December Countdown: One Prompt per Day. Day 31 - Recap

Thursday, December 31, 2020

It's the last couple of hours of 2020 and our last post for the year. Tomorrow will be a brand-new year with lots of new challenges, hopes, sunny days and of course - books. 

As we are counting down the last hours of this year, here's our final update for the December Countdown. This was so much fun and once again, thanks to Lynn @ Lynn's Book Blog for hosting this monthlong challenge.

  1. Snow – a book set in a cold or wintry climate
  2. Shopping – the last book added to your wishlist
  3. Wrapping paper – a lovely cover
  4. Presents – a book you enjoyed more than you expected to
  5. Chocolates – a book that was simply delicious
  6. Christmas stocking – stocking fillers – a novella or short story
  7. Christmas Tree –  traditional style, winter read
  8. Baubles – these add some colour, a very colourful and striking cover
  9. Fairy Lights – a book of the fae
  10. Under the Tree – a book you forgot you owned
  11. Mistletoe – a little bit of romance
  12. Holly and Ivy – a book with great world building
  13. Feast – a book that was magnificent
  14. Christmas pudding – if you could squeeze in just one more book for 2020
  15. Mince pies –  a little sweet something
  16. Turkey Dinner– a book that is almost too big to face
  17. Glitter – A book that you simply have to have
  18. Christmas Cards – a book with a hidden message
  19. Christmas Carols – a book with musicians, song or instruments
  20. Eggnog – a book that was out of your comfort zone
  21. Santa’s Snack – a book that was a ‘light read’ between heavier books
  22. Reindeers – a book with memorable critters
  23. Sleigh bells – a series that you want to ring out the praise for
  24. Christmas Eve – One of your most anticipated books for 2021
  25. Christmas Day – choose one from the wishlist
  26. Boxing Day – feeling bloated, a palate cleanser
  27. Christmas Crackers – Ended with a bang
  28. Candlelight – a book that kept you up into the early hours
  29. Christmas Cactus – A seasonal read
  30. Family and Friends – a book with great characters
  31. Bottle of Bubbly – Recap

Happy New Year to all of you and thanks for all the support during 2020. Thanks for visiting us, comment on our blabbering and for following us. 

See you next year!

Lots of Love,

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Reading Challenges 2021

Oh woe is me, oh how dreadful this will be. Yes, yes - I am being a bit over dramatic here. But please just put yourself in my paws for a minute or two. Just a couple of hours ago, I told you how grateful I am that my Mommy managed to finished her Alphabet Reading Challenge 2020. She got distracted by no less than 25 book of the planned 54 to make up a grand total of 79 books. 

Apparently she now thinks she's the queen of all Reading Challenges and decided to sign up for 4 (four) 🐱🐱🐱🐱, Reading Challenges and aim to read 80 (eighty) 10 x 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱, books in 2021. Good Grief Woman. You do know that you still have to work, feed all of us, uphold your social calendar and pay attention to Daddy??

Maybe I should rather just give her the benefit of the doubt. She has proven to be able to complete a task at hand, even though it might be in some unconventional ways. So let's see what she's planning. 

(You are all of course aware that if these challenges do materialize successfully, I will take all the credit. If not, it's all on her).

It doesn't appear as if there will be any international travelling any time soon. Especially not travelling from South Africa. Therefore, Mommy decided that we will undertake a marvelous tour around the world in the form of eighty books. Each one in/from/going to a different destination. Quite similar to Phileas Fogg in Around the World in Eigthy Days by Jules Verne.

No need in trying to click on the graphic. Yet. We only have the graphic so far and what's going to be attached to it, is still a mystery to me as well. 

All the rest of the graphics are linked to the various hosts' sign-up posts. We are not a sign-up. Unless you want us to be. 

Before Mommy decided that she's now the queen of the Reading Challenge, she promised Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews that she will sign up for the Purrfect Reading Challenge. That sounds darn purrfect to me. 

You can choose between the following levels to complete this challenge:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!

Let's go with 1 -10. I'm sure Yvonne won't mind if we upgrade, by any chance, later in the year. 

Mommy's never been to Europe and she would so love to go. She also doesn't know the map of Europe as well as she thinks sh does (I think she's rather clueless and Daddy agrees with me) and this fun challenge, hosted by our beloved Gilion over @ Rose City Reader, might just help us to put our 2021 Reading year on the map. 

Once again, there are levels of participation:

  • FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

  • FOUR STAR (HONEYMOONER): Read four qualifying books.

  • THREE STAR (BUSINESS TRAVELER): Read three qualifying books.

  • TWO STAR (ADVENTURER): Read two qualifying books.

  • ONE STAR (PENSIONE WEEKENDER): Read just one qualifying book.

There are also a grand prize to be won here! We can so do this. But if we will qualify for the prize, the Good Lord above only knows. I've got no doubt that we can win this, the problem is just if we will be able to claim our prize in SA. What's allowed and what's not allowed, changes on a daily schedule. 

Oh yes, we will sign up for the Deluxe Entourage. 

As you know, English is not our first language. We actually speak Afrikaans. My Mommy has joined a lovely Facebook group earlier this year. It mainly consists of Afrikaans people and they all read mainly Afrikaans books, of course. It's called "Lekkerleesboekrak", roughly translating to - nice/lovely reading book shelf. They have their own Annual Reading Challenge and Mommy has decided to do that. She needs to complete 20 books for that challenge. If they will all be Afrikaans, I don't know. But it will be great if she manages to read 20 Afrikaans books in 2021 and they are all in different places around the world.

Okay, seeing all of my Mommy's planned challenges on paper/screen now, makes me realize that I think we can actually do this! 

Are you joining any of these challenges? Please give us a shout-out if you are, we would love to know what you are reading and steal  borrow some ideas from you.

Good luck with your Reading Challenges for 2021 and may all the best books be ever in your favor. 

Lots of Love, 

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As Easy as ABC

It's the very last day of 2021 and I can almost not believe that my Mommy managed to complete her Alphabet Reading Challenge with only a couple of hours to spare. Hooray! Bring out the champagne!

When she said she's going to do an Alphabet Reading Challenge the beginning of this year, I wasn't much fazed. 26 Books isn't that hard a challenge. But then she had to go and bring in a twist, just to make sure my nerves will get in a knot. First of all, she decided to do the 27 letter Alphabet. The one with the ampersand in. And just to make sure I will really become a nervous wreck, she decided to read two books for each letter of the alphabet. One for the title and one for the author. Good Grief, woman! You really don't want me to grow old with you?

I took a few deep breaths and decided that 54 books might be manageable. There's however, one very, very, huge, problem with my Mommy. She constantly gets distracted by other books and lose track of the task at hand. 

But if I look back today at what was accomplished, I guess putting some fire under her ass, proof to be very effective. Not only did we manage to complete the Alphabet Challenge, we exceeded it with 25 books!

That's a personal record for her and I am absolutely convinced it's all because of me. As you know, I've joined the household in November 2019 and I have been her constant, loyal reading companion for 13 months now. If it wasn't for me cuddling with her and a book as much as possible, I don't think she would have managed this at all. 

Okay, okay - I think starting the blog again and getting inspired from all of you, might have helped it along too. But just a bit. 

We still have a couple of posts to do today, so here's our updated and final Alphabet Reading Challenge for 2020:


We don't have a New Year's Party tonight, we are back under strict Lockdown Level 3 Regulations. Therefore, we are just going to update the blog this afternoon and sign up for the new reading challenge. I've heard a rumour that my Mommy is planning to sign up for more than one challenge next year and the aim is 80 books. Now where's that champagne? 

We hope that you also managed to complete your reading challenge(s) for 2020 and that you are excited for the new ones to come in 2021.

Lots of Love,

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Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Favourite Reads for 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020


Greetings! Can you believe it's the last TTT for 2020? Not sure if we should be happy or sad about it. Aaah well, it's still the prompt we are all waiting for the whole year, of any year. Your favourite reads!

Me and Mommy has read 75 books this year (still counting, as I'm sure we can fit in at least two or three more), but our favourites weren't hard to pick. 

Just for a bit of fun, I've asked a few gorgeous fellow feline kings and queens to present our best reads for 2020. We can all do with a bit of glitz and glam and wearing a crown sure does add some sparkle to the last few days of this dreadful year. 

So without any further ado, I present, on the Elza Reads Catwalk, our Top Ten Books read in 2020. As with any other countdown, we will start with Number 10 and work our way down to the winner. 

Skarlaken deur Irma Venter - One of the best plots in a long time. So sorry it's not available in English yet, but just be patient, it's coming soon! 

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo - Chills and thrills and ghosts to spare.

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin - Best History lesson this year.

The Kind worth Killing by Peter Swanson - That bit of crazy that keeps us sane.

The Ickabog by J.K. Rowling - We all needed a "Once upon a time" Fairytale this year.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert -"The world just happens to you sometimes, is what I think. And people just gotta keep moving through it, best they can.”

Vywervrou Trilogie deur Chanette Paul - My other Afrikaans selection for 2020. I couldn't choose between the three. I do hope that one day they will be available in English. Delightful mermaids. 

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn - Okay, this is our cheat book. My Mommy is not exactly finished with it. She still savors it and it will linger for some time to come.

Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce - Up until Boxing day, this was our number one choice for 2020. I cannot recommend it enough. Such a brilliant book. 

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy - And in the last days of this year filled with fear, turmoil and uncertainties, a little book arrives that filled us with hope, love and peace for a better tomorrow. 

Thank you, beautiful Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl for hosting Top Ten Tuesday in 2020. We are looking forward to all the new and fun prompts in 2021!

What were your favourite books for 2020? 

We wish you all a Happy New Year!

Lots of Love,

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