Month: July 2016

ARC August 2016

Welcome to the 4th Annual ARC August – All August, all the ARC’s. This is proudly hosted by Read Sleep Repeat. So what is ARC August? No, it’s not just Another Reading Challenge, which I happen to be very bad at. But a girl can always try. ARC August is a way to read all the ARC’s filling up your Netgalley and ARC shelves. Past or future ARC’s, printed or electronic editions, it doesn’t matter, just read them.  The rules are very simple: each week in August a linky will go up @ Read Sleep Repeat where you can share your progress. At the end submitted books will be confirmed, so you must review them somewhere. Either on your blog or on social media. If submissions can’t be verified you may be disqualified, so make sure to say something, somewhere.Seeing that I haven’t done anything annually here, my ARC list is still very short. […]

Posted July 31, 2016
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The Sunday Post – 31 July 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.When I was young, we had this really cool add on tv “The end of the month salticrax”. Dumb and Dumber and me never knew that salticrax is proudly South African! I’ve used this add for my Friday Meets on Friday and was quite surprised that nobody thought my “end of the month toppings” were clever. Gmpfff. Until my husband pointed out that most of my readers do not know the add, or salticrax, and will thus not understand.      Okay, I get that. But I still love it! (Salticrax and the add) Today I am on my very last salticrax […]

Posted July 31, 2016
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Froelich's Ladder – Everyone's gotta live Someplace

The devilish parts:Title: Froelich’s LadderAuthor: Jamie Duclos-YourdonPublished by: Forest Avenue PressPublication date: 09 August 2016Genre: Adult FictionPages: 248 (Paperback)ISBN: 978-1-942436-19-5 (Paperback)Description: Froelich nurses a decades-old family grudge from his permanent perch atop a giant ladder in this nineteenth century madcap adventure novel. When he disappears suddenly, his nephew embarks on a rain-soaked adventure across the Pacific Northwest landscape to find him, accompanied by an ornery girl with a most unfortunate name. In their encounters with Confederate assassins, European expatriates and a general store magnate, this fairy tale twist on the American dream explores the conflicts between loyalty and ambition and our need for human connection, even at the highest rungs. Forest Avenue PressMareli’s rating: 4 starsRecommend to: Readers/believers/tellers of Tall TalesFroelich’s Ladder is a Tall tale/Folk tale set in the Oregon Territory and features an eccentric cast of rather believable characters and grazing clouds. Note: A ‘Tall tale’ is an account that is fanciful and […]

Posted July 31, 2016
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Friday Meets – The End of the month Salticrax

It’s the last Friday afternoon of a rather long and tedious month. The toppings on my Salticrax are thinly spread and unimaginative. Mweh – let’s just leave the toppings. Who cares? As long as there’s still some wine and a good book to read.  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 […]

Posted July 29, 2016
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The Companionship of Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Companionship of Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry & The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce on December 2nd, 2014 Genres: Fiction Pages: 700 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Goodreads Two beloved novels in one volume! THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie–who is 600 miles away–because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain […]

Posted July 28, 2016
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Cover Characteristics – Schools

For this week’s Cover Characteristics, we are featuring Schools 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 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’ve been out of school long enough to be able to say: It was the best days ever! Today I’m going to take a trip down memory lane and feature two schools that inspired me to attend boarding school and one school that I know inspire a large number of boys in South Africa to go to boarding school.  Maasdorp     Maasdorp was a fictional boarding school for girls […]

Posted July 28, 2016
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Top Ten Tuesday – To Do or not to Do?

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday – Ten books that inspired me to do/not do or learn something new Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish  where they provide a prompt and other lovers of list-making (me! me! me!) join in with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to. Just please link back to The Broke and the Bookish  if you are participating. Link up with your BLOG POST (not your blog) in the linky provided and remember to pay it forward!To do1. Do learn to use some of the spell words in Harry Potter as very effective swear words. Do also ensure that your facial expression and tone of voice are in correlation.     2. Do clap your hands as often and as quickly as you can.  Of course […]

Posted July 26, 2016
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The Sunday Post – 24 July 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.I’ve just finished The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennesy and I can hardly see where or what I have to type through my red and swollen eyes. Please don’t expect any quirky remarks from me today. But really please do read Miss Queenie. If you can read it alongside her companion The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry so much the better.     As sad songs and sad books always go, they make you lose track of what you were suppose to do. I actually had this really nice Sunday Post planned, but I have no idea where to find the blueprint under the pile […]

Posted July 24, 2016
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After You – Jojo Moyes

After You – Jojo Moyes

After You by Jojo Moyes Series: Me Before You #2 Published by Pamela Dorman Books on September 29th 2015 Genres: Contemporary, Romance Pages: 353 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started. Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her […]

Posted July 23, 2016
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Friday Meets – 22 July 2016

I didn’t attend my scheduled Friday Meets last week Friday as: I wasn’t on page 56 or even close to 56% on any book The only New Beginnings that were discussed, were our new beginning. (More about that at a later stage) The only hopping was done on the lawn  Let me rephrase: I only hopped on the lawn with children NO hopping was done I do apologize profoundly and I come prepared today! 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 […]

Posted July 22, 2016
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