Monday Bloopers #1

Monday, May 31, 2021

Greetings Humans! Welcome to our first Monday Bloopers. We got the idea for Monday Bloopers from Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries and Meows. You should really go and visit her, she has the most gorgeous feline blog ever! I think we can do a few more feline posts. I work my fluffy ass off helping my Mommy with all her bookish chat, I think I need a bit more post recognition too. 

*Where on earth do I get this cat?? 

Melissa hosts a fun monthly meme called Pet Photo Fail Blog Hop. I guess the idea is to post a photo that didn't work as well as the shooter anticipated it would. *Camera shooter. 


Love the idea, but I can only see one serious problem here. Have you ever seen an ugly photo of me? Even with my bum up in the air and everyone seeing my bloomers, I'm still quite adorable. Don't you think?


Nothing in the rules say that you are only allowed to post photos of cats. I'm going to dig through my Mommy's photo archive and find all those funny doggy bloopers. My eldest brother, Hercules, is a gorgeous yellow lab and he is 12 years old today! So I'll post a nice photo of him. But just because it's his birthday. 


My Mommy says I had my fun now, but we need to talk at least a bit about books as well. This is a book blog after all. Okay. Sticking to the theme of bloopers, how about we talk about books that were bloopers for my Mommy? That might work. As long as everyone remembers that this is her opinion and she wasn't surrounded by a group of hissing cats and forced to say she didn't like the book. Let's make it one book per post as well, that sounds fair.

The first book that comes to mind, is a rather controversial choice. It's one of those books that are on the list of just about all the 100 best books, or 100 books you have to read before you die, and so forth. But my Mommy hated it.


Some books need to be read at a certain age. My Mommy was well into her 30's when she first read this one and it upset her dreadfully. The pig. She had nightmares about that darn pig for days. I think if you read this classic in Middle School to High School, you might perceive it completely differently. 

Do you have any funny bloopers of your pets you want to share with us? If you go to Melissa's blog, there's a linky that you can add and visit all the other bloopers. 

If you don't have a photo blooper, what book was a complete blooper for you?

Lots of Love,



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The Sunday Post #40

Sunday, May 30, 2021


Greetings you all! Can we not talk about my Mommy's week, please? It was horrible. Covid scares, open battlefields at school, broken nails (yes, that is traumatic), a crappy book. The unhappiness is real here. But the worst was the Covid scare. One of my Mommy's Teachers in the Special Needs section at school contracted the dreadful virus and all hell broke lose. And that's after all necessary protocols were followed. For those of you who are, or were in teaching, you will know - it takes only teacher to tip the carefully packed apple cart. Where are the Centaurs when you need them.


 No vaccines in sight here in good old South Africa for mere mortals like teachers, so school got closed until tomorrow. At least my Mommy's Teacher Friend is not as sick as so many others were and she's expected back at work in another week's time. 

Let's talk books, reality sucks. 

Adding to the Litter


So glad we figured out that Reading Reality is now hosting Stacking the Shelves. Thanks to everyone who pointed us in the right direction!

We got two new books for review from Lola's Blog Tours. We love reviewing for Lola, the books are always fun and she is a very nice and helpful tour organizer.


From Bookbub and Kindle Daily Deals:



It's only end of May, but I've already decided what my Mommy's reading challenge will be next year. She might not like it and I won't tell you yet. The patience of a cat, never underestimate it.

Scratching the Blog Pole


We didn't do a Sunday Post last week, so we are two weeks behind. Don't worry, you haven't missed much. We only had four posts.

1. Top Ten Tuesday - The New Mary Higgins Clark in 10 Sentences (Ghostwriter Elza) We had lots of fun with this post and we were very happy to see that you also enjoyed it!

2. Friday Fives with Book Blogger Hop and Friendly Fill-Ins - we made some fun new friends with the Friendly Fill-Ins, will definitely become a regular. Because Felines. No other reasons necessary.

3. Wondrous Words Wednesday - Lackadaisical - I still vote for my Mommy to be a bit lazier. But then again, what if she never snaps out of it again? Rather stick with the busy bee.

4. Weekend Book Friends - Featuring our latest read, The Rose Code

On the Couch

Currently Reading


There's nothing like reading a really good book when life gets you down. Both A Gentleman in Moscow and The Rose Code are amazing reads and just what my Mommy needed. We only have about 10% left of Reserved for Murder. Watch this space for a review somewhere this week. 

Currently Watching 

We finished all the seasons of The Good Place and although I suspect some people of certain faiths and denominations might have a lot to say about it, we loved it. 


Last night we watched Frozen. Because yes, my Mommy should let it go. I think it helped a lot. 

Hope you will all have a wonderful week and remember to link up to our lovely hosts Debbie @ The ReaderBuzz and Kimberley @ Caffeinated Reviewer.


Lots of Love,







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Weekend Book Friends #19

Friday, May 28, 2021


 Greetings Humans! It's Friday and my Mommy is at home! Yea for me! But she doesn't look all that happy about it. One of my Mommy's Teachers in the special needs section at school, tested positive for Covid and seeing that no-one at school is eligible for a vaccine yet, school is closed until Monday. I really don't get why she's upset about it. She can read, she can blog, she can cuddle with me. What's the problem? 

But I understand that humans have very complex emotions and I'll just sit here with a sweet and sympathetic look on my face. Yes, you do deserve a brand new book, Mommy. Yes, the wine and chocolates are also well deserved. 

This is her brand new book and she can't wait to start reading it later today:

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. Vivacious debutante Osla is the girl who has everything—beauty, wealth, and the dashing Prince Philip of Greece sending her roses—but she burns to prove herself as more than a society girl, and puts her fluent German to use as a translator of decoded enemy secrets. Imperious self-made Mab, product of east-end London poverty, works the legendary codebreaking machines as she conceals old wounds and looks for a socially advantageous husband. Both Osla and Mab are quick to see the potential in local village spinster Beth, whose shyness conceals a brilliant facility with puzzles, and soon Beth spreads her wings as one of the Park’s few female cryptanalysts. But war, loss, and the impossible pressure of secrecy will tear the three apart.

1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, three friends-turned-enemies are reunited by a mysterious encrypted letter--the key to which lies buried in the long-ago betrayal that destroyed their friendship and left one of them confined to an asylum. A mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together. But each petal they remove from the rose code brings danger--and their true enemy--closer...
 


Let's pay a visit to a couple of our beloved Weekend Book Friends and share our weekend reads. We will also pay a visit to our new friends for Friendly Fill-Ins. We love making new friends!

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. 

We are literally cracking the spine of this one as we type here, so we know as  much as you do:

The enigma arrived in the afternoon post, sealed, smudged and devastating. 
Osla Kendall stood, twenty-six years old, dark haired, dimpled and scowling, in the middle of a tiny Knightsbridge flat that looked as if it had been bombed by Junkers, wearing nothing but a French lace slip and a foul mood as she looked at the piles of silk and satin exploding over every surface.

I'm having difficulty getting my Mommy to remain sitting and finishing her post. She just wants to go read now 


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'll just start with the first paragraph on page 56: 

Any other woman, Osla reflected, would have run to her husband-to-be if she got menacing letters from a madhouse inmate. It was the sort of thing fiancés liked to know, if the woman they loved were being threatened by lunatics. But Osla knew she was not going to tell a soul. A few years at Bletchley Park turned any woman into a real clam.

Good grief, it's difficult to keep her down!

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 I guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

Today's question: Who is your favorite character of all the books you've ever read?

I'm going to step back today and let my Mommy decide on this one. If it were up to me, it would have been Dick Wittington's cat. But you know that already. I believe my Mommy's favorite character will be the short, egg-shaped head, patent leather shoes wearer, Belgium detective - Hercule Poirot.


Agatha Christie is my Mommy's go-to author. If all else fails, read a Christie. And yes, she loves both Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, but Poirot just a little bit more. 



Friendly Fill-Ins



We had so much fun joining in the Friendly Fill-Ins last weekend, that we've decided to do it again. Okay, I did. So many fellow felines to visit! Friendly Fill-Ins is hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. They come up with a couple of sentences, and then you have to fill in the blanks. I think it's a great way to get to know each other better as well. This week's questions: 

1. I wish _________ were as _________ as _________.

2. My plans this weekend include _________ and _________.

3. It's hard to believe that _________.

4. I need _________ in order to _________.

Some questions I will answer, and some my Mommy will, you can figure out who gave which answer. It might not be as easy as you think!

1. I wish dogs were as clever as cats.
2. My plans this weekend include grooming and reading my new book.
3. It's hard to believe that people can't wear their poker faces as well as cats. 
4. I need books in order to remain sane


What is your plans for the weekend?  And what is your current read?

Hope you will all have a wonderful weekend and that you have a nice book and a lovely cat to curl up with. 


Lots of Love,



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Wondrous Words Wednesday - Lackadaisical

Wednesday, May 26, 2021


It's Wednesday and time for Wondrous Words Wednesday. It's going to be a quick post, because it's actually very late at night on Tuesday and this will go out as a pre-scheduled post. It's chaos in my Mommy's world. One of her teachers tested positive for Covid today and she needs to make plans as cleverly as Puss in Boots. As you know, she works with special needs kiddies and closing the whole centre down is not that easy! Thankfully she can escape into the blog a bit. And snuggle with me. 

Wondrous Words Wednesday 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 our graphic or design your own! 

Today's word is a brand new word to us, but I guess some of your might know it:

Lackadaisical

Adjective: Lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy; without vigor; listless; lethargic

I don't know anybody who will fit that description. I know of people if you read the news highlights and some social media posts. Oh and kids. My Mommy says she sees the following at school quite often:


I can describe my Mommy in so many various different ways, but lackadaisical will not fit her at all. In fact, I think she needs to become a bit more lackadaisical from time to time. My theme song is Let it Go (yes, that song from Frozen) and I really don't get why she can't just listen when I meow and purr it at the top of my lungs. She will definitely benefit from a better balanced life. She needs to find the perfect balance between being a busy bee and a lazy cat. Can it really be that hard? Any tips and ideas for her? She needs to look like this a bit more:


What do think? Is lackadaisical always a bad thing, or do you think you need to practice it every once in a while? 

What Wondrous Words did you came across this week? Any worth mentioning? Oh come on, don't be so lackadaisical. Go grab a book and find a word you don't know! 


If you want to join in the Wondrous Words Wednesday fun, add your name to the linky below and visit your fellow Wondrous Bloggers.





Lots of Love,




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Friday Fives #5 with Book Blogger Hop and Friendly Fill-Ins

Saturday, May 22, 2021

 
Greetings Humans! Yes, yes - I know it's Saturday already and we are a bit late for a Friday post. But yesterday was dreadfully cold and rainy, so when my Mommy came home from school, we just snuggled up with a book. Until she had to be back at school. They had a fun-run this morning and she had to be at school at before the crack of dawn. 

We are still going to link up with Friday Fives and Book Blogger Hop and then we want to join a new weekly meme today. Because cats. No other reason is necessary. 

For our firs link today, we link up with  Connect Five hosted by the BookDateConnect Five is really very easy - just pick 5 books that are connected in some or other way. Theme, cover, genre, author - you name it. 

As you know, my Mommy is a teacher/librarian and this week Mommy decided to show you the five series' that are the most popular at school:


1. Basically any of the series or by Enid Blyton. Famous Five, Secret Seven, Amelia Jane. All of them are still very popular. The same with Roald Dahl. Not a series no, but still very popular.

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid. My Mommy says she's way to old to understand the fascination. But she has three complete sets in the library and it is always out. Same with Dork Diaries.

3. Percy Jackson - The kids love this series just as much as The Heroes of Olympus. She says she does understand the obsession with that a bit more. 

4. Bear Grylls. With the boys and the girls. But it really is a fun series and the kids read it up to Gr 7. 

5. Middle School. Of course it will make the list of any school library. The writing is good and the kids enjoy it tremendously.

Book Blogger Hop


Next up we will link with The 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 I guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

Today's question: Do you keep a budget for books? 

Last week Sunday, on our Sunday Post, I told you about the Book Club that my Mommy belongs to. Although she gets a fair amount of money to spend on books once a year with the Book Club, she still buys books all through the year. Not on a budget. No. Just randomly. And then we get no-name brand food for a week. This graphic fits her very well:

Friendly Fill-Ins


We've been eyeing this meme for a couple of weeks now. We first saw it on Yvonne's blog over at Socrates Book Reviews and after playing amateur sleuth for a bit, we now know that it's hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. They come up with a couple of sentences, and the you have to fill in the blanks. This week's questions: 

1. Lately, I’ve been __________________________.
2. I find ___________________ fascinating.
3. If I had known _________, I would have _________.
4.  I can’t help but _________ when I’m nervous.


Our answers might differ from week to week, depending on who feels like answering the question!

1. Lately, I've been a bit overwhelmed by work. My Mommy is a teacher and it's middle of the second term here in SA. Enough said. All fellow teachers will understand and start sending books and chocolates.

2. I find human behavior fascinating. That question is answered by both me and my Mommy. Same answer.

3. If I had known Ballet is sooo much fun, such good exercise and the best workout ever, I would have started dancing years ago. My Mommy is 42. Don't ask too many questions. She's been at the physio a couple of times already since starting with Adult Ballet classes.  

4. I can't help but hide in the highest tree or on the roof when I'm nervous. And then I work on Daddy's nerves when he needs to get me down. We are a well balanced family.

And that's all from us today! My Mommy has a Ballet class now and when she comes back, we are snuggling with a good book again.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Lots of Love,



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The new Mary Higgins Clark in 10 sentences (Ghostwriter, Elza)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Greetings you all! We didn't do a Top Ten Tuesday in a couple of weeks. Work work work.... But when my Mommy saw this week's prompt from Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl she had a brainwave. The prompt for today is Book Titles that are complete sentences

When my Mommy grew up, Mary Higgins Clark was the ultimate queen of crime and to this day, she will still pick up a MHC novel and enjoy it. My aunt Hannelize, has just about all the Mary Higgins Clark books printed. But have you ever noticed how many of her book titles are complete sentences? You can write a novel only with the book titles! Let me proof it:

It was Christmas Eve and the De Winters family had a fun-filled, dashing through the snow, day. All three De Winters children went to bed early to make sure Santa Claus don't pass them by. We all know that he sees you when you're sleeping and won't leave any presents if you are still awake.

Just before midnight, there was a cry in the night. Mrs. De Winters jumped out of bed and ran to the nursery. It was empty. "Where are the children?", she screamed in terror. The whole room was in a complete mess with toppled furniture and scattered toys. Mrs. De Winters rushed to the corner where she could she the cradle will fall any second. The cradle was also empty.

Within minutes the house was alight with blue and read police sirens and officers trampling over the clean carpets. Detective Sergeant Banes were barking orders. "You look for those children all around the town". Banes were questioning Mr. De Winters in the study. "Is there anyone who acted suspicious lately on the street where you live?"

Mrs. De Winters were quietly sitting on the leather couch mumbling, "where are you now?" All of a sudden, she sat up straight and asked Detective Sergeant Banes to repeat his question. "Wait a minute!", she cried out. "The new guy that moved into the house on the corner. Something is creepy there. The boys kicked their ball into his yard two days ago and he was furious. He screamed and shouted at them and told them "I've got my eyes on you"! I'm sure he has something to do with this.", she exclaimed sobbing. 

Banes was already on his feet. "Wheep no more, my Lady. We will find your children soon enough." 

I still need to write the rest, I'm sure I can get more titles to complete the latest best seller. 

Do you think I can be the new Mary Higgins Clark? My Mommy is just looking at me with a rather bland expression. I think I did quite well!

Remember to visit the other participants of Top Ten Tuesday!

Lots of Love,






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