Month: April 2016

Friday Meets

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 to start the weekend with Book Beginnings. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. For this date, you will need the following:  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 don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well. I have this terrible habit of reading more than one (or two or three) books at the same time. I do try to stick to one per format though. For this week’s Friday 56, I will choose the paperback I am currently […]

Posted April 30, 2016
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Reading in the rocking chair

‘Worrying is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere’ I remember reading Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot when I was in High School. How absolutely absurd the whole thing was to me. Vladimir and Estragon were just sitting there. On a bench (or was it a rock?), under a tree. Waiting. Endlessly and in vain. They didn’t do anything. They didn’t go anywhere. They just waited and worried for and about this Godot person/entity/deity/pty.ltd – whatever.  “Nothing happens. Nobody comes. Nobody goes. It’s awful!” How awful that must be (thought the 18 year-old me). Imagine that. You just sit and wait while nothing happens. By choice. Whoa. For a young girl who’s life was still ahead of her, a young girl who never seemed to have enough hours in the day or days in the week – Waiting for Godot was, well, […]

Posted April 29, 2016
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Currently Reading

Paperback     My reading progress for the past week was a bit slow. Flue-season in SA and I got it. Thankfully I also got the most beautiful flowers from a wonderful friend.  I’m still reading Come, thou tortoise by Jessica Grant. It is a lovely read with the loveliest characters. Especially Winifred. She is a tortoise yes, but I do so love her. So why don’t I just finish it??  I’m just running through books at the moment. Very similar to a hare. Quite sure that Winifred will catch up with me.  I’ve started When God was a rabbit by Sarah Winman on Sunday afternoon. Not exactly sure what is going on here yet, but so far it is an easy read and I’m looking forward to see what happens with Elly and Jenny Penny.  Oh.My.Word…….. As I’m typing this, I suddenly realize I am reading about a Tortoise and […]

Posted April 26, 2016
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Bout of Books read-a-thon

Bout of books read-a-thon update! Saturday 14 May 2016   The Widow – 154 pages (finished) The Mystery box – 4 pages Total pages read: 156 Books finished: 1 Friday 13 May 2016   The Widow – 120 pages The Little Prince – 26 pages (Finished) Total pages read: 146 Books finished: 1 Thursday 12 May 2016 It was a hectic day – if only we can always escape into a book and books can always be the only comfort we need. The Widow – 40 pages Total pages read: 40 Wednesday 11 May 2016    Three men in a boat – listened to 5 chapters (finished) The little prince – read 19 pages 11/22/63 –read 9 pages Total pages read: 28  Books finished: 1 Tuesday 10 May 2016     Recipes for love and murder – read 166 pages (finished) Three men in a boat – listened to 3 […]

Posted April 26, 2016
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Cover characteristics

Today’s cover characteristic – CIRCUS (oh yea!) Cover characteristics is a meme hosted by Sugar & Snark – each week they post a characteristic and choose 5 of our favourite covers with that characteristic. The museum of extraordinary things by Alice Hoffman. This book was so amazing. Maybe the cover is not all that whoay Circus – I’ll just call it intense loyalty. The setting of this novel is Coney Island. And that was the ultimate circus experience.  Another Coney Island setting (partly) – Church of marvels by Leslie Parry Yes, I am also going to list The night circus by Erin Morgenstern. When I saw the theme, this was the first book I thought of. I don’t believe it matters if everybody uses this one. To quote from the novel: “The truest tales require time and familiarity to become what they are.” I haven’t read Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley. I’ve just […]

Posted April 25, 2016
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The girl who saved the king of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson

The girl who saved the king of Sweden – Jonas Jonasson

The Girl who saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson Published by Fourth Estate on April 24th 2014 Genres: Fiction, Humor Pages: 421 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads Just because the world ignores you, doesn’t mean you can’t save it . . . Nombeko Mayeki was never meant to be a hero. Born in a Soweto shack, she seemed destined for a short, hard life. But now she is on the run from the world ‘s most ruthless secret service, with three Chinese sisters, twins who are officially one person and an elderly potato farmer. Oh, and the fate of the King of Sweden – and the world – rests on her shoulders. On June 14th, 2007, the King and Prime Minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill: the truth […]

Posted April 23, 2016
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Cover characteristics

Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by http://sugarandsnark.co.za/ This week’s cover characteristic is:  Alcoholic beverages    Right ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse. Next to wine, I can highly recommend this as an excellent remedy for a sour disposition.       The Portuguese cover of Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding features not one, but two lovely bottles of wine. And we all know just how much she loved her wine…. Five little pigs by Agatha Christie is on my TBR list for April. Will keep you posted.   I haven’t read The last of the wine by Mary Renault, but from The Goodreads description https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/67696.The_Last_of_the_Wine?from_search=true&search_version=service I take it you might need a nice big jar as featured in this cover photo. And may you not have to utter the words: “This is the last of the wine”. I am quite sure that I won’t be the only one featuring Drink Slay Love by […]

Posted April 19, 2016
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After Anna – Alex Lake

After Anna – Alex Lake

After Anna by Alex Lake Published by Killer Reads on July 30th 2015 Genres: Thriller Pages: 309 Format: eBook Source: My Kindle Buy on Amazon Goodreads The real nightmare starts when her daughter is returned… A bone-chilling psychological thriller that will suit fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Daughter by Jane Shemilt, and The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless. The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved. But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned. She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare. A five year old girl is missing. Taken in broad daylight right outside […]

Posted April 18, 2016
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Currently reading

Paperback/hardcover The author of The-100-year-old man who climbed out the window and disappeared, Jonas Jonasson’s newest novel already promises to be as fun-filled and entertaining as its predecessor. I’ve actually struggled a bit with Jonasson’s writing style when I first started The-100-year-old man. He’s quite quirky with an atomic amount (no pun intended) of word-play. Same with The girl who saved the king of Sweden, but this time I am prepared and quickly got into it. The story opens with Nombeko Mayeki who was born in a Soweto shack in 1961. She’s a rather clever girl and by the age of 14 she was already the manager of the latrine emptiers in South Africa’s largest shantytown.  “They complained that their manager was talking politics. Wasn’t it enough that they had to carry shit all day? Do they have to listen to it too?” I suspect this might be my #21 on http://bookriot.com/2015/12/15/2016-book-riot-read-harder-challenge/ Kindle  […]

Posted April 15, 2016
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The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Published by St Martin’s Press on February 3rd 2015 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 448 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads In love we find out who we want to be. In war we find out who we are. FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. Vianne’s […]

Posted April 14, 2016
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