Month: November 2020

The Sunday Post #18

Greetings Humans! How are you all doing on this lovely Sunday? Anybody else feeling like curling up in a ball and go to sleep? You can wake me up when it’s Christmas. The past two weeks has really been rough and tough and causing a sour disposition. Daddy says The Silly Season is not the holiday season, it’s this time of year. People are demanding and rude and over-worked and under-payed and over-stressed and just generally the reason why I’m ever so glad I belong to the feline species. Poor Mommy. At least she has me to come home to.  How was your week? How’s the weather? Always an easy subject. No idea what’s happening in politics this week. Just give me the highlights if you feel like sharing.  Let’s rather talk book. That is the safest option of them all!  Adding to the Litter A couple of weeks ago, my Mommy said that she is not going to reactivate her Netgalley account. I didn’t say a thing, because I know she cannot leave an ARC alone as much as a cat can leave a Christmas tree alone. Can’t wait for it to be put up! But I will glare […]

Posted November 15, 2020
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The Narnia Blog Tag

The Narnia Blog Tag

It’s a Blog Tag! Yea!! You know how much cats love to play with strings and tags, so of course we just couldn’t resist when JadeSky at Stepping Stones Book Reviews tagged us for the Narnia Blog Tag, created by S. J. Barnard.  My Mommy loves Narnia and someday we hope to spend eternity there where there are no rules and commandments to follow. For now, we are still mere earthlings and have to play by the rules. Like these ones set out by the creator of this tag: 1. Thank the person who nominated you 2. Describe the rate of your Narnia fanatic (Nostalgic, Serious, Maniacal) 3. Answer the questions 4. Tag 5+ bloggers 5. Have Fun! So first of all, we give a very big Thank You to JadeSky for this nominations. We feel ever so honored that you thought of us. We would love to play with! Secondly, how will you rate your Narnia Fanatic? This is actually a secret, but I am quite sure I come from the land of Narnia and was send here by the Big Cat himself. I have orders from the King and are diligent in my task at hand. Therefore, I am not a fanatic. […]

Posted November 14, 2020
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Adoption Anniversary – Where our Adventure begun

It’s the most wonderful day! It’s my adoption anniversary! It’s been the most marvelous year of my life. Okay, it’s been my entire life so far. Let’s rather say, it was one of the best years of my Mommy’s entire life. I’m sure of that.  For my anniversary, I’ve decided to give you guys a bit of background to where I, my name and of course this wonderful blog, came from.  I have no idea where I come from.  All I know is that a friendly lady picked us up in the Township (noun – in South Africa a suburb or city of predominantly black occupation, formerly officially designated for black occupation by apartheid legislation.) Me and my brothers and sisters where about 4 weeks old,  under-nourished and scared beyond meows. We desperately needed someones to save us, foster us and hopefully adopt us. That’s my very very very short story up to the 12th of November 2019. My Mommy’s is little bit longer. But I am going to try to make it short. It’s not all sweet though. If you look at our about info on the sidebar of this blog, you will see that my Mommy needed to let […]

Posted November 12, 2020
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Wednesday Wisdom from Miss Benson’s Beetle

Wednesday Wisdom from Miss Benson’s Beetle

Greetings! We haven’t done a Wednesday Wisdom post in weeks. Terrible, I know. We all need some Wisdom and it truly is just wrong to keep it for yourself. Luckily the book we share with you today, is filled with the most marvelous words of wisdom. She says it will most probably be her book of the year. It’s about a beetle. Don’t we just chase those little buggers around and squash them if they get under your feet? Apparently not. Miss Benson’s Beetle is very special and you will be ever so fortunate to meet one of of them.   It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best […]

Posted November 11, 2020
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Judaskus deur Rudie van Rensburg

Titel: Judaskus Skrywer: Rudie van Rensburg Reeks: Kassie Kasselman #3 (ek maak dit sommer self op, maar dis dalk aanbeveelbaar) Hoofkarakters: Kassie Kasselman, Rooi Els Publikasie: Mei 2015 (Queillerie) Bladsye: 332 (sagteband) Genre: Misdaad Inhoud: Teikenmark – Volwassenes. Geweld – afhangende hoe sterk jou maag is, redelik eksplisiet. Seks – meer suggestief as bloosbaar.  Gelees: 7 November 2020 Gradering:   Kort Opsomming: Iemand se beendere word gevind op ’n stortingsterrein . . . Skielik moet kaptein Kassie Kasselman nuut dink oor moordsake van jare gelede, en die moorde kom vinnig opmekaar. Tussendeur die aantreklike nuwe buurvrou wat Kassie aan die swymel het, en sy enorme posseël-meevaller weens nóg ’n sterfte, moet hy uitwerk waarom ’n geheimsinnige witboordjie-bende van binne uitgeroei word. Is dit dalk nié doodgewone bende-oorlog soos Kassie se kollegas glo nie? Wie kan die verraaier in hul midde wees − die een met die vlymskerp broodmes? Elke warm leidraad lewer ’n koue lyk op, en Kassie en Rooi kan nie voorbly nie . Ek het maar redelik onlangs by Lekkerleesboekrak op Facebook aangesluit en skielik gaan daar ‘n nuwe wêreld vir my oop. Halleluja! Ek het egter so ‘n bietjie inhaal werk om te doen hier. Ek het nou al ‘n paar Chris […]

Posted November 9, 2020
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The Sunday Post #17

Greetings all you lovely Humans! So sorry that we didn’t get to grace you with our presence last week Sunday. The last fortnight felt a bit like the game Fortnite. No idea what it’s about, but I know the kids at school are consumed by it and they hardly have time to do anything else. Quite similar as where we are at the moment.  We are finally starting to have more spring weather, but the spring in our steps are seriously getting worn out now. You do know that the school year ends in December here in good old South Africa? That means that we’ve literally only had one term of “normal” this year with the last term left with only 22 school days. Just about all my Mommy’s students are back at school with a few new enrolments (this time of year? Yes, I know. Crazy!). Planning for the new year (with 2 to 3 variants) are in full swing, parent meetings are happening daily, transfer letters and recommendations are written in Mommy’s sleep and her student assistant is writing exams. No wonder the poor woman buys so much books.  In less exciting news, the Covid Numbers are spiking […]

Posted November 8, 2020
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Six Degrees of Separation Nov 2020 – One, Two, Buckle my Shoe

Greetings! No, it’s not raining cats and dogs. Yes, I did manage to have our Six Degrees of Separation published on the correct date. Yea to me and my Mommy! Did anyone else find the past month extremely long? Maybe it’s been all the horror in the world lately. Ever noticed that your average Horror Movie seems way longer than say your average Romantic Comedy? Apparently it’s the same in reality.   Luckily today is a beautiful sun shining day and Mommy has some time to work on the blog. Needless to say, I made sure that she starts with Six Degrees of Separation. It’s our fourth month taking part in this monthly feature hosted by 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 […]

Posted November 7, 2020
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Throwback Thursday #3 – The Girl who saved the King of Sweden

Throwback Thursday #3 – The Girl who saved the King of Sweden

It’s Thursday and guess what? I am right on time with this post! It’s raining a bit here and I won’t be surprised if it is because we actually managed to be on time with publication for a change. If I manage to have my Six Degrees of Separation post out by Saturday, you can expect a thunderstorm.  I know my last one went out last week, but that was for last month. But you never know, I might manage another one later this month as well. I will update you on the weather patterns as well. There are so many spins on the idea of Throwback Thursday, but I still like Davida’s idea the most: 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 reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same.  Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday! With our […]

Posted November 5, 2020
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Wondrous Words Wednesday – Phantom

Wondrous Words Wednesday – Phantom

This post should have been published last Wednesday, before Halloween. But my Mommy’s last week was a bit like your worst Halloween Nightmare. So this week will have to do. You know what they say about good intentions. I do have very good intentions to post more Wondrous Words, but I just don’t get the time. I still love the idea tremendously though! I saw this very catchy blog title on Yvonne, over at  Fiction Books‘ website, and it immediately caught my lover-of-language eye. I so wish I could talk like humans. Who doesn’t love all the different languages? Who doesn’t love a good alliteration? Wondrous Words Wednesday. I can definitely purr that. My Mommy started investigating and notice that this is actually a meme started by Kathy @  Bermuda Onion Blog. But Kathy is taking a bit of a break and just like Yvonne, I do hope she doesn’t mind that we still use her meme. While taking part in the Fraterfest Read-a-thon last month, I’ve read The Secret of Skeleton Island where the three detectives encounter a movie and a ghost. Interestingly though, in the book they refer to the ghost in the story quite often as the phantom.  No, it’s not a new word to us, it’s just […]

Posted November 4, 2020
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Top Ten Tuesday – The Collected Works of Elza Reads

 Greetings all you beautiful human beings! I am so excited about today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt. Today we get to share all the stuff we do that are non-bookish. Let’s get to know each other! What do you do that does not involve books or reading? Don’t you just feel like breaking out in song – “Getting to know you, getting to like you….”? If you are anything like my Daddy, you cringe now. But if you are like me or my Mommy, you will most probably watch The King and I tonight.  Yes, all of us here on the Bookish Blogosphere live and breath books. But we are so much more than just the books we read – we are all a collected work, just like The collected works of A.J. Fikry. I love that. So let’s have a look at what the content is of my and my Mommy’s collected works.  1. Educating children to lead the generations of tomorrow This heading is the motto of the school where my Mommy works. Yes, maybe work isn’t a hobby. But if you love your job as much as my Mommy, it’s more than a job or a hobby. She’s a teacher/librarian […]

Posted November 3, 2020
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