Month: August 2020

The Sunday Post #9

I do believe that the proverbial cat that got the cream expression calls for no explanation today? My Mommy and I are still in awe about our gorgeous new template and all the added goodies. Do you like it? We love it! I believe it might be easier and rather quicker to just give a short summary about our updated template: When Blogger did their interface a couple of weeks ago, we managed to finally access a very old (2010 design, way older than me), but gorgeous template called Fluffy White Kitten. It couldn’t be more perfect. As you know, perfect are very often the stuff of nightmares. Nightmares: Comments (no reply function); share/follow/related posts (had to use plug-ins); upload images (what it looks like on the draft, the preview and actual post – all differed); due the lovely color theme (that is not available anymore….) all backgrounds had to be […]

Posted August 30, 2020
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Tudor Queens Book Tag

I’m sooooo glad that I managed to convince my Mommy to start blogging again.  I am just as glad that I stared at her and tapped her ever so gently on the hand when she created Elza Reads. She really does need to learn to watch the cat from the tree (it’s an Afrikaans expression) before she leaps. And those alluring ducks, she needs to get them in a row. That’s why I am supervising the blog this time around. Cats are known for their patience and thoroughness. Okay, I’m rambling here. Thanks to me, Mommy has a blogroll and if I didn’t create that, she never would have stumbled on this amazing book tag!  On our Wednesday Wisdom Meme a couple of weeks back, we told you about Mommy’s friend who inspired her to start reading voraciously again. The first books that Esther gave to her, were the Tudor Novels by Philippa Gregory. […]

Posted August 27, 2020
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Wednesday Wisdom from The Stand

You know why I started blogging again? Okay, one of the reasons I started blogging again? I desperately wanted to talk to people about books and how some books can be relevant at a certain time and stage in human history, or just in your own life.  When Covid 19 hit the news in early January 2020, my first thought was, The Stand by Stephen King is happening…. If you’ve read this epic and classic novel – I’m sure you had the exact same thoughts.  The Stand was my first Stephen King and ever since I’ve first read it in 2014, I’ve read at least one Stephen King per year. Nope, not my favorite author of all time, but good grief – this man knows how to tell a story! And no better one than The Stand. So many quotes from that book also got stuck in my mind and as the […]

Posted August 26, 2020
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The Sunday Post #8

 Greetings! My humans are busy preparing for a Sunday lunch. BECAUSE we are officially on Stage 2 of Lock Down regulations and they are legally allowed to have friends over and even consume alcohol. I know the friends who are coming over, so I know I need to intercept this post. They come for lunch, they leave at bedtime. Worst part of all, their one Golden Retriever passed away earlier this week and Mommy thought it very generous to tell them to bring their remaining Golden Retriever with to play with our dogs. That means, I will have to go into hiding for the rest of today.  Anyway, how was your week? I can’t even begin to describe our week to you! We went from the coldest weather recorded in 20 years, with snow and rain and wind that would have given my namesake a run for her money. To […]

Posted August 23, 2020
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Weekend Book Friends #7

Weekend Book Friends #7

It’s finally the weekend. We’ve had the coldest temperatures recorded in our little town, in years. We even had snow! Yes, we were all snuggled in as much as possible. But let’st talk about that on Sunday. Today is Friday and we want to talk books and chat to our Friday Friends. I’ve had so much fun playing around with The Friday Face-off, that I’ve run out of time with the rest of the Friday posts. So I am not choosing a new book for today, I am going to stick with one that I’ve started last weekend. It’s a Middle Grade, time-travel story about a girl who sounds very much like a few people I know on the blogosphere: “What she treasures above all else are books and she is consumed by them, reading and collecting whatever she can to satisfy her voracious appetite for stories, facts and history”. […]

Posted August 21, 2020
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Top Ten Tuesday – 10 books that should be adapted for Netflix

 ……and – Action! Welcome to another episode of Top Ten Tuesday! Today we will try our best to convince the Netflix creators / directors / writers / sponsors / producers, to bring 10 books we loved, alive on screen.  This was a great prompt, but strangely enough, not so easy to make a selection. I don’t watch all that much TV, but I do love a good adaptation.  My husband loves watching Jack Ryan and I can list quite a few movies/series adaptations that I loved! From Agatha Christie to Pretty Little Liars. I went through my Goodreads books and listed books that I thought would make great movies/series. And then I had to start scratching out… The Casual Vacancy;  The Nightingale; Where the Crawdads Sing; Devil at my heels (Unbroken); The woman in the window I was pleasantly surprised to see how many books have been adapted lately and how many are in production […]

Posted August 18, 2020
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The Sunday Post #7

 Missed us? I am ever so sorry that we’ve missed The Sunday Post last week. Gosh, I hope it was only last week. It’s been a bit tough here with us and dreadfully cold and rainy lately. So what’s been happening? Two weeks ago, I told you that my big brother, Stinkie, has been a bit under the weather. Thankfully, my mommy took him to the doctor on the Monday morning, or he might have ended up 3 feet under the ground, and not just under the weather (I don’t think cats should need six feet. Then again, if Louis buried Church 6 feet under ground in Pet Sematary, he might have saved himself a bit of trouble). Poor Stinkie had Tick Bite Fever and he was really not well at all.  My mommy was very worried and if I had an ounce of evil in me, I would have rolled […]

Posted August 16, 2020
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Die vrou in die blou mantel deur Deon Meyer

  Titel: Die Vrou in die blou mantel (Bennie Griesel #6) Skrywer: Deon Meyer Publikasie: 2017 Bladsye: 121 (novelle)Formaat: SagtebandGelees: 15 Augustus 2020My gradering:  Kort opsomming: Daar ver onder in die Kaapse nag steel iemand skilderye warop vroue in blou geklee is. En Kaptein Bennie Griesel droom van verloofringe, en sy kollega Vaughn Cupido bekommer oor sy commitment. En die private eye Billy de Palma, “narcissist, psycho, real arsehole”, is besig met sy gewone onheilighede. Maar hier bo in Sir Lowryspas lê ‘n vrou wat dit alles gaan verander. Sy is heeltemal kaal, uitgestrek by die groot uitkykpunt, haar kop na die noorde, haar voete na die suide. Iemand het haar liggaam mooi gerangskik en met bleikmiddel gewas om al die forensiese spore uit te vee. Weereens – Hoera, hoera, hoera! Lank lewe Deon Meyer! Ek is bietjie laat vir die partytjie van Die vrou in die blou mantel, en het reeds […]

Posted August 15, 2020
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Weekend Book Friends #6

Weekend Book Friends #6

It’s the weekend! Gosh, the past two weeks have been a bit rough. So glad it’s Friday and we can just sit back and enjoy our books for a day or two. Sorry we missed you guys last week, but there just wasn’t time to do any posts! Sick cat, sick staff at work, long weekend…. The excuses are endless. We’ll give a full update on Sunday, so check in then again. But we are here today and can’t wait to start our weekend! Let’s start with what book we are going to read over the next 72 hours. This is the third book in the Don Tillman trilogy and if you are looking for a fun, humorous series and love The Big Bang Theory, then this is the series for you!   The Rosie Result is the triumphant final installment of the internationally bestselling series that began with The Rosie Project. […]

Posted August 14, 2020
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Wednesday Wisdom from The Art of Racing in the Rain

It’s cold and raining here in our little corner of the world. What better bookish quotes to share today than from The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I am a very fortunate little kitten, I get to share a house with my very own Enzo. His name is Hercules and he and Enzo would have been great friends. So for today’s post, all pictures will be of him. Of course there are a few of us together, but not today. Today is about him.  I know my mommy loved this book very much. I’ve only seen the movie with them and I do understand why it had such an impact on her. Poor Enzo. He so desperately wanted to come “back” as a human.  Maybe I will also like to come back as a little girl. Then again, maybe not. Life’s pretty good as a fluffy white […]

Posted August 12, 2020
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