Weekend Book Friends #5

Friday, July 31, 2020


It's the weekend and although the sun is shining, it's dreadfully cold. Perfect weather to move all the week's work aside and pull the books and weekend shenanigans closer. Daddy's been away the whole week, so we are eagerly awaiting his return. In the meantime, Mommy is busy wit a bit of Diamond Painting and finishing her audio book so that she can start with one of the books in her Audible folder she just can't wait to start with. I'ts part of the Hello Sunshine Book Club and we love all those books! Or most of them. Excited for this one: 

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. . . .
Could the life of your dreams be the stuff of nightmares?
Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events. . . .
Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave?
Wonder no longer. Catherine Steadman's enthralling voice shines throughout this spellbinding debut novel. With piercing insight and fascinating twists, Something in the Water challenges the reader to confront the hopes we desperately cling to, the ideals we're tempted to abandon, and the perfect lies we tell ourselves.
 Goodreads

It's the first time we will share an audio book with our Friday regulars, so please do excuse if the punctuation isn't perfect, or if Mommy skipped a word or two. You know, humans can't hear as well as cats and she does didn't want me to do the audio-to-print translation.

Book Beginnings


  For our first stop, 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. 

Something in the water opens with:

"Have you ever wondered how long it takes to dig a grave? Wonder no longer. It takes an age. However long you think it takes, double that."

The Friday 56


Next we will pay a visit to 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.

Lets' see what happens on about 56% of Something in the water: 

"I glance at Mark who's trawling through old business cards. Hundreds, thousands of them. Twelve years worth of meetings, dinners, functions, networking drinks. Each card a person. A person who could potentially be of help to us now."

(What on earth did these guys do??)

I've decided to join up with another weekly feature that I haven't visited since my Mommy started blogging again. I think she was a bit scared that I might try to catch the bunny. Most bunnies are bigger than me (I kid you not), so I'll rather stay clear.

Book Blogger Hop 


The Book Blogger's hop's purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It's hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and he guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

This week's question: If you haven't read a book in a while and someone asks about a character or the plot, can you recall the details? 

Well, that depends. If you ask mommy to describe Jamie Fraser in detail, I think she might pull it off perfectly. No, she can't remember all the Mary Higgins Clark books she's read in detail. Hardly the titles. But she does remember most of the Agatha Christie's, plot and characters included. Some books are like a well prepared home-cooked meal. The substance will last a long time. Other ones are like McDonalds. It fills you up and you enjoy it, but by tomorrow it's long gone.  

Friday Face-off


Our last stop for today, is Friday Face-off, a weekly feature where we share different book covers of the same title. The beautiful Lynn over at Lynn's Books is our host and she will determine the themes for every week's covers. You can choose your own book. Today's theme is: 

As pure as the driven snow - a cover that is white. 

When Mommy saw the theme, she immediately thought of this book:




This is a beautiful book. Have you read it? And all the covers are mainly white, except the Dutch one. But isn't that a beautiful cover? My favorite, is this one from Bulgaria:


The whole book is capture on that cover. If you've read it, you will understand why my Mommy says that. 

What do you think? Which cover would you prefer?

Let us know what you will be reading this weekend! Remember to add your links to all our weekend friends.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love, 


Elza 



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Wednesday Wisdom from The Little Prince

Wednesday, July 29, 2020


I believe that all bookworms start off as exactly that - a worm. Yes, we tend to stick with the title "Bookworm", but that isn't actually what we are, is it? We leave our cocoons eventually and become butterflies that fly to different worlds and realities on our magical wings of words and stories. 

Some of the time, this is a natural process and the little worm turns into a beautiful butterfly all by itself. (With a bit of help from Goodreads, Amazon, Litsy, etc) More often, I believe, the little caterpillar needs to be nudged a bit. Something, or someone needs to show you what is waiting for you out there for you to really spread your wings and take of into the magical world of books. 

My nudge came from a wonderful, enchanting friend. Her name means Star and that is exactly what she is. A bright, twinkling star that will forever be my north star towards the horizon of the bookish sea. She introduced me to the most wonderful characters, whom I might have stumbled on by myself, but somehow, I don't think it would have been quite the same. 

Most worth mentioning, is the lovely Little Prince, who was in need of a sheep and in love with a rose.  

"Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies."

"Of course, an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than all of you together, since she's the one I've watered. Since she's the one I put under glass, since she's the one I sheltered behind the screen. Since she's the one for whom I killed the caterpillars. Since she's the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she's my rose."

"All grown-ups were once children .... but only few of them remember it."

"Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them you've made a new friend they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you - what does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies? - Instead they demand - How old is he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make? - Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him."

"What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well."

"To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world."

What a privilege to have a friend who believes in unicorns and little princes that tour the galaxy, but also reads the most heart and gut wrenching novels in existence. And then she passes them on. Thanks my friend, you are unique to me in all the world.


What Wisdom did I miss from The Little Prince? Have you read this little jewel? 


Mareli 



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Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Reasons why Reading and Blogging is good for you in 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020


It's Tuesday and time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a freebie, so you can pick your own topic and just run with it. Yea!

 My mommy started blogging again about 6 weeks ago, after more than 2 years. I wish I can tell you the difference it makes in her general psyche. Not that she was a psycho, though. I am convinced that if you cut my mommy open, words and stories and tales will come flying out like butterflies. That I'll catch. 

So for this week's freebie, I've decided to compile: 10 Reasons why Reading and Blogging is good for you in 2020. 

The past couple of months have been a bit of a tough time for the human race. All over the globe, people have been forced into lock down and it is having a massive effect on people in a gazillion different ways. Us felines love having our humans stuck at home. Well, most of the time. So let's see how blogging and reading can make your experiences a bit easier. 

1. It gives you something to do
I will never ever understand the word or the concept bored / boredom. Ever heard of a fun exercise called reading? Now is the best time to start that exercise. Even better, why don't you start a blog and get talking about all the fun and not so fun books you are reading? It kills hours upon hours of time that would otherwise be wasted on something dreadful, like physical exercise. 

2. It burns calories (I kid you not) On the topic of exercise. You are most welcome to visit Google, or any number of other sources of truths and facts to confirm this statement. The harder you think, the more calories you will burn. And lets be honest, blogging takes a lot of thinking. The words don't just fly out of your head onto the screen. Heck no. It takes a lot of brain power. Not to mention html codes and templates and all those things that can burn your brain out. 

3. Blogging improves your typing skills Why should this be significant? My friend, if Online Living is going to be our new normal, you are going to need those fast fingers to stay ahead of the pack. So get writing those posts. 

4. It really improves your social media skills (is that the correct term?) My mommy was born in the 70's, grew up in the 80's. Her idea of social media is borrowing a magazine from the neighbors. She still prefers her Polaroid camera to her phone's camera (you only get one chance. Don't blink!). But cruising on the blogosphere makes you realize how important social media really is. Yes, there are many people who are misusing these platforms, especially with fake news during these trying times. Don't waste your time on them. Rather hook up with other book lovers and bloggers. I do believe that some of the most beautiful photos and posts out there are of books and writing. Surround yourself with those. 

5. It offers an escape from reality
If all else fails, read a book. Yes, it's tough to break from reality at this stage. Social media and all the news network are constantly stuffing all the doom and gloom out there up our noses. Thankfully we are all wearing masks and have a well sanitized book up our sleeves. Keep reading. The bookish world is a much better place at this stage. And tell us about it! Who wants to talk about Donald Trump or Cyril Ramaphosa if we can talk about Jamie Frasier, or Atticus Finch, or Mr Darcy?

6. It encourages freedom of speech "What is needed is the right to print what one believes to be true, without having to fear bullying or blackmail from any side." - George Orwell. If you read a lot, you will gather quotes by the gallons. Use them. No one can use them against you. Just use them in the correct context. I do find that my fellow book bloggers are way more open to discussions and we mostly don't take offense very easily. We will first go and find that offensive book and read it ourselves. After that, most offenses simply become fences that we love to chat across with. Maybe Book Lovers and Readers should rule the world. (After we've finished this chapter)

7. You remain part of a community One of the biggest issues the world are facing at the moment, is social isolation. Yes, it's compulsory and you have to adhere to it. That's the law. No matter in what country or state you are in. And yes, it's implemented for a very good and valid reason. Unfortunately, it means that you are separated from your community and loved ones. Many people are all alone and not everyone has a fluffy white kitten to keep them company. Enter books. You are never alone when you have a book in your hands. All books contain characters in some or other form: human; feline; canine; undead; fae; or alien. And they communicate. With you. Enter your fellow bloggers. They are mostly in human form and they love to chat and share their bookish lives. 

8. You make new friends
Just like in any other community, one tend to befriend certain individuals. I know that there are thousands of bloggers out there, but I can name at least 20 of those who I consider as friends. We chat on a daily or weekly basis, depending on screen time.  Although I've never met any of them in person. I know where they live, what books they like, what they do for a living and I have a rather good idea of what happens in their personal lives. The fact that I sound a bit like a stalker now, is completely irrelevant. 

9. Blogging keeps you up to date (literally) Days, weeks, months, all seem to become rather blurry during lock down. You're never quite sure what day of the week it is. Unless you are a book blogger and partake in all the lovely weekly features. You can also plan your week way in advance as most hosts really have their stuff together and have themes for weeks to come. Here's an example of an average book blogger's diary:

Tuesday - Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday - Wednesday Wisdom
Thursday - (Mommy normally starts sorting her weekend posts out on Thursday, but let me know if I miss a regular feature)
Friday - Weekend Book Friends This weekly post is filled with lovely Friday links. You can blog the whole day!
Sunday - The Sunday Post Once again, filled with a few lovely links. 

10. It keeps you safely tucked inside and out of harms way My mommy might be a bookworm, but she is also a social butterfly. This lock down thing was really hard on her. She needs to connect with people and be surrounded by her friends and loved ones. But we love her very much and don't want her to get infected. That was why I convince her to start blogging again (never underestimate the power of a fluffy white kitten). She is sooooo much happier again. If she absolutely have to go out, she normally rushes back to finish her book or her latest blog post.  I know she is safely tucked inside and out of harms way. And that's the important at this stage in history.

We do hope that you will take our advice to heart. Let us know if you could add any more reasons why reading and blogging is good for you.

Lots of love,

Elza 


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The Sunday Post #5

Sunday, July 26, 2020



Hooray, hooray! I couldn't be happier today. Even if you offered me my very own packet of perky pink salmon. Do you SEEEEEE our template?? This was the template my Mommy chose originally when she started blogging again, about a month or so ago. Obviously I nudged a bit. The template is called "fluffy white kitten", it couldn't be more perfect if I invented, drafted, designed it myself. BUT, we couldn't get it to work. Mommy couldn't add any of the add-on's and there were no option for comments. And that just won't work for us. We love to chat! 

Yesterday morning, she was playing around on the blog and saw the blogger update. I just looked at her with my big green eyes and tried my best to get the message through to her little brain. "Load the fluffy kitten template, Mareli. Come on - come on - come on, you can do it...." 
And guess what?? She did! And it works!! So what do you think? Mommy also finally managed to import all the posts from her previous blog, she really was on a roll here! 

How was your week? We had a lovely week! The weather was more autumn than winter, so I played outside the whole day while Mommy was at work. She went to school every day this week and it  made me smile to see her so energized and happy again. My Mommy is one of those wonderfully weird people who gets energized by kids. How crazy. If anyone smaller than my mommy walks through our front door, I go and find a hiding spot faster than you can say perky pink salmon.  

But then on Thursday evening, we got quite the scare. The president of our lovely country here on the southern part of Africa, announced that all schools will be closed until the 24th of Augustus, seeing that we are in the eye of the Corona Virus storm at the moment. You should know, love, and understand Africa to get why closing public schools is a necessity in times like this. Luckily for Mommy, all private schools and educational franchises that can comply and adhere to safety protocols, are allowed to remain open. So back to school again on Monday! I've been to school once, but apparently I am too much of a distraction to be allowed going again. I really don't understand that.

But let's get on with our post! 

Adding to the litter

For the first time in weeks, we are able to join up with Stacking the shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews. Mommy bought some books! 



My mommy is a real sucker for a pretty face. I know, like me. Just look at the pretty covers for Liar Liar by L.A. Cotton and Slade House by David Mitchell. I do hope that the books will proof to be as pretty. The two Donato Carrisi books, she bought at a book sale. If you are a fan of his books, please give us a shout out! Mommy did read The Vanished ones, so now she can showcase it on her bookshelf. The Girl in the Fog she hasn't read yet, but she she must first finish her reading challenge. I'm keeping a close eye on her. Tin Men was on the daily deals of BookBub. You win some, you lose some there. Let's hope this one is a win.

Scratching the blog pole

Not much happened this week, except for working and playing in the garden. Mommy finished and reviewed Bear Town and only managed one weekly feature, Weekend Book Friends. Click on the image to see the original posts. 

 

On the couch 


Reading


Just about done with Shelter in Place, so it will most probably not be on this list next week. Devil at my heels is a thought provoking book. Will most probably still be here next week. Faithful, I don't know yet. But I am faithful that I will enjoy it. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is excellent, but gosh it's long. I think I'll try to watch one or two episodes of the adapted series and then decide if we will finish reading it. 

Watching


  

The nice thing about being back at school, is that so many other things return to normal again as well.  Mommy and Daddy are watching TV every night. I love snuggling up between them on the couch. Daddy doesn't watch Ozark with Mommy, I think he's missing out big time. We've watched the last episode of Dead to Me season 2. I liked the first season more. 

Let it go

Staying true to my name, it's time to let something go again. This past week, I've realized that even though the world is in a dreadful, horrible period in human history, life still goes one. The same nitty gritty things that made our lives "normal" six months ago, still make our lives normal. Let go of waiting for life to return to normal. It might never return to the normal you were used to. And that's okay. Just let go of waiting. Time waits for no-one. Except for these guys: 


Hope you will all have a wonderful week and say "hello my love" to all your near and dear ones.

Remember to hop over to Caffeinated Book Reviewer and to ReaderBuzz to share your news. Or just to say hello to all of us. 

Lots of love, 

Elza 



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Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

Saturday, July 25, 2020


Title:
Bear Town
Author: Fredrik Backman
Published: 2016 (Simon and Schuster)
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Recommend to: If you like ice hockey, small town politics, the difference between right and wrong and good and evil - read this. 
Rating: 
Synopsis: People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.
Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.
  Goodreads 

I'm from a small coastal town in South Africa where ice isn't all that big on our radars. Yes, we have an ice rink a couple of miles away, but as far as I know, it's only for recreational purposes. 

Have I ever been on the ice? No.
Do I know anything about ice hokey? No.
Is ice hockey big in South Africa? Do we even have a national team?
Is Rugby big in South Africa? Hell yes.
Do I know anything about the politics on and off the field? Hell yes.
Do I know anything about small town politics? Hell yes.

And there's the basis of this book. Backman could have taken any national sport, change a few game plans and a setting or two, but the politics would have remained the same. Cause that's how the world works. No matter where or in which little town you currently find yourself stuck in. 

"A town where people believe in difficult questions and simple answers."

This is a story about us. Those of us who form part of a community. And if you are reading this review, you are also part of a community. Maybe it's a bit nicer than living in Bear Town, but I can promise you, when one of our "own" does something worth mentioning, we are also forced to choose sides. And that's what makes this book brilliant. Backman jumps from character to character, household to household, ice rink to office in such a talented way that even you, as the reader, struggle to make that distinction between wright and wrong or good and evil. 

Believe it or not, but this is my first novel by Fredrik Backman. It won't be my last. Yes, it did take me couple of pages to get into his writing style and his descriptive and rather humorous character sketches, made me wonder about the tone of the book. "Lifa is less talkative than a tree, Zacharias louder than a radio and Amat just appreciates the company". "Bobo is the biggest of them, as wide as a barn door and ugly enough to make rats move house." (I can picture them all very clearly)

Life is nothing but a series of motions. Actions and reactions. Causes and effects. Choices and consequences. Bear Town is a book in motion. Even though so many of the characters feel stuck in town and can't wait to get out of there. It's also a book about passion and believe. What are you passionate about? What or who do you believe in? Backman leaves us with a number of morality questions. 

Read the book. Think about your own questions. Think about the bears in your own little town. Which side are you on?

Mareli 


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Weekend Book Friends #4

Friday, July 24, 2020


It's Friday and the most beautiful day out there. It's also the first day my mommy has opened the blog and doing anything one here. It's been a busy week, but a good one. We're just about done with Bear Town by Fredrik Backman and we need to find something else to read this weekend. 

Mommy got a bit distracted from her Alphabet challenge (Halfway through a reading challenge) the last couple of weeks, she needs to get back on track! She needs to read a book starting with the letter "F" and she just can't decide which one to read. That's what Weekend Book Friends are for! YOU can help us decide which one to read! Our options are:

 When Atlanta housewife Abigail Campano comes home unexpectedly one afternoon, she walks into a nightmare. A broken window, a bloody footprint on the stairs and, most devastating of all, the horrifying sight of her teenage daughter lying dead on the landing, a man standing over her with a bloody knife. The struggle which follows changes Abigail's life forever.

When the local police make a misjudgment which not only threatens the investigation but places a young girl's life in danger, the case is handed over to Special Agent Will Trent of the Criminal Apprehension Team - paired with detective Faith Mitchell, a woman who resents him from their first meeting.

But in the relentless heat of a Georgia summer, Will and Faith realise that they must work together to find the brutal killer who has targeted one of Atlanta's wealthiest, most privileged communities - before it's too late...
 Goodreads


Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.


Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.
 Goodreads


Tricky one, I know. That's why we ask your opinion. Let's share our opening sentences and page 56 with the regulars and see what the final poll will be!

Book Beginnings


  For our first stop, 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. 

Fractured opens with a prologue:

"Abigail Campano sat in her car parked on the street outside her own house. She was looking up at the mansion they had remodeled almost ten years ago. The house was huge - too much space for three people, especially since one of them, God willing would be going off to college in less than a year."

(Knowing what we do know from the Goodreads Blurp, it was unfortunately not God's will. And Abigail's life will be fractured. Shame man.)

Faithful opens with: 

"In February when the snow comes down hard, little globes of light are left along Route 110, on the side of the road that slopes off when a driver least expects it. The lights are candles set inside paper bags, surrounded by sand, and they burn past midnight."

(Why do I get the impression that something sad happened here?) 

The Friday 56


Next we will pay a visit to 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.

Lets' see what happens on page 56 of Fractured: 

"Will was fed up with her attitude. 'Detective Mitchell, I think your anger is commendable, but the fact that I banged up six of your guys for skimming off of drug dealers doesn't mean a hell of a lot to the parents who lost their kids today or the ones who are waiting to find out whether or not their daughter is still alive, and since the Atlanta Police Department mishandled this case from the get-go, and since the only reason you are still involved in this case is because I need people to do my scut work, I expect you to follow directions no matter how mundane or ludicrous my requests seem to you."

(That was all 1 sentence....)

Page 56 in Faithful contains the following passage:

"They can see Sue at the window. She's lighting a candle, the way she did when Shelby was little, an old tradition said to bring wanderers home."

Mommy really does look rather confused here. I believe you should help her to make a decision. And please don't just pick Fractured because I am featured with that book and the cutest of the two kitties. My older brother is also a very handsome chap.

Friday Face-off


Our last stop for today, is Friday Face-off, a weekly feature where we share different book covers of the same title. The beautiful Lynn over at Lynn's Books is our host and she will determine the themes for every week's covers. You can choose your own book. Today's theme is: 

Framed - more meanings than one 

Remember in the beginning of this post, I told you about Mommy only opening the blog now? So no... no time to check all the books on the bookshelf today. So we had a quick cup of tea with Google, our old and trusted friend. Google is soooo clever. I want to be that clever when I am all grown up Look at this lovely book Google came up with!

The Frame-up by Wendy McLeod MacKnight (don't you just love her name)

  

I could only get three covers. The first one is the hardcover and there are a few of them in different shades of purple and blue. The paperback one is lovely and my favorite for sure! The Chinese one fits the story very well. Have you read this book? I've never read it or even heard of it. But it does sound good! 

What do you think? Which cover would you prefer?

Let us know what you will be reading this weekend! And remember to help my mommy decide which book she should read next.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lots of love, 


Elza 




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The Sunday Post #4

Sunday, July 19, 2020



Greetings Humans! I am lying here with my Mommy and on the radio is playing a rather upbeat song (LM Radio, you should try it out. They play all the oldies and goodies). But not even the song gets me to lift my pretty head. Goodness gracious great balls of fire - the past two weeks have been long. Mommy says we should rather count them in cat days. Thus, 98 days have passed since we last graced you with our presence. 

I am very glad to be have Mommy and Daddy back home safely, but I didn't get all my requested prezzies, so I brought them a lizard or two and rolled the toilet paper down two nights in a row. Not that it helped very much, she still went to school last week Monday. And then she came back half way through the day. She looked furious and thought it best to just purr and look cute. She complained about something called Load shedding. I didn't really see the problem. She ended up on the couch reading, because she couldn't work on the computer. Then on Tuesday, the exact same thing happened! She stormed in here again midway through the day, but then she was in tears. I still don't really see the problem, but I am old enough to know when my mommy is really upset. 


I think it's stage 2, those Eskom humans do whatever they want in any case. But believe it or not, that's still not the best part of the week! On Tuesday night, right before dinner time (for them, I was luckily fed already. Otherwise it would have been really too crazy), Mommy's Head Master phones and tells her that there will be NO SCHOOL until Monday due to Covid 19. You should have seen her face. 

No electricity, no wine, no school. It doesn't make for a pretty sight. Devastation and despondency are accurate descriptions. 

Anyone else saw this meme? I for one love Mommy's apocalyptic outfit, but I think I should rather just keep that to myself. 


At least she did get time for some blogging over the last 98 days, so all's not completely lost! And it did cheer her up. Thank goodness for blogging. 

Scratching the blog pole

We did 2 Top Ten Tuesdays', 2 Wednesday Wisdom's, 2 Weekend Book Friends and 1 book review. Click on the image if you want to read the posts!

 

 


  


 


The book reviews are in Afrikaans. I will be so impressed if you understand it! But seriously, if by any chance any one reading this does speak or read Afrikaans, give us a shout out! Would love to meet up with Afrikaans bloggers. 

On the couch

Let's don't fuss about this too much. Reading is not really as high on Mommy's priority list as it should be. I'll defend her reasons nail and claw. She did manage to read a bit yesterday and as soon as she publish this post, she will be doing exactly that again. After she fed me and everyone else. And finish her planning for tomorrow. 

Reading

Shelter in place by Nora Roberts (audio) If we leave her in peace, she might finish it today.
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke (audio) Maybe she should just watch the TV series. It really is dreadfully long.
Bear Town by Fredrik Backman (paperback) This one she enjoys tremendously
Devil at my heels by Louis Zamperini (kindle) Really a good read

Watching

Not much. Mommy and Daddy did watch a very old movie that didn't make sense to me at all. Back to the Future. How can 2015 be the future? Strange what amuses my humans every now and then. 

Did anybody see this? This made my Mommy laugh hysterically:


I don't think I will do a 'Let it Go' section today. The past 98 days just need to be let go and we are looking forward to a new week!

How was your past 49 days? Hope you will have a wonderful week ahead and that you do not need to suffer through load shedding, alcohol bans or any infected schools. Please stay safe!

PS: Don't forget to link up with Kimberley at Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Deb at Reader Buzz to share your news with everyone. I'll meet you there!

Lots of love,

Elza 
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