Month: July 2020

Top Ten Tuesday 10 Books that make me smile

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is absolutely purrrrrfect! “10 Books that make me smile”. It hasn’t been the easiest time for smiles around the world lately. My mommy loves singing the following song to me: “Smile though your heart is aching Smile even though it’s breaking When there are clouds in the sky you’ll get by If you smile through your fear and sorrow Smile and maybe tomorrow You’ll see the sun come shining through For you Light up your face with gladness Hide every trace of sadness Although a tear maybe ever so near That’s the time you must keep on trying Smile- what’s the use of crying You’ll find that…” Even if you have to wear your mask THE.WHOLE.DAY. Remember to smile behind it. And if you need something to smile about, here’s my Mommy’s 10 favorite books to bring a smile behind your mask: Good Omens by Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman Why? Aziraphale (angel with some bad) and Crowley (demon with some good) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery  Why?  Anne with an ‘e’ (you just smiled, didn’t you?) Right ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse Why? Right ho, Jeeves! Yes, Sir.  Me before you by Jojo Moyes Why? Louisa […]

Posted July 14, 2020
Weekend Book Friends #2

Weekend Book Friends #2

Greetings Humans! Hooray, hooray! It’s Friday! And Mommy and Daddy are on their way home! Yea!! I am doing a very happy dance here, just to make sure it is out of my system before they arrive back home. As you know, I need to be aloof and nonchalant when they walk through the door. They’ve been away for two weeks and I am not all that sure what Mommy read during the time away. My guess is not much, because what fun is there in reading a book if you don’t have a cute, fluffy white kitten curled up beside you? But on Saturday night and Sunday morning, that’s exactly what we’ll do! Let’s share our weekend reading predictions with a few friends: For our first stop, we will pay a visit to Gilion over at Rose City Reader to share our Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. Hashtags are the one thing I do know on social media, so simply #bookbeginnings so we can find each other. For today’s feature, I am going […]

Posted July 10, 2020

Wednesday Wisdom from City of Girls

It is cold and dreadful where we are today. Perfect time to reflect and wallow in a bit of wisdom. What better wisdom than that we get from books. Not necessarily the text book types either. The good old novel has proven to be some of the best sources of wisdom since the dawn of the printing press.  One my latest Sunday Post, I’ve posted the following message: we should all just learn to let the little things that make big holes in our relationship nets, go. Have patience with each other, count every hour and remember every day is present. Open it and use it wisely. Somewhere I’ve hit a nerve or two, I’ve received so many responses on that passage. I couldn’t help to be reminded about a couple of quotes from City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert.  We are still on our travels and unlike my dearest kitten who believes she is the cleverest creation in forever, I would have loved to believe that I am wise beyond words, but alas. I just manage to say things in not such a beautiful way as some authors can do. Elizabeth Gilbert can say what I am trying to say, magnificently. I […]

Posted July 8, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday 10 Authors I’ve read the most books by

It’s Tuesday and time for our favorite weekly feature – TTT! Today’s prompt appear to be very easy: Top Ten Authors I’ve read the most books by. And it would have been VERY easy, if only Goodreads didn’t remove that thingy that you could click on and browse your shelf to see which authors you’ve read the most My whole post depended on that little thingy. And I couldn’t find it. It took me hours to figure out that it’s actually completely gone, void, permanently removed, disappeared into the black hole of inactive pages and links.  Am I the only one who only realised now that the thingy on Goodreads are inactive?  Luckily, the Good Lord above blessed us all with the best possible computer thingy ever invented. To quote Mr Poirot: “the little grey cells”. Some things we can actually still do without the aid of technology. Like thinking (“an admirable exercise, my friend. Continue with it” – Poirot), and reminiscing on all those wonderful books we’ve read already. Of course all those books have been written by certain Somebodies. And we tend to refer back to those Somebodies, for various reasons. Here’s my Top Ten Favorite Somebodies and […]

Posted July 7, 2020

The Sunday Post #3

Greetings Humans! Trust you are all well on this lovely Sunday afternoon. Or rather, it is lovely where my mommy is and rather cold and dreadful where I am. Please don’t let the cutesy photo of me travelling with them, fool you for one second. That is an old photo when I was still invited on car journeys…They abandoned me… They left me and all the other siblings all alone and went on a road trip where they preferred to spend time with our ancestors and the other beings who are wild at heart.  Greetings fellow bloggers! I think this is where “Mommy” needs to take over a bit. Please do not phone the SPCA or any other anti animal cruelty organization. Elza and her siblings have not been abandoned. They are perfectly fine and taken care of by their very own live-in caretaker/nanny/friend. My husband had some work engagements and seeing that flights are still grounded in South Africa, we had to drive halfway across the country. Hence the reason for being absent on the blogosphere. Internet is very bad where we are and data ridiculously expensive. We did manage to get to the Kruger Park yesterday and that […]

Posted July 5, 2020

The battle of Midway (halfway through a reading challenge)

Oh the joys of a reading challenge! Let’s be honest – who of us, roaming the blogosphere, do not have a yearly reading challenge? Or one or two. Or three or four. If you have a Goodreads account (again, who of us don’t), you basically automatically have an annual reading challenge. Just about every blogger on this lovely planet display their Goodreads challenge somewhere on the blog. It looks lovely! And of course, it means you are serious about this reading business. (I haven’t posted mine on the new blog yet…. But I am still very serious about the reading business) I haven’t actually done a reading challenge, except for the Goodreads one, in about three years. So when I decided to get serious about this serious business of reading, this year again, I’ve decided to do the age-old, ever trust worthy – Alphabet challenge. The one with the 27 letters in. A challenge has to be challenging. 27 Books are also not going to cut it for me, so I’ve decided to do 27 titles and 27 authors. Seeing that today, 02 July 2020, is the midway mark of 2020 (just hang on guys, we are half-way through!), I’ve […]

Posted July 2, 2020