The Sunday Post #28

Sunday, January 31, 2021


 Greetings all you lovely humans! How was your week? I can't really tell you much as it felt as if I've hardly seen my Mommy at all. Strangest thing of all is that is actually suppose to be a big thing. Mommy was very busy at school and had lots of new enrolments. I would have preferred her rolling in at home though. And then karma kicked in. As she always does. 

Women of a certain age, not quite Jane Fonda old and not quite capable of the Jane Fonda moves she pulled when she was young - are bound to hurt something by trying to pull those Jane Fonda moves.


Instead of pulling the moves, my Mommy pulled a muscle in her hip. After hip-hopping (not the dance style, literally hopping on one hip) for a couple of days, she landed at the physio and came home on Thursday feeling bruised and sore and very sorry for herself. Of course I was right here to comfort her. Same thing on Friday, so thank you Karma! Unfortunately, she basically just went to sleep and didn't do much reading or blogging at all. 

Adding to the Litter



The Night Portrait by Laura Morelli was on my Mommy's Christmas wish list and she is very excited for this one. Tomorrow night will be the first meeting for the D.E.A.R. ladies Book Club for the year and I'm sure she's going to come home with a couple more books. 

Scratching the Blog Pole


Due to work commitments and a pulled hip muscle, not much scratching on the blog pole. We did partake in this week's Top Ten Tuesday where we talked about new to us authors we've read in 2020. This lovely guy played host and by clicking on the gif, you will be able to see our post. 



Yesterday we updated our Classics Club Spin #25 and also updated our Around the World in Eighty Books Reading Challenge. 

Let's hope the upcoming week will be a bit better. We will definitely do a Wondrous Words Wednesday on Wednesday, you are welcome to join in! 

On the Couch


That's basically where we've been the past 3 days. We didn't read as much as you should think. Healing a pulled muscle obviously requires a lot of sleep. We did finish our ARC of  Knitted and Knifed by Tracey Drew and our review will be up somewhere this week. We are currently reading:


I really don't actually know what to say here. This Bridgerton Series seriously affected my Mommy's head. This is so not her reading style, but she is devouring the books. My Nibbles are on her stopping after the third one. If you want to see me and raise me some more Nibbles, you are welcome. 

Currently Watching


Still stuck on Bridgerton, but Daddy doesn't care for it much. So I watch Doc Martin with him.

And that's it from us for this week , what happened in your part of the world? 

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The Classics Club Spin #25 - Around the World in Eighty Days

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Greetings! How are all you lovers all things Classic doing today? Yes, I'm still a novice and my blog icon still fall under current princesses, but watch this face - one day I will be a Classic. Until then, I'll just join my Mommy in her pursuit of The Classics Club ChallengeI think it's more of an adventure than an actual challenge and as it goes with many adventures - it's all about the journey and not the destination. That journey takes planning and careful consideration of what route to start off on. 

That's exactly why we were ever so excited when the The Classics Club Spin #25 landed on number 14. Our number 14 on this spin, was Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. I don't think this story needs much of an introduction and it was one of those choices that everyone knows. Even the kids at school (they love Jules Verne).


One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.
 
We listened to this version on Librivox and had to change our narrators twice. The first one would have been a very good person to know in the Zombi Apocalypse as his voice will make sure that all "sleeping" dogs stay sleeping and you one can merrily, but deadly quite, travel across the globe. The second one was much better and it was actually such a fun story and we loved the ending! My Mommy also tends to lose days here and there and that's why she's cutting this cut-off date very finely in deed. 

 The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by 30th January, 2021.
But just like Phileas Fogg - we've made it! The only question that remains now is: Do we also get a prize?
Our main reading challenge for 2021, is a spin-off on Around the World in Eighty Days and we call it Around the World in Eighty Books. While listening to this story early in January, my Mommy was contemplating going the same route as Phileas and Passepartout. 

I've been reading with my Mommy now for the past 15 months and I tell you, this woman does not know how to stick to a plan. So no, although the Around the World in Eighty maps will definitely lead to amazing books, that level of commitment is completely out of my Mommy's reach. 

We did however start our journey around the world in eighty books, and so far we only got stuck in Africa a bit and at the moment we are confined to Regency England. If you should be interested, here's where we've been to so far:

Africa

South Africa (Province - Free State. Town - Senekal) - Kanaän deur Sophia Kapp
South Africa (Province - Free State) - Droomvanger deur Chanette Paul

England 

London (Regency England) - The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Ireland 

West Coast of Ireland - The Guest List by Lucy Foley

New Zealand

(I believe Cape Discovery is a fictional town, so no clue where to map it) - Knitted and Knifed by Tracey Drew



I still have faith that we will be able to complete 80 books, but will those 80 books be in 80 different destinations? We'll have to wait and see. 

What was your Classics Club spin #25 book? Did you have as much fun as we did? 

Lots of Love,



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Top Ten Tuesday - 10 New to me Authors read in 2020

Tuesday, January 26, 2021


Greetings! Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today we want to give a very big welcome to all the authors who got us through the dreadful year that was 2020.

Choosing a new book and especially a "new" author, is like opening a box of chocolates. And just like in life, you never know exactly what you going to get. That's why I've invited a very special friend to welcome all those new-to-us authors we've read in 2020. 


There were a couple of authors I've encountered for the first time last year, but I am only going to list the 10 that I know I will devour again.



This is our cheat author. My Mommy's read one of her books many year ago when she still wrote mostly soppy love stories. But then she changed her writing style... One of my Mommy's friends brought her some of this author's books during lock down (it was left at the gate, no contact) and she loved it. We've read 4 of her books last year. It's in Afrikaans, but we are trying to read more Afrikaans so that was good!




We've read two of her books last year, but we are desperately trying to get our hands on all her books. Loved it and devoured it. 



The Aviator's Wife  has been on my Mommy's TBR list for years and when she started sorting that dreadful list out last year, she came across this book and definitely this author. The Swans of Fifth Avenue is loaded onto the Kindle and we'll get to it soon. 



My Mommy had her eye on this author for quite some time and after reading Beartown, she now knows to follow her instincts.



Another Afrikaans Author, sorry. But you will actually be able to get some of his books translated. One of the Book Club ladies bought some of his books last year and now my Mommy is on a quest to get them all for Book Club. Brilliant reads. 



I've got no idea how this author got unnoticed by my Mommy for so many years. 


7. Gill Paul 

Every April, my Mommy tries to read a book on the Titanic. In 2020, she read Women and Children First and it was one of the best historical accounts on the tragic events that she's read in years. Jackie and Maria: A Novel of Jackie Kennedy and Maria Callas is waiting for us and I'm sure there will be a few more we want to read.



My Mommy's only children are either feline or canine. Therefore she has never been in need of any parenting advice and would never ever came across this author if she didn't approach us and asked if we wanted to review her first fantasy/fiction novel, Falling into Magic. We can't wait for the next one in the series.



Everybody should read a Beth O'Leary at least once. There's simply nothing not to like.



Somehow, all that tedious housework we had to do during lock down, became something my Mommy looked forward to when she was listening to Something in the Water. Can't wait to get our hands and paws on more of her books. 

What authors were new to you in 2020?


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The Sunday Post #27

Sunday, January 24, 2021


Greetings you all. First of all, a big big big big big big thank you to all of you for recommending watching Bridgerton on Netflix. It truly is the cure to many, many ailments. 2021 just got a bit better. 


We are honestly not even going to complain about anything that happened this week and we actually can do quite a bit of that. But I'm quite sure The Dashing Duke of Hastings will just lift a condescending eyebrow and tell us to get over it in no uncertain terms. 


Lady Whistledown's scandalous society papers is exactly what we need to forget all about the world outside of Regency England. It's never been my Mommy's preferred reading destination or era, unless it's Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer. Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes did a marvelous job of blending Regency England with modern day gossip and thrill seekers. 

But wait, I think she is planning to do a post about this book-to-screen adaptation, so I better stop. Let's talk books.

Stacking the Shelves


You are not going to believe this, but guess what my Mommy bought on Thursday:


I know, I also didn't see that one coming. And she's done with the first one. My Mommy was wrecking her brain to try to remember who first told her about these books. It was actually recommended to her before the hit Netflix series. It was recommended by Katherine @ I wish I Lived in a Library and as always, she was right! My Mommy loves it. Strange that she does, because this is really not her type of books at all. (We had to google what a Rake is)

Scratching the Blog Pole


We really had a week to complain about, but seeing that we definitely don't want The Duke of Hastings to raise an eyebrow, we keep quiet. But from the amount of posts, you can easily figure out that it was a rough one. 

Our Wondrous Words Wednesday was clowder. Thanks so much to everyone that participated in this meme. We'll see you on the 3rd of February again. 


Our only other post was Weekend Book Friends where we featured hmmmm... you'll never guess. 

On the Couch

Recently Finished


Sometimes when I take a look at the diversity of the books my Mommy read and that in the same time-frame, I wonder if she might be certifiable. Both of these where one-sitting reads and excellent. 

Currently Reading


I rest my case after the last statement. 

Currently Watching

I'm not going to say anything. I'm just going to curl up next to my Mommy and enjoy the show. 



Dare I ask if you've watched Bridgerton? Or read the books?

What other scandalous gossip can you share with us this week?

May you all have a wonderful week ahead. Do take care of yourself and rather just stay at home and watch Bridgerton. 

Lots of Love,


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Weekend Book Friends #15

Friday, January 22, 2021

Greetings Humans! It's Friday afternoon and time to grab the books. What are you all reading this weekend? 

Somewhere last year, my Mommy asked your advice on authors whose names or surnames start with a 'Q'. We did that dreadful Alphabet challenge. Julia Quinn's name came up more than once and especially The Bridgerton series. If you spend enough time here with us, you will see that my Mommy isn't big on romance. Especially not where Dukes and ladies-in-waiting are concerned. Unless it's Jane Austen of course. Our book choice for today was shelved on the TBR and very much forgotten. That's until Monday night when she didn't know what to watch on TV while marking school books and the dice fell on Bridgerton. Within 10 minutes, all schoolwork was left unattended (as what normally happens with schoolwork. So glad I'm not a schoolbook) and I was purring happily on her lap. 

But we've decided that we are first going to read the first book in the series and then we'll continue the Netflix series. I believe that is the preferred and acceptable practice in the bookish world. Books first.

In the ballrooms and drawing rooms of Regency London, rules abound. From their earliest days, children of aristocrats learn how to address an earl and curtsey before a prince—while other dictates of the ton are unspoken yet universally understood. A proper duke should be imperious and aloof. A young, marriageable lady should be amiable…but not too amiable.

Daphne Bridgerton has always failed at the latter. The fourth of eight siblings in her close-knit family, she has formed friendships with the most eligible young men in London. Everyone likes Daphne for her kindness and wit. But no one truly desires her. She is simply too deuced honest for that, too unwilling to play the romantic games that captivate gentlemen.

Amiability is not a characteristic shared by Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. Recently returned to England from abroad, he intends to shun both marriage and society—just as his callous father shunned Simon throughout his painful childhood. Yet an encounter with his best friend’s sister offers another option. If Daphne agrees to a fake courtship, Simon can deter the mamas who parade their daughters before him. Daphne, meanwhile, will see her prospects and her reputation soar.

The plan works like a charm—at first. But amid the glittering, gossipy, cut-throat world of London’s elite, there is only one certainty: love ignores every rule...
 


Yes, we are aware that the custom to use movie covers as book covers, is completely unacceptable, but really - just look at the Duke and that smoldering look he gives the lady in waiting. Here's to hoping the book will be just as captivating. Let's see how it opens. 

Book Beginnings


  For our first stop today, 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. 

It opens with a prologue that I know is very important, but if you've seen episode 2, it's a bit blah blah blah. The fun starts with Chapter 1: 

"The Bridgertons are by far the most prolific family in the upper echelons of society. Such industriousness on the part of the viscountess and the late viscount is commendable, although one can find only banality in their choice of names for their children. Anthony, Benedict, Colin, Daphne, Eloise, Francesca, Gregory and Hyacinth - orderliness is, of course, beneficial in all things but one would think that intelligent parents would be able to keep their children straight without needing to alphabetize their names."

Dear Reader, this type op writing style captures my Mommy's attention immediately. A bit of reminiscence to Jane Austen herself, don't you think?

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.

We are reading this one on the Kindle and there's obviously something like a duel (yes with pistols and counting steps) going on at 56% into this book: 

"She was bent low over her mare, in full gallop as she raced across the field, and for one stunned moment Simon forgot to be absolutely furious with her for interfering with the duel and instead just marveled at how utterly magnificent she looked in the saddle."

Wait, it gets better:

"Finally she did the only thing she could think of to delay the duel. She punched Simon. In his good eye." 

This is just light and fluffy, but good for a laugh and an escape from reality. 

Friday Face-Off


We haven't done a Friday Face-Off in months and just because I miss Lynn and Sarah, I've convinced my Mommy to do one today. The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.  

It's Vintage Sci-Fi month and the themes have been predominantly around that for the last couple of weeks. We don't know anything about Sci-Fi and I'm way too young to even grasp the concept of vintage. But something about this week's prompt reminded my Mommy of a book she's read as a child. She's a vintage model, so I'm sure it will count. 

An Alien Encounter - We come in peace (or not)

I'm not even going to try and add the Goodreads blurb. It's a very old Afrikaans book, published in 1923, about an Alien, called Loeloeraai (do read that aloud please) who lands in Kerneels and Vroutjie's backyard. He did come in peace and was actually wise beyond this planet. My Mommy loved this book!




The last one is my favorite, because it features Neelsie, Herrie (the elephant) and Jakkals (the dog). Unfortunately, this is not available in English or any other language than Afrikaans. Such a shame, because I believe you lovers of vintage Sci-Fi would love this one.

I'm not going to ask if you've read it, but if you did, give me a shoutout! But I am going to ask if you've read The Bridgerton series? We are in for a treat, right? Oh please don't disappoint us. We are so looking forward to The Duke and I this weekend.

Hope you will all have a wonderful weekend and also looking forward to spending it with a good book and a cat on your lap.

Lots of Love,


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