Month: August 2016

Thursday Quotables #2 – That Cursed Book

Welcome to Thursday Quotables hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage during your past reading week. Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching or just really written beautifully – this is where you must share! It is so simple: Write a Thursday Quotable post on your blog. (We’re all busy here, so pick something from what you are currently reading) Link back to Bookshelf Fantasies and link-up with the linky provided. Make sure to visit the other quotable bloggers and snitch their books. Go finish reading your book. I haven’t done a Thursday Quotable in weeks. Okay, actually I’ve only done it twice (counting this one….) I am more than a bit behind on catching up with my book quotes and book diary. There are a million little papers and notes lying around the house that can’t wait to be eternalized by yours truly in ink (yes, I know they are already in ink – once, twice, three times over).  But enough excuses, I have that Cursed Book that I need to go finish. I’m sure you know which one I’m talking about. Not? Here’s a great teaser:  “Those that we love never truly leave us Harry. There are things that death cannot touch. […]

Posted August 18, 2016
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Cover Characteristics – Mountains

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.) This week’s theme is Mountains. I really feel that Cover Characteristics need a soundtrack. Is it only me who constantly hear songs in my head when I see the themes?? This week it was a toss up between:    Climb every Mountain from The Sound of Music and The Climb by Miley Cyrus from the good old days when she still aspired to be Julie Andrews. Only Me? Really? Okay. Let’s talk books. My number one choice for this week is not one, but three books. All by the same author though and all three featuring the most beautiful mountain in the world – Table Mountain      Devil’s Peak – Deon Meyer Dead Before Dying – Deon Meyer 7 Days – Deon Meyer If you haven’t read books by Deon Meyer yet, […]

Posted August 17, 2016
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The Olympic Book Tag – Finally!

The Olympic Book Tag – Finally!

  I’ve had my eye on this tag ever since I saw it for the first time over at It Starts at Midnight. Thanks for creating this great tag Shannon! Meant to do it last week already, but there were a few hurdles to cross first. I’m not a very sporty person, but yes – there’s definitely something about The Olympics that draws all of us together. I am also proudly South African and couldn’t be happier about the smashing (no pun intended) performance of Wayde van Niekerk in the men’s 400m. But let’s talk books! As if creating this really awesome Book Tag wasn’t enough, Shannon made her graphics available to us as well. Thank Goodness! I’ve had enough technology problems lately. A big shout out to her and Smashing Magazine for these great icons. “Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again….”   Uhmmmmm …….. I really need to read more romance. From lack of anything else I can think of:     Yes, this is Afrikaans. My favorite childhood character and frankly my favorite witch ever – Livinia, The Lovely witch.   Not that I didn’t enjoy it. It was just soooo heavy. In every possible way. To hold, […]

Posted August 16, 2016
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Top Ten Tuesday – Find X

I know, I know. this is not what you are suppose to do. You actually need to list ten books set in or on X, Y or Z. But when I saw this week’s theme, the above graphic immediately came to mind. Books with an X setting = Find X. In a previous Top Ten Tuesday, I’ve mentioned my utter lack of Mathematical knowledge. Just for today, I’ve decided to put that prejudice aside and assist Algebra with his/her/it’s age-old dilemma by listing 10 Books with a Mathematical setting. I do hope that my efforts will help him/her/it for once and for all to find his/her/it’s X.   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! 1. One Plus One by Jojo Moyes This is […]

Posted August 16, 2016
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The Sunday Post – You have NO idea

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. You have NO idea how bad the past 36 hours (yes, I’m counting) have been. I woke up yesterday morning with a spring in my step. That in itself is amazing, as the past week has been just horrible, horrible (try saying that in a french accent. The impact is so much better). While we were having coffee, my husband asked me what my plans for the day were. It was rather simple: Finish some schoolwork  Do the Olymic Book Tag Finish the new Harry Potter Now didn’t that sound like a good Saturday? As I was making breakfast, I asked my dear, oh so dear, husband to see if there are any nice templates on blogger that I might look at in a few weeks time, you know When I have time to waste.  Those of you who have children, know when your toddler goes quiet, you normally just happen […]

Posted August 14, 2016
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Friday Meets – 12 August 2016

I’ve been to the dentist this morning and finally, somebody is listening to me. But I think the anesthetics have done their job now and it’s time for pain meds (or wine) and a book on the couch.   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 don’t normally conform to the call of the masses, but there is one name I will also chant and march to the beat of this boy’s drum.   Page 56: ” Scorpius: Too late. The train is moving. Hogwarts ahoy! “  Nope, I am not saying anything more. I didn’t plan to read the new Harry […]

Posted August 12, 2016
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Salt to the Sea by Rita Sepetys on February 02, 2016 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 391 Format: Paperback Source: Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads While the Titanic and Lusitania are both well-documented disasters, the single greatest tragedy in maritime history is the little-known January 30, 1945 sinking in the Baltic Sea by a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army. The ship was overcrowded with more than 10,500 passengers — the intended capacity was approximately 1,800 — and more than 9,000 people, including 5,000 children, lost their lives. Sepetys (writer of ‘Between Shades of Gray’) crafts four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real-life tragedy. Joana, a Lithuanian with nursing experience; Florian, a Prussian soldier fleeing the Nazis with stolen treasure; and Emilia, a Polish girl close to the end of her pregnancy, converge on their escape journeys as Russian troops advance; each will eventually meet Albert, a Nazi peon with delusions of grandeur, assigned to the Gustloff decks. Paperback  390 pages Read 09 August 2016 Published February 2016 Goodreads Blurb: Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets. Each […]

Posted August 12, 2016
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Book Traveling Thursdays #1

Yes, it is as bad as it seems.I am absent.Absent minded, distracted, fully occupied and no time for blogging. I do try to read. It does appear as if I’ve fallen victim to the age old disease of Headless Chicken syndrome. I am running around with my head on the block(g), but my body is constantly elsewhere.  But I really, really, really want to start doing the Book Traveling Thursdays weekly feature. Let’s see if I can do this without my head…I can still manage to copy/paste, so let’s have a look at what Danielle and Catia have to say about this meme. Danielle and Catia are the two lovely moderators over at the Goodreads group. (I know they’re lovely – you can see their photos on Goodreads!) Should you wish to participate, just follow these easy 1,2,3 block(g) myself steps:  Pick a book. At the beginning of every month, a list of themes will be posted. All you have to do is choose a book that fits that theme. In your blog post, include an explanation of why your chosen book fits the theme. Look at covers from multiple editions and multiple countries for the book you chose. Be sure to tag […]

Posted August 11, 2016
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It's Monday! What are you reading? #1

I’ve had my eye on this weekly feature for quite some time and decided that today is the day to join It’s Monday! What are you reading? This weekly feature is hosted by Bookdate and it’s a great way to get your reading week sorted. All you need to do is:  Tell us what you are currently reading What did you finish reading last week What do you plan on reading next Add your link to the linky provided by your host Visit the other bloggers who also deal with terrible Mondays, but still find the time to prioritize their reading schedules Make sure to read really awesome books in order to increase the above mentioned bloggers’ stress levels by adding even more books to their TBR list Pop a Rescue for your own nerves or pour a glass of wine and get reading   Currently Reading Paperback + Audio + Kindle + Google Play Books = Long weekend     Shutter Man by Richard Montanari (Paperback) I’m about 85% done with it. This is a fabulous book, but you need to keep your head screwed on tight as there are a lot of things happening here with a large number of characters.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Audio/Librivox) An excellent […]

Posted August 8, 2016
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The Sunday Post – 07 August 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.This week’s predominant event in my little corner of the world was the SA Local Government Elections 2016. It is a historic time in South Africa, leaving the ANC bruised and the DA galvanized. ewn.co.za A picture says a thousand words. This photo was taken in Port Elizabeth where a new dawn sure is breaking.  But enough about that. I’m not one to talk politics, lets talk books!  Featured Inkspots Top Ten Tuesday This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a real mouth full: “Ten books you would buy right this second if someone handed you a fully loaded gift card”.    Gosh no. That’s too much for this over-occupied mind. I just shortened it to: Ten Books I bought right this second. And I really did. I can show you the receipts! Cover CharacteristicsI’m not being very successful with Cover Characteristics lately… I really enjoy doing it and had lots of fun […]

Posted August 7, 2016
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