Month: May 2016

Cover Characteristics – Benches

Today’s Cover Characteristics – Benches Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 (or more – whatever blows your hair back) covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate:  Pick your covers  Post it to your blog Share your post’s URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)  My favourite cover for today is again going to be the first book that popped into my head when I saw the theme. (But now I really need to pop a chocolate in my mouth) Forest Gump by Winston Groom “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you gonna get” The rest were a bit tricky….. I couldn’t find any other book […]

Posted May 30, 2016
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The Sunday Post – 29 May 2016

Sunday 29 May 2016 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.Winter is coming to South Africa! Next week it is officially winter in the southern hemisphere. Time for red red wine, read red books and  wear a red coat.  This past week we had more than one day where the temperature dropped below 20 degrees Celsius in Nelspruit. Yes, that is considered as very, very cold here. But if this were you: you would be cold too! No, those are not statues. Those are real giraffes and zebras grazing right on our doorstep. No, they are not dangerous. Unless you are grass or a tree aloe. I’ve finished King […]

Posted May 29, 2016
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King Solomon's mines – H. Rider Haggard

Audio book: May 20 – May 26, 2016 Librivox recording – recorded by John Nicholson (I still vote for Sean Connery to do this reading) You know what I love about book reviewing and blogging the most? It gives you the freedom to google your favourite 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 you know. 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). Alan Quartermain was born in 1817  Physically […]

Posted May 28, 2016
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Friday Meets – 27 May 2016

Yes, yes – I am aware that it is Saturday already (believe me, I am far more horror struck than you regarding the quick passing of time)Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-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. My pick for today is a book that I have been dragging my feet with for the […]

Posted May 28, 2016
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Cover Characteristics – 23 May 2016

Today’s Cover Characteristics – Don’t you turn your back on me! (Okay, actually it is covers featuring only the back of people) Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 (or more – whatever blows your hair back) covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate:  Pick your covers  Post it to your blog Share your post’s URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)  I was quite amazed to see how many books feature only the backs of people. I’ve only browsed through the list of books that I have read already and there were more than enough for this week’s theme.  Gmmf, now I don’t feel so bad anymore for turning my […]

Posted May 23, 2016
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The Sunday Post – 22 May 2016

Sunday 22 May 2016 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.Helllloooooo all you lovely people out there!! Yes, I am trying to sound like the lovely Mrs Doubtfire. I need the image of MrsDoubtfire or Maria/Mary (same same) or I will even settle for Nanny Mcphee. I need to think of puppies and rainbows and nannies who provide sugar in your medicine and not be called Sugar.           May I start with the let-down of my week. The literal let-down. I let myself put a book down.  This is not a very common occurrence, I don’t like to hurt a book’s feelings. But the problem with this book is […]

Posted May 22, 2016
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Friday Meets – 20 May 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-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. After watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen last weekend, I realized that I haven’t read most of the novels hosting all those interesting and extraordinary characters. So I’ve decided to start with Allan Quatermain (he is the first character to make an appearance in […]

Posted May 20, 2016
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Top Ten Tuesday

This week’s Top Ten: Ten books I picked up on a whim (however you decide to interpret that – bought, read, downloaded or stolen) Top Ten Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a ‘Top Ten’ list and everyone is welcome to join. Just link back to The Broke and the Bookish and add your name to the linky.    Divine secrets of the Ya-Ya sisterhood by Rebecca Wells – I received this book from someone as a ‘thank you’ gift for a favor done. Apparently this book reminded her of me. Never heard of it, but started reading that same night. Loved it. And yes, there might be a bit of me stuck in there. The Memory Keeper’s daughter by Kim Edwards – One of those titles that begs you to read it. Also no idea what it was about. A stunning read, but […]

Posted May 17, 2016
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Cover Characteristics – Silhouettes

Today’s Cover Characteristics – Silhouettes Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 (or more – whatever blows your hair back) covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate:  Pick your covers  Post it to your blog Share your post’s URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)  When I saw today’s theme, a song immediately popped into my head and yes – I’ve been singing the whole day to the music in my head. (I also march to the beat of my own drum, but that’s completely besides the point today). Who of you remember Bonnie Tyler’s album Silhouette in Red? I remember this soooooo well. I had (still have, thanks to […]

Posted May 16, 2016
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The Sunday Post – RIP HP

Sunday 15 May 2016 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.My good-old trusted friend and companion – HP my laptop, decided to retire early in 2016. My husband and I thought it wise to put him in an “old age home” for computers. The type of home where they minimize your daily schedule to maybe just one or two chores and for very limited time. All HP-my-old-pal had to do, was wake-up every morning, go to just one folder, open it and connect to his HP nephew, the printer. Not too much strain on those old wires. But alas…. It was with the greatest of sadness that […]

Posted May 15, 2016
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