Weekend Book Friends #6

Friday, August 14, 2020


 It's the weekend! Gosh, the past two weeks have been a bit rough. So glad it's Friday and we can just sit back and enjoy our books for a day or two. Sorry we missed you guys last week, but there just wasn't time to do any posts! Sick cat, sick staff at work, long weekend.... The excuses are endless. We'll give a full update on Sunday, so check in then again. 

But we are here today and can't wait to start our weekend! 

Let's start with what book we are going to read over the next 72 hours. This is the third book in the Don Tillman trilogy and if you are looking for a fun, humorous series and love The Big Bang Theory, then this is the series for you!

The Rosie Result is the triumphant final installment of the internationally bestselling series that began with The Rosie Project.
Meet Don Tillman, the genetics professor with a scientific approach to everything. But he's facing a set of human dilemmas tougher than the trickiest of equations.
Right now he is in professional hot water after a lecture goes viral; his wife of 4,380 days, Rosie, is about to lose the research job she loves; and - the most serious problem of all - their eleven-year-old son, Hudson, is struggling at school. He's a smart kid, but socially awkward-not fitting in.
Fortunately, Don's had a lifetime's experience of not fitting in. And he's going to share the solutions with Hudson. He'll need the help of old friends and new, lock horns with the education system, and face some big questions about himself. As well as opening the world's best cocktail bar.
Big-hearted, hilarious and exuberantly life-affirming, The Rosie Result is a story of overcoming life's obstacles with a little love and a lot of overthinking.  Goodreads

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. 

The Rosie Result opens with:

"I was standing on one leg shucking oysters when the problems began. If I had not been a scientist, conscious of the human propensity to see patterns where they do not exist, I might have concluded that I was being punished by some deity for the sin of pride."

(Who in the world uses words like propensity? Got to love the Dons and Sheldons of this world)

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 The Rosie Result: 

"Your dad would say not conventionally attractive, which is a good way of putting it, because what people think is attractive is not the same everywhere. In some cultures, being overweight is considered attractive."

Welcome to South Africa! Quick story: As you know, my mommy is a teacher and she has heard and seen, the funniest things. She asked her class a couple of weeks ago what they consider her favorite thing to do, is. The whole class wrote down reading, except for one little African girl who wrote down eating. She said my Mommy is lovely and fat, so eating must be her favorite thing to do.  🙈 The little girl was very chuffed with herself, because YES, in their culture, being fat is attractive. For the record, my Mommy isn't fat at all. Just soft and comfy.

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: How often do you visit your local library?

Once again, welcome to South Africa! Where the animals are big, the crime is big, plenty of the people are big, but libraries - they are not big. Here and there you will find a small town library that will blow your mind, but seeing that most libraries form part of local municipalities, it's mostly miss-managed and grossly neglected. The few libraries that are privately run, are worth the visit though.   

My mommy is the librarian at a small, private school and she's established a neat little bookish haven there. There is a small YA and Adult section as well, but it's mostly early readers and middle grade books. We mainly rely on donations, but the kids love their library and their librarian, so there's never a shortage of books. Mommy is there every day!

We had to close the library during lock down, but we are opening again on Monday and Mommy is so excited. If you ever come to South Africa, you have to come visit us. Then you can say you have visited our local library. 

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. This fun-filled meme was originally started by Books by Proxy, but the beautiful Lynn over at Lynn's Books is our current host and she will determine the themes for every week's covers. You can choose your own book. Today's theme is: 

Glasses or spectacles 

My mommy wears glasses and I've told her to just put different photos of herself on here. Apparently it's not quite how it works and she isn't a book. Mommy had to think a bit about this one, but she came up with a great read. You also can't miss the glasses on the cover. 



This was such a fun read. Mommy finished it in one sitting. The movie was also good, but I think you needed to read the book for the movie to make sense. Our favorite cover will have to be the one from Phoenix publishing, it's the one in the top, right hand corner. Love her facial expression!

Which cover do you like the most? Have you read this book? If you are looking for something light, but still sustainable this week, try any one of the two books we've featured today. You can't go wrong. 

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 





26 comments

  1. Now I am curious, since I read the first books in the Rosie series. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “IMPERFECT WOMEN”

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  2. I love your pick for The Friday Face off, and my favorite cover is the first one😁

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  3. I hope the coming weekend is a better one than last week - I'd missed your Sunday Post, so I'm glad to see you back this week. Thank you for the information regarding libraries - yes... books are vital. And go you for working so hard to help maintain a library. Good to hear it's opening up.

    As for your Friday Face-off - I agree with your favourite - I just love the tilted head and the twist of the lips:)). Have a lovely relaxing weekend and I hope Elza is now much better!

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  4. Whilst the 'Don Tillman' trilogy probably isn't one for me, I really enjoyed the extracts and premise you shared from 'The Rosie Result', they were intriguing and quite funny!

    The Maria Semple book is another one which wouldn't immediately grab my attention story wise, although the cover options are all pretty eye-catching. Personally I like the top centre side view option, and that's mainly because the title and author are off to the side and not printed through the sunglasses!

    Thanks for sharing and have a peaceful weekend :)

    Yvonne xx

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  5. Sounds like a great read!! Happy weekend!

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  6. What a great round up! I bet working in a library is a lot of hard work but also great fun. I loved visiting the library as a child, so it's good that at least some children are getting to share that joy.

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  7. Elza, I've linked a new blog post to this one. I love your sentence: "Who in the world uses words like propensity?" So I wrote about it.
    https://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2020/08/propensity.html

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  8. This sounds like such a fun read. I'll have to check out this series. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! :)

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  9. I read the Rosie Project and loved it. What a hoot! But I never read on. Are the sequels as good as the first? My quotes are from Mr. Mercedes

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  10. I loved the first book in the Rosie series, went and saw the author speak about the second one, got a signed copy and.....that's it! One day I will get back to that series.

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  11. Hi Laurel-Rain! Read the rest of the series as well, it's just so good.

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  12. Hi Tammy, the first one is the default one. I guess there's a lot of reasons why a book covers is the default one! Most probably because it's mostly the popular and most eye catching one.

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  13. Hi Sarah! I've missed you guys too. Will definitely do a Sunday Post. Thanks for the shout out! I love my job, hard work yes, but very rewarding.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. Hi there Yvonne! Both books I've shared are funny and light hearted, but so worth the read.

    Thanks for visiting! Hope you will have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. Hi Louise! Yes, the kids love going to the library. I also love my job! I am an avid reader, but also a social creature, so I love having the kids around and talking about books.

    Hope you will have a wonderful weekend!

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  16. Hi Bonnie! Loved your post! Thanks for the shout out. Hope you get to read the Don Tillman series soon, it's worth it!

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  17. Hi Ashley! It is a great series! Try it out!

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  18. Hi Anne! Yes, they are! Way different than the Mr Mercedes series though. LOL!!!

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  19. Hi Marg! I hope you get to the series some time soon. Happy weekend and thanks for the visit!

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  20. I love your FFO choice and your favourite - that facial expression is great and it's the cover that immediately jumped out to me. It looks fun.
    Lynn :D

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  21. Dear purring Elza,
    You left a comment saying I should write about words more often, but I post about words regularly already. I'm a word person from way-way back. If you click on the label "words" below my blog posts (or the link I'll provide below), you'll see that I've already written about a LOT of words. I'm fascinated by words, words, words.
    https://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/search/label/words
    ~~~ Bonnie

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  22. Enjoy your time back at the library! A few years ago, my local library moved from a tiny building to a giant building. They still have massive waitlists for all the books I want to read though!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. I love the cover where she is biting her lip! I’ll also be sure to pop in if I ever visit SA!

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  24. Yay for the library reopening! Ours opened for curbside a few months ago and I was so excited! We aren't using it now because we aren't at home but it's one of my favorite places. Hope you have a lowely week!

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  25. Hope the re-opening of the library goes well. Libraries are a magical place for children - my girls used to enjoy our frequent visits when they were younger.

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  26. Hi Flora! Me and my sister also loved going to the library when we were young. I still see it as a magical place.

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