Month: July 2017

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water by Paula HawkinsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.Beware a calm surface—you never know what lies beneath. GoodreadsOh no. Oh no. Oh no. Yes, that was exactly what I did not get from this book. That “OH NO”! feeling I […]

Posted July 31, 2017

The intended "It's Monday! What are you reading? #9

And so the last of my friends visiting over the winter holidays packed up and left yesterday. It’s just me and the books once again. Or that is the intention. But we all know about good intentions, don’t we? Recently finished I haven’t listened to many audio books so far this year. I haven’t actually read as many physical books or e-books either. It’s just one of those years I guess…. But I really, really want to listen to more audio books. I love the classics and most of the readers on Librivox are very good narrators. This version of Sense and Sensibility was read by Karen Savage and I enjoyed listening to her. But now I feel like a bit more contemporary or popular reads on audio books. I spend last Monday night browsing through audio libraries and downloaded two books that have been on my TBR list for ages. The first one that I started listening to ended up on my most dreaded shelf…… The Abandoned shelf. I know, I hate that shelf. Of the over 900 books on my Goodreads profile, there are only 5 books that I just couldn’t finish for various reason. If you see […]

Posted July 24, 2017

It's Monday! What are you reading? #8

  Greetings! It’s winter holidays in South Africa and I’ve had the two most marvelous weeks with two of my bestest friends in all the world. Sorry for the absence from the blogosphere, but my presence was on the beach spending time with near and dear ones and feeding my soul.  I did manage to get a bit of reading done and hope that I will be able to spend the next couple of days with my nose stuck in a book. The weather sure doesn’t permit one to do much else. Bit cold here you know…..  Recently Finished    Onse Vaders (Our Fathers): A couple of weeks ago, I’ve told you about the afrikaans novel Plaasmoord (Weeping Waters) by Karin Brynard. Excellent read for all South Africans and those who would like to know about farm attacks and violence in South Africa. Onse Vaders (Our Fathers) is even better. I might go so far as to say it’s a must read.  The Giving Tree: No, I haven’t read it before. It’s a short little story that stays with you for a long time. If not forever. And it should.  Currently Reading   Leaving Time: (Kindle) This book has been my Book Club […]

Posted July 17, 2017

Library Card July 2017

Greetings! No, there is no need to double check. Yes, it is July and not June and I did not fill in my library card for June. And yes, the world is still turning. *Wipe brow* I’ve actually managed to read quite a few books lately. Even without my faithful Library Card.Recently Finished: *Book covers link to my own sensible or senseless thoughts*    Note: “Misverstand” is an Afrikaans title and my review is also in Afrikaans. Should you wish to read the book or find out more about it, it is available in English – You Lost Me    Note: “Plaasmoord” is also Afrikaans. The book is available in English – Weeping Waters    Note: Yes, “Dubbelspel is also Afrikaans. No, it is not available in English. So sorry. Stacking the Shelves in May/June:  Purchased (or even better – for free!)         NetGalley I didn’t visit Netgalley this month. Not even once. Still don’t know if I should be proud of myself or if that is actually a bad thing. Book Club     Note: Yes, all three of these are Afrikaans titles. No English translations. Yet. But the covers are nice.    Note: Yes, “Onse Vaders” is Afrikaans. Once again. But […]

Posted July 2, 2017