world and hosts the annual World Surf League surfing event at Super Tubes during July. It's better known as the Corona Open. Rather ironic, don't you think? And I have no idea what that actually means. I haven't even been born last July and so far, nothing much except the world wide Lock Down is occurring here or on our beautiful beaches.

But we are still reading. And we are still proudly South African. So let's share 10 books set in South Africa with you today. Mommy has made a few tweaks and add-on's and she even listed the books according to genres, to make it easier for you to chose according to your preference. South Africans are nothing if not hospitable and extremely generous, so you are welcome!

1. Historical Fiction 

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The Girl from the Train by Irma Joubert The story starts in Poland as WWII draws to a close. The young Gretl (Grietjie in Afrikaans) is the only survivor after the Polish Resistance blows up a German train. She is rescued by Jakob (who was part of the blow-up gang) and for three years he takes care of her. But she couldn't stay with him forever and when German orphans were promised new futures in bright and sunny South Africa, Jakob puts her on a train (again). Gretl was placed with a lovely family and a black madonna. This novel is definitely one of my top 5 favorite WWII novels. 

All the novels written by Irma Joubert is like a wonderful history lesson, unfortunately, this is the only one you will find translated in English. You are of course welcome to do a quick course in Afrikaans, our native tongue. You can contact my mommy. That is what she actually does for a living. 


2. Crime/Thriller

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Devil's Peak by Deon Meyer Meet Inspector Bennie Griesel. He's not your hero-type detective. In fact, his best years are behind him and he drowned most of them in a bottle. But he's clever and always one step ahead. Until he meets his match in a dangerous vigilante who has everything on his side, including public sympathy. This is by far my favorite Deon Meyer novel and I highly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good crime thriller. 

In fact, I will strongly recommend Mr Meyer's books to anyone who enjoys cleverly crafted crime novels with an unlikely unlikable lead detective. If you are looking for a stand alone, do try Fever. Yes, it does come with chills and thrills.


3. Cozy Mystery 

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Recipes for love and murder by Sally Andrew Be prepared, my mommy will go on and on about this book and the whole series. It is cleverly witty and such a wonderful reflection of South Africa and our quirks and delicious cuisine. Can't you smell the bobotie and vetkoek and melktert? This book is really my favorite cozy mystery. 

Meet Tannnie Maria: she is short and soft with brown curls and untidy Afrikaans. She is also the agony aunt (the "dear Abby" Tannie) for the local paper, the Klein Karoo Gazette. One day, her life takes a sinister turn when a woman in the area is murdered and she becomes entangled in the investigation - to the intense irritation of a handsome local policeman.

She is also the best cook I have ever heard of. She has a recipe for just about everything under the sun - even murder. I'll say it again: If you don't want to read this book, buy borrow or steal it anyway - the included recipes are to die for. 

4. Quirky humor

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The Girl who saved the king of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson Nope, not a South African author. And the whole novel also doesn't take place in South Africa, just the first halve. The story opens in 1961 with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in Soweto, South Africa. Although she was statistically destined for a short and hard life, it did appear as if the odds were ever in her favour. Yes, she was black and a girl. She was also ran over by a drunken engineer and forced to work for the brandy-soaked head of a top secret South African project.

 BUT Nombeko was clever and smart enough to make a fool of her oppressor who was less than smart. In fact, he has made a rather troublesome mathematical error. Nombeko knows about Engineer van der Westhuizen's small counting problem and uses her wit and intelligence to outsmart the engineer and two Mossad agents and escape to Sweden. Due to a mixup caused by three Chinese sisters who were in charge of postal services at Pelindaba, she also ended up with the wrong package on arrival at the Swedish embassy. 

This is the second novel by the Swedish author Jonas Jonasson and I enjoyed it even more than The hundred year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared. 


5. Classical Adventure 

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King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard Did you know: When Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was first published, H. Rider Haggard made a 5 shilling bet that he could write a better adventure novel.

In 1885, Haggard published "the most amazing story ever written". It became one of the best selling novels of the nineteenth century. It is the first English novel set in Africa and is considered to be the genesis of the Lost World literary genre.

This novel tells of the search by sir Henry Curtis, Captain John Good and the narrator, Alan Quatermain, for Sir Henry's younger brother, George. He has been lost in the interior of Africa for two years in the quest for King Solomon's mines. The legendary source of the Biblical king's enormous treasures. The three companions encounter fearful hardships, fierce warriors, mortal danger and the sinister and deadly witch, Gagool. Quatermain tells the tale of their struggles through unmapped Africa with touches of humour and excitement. 

Mommy says that this book was one of her favorite reviews and she needs to upload it again. Just give me a day or two. I'll scratch and whine until she has it done.

6. Urban Fantasy

7163862Zoo City by Lauren Beukes Not my reading preference at all. But this was a really good novel by South African author, Lauren Beukes. In a kind of dystopian Johannesburg (although I didn't think it was an "alternate reality" Joburg can be a bit of a jungle) Zinzi December has a sloth on her back, a dirty 416 scam habit and a talent for finding lost things. When an old lady turns up dead, Zinzi is forced to take on her least favorite kind of job - missing persons. Her ticket out of Zoo City might be finding a teenage pop star for music producer Odi Huron. Instead, it catapults Zinzi deeper into the mop of a city twisted by crime and magic where she'll be forced to confront the dark secrets of former lives - including her own. The characters in this novel are very well portrayed, even the animals. The only truly negative thing was that there were quite a couple of lose threats. Hope to see a sequel sometime soon! (still no sequel)


7. Adult Fiction

26031471Entertaining Angels by Marita van der Vyver This book was one hell of a shock to the South African-Afrikaans-Protestant community. Ever heard the word "taboe"? It roughly translates to everything-one-should-not-talk about. You only whisper it, very softly, in a dark dark room. 

Following the trauma of numerous miscarriages, the death of her baby and the collapse of her marriage, Griet Swart contemplates suicide. But a strategically placed cockroach brings her attempt to an abrupt end. Holding on to her sense of humor and supported by her family, friends, co-workers and therapist, Griet starts to rebuild her life. At her therapist's suggestion, she starts writing about her experiences and she reflects on these experiences through the age-old fairy tales that she loves so much.  As she processes her feelings through her writings, she finds unexpected (and rather explicit) liberation in Adam, an erotic and free-spirited surfer who literally arrives on her doorstep. Although her life is no fairy tale, Griet still holds out hope of finding her prince, or at least a happy ending. 

My mommy has read this book a couple of times already. Maybe it's time for a re-read. Once again.  

8. Science Fiction

18453110The Three by Sarah Lotz and Day Four by Sarah Lotz Easily two of the weirdest books I've read. But I couldn't put it down! It was glued to my hand until it was finished. At 03:00 in the morning. Yes, I did woke my husband up. This book needs to be discussed and figured out. It is written by a South African author and only one of the planes crashed in South Africa. Oh am I jumping ahead here? Here's the Goodreads blurb for the first one (because I just can't explain it AT ALL): 

Four simultaneous plane crashes. Three child survivors. A religious fanatic who insists the three are harbingers of the apocalypse. The world is stunned when four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. Facing global panic, officials are under pressure to find the causes. There doesn't appear to be a correlation between the crashes, except that in three of the four air disasters a child survivor is found in the wreckage.  

Weird. Even the writing style of this novel was weird. Best way to describe it: Do you remember the couple of weeks and months after 9/11? All known media, conversations and thought were consumed by this event. Same with this novel. It did feel as if you are reading "The Times", watching CNN, following twitter and Facebook and going to church! There wasn't that much of a story, it was more a portrayal of events and the aftermath. 

The sequel is just as weird, but just as unputdownable.


9. Academic Fiction 

1076561Circles in a Forest by Dalene Matthee I don't think there are many South Africans out there who haven't read this book. Mainly because it was the prescribed literature for Grade 11/12 for years and years. In fact, I am convinced that some schools still read "Kringe in 'n bos" (Afrikaans translation). I know a number of guys who will state this as their favorite book (because it is the only book they have ever read). I've read many many many books after reading this in Grade 11 and I still say it is one of the best written novels I've ever read.

The Knysna Forest: a primal world of strange beauty and hidden dangers, of secrets shrouded beneath the canopy of towering trees (these trees truly are enormous). Where for centuries, the only sounds were the songs of birds and the trumpeting of the magnificent elephants. Until man arrived to claim for himself the rare wood of the trees, and the rarer ivory of the elephants' tusks. (Goodreads)


10. Classic/Animal/Adventure

Jock of the Bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick 
In my opinion, this is the most epic South African novel ever written and one of the best animal classics. I don't even know where to begin telling you about this book. We've grown up with this dog. There are numerous statues, streets, illustrations and movies in honor of Jock (of course he is a household name) in South AfricaThis is the great heart of Africa. 

Is any further introduction necessary? Even I, a silly little kitten, will nod in acknowledgement of the legend of Jock of the Bushveld. This is the great heart of Africa. 


And there's my mommy's ten favorite books set in South Africa. Have you read any of these? 

Have a wonderful week and we are going to do some blog hopping now to see what books are on your Top Ten Tuesday today.

Lots of love,

Elza 


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The Sunday Post #2

Sunday, June 21, 2020


Greetings! It's Sunday and we are still here! The Angels were definitely hard at work this week in accomplishing that miracle. 

Our week was rough, but the weekend was good enough. Mommy spend hours upon hours trying to figure out all the know hows of blogging again, and I'm not all that sure that she is much wiser 7 days later. But alas, she still tries and I do provide the necessary assistance and support by catching birds and releasing them in her bedroom. Luckily it's now time for a quick coffee break with Kimberly over at her cozy corner of the blogosphere, Caffeinated Book Reviewer to rant and rave about our past week. There we share the books acquired, what we are currently reading and watching and anything else you deem necessary to share regarding the last 7 days. You are most welcome to join us - just link up!

Adding to the litter

Except for obtaining some new skills regarding HTML codes and skimming Blogging 101, we didn't actual add anything this week. Mommy just received another lovely coloring book from one of her friends. Querkles Cats by Thomas Pavitte. I have to be honest, I was shocked to realize that she didn't have this one yet. I mean really, just look at me. What do I look like?? A famous art work or a cat?  

 

As with most Thomas's that I know, this one is quite the clever chap. He knows how to make people who are completely useless at art, like my mommy 🙊, believe that they are one of the great masters (there are 3 other felines in this house. Really, what doesn't she get? She will never be a master). Mommy can sit for hours coloring the querkles or tracing the spiroglyhics while listening to audio books. None of us are complaining. It usually results in a rather relaxed atmosphere where you do get the occasional extra helping of the yummy food from the small tin. 

On the couch
Reading 


Watching 

Not that much TV this week. Or least, not that much that I remember stealing the couch from Mommy and Daddy. Daddy is watching a skop, skiet en donner (roughly translating to kick, shoot and and hit) Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, while me and mommy rather knit. We did watch a very cute movie, Artemis Owl, last night. I tried to hide at first, you are aware that owls consider little white kittens as the perfect midnight snack, but luckily I just miss-read. It's actually Artemis Fowl. Loved it! 

 

Let it go

As explained last week, I need to do my name proud and every week I will make a suggestion of what you can just let go in the upcoming week. We all tend to carry a bit too much. 

But this week, I am going to suggest that we rather hold on as tight as we possibly can. Let's hold tight to the memory, but mostly to the books of Carlos Ruiz Zafon who sadly passed away on Friday. As long as we read the books and tell of his marvelous stories, he will live on forever. 

Thanks for the lovely books, Mr Zafon. I know they made my mommy very happy. 

Seeing that Artemis Fowl and the loving memory of Mr Zafon's amazing books are fresh on our minds, I would like to leave you today with the most beautiful and well known words of the Irish Blessing:

"May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face
The rain fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

Have a wonderful week and let us know what you were up to!

Lots of love,

Elza 


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Weekend Book Friends #1

Friday, June 19, 2020

Greetings! It's Friday and I have survived my first week of blogging. Mommy says this is way more complicated than she remembers and she needs a weekend of books and wine. I totally agree. She needs to swap her whine for wine and pay more attention to me. Let's pop those bottles and open those pages and get the weekend reading going. 
What better way to spend your weekend than sharing a few glasses and pages with friends. So we will meet up with a couple of Mommy's old friends. 

Our first stop is Freda over at Freda's voice who hosts the Friday 56. Don't show up empty handed though! 
  • 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  last but not least, don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.

Today's feature is an oldie, but still a goodie. I've got no idea what that means, but Mommy loves alliterations and she says I'll grow into my years and understand.  What I do understand, is that somethings in this book are really old and outdated.  If tomorrow comes by Sidney Sheldon While other things will never grow old. Like this statement by Judge Lawrence on page 56: 

"Judge Lawrence sat there in silence for a long moment. Then he leaned forward and looked into Tracy's eyes. "One of the reasons this great country of ours is in such pitiful shape is that the streets are crawling with vermin who think they can get away with anything. Well, in Louisiana, we don't believe in that. When, during the commission of felony, someone tries to kill in cold blood, we believe that that person should be properly punished."
 Although it's my sentiments exactly, I didn't care much for the old croon of a judge. Tracy will soon learn not to care much for him either. Luckily, the rest of the book is filled with clever actions by our revenge-filled heroine. 

 Next up, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. 

Today's book beginnings is by one of my mommy's favorite authors. She's read all her books, even the ones under her pseudonym. Yes, we do know that that are currently some controversies surrounding her alleged trans-phobic tweets and statements, but that's not what we are here to discuss. We just want to showcase the one, the only, the bestest ever author, J.K. Rowling

Her latest novel, The Ickabog, is currently being published in daily installments and it's for free! I so wish I knew how to draw, because kids (big ones, small ones - anyone who considers themselves one) can actually illustrate the novel and send it in. Mommy's not much use on that department either, so there's no use in cheating. The Ickabog is scheduled for publication in November and Miss Rowling is donating all her royalties to people being affected by the Coronavirus. I'm not all that sure what royalties are, but I do know that we are having a royal time reading a chapter or two every night. The opening line is the most wonderful line every published or spoken. Maybe that's why all tales as old as time begin with: 
"Once upon a time there was a tiny country called Cornucopia, which has been ruled for centuries by a long line of fair-haired kings. The king at the time of which I write was called King Fred the Fearless. He'd announced the 'Fearless' bit himself on the morning of his coronation, partly because it sounded nice with 'Fred' but also because he'd once managed to catch and kill a wasp all by himself, if you didn't count five footmen and the boot boy."
And there's that alliteration again.  Just purrrfect. Can't wait to see this book in print and on the shelf with all the other J.K. Rowling books. 

Mommy is also still busy with Shelter in place by Nora Roberts on audible. The weather is turning a bit here, so it's not all that cold. Still cold enough to cuddle with a blanky for me and a glass of wine for Mommy. Mommy's off to school now, but when she's back at home, we are soooo going read the whole weekend.

What are you reading this weekend? Have you read any of our picks? 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love,

Elza 






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Top Ten Tuesday 10 Books on my Winter Shelf

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

It's Tuesday and time for Top Ten Tuesday! The most popular meme on the blogosphere. Or so I'm told. This is my first time and I am super excited (all curled up in a warm blanket at my mommy's feet). The last time she visited, it was still hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, but there is a new pretty lady over at That Artsy Reader Girl who is playing host now. I think I'm going to like her. She seems like a cat person.

Today's prompt is Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR list. Luckily that pretty Artsy Lady considered us here in the Southern Hemisphere as well where we definitely do not experiencing any summery vibes. This is my fist winter and I'm not all that sure how I feel about it. There's lots of cuddle time and some comfy warm blankets to snuggle into. But nature still calls and I need to go play outside as well where it's dreadfully cold and wet. Mommy says I should just embrace it and think of all the lovely books we are going to read in front of the fire. 

So let's have a look at what she's dusting of the shelf, using that shining little card for, or simply just wishing for. 


Okay, I know for a fact that she's cheating here. She's read all of these! But in my mommy's defense, these 4 books are definitely the ones you want to snuggle with in front of a fire. With the wind howling outside. You should be all alone. Eskom (that's the power supplier in South Africa) will have load shedding to help with the ambiance. And yes, you should have a cat with you. 

The next four she dusted from the shelf and for a second there, I thought she was going to make a fire with them. But apparently she's trying to take a nice photo for Instagram to link with this post. I'm not featured, so good luck with that. None of these have been read yet. 


The last two on today's list, is on mommy's wish list. Okay, the one is on her wish list and the other one I saw while browsing through Goodreads. (What? Have you never seen a cat browse the internet? You should see me hosting a Zoom meeting. My mommy's students think I'm simply marvelous)


And that's our list for today. I know I now need to do that linky thingy and share my post. I don't have that typical whatever cat personality. I do like to chat and hear your thoughts. So please pay us a visit and tell us if you think our picks will comfort the winter cold. 

Stay safe and warm!

Elza 


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The Sunday Post #1

Monday, June 15, 2020


Greetings Humans! How wonderful to meet up with you on this sunny Sunday afternoon. My name is Elza and yes, I am a feline of about 8 months old. My mommy used to blog at marelithalkink a couple of years ago. As soon as we can figure out all the know hows, we will try to import the previous content. For now, bare with me here (luckily I'm awfully cute). 
My mommy was very excited to see that the Sunday Post are still being hosted by Caffeinatedbookreviewer She explained to me that this is a weekly meme where you can recap the past week, show off any new books and share anything else you would consider worth mentioning. Like the grasshopper I caught and left to die under the pillow on the chair where Daddy sits in the kitchen.  All you need to do is link up and go and say hi to few other bloggers. 

*Mommy tried to update on Monday about 100 times and on Tuesday a few clicks Clicks Clicks later, I think I did something wrong and now half the post is gone. Oooops... I do get away with murder (small lizards, butterflies, moths, the fore mentioned grasshopper), so maybe you can just let this slide. Yes, I will hide in shame. 


If you would like to know what we were up to last week, just leave a comment and I'm sure my mommy will get back to you with a detailed reply. 

Lots of love and sincerest of apologies,

Elza 


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