Wondrous Words Wednesday - Easter

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

 Greetings! We are having so much fun doing nothing, that we very almost forgot about Wondrous Words Wednesday. But I reminded my Mommy at the last minute and voila! A lovely Eastery Wondrous Words post, just for you. 

This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and is now proudly hosted by yours truly. 

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative! 

No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you've encountered over the last fortnight. 

Tips and ideas:

  • Don't go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, Google, a pamphlet, social media, doctor's room, classroom - the possibilities are endless
  • If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome
  • If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so 
  • You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn't love Pictionary)
  • Let's stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. You are welcome to use translations of your chosen word or a brief history if it derives from a different language, but your readers need to be able to find it in the English Dictionary
  • Please add your link to Mr Linky and pay a visit to the other word wizards

You are welcome to use my graphic or design your own!  

Todays Wondrous Word Wednesday, should rather have been a Curious Tuesday post. It's not an unfamiliar word to us at all, it's just a word that we have no clue of it's origin.

Easter Weekend is just around the corner and if you are anything like my Mommy, the cupboards are filled with candy coated chocolate eggs, marshmallow eggs and of course, hot-cross-buns. 

As you know, we actually speak Afrikaans and in Afrikaans, Easter translates to Paasfees. A direct translation back into English will be - passover festival. Now that is a bit closer to the true meaning of Easter time. So where on earth does the word Easter come from?

For the next part, we are quoting from The Conversation.com:

"The naming of the celebration as “Easter” seems to go back to the name of a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, who was celebrated at beginning of spring. The only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of the Venerable Bede, a British monk who lived in the late seventh and early eighth century. As religious studies scholar Bruce Forbes summarizes:

“Bede wrote that the month in which English Christians were celebrating the resurrection of Jesus had been called Eosturmonath in Old English, referring to a goddess named Eostre. And even though Christians had begun affirming the Christian meaning of the celebration, they continued to use the name of the goddess to designate the season.”

Bede was so influential for later Christians that the name stuck, and hence Easter remains the name by which the English, Germans and Americans refer to the festival of Jesus’ resurrection."

That's a lovely explanation, but I am still curious about this guy and Biology 101:

What does a bunny have to do with Easter? And in what curriculum or what universe does a bunny lay eggs? Okay, my actual, nagging question - Why a bunny and not a kitten

The story of the Easter Bunny is thought to have become common in the 19th Century. Rabbits usually give birth to a big litter of babies, so they became a symbol of new life. Fun fact! You do know that a litter of rabbit babies are also called kittens? So if you rather want to use a kitten than a rabbit for your Easter Decorations, you won't be too far off.

Let's just get one thing very clear today - Rabbits do not lay eggs. The Easter Bunny gets his eggs from chickens. Just like we do. But I strongly suspect he doesn't pay for his. He goes to a farm and steals dozens and dozens of eggs to give to good little children on Easter. 

Nope, I have no idea how he gets them painted so lovely. But once again, I strongly suspect that he steals the paint from the farmer and the glitter and ribbons from Mrs. Farmer's Christmas Decorations Box up in the attic. 

The moral of today's post: Ban the Bunnies from Easter and replace them with fluffy, trustworthy and neutered kittens. 

Agh, I'm just joking. My Mommy loves Easter Bunnies and especially those delicious chocolate eggs they lay. We are looking forward to a relaxing Easter Weekend and spending some time with our books and also The Big Book that tells the true story of Easter better than any Google page can ever do.

What are you doing for Easter? Did you come across any interesting and wondrous words over the passed two weeks? Remember to add it to the linky and to pay each other a visit. 

Happy Easter you all!

Lots of Love,

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Ten Places in Books we'd love to Live / Die / Travel in

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Greetings all you wonderful Humans! How many of you have had the privilege to go travelling over the passed year? Or even better, moved to your dream destination? Life really wasn't all that much fun the last year, but at least we can still travel and move to our favorite destinations in books. Books never fail on us. 

Todays prompt for Top Ten Tuesday, is Places in Books we'd love to live in. But before you can decide where you really want to live, you first need to travel there. And if you are 100% sure that you found your dream destination to live in, you can find your dream destination to die in.

We are going to cheat a bit, or not really cheating, rather just save time and take care o the earth and recycle a post. A couple of weeks ago, I used a similar idea for Friday Fives and listed 5 places we'd love to visit, because of books. We will use them again, because we would still love to travel there. And then we'll add 5 new ones. 

1. Guernsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

2. Rio de Janeiro from The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley

3. Isle of Man from Arrivals and Arrests by Diana Xarissa

4. New Caledonia from Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce

5. Egypt from The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

For our last 5 book choices, we will take the game a bit more serious and think of places we would love to actually live in, or die in. Or be immortalized in. 

6. Burgh Island, Devon from Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie - My Mommy loves books set in England and I think she would love to live in England. But that weather, it will never work. We will constantly be depressed. Unless we move to Burgh Island. Island are always sunny, aren't they?

7. Chesapeake Bay from The Inn and Eagle Point by Sherryl Wood - We might never read the books, but the TV series sure does depict a perfect little world. Things go wrong with the family yes, but at the end of every day, they eat smores and laugh around a campfire. That can work for us too!

8. Transylvania from Dracula by Bram Stoker - Do you also have problems with controlling your TBR list? Have you realized that you will have to live to about 376 years of age to complete it? Perfect solution. Move to Transylvania, Romania and hang around Bran's Castle every night after sundown. You might just get lucky and receive an immortal kiss that will make sure you will be able to get through your TBR list on your own leisure time. You don't have to eat, sleep or exercise at all. You can just read. 

Our last two places, might be the two most probable places to be murdered in, in the whole wide fictional world. Statistically, you have about 67% chance to be murdered here.  Not that we would like to be murdered, but I guess there can be worse places to die in. Your best chance of survival, is to always, always be part of the investigation team. Nope, you don't need to be a police detective. If you can pull of being a wise-ass crime writer and amateur sleuth, you will have a long and prosperous life in both:

Which of our chosen destinations would you love to visit? Any you would really like to live in? And how comfortable would you be to die in one of our choices?

Remember to pay each other a visit and to add your link to Jana over @ That Artsy Reader Girl.

Lots of Love,

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The Sunday Post #33

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Greetings all you wonderful Humans! How have you been? I take it most of you in the Northern Hemisphere are starting to see the first buds of spring, while those of us in the Southern Hemisphere are starting to feel the sting of the autumn wind. Such is life I guess. 

At least my Mommy is finally on holidays and we had a wonderful week of doing nothing. There is not a single thing of significance I can tell you about this week. Oh wait! There is 1 thing. After struggling with a sore hip and back and all other 40+ ailments, my Mommy's physiotherapist suggested that she rather join a full ballet class again and not only the barre class. She started with that on Wednesday and although she was walking like a frog for 2 days, she appeared quite pleased. 

No new books were acquired this week. In fact, we are all of a suddenly once again overwhelmed with the amount of books that are lying in ambush on our shelf and the Kindle. It's a fierce and dangerous army, I tell you.

Scratching the Blog Pole

We didn't write a Sunday Post last week as my Mommy was way too lazy and trying to catch up on all her blog comments. Thanks for always taking the time to visit us and leaving such fun comments! We love reading them. How about you give us a follow too? (Actually we just want to know if the new plug-in follow buttons work.... Right sidebar - add your pawprints. Hint hint)

We had six posts over the passed fortnight. As always, just click on the graphic if you've missed our post.

Thanks to all of you who always join in and comment on Wondrous Words Wednesday. We love hosting this feature and it's always a lot of fun. 

We had our first Cover Reveal and couldn't purr louder. Can't wait to read this book. 

Our Friday Fives was all about the review books we want/need/hope to read in the holidays.

My Mommy started this new feature on Tuesday and as you can guess, it's all because of my curiosity. The idea of this feature will be to answer, or try to answer, things that leave me curious for various reasons. This week we talked about the current popular reads and if we would like to read them or not. 

We haven't done a Wednesday Wisdom, where we share quotes from books, in months. And this is actually on of my Mommy's favorite features. We shared some marvelous wisdom from A Year of Marvellous Ways.

The same with Throwback Thursday. We did one the first Thursday of term and never again. I hope we'll manage to pre-schedule a couple of posts over the holidays. On Thursday we had a throwback to one of my Mommy's favorite reviews - King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard.

Honorable Mention this week: AJ over @ Read All The Things with her Top Ten Tuesday post  I'm the worst book cover designer ever. It was a brilliant and hilarious! 

On the Couch

Currently Reading

Mommy and Daddy watched Deadly Illusions on Netflix last night and that one will have to go to Curious Tuesday. No clue what was happening there. But we'll figure it out. After the movie, Mommy said she feels like reading an Gillian Flynn again and Dark Places was on the Kindle. As if Behind her Eyes aren't disturbing enough.

We are halfway through The Evening and the Morning and we enjoy it tremendously. It's our first Ken Follet and although I love all the cuddle time, I am very worried that my Mommy is going to want to read the rest of the saga after this one. And it's not as if all of them is not like 1000 pages long. She'll never complete her reading challenge this year! 

The Journey is one of our review books and it's a welcome break from the crazies and the historical tombstones. But I think she's going to want to read the rest of this series as well. 

That's all from us this week. We are looking forward to the upcoming week and Easter Weekend! We might not be in for a Sunday Post, but we will definitely hop in with the Easter Bunny during the week. 

Remember to thank our lovely hosts and to pay each other a visit. If you also want to join in for The Sunday Post and The Sunday Salon, just click on the image to be directed to our lovely hosts.

Lots of Love,

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Throwback Thursday #6 - King Solomon's Mines

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Greetings! It's the first Thursday of our Easter Holidays and that means we finally have time again for Throwback Thursday. Or at least our version of it. We don't quite play by Davida's rules, but she is luckily very accommodating and doesn't mind at all that we spin her spin. 

There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but we still like Davida's idea the most:

  • The Chocolate Lady's #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. 
  • Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. 
  • Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady's Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!

As this is our 6th Throwback Thursday, Mommy is looking back at her 6th review that's done on the blog. Aaah yea!!! This book was one of the first Audio Books that my Mommy listened to and it's a real classic. Fun to listen to and it was a lot of fun to write the review!

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 MinesAlan 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.

You can click on the link on top to read the rest of our review. My Mommy sure was on a roll with this review. 

As always, I have asked her a couple of questions regarding the review:
  1. When was this review first published? - 26 May 2016 and re-published on 26 June 2020. That was before we knew about Throwback Thursday.
  2. Did you have any idea what you were doing? - Obviously not! I still need to find out how to review an audio book properly.  
  3. Will you re-write this review? - Good grief, no. I would never be able to be so ridiculously creative again. And by ridiculously, I literally mean ridiculous.  
  4. Did you tweak this review? - A bit yes. Could have done more, I guess. But let's leave it as is. 
  5. Will you re-read the book? - I already did! 
  6. Will you recommend others to read this review? Yes! If you want to know more about South African culture, humor and especially our delicious food, read this. 

End of last year, we've decided to combine Throwback Thursday with  Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole's Random Life of BooksThis worked very well. By working well, I mean that my Mommy actually spend some time on her TBR shelf and cleared some space for new books. (She needs to do that every time we post on Books from the Backlog. Very effective)

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

The 6th book on our TBR list of 497 (still less than 500 books) is: 

Meet The Saving Graces, Four Of The Best Friends A Woman Can Ever Have.
For ten years, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel have shared a deep affection that has helped them deal with the ebb and flow of expectations and disappointments common to us all. Calling themselves the Saving Graces, the quartet is united by understanding, honesty, and acceptance -- a connection that has grown stronger as the years go by...
Though these sisters of the heart and soul have seen it all, talked through it all, Emma, Rudy, Lee, and Isabel will not be prepared for a crisis of astounding proportions that will put their love and courage to the ultimate test.

It's been on the TBR shelf for ages, but we still want to keep it there. It still seems like a fun read and one day my Mommy will probably stumble upon it at a second-hand bookshop or pick it up on Kindle and it will be a quick beach read. How's that for positive thinking? 

Have you read King Solomon's Mines or any of the Allan Quartermain books? What about The Saving Graces? Is it worth keeping it on the TBR list?  .

Please remember to link your Throwback Thursday and your Books from the Backlog up to the two lovely hosts and share your books with us too! 

Lots of Love,

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Wednesday Wisdom from A Year of Marvellous Ways

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Greetings! We haven't done a Wednesday Wisdom in ages. I'm convinced that is the reason for my Mommy doing all sorts of funny and crazy things lately. She needs to start enjoying the holidays now and gain some new wisdom. Like the wisdom of Marvellous Ways. Yes, that is actually someone's name. I don't care if it's a fictional character, I think her name is simply, well, marvelous! 

It was a strange little book and my Mommy didn't like it quite as much as When God was a Rabbit. But Marvellous' infinite wisdom sure did earn her a place for a Wednesday Wisdom post. 

Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who's lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she's taken to spending her days sitting on the steps of her caravan with a pair of binoculars. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it. Freddy Drake is a young soldier left reeling by the war. He's agreed to fulfil a dying friend's last wish and hand-deliver a letter to the boy's father in Cornwall. But Freddy's journey doesn't go to plan, and sees him literally wash up in Marvellous' creek, broken in body and spirit. When Marvellous comes to his aid, an unlikely friendship grows between the two. Can Freddy give Marvellous what she needs to say goodbye to the world, and can she give him what he needs to go on?

It took us weeks to get get through the book, because you need to read it slowly and then go and think a bit and sleep on it. But my Mommy loved Marvellous Ways and her marvelous ways. 

As you can see from the Goodreads blurb, the era is 1947.  A mere 2 years after the end of WWII and the world is slowly starting to come to life again. Or not. 

"Old ways of life don't return when lives themselves have never returned."

"Those left behind prayed constantly for peace, but prayers came back with 'Return to Sender' stamped all over them."

"Coming back from the dead is not quite the same as coming back to life."

If there's really a story with a beginning and an ending in this book, is hard to pin down. It's like the ocean - tides come in and  tides go out and sometimes get mingled up a bit. Not to mention everything else that can get mingled up in the ocean. And in between, there's life, death, heartache, despair, hope, tall tales, fish and rumours.

We won't necessarily recommend A Year of Marvellous Ways to everybody, the same way we won't recommend When God was a Rabbit to everyone. But if you love books that are filled with poetic writing and infinite wisdom, this one might be for you. 

Here's our review for When God was a Rabbit

Lots of Love,

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