Month: September 2020

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books to proof the world (and all its books) DOES revolve around me

Greetings humans! How are you all on this fabulous Tuesday? Tuesdays are of course synonym with Top Ten Tuesday. Today our lovely host, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl, gave us one of best possible prompts – A cover freebie! You can do with this whatever you want, as long as its centered on book covers.  This is the ideal opportunity for me to showcase just how much the world of books truly revolve around cats. Have you ever noticed how many book covers feature cats? Especially on the cozy mystery side. I strongly suspect that a cat is a prerequisite for your modern day sleuth. It does make perfect sense you know. We are inquisitive, have 6,7,8,9 senses and we never get emotionally involved. Like dogs.  Only problem today is, there are hundreds of books with cats on the covers and we are only allowed 10 books. Solution: Ten Books with White Cats on the cover.       1. The cat who came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory 2. The cat and the Curmudgeon by Cleveland Amory 3. The Best Cat Ever by Cleveland Amory Yes, this is a trilogy and although we haven’t read it yet, I do believe there are a […]

Posted September 15, 2020

The SundayPost #11

Greetings! This week I was ever so thankful that I am from the feline species and not descending from the human race. Humans can really do and think of things that cats won’t even dream of. At least they provide some entertainment to relieve the boring task of being a house pet. “Welcome to South Africa! Where R500 Billion is missing, but we’re fighting over shampoo.” I do hope that the Tresemme / Clicks debacle didn’t make international headlines…. If it did, is it my place to apologize? Or does it simply come with the territory we reside in? To be honest, I struggle to truly understand all the fuzz (no pun intended). Bad hair is a universal thing, not even the feline species can get away from it. Please don’t let my Mommy hear you, but if you ask me, my mommy falls in between the frizzy & dull and normal hair, and her white skin will give Snow White a run for her money. You should see some of her friends with their fine & flat hair. It honestly does sometimes appear as if the dogs, me and a couple of cows gave them a lick on the head. […]

Posted September 13, 2020
Weekend Book Friends #8

Weekend Book Friends #8

Greetings! We’ve been absent from our regular Friday Post for the last couple of weeks. We were being sociable. Can you believe it! The Lock Down restrictions are now on level 2 here in South Africa and our numbers are lower. Here in our little coastal town, just about nothing. We still wear our masks and keep social distancing in public places, but at least we can visit each other. It’s marvelous! Today is cold and rainy, just the perfect day to snuggle up with a book, a cat and some chocolates. And of course to pay a visit all our regular Weekend Book Friends. Let’s see what book companion we will invite with. I’m halfway done with Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout and I’m sure somewhere, someone, has already used this book for a weekly feature. It’s just too good not to be show-cased over and over again.   Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in […]

Posted September 11, 2020
Throwback Thursday #1 – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Throwback Thursday #1 – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Oh please, please tell me that you can “read” this image? Even better, tell me you can sing it. And if you can dance and twirl in a thunderstorm while doing it, you will instantly become part of my Favorite Things.    My mommy has quite a number of favorite things. Two that rank very highly, are chocolates and books. And if you can throw them together, she seriously almost start purring. Davida over at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, is quickly becoming one of her favorite people. She sees all these fun things on Davida’s blog and just like chocolates, kittens, roses and snowflakes – she can’t resist it. Have you seen the new monthly feature Davida is hosting? It’s called Throwback Thursday and yes, there are a few of those doing the rounds. But Davida’s comes with a twist (another thing my Mommy simply can’t resist) The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused.  Your post must highlight one of your previously published book […]

Posted September 10, 2020

Six Degrees of Separation September 2020

Welcome to our second edition of Six Degrees of Separation. Once again, we are a couple of days late for this monthly feature, but at least we do still jump on the wagon. We apologize profoundly to our host, Books are my Favorite and Best.  On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Books can be linked in obvious ways, for example: same authors, same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or you might choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read in the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend or books that remind you of a particular time in your life. The choices are endless here!   This month’s chain is set of with Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. I’m not one for American Politics, we have our own circus here on the Southern Part of Africa. But I think I might actually enjoy this one. What if Hillary Rodham hadn’t married Bill Clinton?In 1971, Hillary Rodham is a young woman full of promise: Life magazine has covered her Wellesley commencement speech, she’s attending Yale Law School, […]

Posted September 8, 2020

The Sunday Post #10

 Goodness gracious me. I can’t believe how tired I am. Mommy ‘s friend for about 20 years came to visit over the weekend. She brought with her 5 year old little girl. Gorgeous little thing and almost as cute as me, but good grief! Where do the little humans get all their energy from? Of course she was completely infatuated by me, who wouldn’t be? But I am so not used to being awake for like half the day for 3 days in a row.  I really do need to get some beauty sleep now, so let’s try to do this post snappy snappy.  How was your week? The rest of our week was busy with school work and Mommy has been a bit unwell. I had an upset tummy for a couple of days when I was a baby and I remember how horrible I felt. So I do try to give us much love and licks as possible to Mommy. Especially when she is in the bathroom. No human should suffer alone.  Not as much action as intention on the blogging front this week, but we did manage to publish two posts and will really try to do […]

Posted September 6, 2020
Wednesday Wisdom from The President’s Hat

Wednesday Wisdom from The President’s Hat

Just like the book that I am featuring today, this post will be short and sweet. One of the book companions that I’ve picked last week for The Tudor Queens Book Tag, was a lovely little book called The President’s Hat by Antoine Laurain. Thinking about that little jewel, made me decide to use some quotes from it. It’s a light read, with some heavy characters. And a hat. The only possible thing wrong with the hat, was that it didn’t have a cat in it. Otherwise, we would all want to have that hat.   “If you want to get ahead, wear a hat.”  Men with hats were really so much more distinguished than men without hats. Maybe that’s why the world went pop. “Wearing a hat gives you a feeling of authority over someone who isn’t.” This wasn’t a highly popularised book, so if you don’t know what it’s about, here’s a quick blurb from Goodreads: Dining alone in an elegant Parisian brasserie, accountant Daniel Mercier can hardly believe his eyes when President François Mitterrand sits down to eat at the table next to him.Daniel’s thrill at being in such close proximity to the most powerful man in the land persists […]

Posted September 2, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Books that make me Hungry

 It’s Tuesday and time for everyone’s favorite weekly meme – Top Ten Tuesday! As usual, it is hosted by Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. My Mommy is having a glass of wine and some popcorn and I am nibbling on my Nibbles. You just can’t help snacking with today’s theme: 10 Books that make me hungry. Food, food, glorious food…. Pair it with books and you have a magnificent day. Add in a few cocktails and your week will be pretty much perfect!  1. Recipes for Love and Murder – A Tannie Maria mystery by Sally Andrew No, the title is not misleading. Or not completely. This book actually does come with recipes. In fact, all three books in this series come with the recipes included. Best part, it is all proudly South African. This is a cozy mystery with lots of laughs and typical South African characters. If you don’t want to read it, it’s worth getting the books just for the recipes. Delicious! 2. Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin Still on the continent. Go visit Angel in Rwanda and make sure to order one of her buttery cakes.  3. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender This book has been […]

Posted September 1, 2020