Month: June 2016

The Summer of my imagination

20 Books of Summer 2016 I honestly don’t do winter. I would much rather prefer to have my heart beating at 55 beats per minute and find a warm, cozy spot to snuggle in and forget about the cold out there. Not a dark place, there has to be sufficient light for reading. (This from someone who lives in sunny South Africa, in Nelspruit. Our average winter temperature is around 23 degrees Celsius) Unfortunately, I’m not genetically allowed to go into hibernation. The second best option is thus to take part in all these summery challenges and meme’s hosted by the Northern Hemisphere. When reading – it’s always summer. I’ve already packed my beach bag stacked with all my upcoming beach reads Top Ten Tuesday – Beach reads and now I’ve decided to sort out my reading challenges for 2016 by participating in 20 Books of Summer hosted by 746Books.1 Summer: 96 days, 6060 pages, 63 pages/day, 20 books.Here is my list (there might be one or two or ten varients):1.Dark Places by Gillian Flynn2. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden3. We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver4. Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith5. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs6. Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsey7. Hearts […]

Posted June 9, 2016
The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman

The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman Published by Back Bay Books on January 3rd, 2006 Genres: Fiction Pages: 211 Format: eBook Source: My Bookshelf Goodreads From the bestselling author of Practical Magic, a miraculous, enthralling tale of a woman who is struck by lightning, and finds her frozen heart is suddenly burning. Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets—what turned one to ice and the other to fire. A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, The Ice Queen is Alice Hoffman at […]

Posted June 8, 2016

Cover Characteristics – Lipstick

Today’s Cover Characteristics – Lipstick 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.)  Due to an ongoing dispute with the Tooth Fairy, I don’t wear lipstick. But if I did wear lipstick, this is what I would have loved to look like:     1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 2. Putting makeup on dead people by Jen Violi 3. Friend-zoned by Belle Aurora 4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (what a beautiful cover. Makes me want to read this book for once and for all) 5. Oorlewingsgids vir ‘n bedonnerde Diva by Sophia Kapp This is an Afrikaans book and the title is also in Afrikaans. Roughly translated: “Survival guide to a very very very very very very angry Diva” So what is your favourite shade […]

Posted June 7, 2016

Come, thou tortoise – Jessica Grant

Title: Come, Thou Tortoise Author: Jessica Grant Published: March 2009 (Knopf, Canada) Pages: 412 Format: Paperback Read: 19 March – 05 June 2016 (I know,…. But keep in mind – this was a book concerning a tortoise. I call it “empathetic reading”) Rating: Synopsis: When Audrey (a.k.a Oddly)  Flowers learns that her father has been hit on the head by a Christmas tree and is in a coma, she knows what she must do: leave Winnifred her tortoise behind, fly home, make a moving speech at his bedside and wait for him to wake up. When Audrey disarms an Air Marshall on route to St Johns and the Wednesday Pond, we realize there is something a bid odd about her. Things didn’t work out quite the way she planned. Instead, Audrey finds herself embarking on an extraordinary journey: one full of puzzlement and pain – but one that could also light up her life (very similar to a Christmas tree). Come, thou tortoise  unfolds in a world that is not quite our own; a place where you might just live forever if you can avoid the dangers, and where the truth can be hidden in the armrest of your airline seat. Should you be in […]

Posted June 6, 2016

Sunday Post – 05 June 2016

Sunday 05 June 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. Just to proof that I know how to be sweet and short (yes I know I am physically sweet and short, this is to show I can do it with words as well), today’s post is going to be a very quick recap of the past week. Weekly Meme’s: Cover Characteristics  (I was a bit stuck on a bench here) Top Ten Tuesday (Top Ten Thursday…) Friday Meets I’ve posted my Library Card for June as well and I am thrilled to have a fully booked card. I’m not a reading ‘wallflower’ anymore! I just hope that I will be able to give all these books a twirl…. Library Card – June 2016 Highlight of the week: I finally finished Come, thou Tortoise. And I loved it soooo much. Maybe that was why I read this book at tortoise speed….. I promise to write a really nice, well […]

Posted June 5, 2016

Friday Meets – 3 June 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. I’m still in search of The league of Extraordinary gentlemen.Finished King Solomon’s Mines last week, so now I am getting better acquainted with   56% (or there about): ” ‘I could be invisible!’ I repeated. To do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man, – the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. You have only to think!” Before you run of for ‘hey hey hey it’s Friday’    Remember to join Rose City Reader for Book […]

Posted June 3, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday (Thursday…) – 2 June 2016

This week’s Top Ten: Ten books I want to read on the beach this summer.  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. It’s Top Ten Thursday!! (Of course it’s very similar to Top Ten Tuesday. It’s just one letter more and two days late, no biggy) I didn’t really plan to take part in this week’s TTT. Seeing that here in the southern hemisphere we are not packing anything for the beach at the moment….. And then I woke up this morning, cold and sniffling and swamped with work and changed my mind. I NEED THE BEACH. So I am going to pack my bag of books and put Queen on the i-pod. “OOOOOOH YES! – I’m the great pretender….” My idea of the perfect beach holiday is a location like Mozambique where there is nothing to do, except for walking on the beach and reading. Perfect time to catch up on book series! What is nicer than have the whole day and the whole week to […]

Posted June 2, 2016

Library Card – June 2016

What to read in June 2016 My library card for June doesn’t reflect a 1900’s dance card (aka ‘Wallflower’) anymore. It is filled up and I’ve been adding names and titles for the past two weeks already. If all of these will get a twirl on the bookish dance floor, we’ll have to wait and see…. I solemnly swear that I will try my utmost best. Who needs sleep? Paperback/Hardcover      Kindle       Guess I need to start dancing here…. (Does anybody else hear ABBA in their heads as well? And have you noticed how easy it is to just replace the words dancing queen with reading queen??) Currently reading   

Posted June 2, 2016