Month: March 2017

Thursday Quotables #5 – The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan

I’m not really one for memoirs, but The Yellow Envelope by Kim Dinan is an exception. “One Gift, three rules and a life changing journey around the world”. Kim’s travels definitely turned her into a wonderful storyteller. I’m about 70% done with this journey and will have my review up somewhere during the next week or so. For now, let me just share a few note-worthy quotes:   I was learning to enjoy the great swath of possibility that came with uncertainty. Had the cards been different, it could have been me to grow up on an isolated island protected from the rest of the world by miles and miles of water.Who would I have become it that had been my fate? And who was I now because it wasn’t? Floating Islands Lake Titicaca, Peru Maybe Diego never questioned the purpose of his life because he was too busy going about living it I enjoyed Kim’s account on the Rickshaw Challenge in India and I had soooo much sympathy with those girls! Yup, I would have cried the whole time. The teams ahead of us were cruising along without problems, but they were missing out on something incredible: the extraordinary kindness that […]

Posted March 23, 2017

It's Monday – What are you reading? #6

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 Stop whining and get reading Recently Finished   The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde – A trivial comedy for serious people. I started working again last week, so that means I can multi-task again! I can sit, stand, lie, crouch, bend with a physical book for hours on end.  But not with Audio Books – I need to do something else while readening (read + listen). That’s why I love listening to the classics while I mark students’ work.  I had such a great laugh readening this classic by Oscar Wilde. I am still wondering at […]

Posted March 13, 2017

Thursday Quotables #4 – The Light Between Oceans

Welcome back 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! Just remember to link back to I don’t do a Thursday Quotable every week, heck – I haven’t done one in months! I haven’t really read anything notable or quotable in months. And then I came across this book….. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman and I simply can’t stop quoting and unquoting. Funny how the right book can cross your path at just the right time. There are so many beautiful quotes and passages in this book that just speak to my heart so dearly at the moment.“Like the wheat fields where more grain is sown than can ripen, God seemed to sprinkle extra children about, and harvest them according to some indecipherable calendar.”“It is a luxury to do something that serves no practical purpose: the luxury of civilization.”“Your family is never in your past. You carry it around with you everywhere.” “We can’t rightly ever talk about the future, if you think about it. We can only talk about what […]

Posted March 9, 2017

Cover Characteristics – The ELEPHANT in the room

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!  Greetings! Today is the day that we deal with the elephant in the room. Seriously, the elephant needs to be acknowledged today and allowed to go free…..    The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan – I haven’t read this one, but I know my old Book Club has it in circulation this year. Apparently it is well worth the read. (Need to start a new Book Club now) Dumbo by Helen Aberson Everybody’s favorite elephant! Quite sure that he was never ignored and nobody ever pretended that he’s not in the room.    Elephants can remember by Agatha Christie Yes, I will always be able to find an Agatha Christie novel to use for any post. She is the ultimate “go to” author. But seriously, this is a great novel. Think I’ll read it again. Shooting an […]

Posted March 7, 2017

You take my s(h)elf, you take my s(h)elf control – *ohoho ohoho*

Welcome to the Take Control TBR Challenge hosted by Kimberly over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. With this challenge, you need to take a bit of s(h)elf control. Let’s be honest, (you are in a safe space here) who doesn’t struggle with s(h)elf control?I for one do not have a lot of things under control at the moment, least of all my TBR list. And unless I press delete (*gasp* Oh the shock and horror of even considering that), it is not going to be sorted anytime soon. But I guess if you want to move a mountain, you have to start kicking a few rocks. Here’s the rules for the challenge: (Yup, I did copy/paste here. The “me” is Kimberly, not me) Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Goodreads account. It is a good idea to friend me if your shelves are private. Create a Goals/Updates/Results post (can be combined) It can also be a shelf on Goodreads. Be sure to friend me, so I can see it. Friend me: Kimberly Begins midnight March 1st, 2017 and ends March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm. Read/listen to books from your TBR pile. ALL books/audios must have been […]

Posted March 6, 2017

The Sunday Post – Headlines and the Failure of Super Powers

Greetings! Missed me and The Sunday Headlines much? Don’t worry – so did I. I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for just over 4 months, but hopefully I’ll start floating around again. I did manage to read a couple of blog posts, but didn’t write (or read for that matter) anything myself. (Note: Don’t you guys miss Gene Wilder? And can somebody please tell me why does that picture of him just fit every possible meme you can ever think of?) To answer: Well, that’s a rather long and sad story. It’s Sunday and nobody feels like a sad song. So let’s rather just give a few headlines. 1. 29 September 2016 – Missing mind never recovered due to positive pregnancy test. (Refer back to Missing mind reported)2. 03 October 2016 – Joyful joyful! But be warned – hcg levels are very high (possibility of twins)3. 01 to 15 October 2016 – We’re all going on a Summer Holiday (In Mauritius!)4. 31 October 2016 – First ultrasound. Lo and Behold – it’s twins! (And I feel like crap)5. November 2016 – To move, or not to move? That is the question. (We live half-way across the country from family. And it’s twins. We’re going to need […]

Posted March 5, 2017
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Friday Meets 03 March 2017

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings. Just peeking to see if I will be allowed back on the blogosphere’s stage anytime soon. I’ll just stay here behind the curtain until I feel like making a grand entrance again. In the meantime, I’ll  play stage prompter and tell you what to read next…. (I have absolutely no idea what to read myself actually)  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 still have no reading schedule or challenges planned for 2017. I’ve only started reading again last week, so just give me a bit of time to get my act together again. The South African Book Lovers group on […]

Posted March 3, 2017