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Cover Characteristics – Lipstick

Today’s Cover Characteristics – Lipstick Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 (or more – whatever blows your hair back) covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate:  Pick your covers  Post it to your blog Share your post’s URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)  Due to an ongoing dispute with the Tooth Fairy, I don’t wear lipstick. But if I did wear lipstick, this is what I would have loved to look like:     1. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden 2. Putting makeup on dead people by Jen Violi 3. Friend-zoned by Belle Aurora 4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (what a beautiful cover. Makes me want to read this book for once and for all) 5. Oorlewingsgids vir ‘n bedonnerde Diva by Sophia Kapp This is an Afrikaans book and the title is also in Afrikaans. Roughly translated: “Survival guide to a very very very very very very angry Diva” So what is your favourite shade […]

Posted June 7, 2016
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Come, thou tortoise – Jessica Grant

Title: Come, Thou Tortoise Author: Jessica Grant Published: March 2009 (Knopf, Canada) Pages: 412 Format: Paperback Read: 19 March – 05 June 2016 (I know,…. But keep in mind – this was a book concerning a tortoise. I call it “empathetic reading”) Rating: Synopsis: When Audrey (a.k.a Oddly)  Flowers learns that her father has been hit on the head by a Christmas tree and is in a coma, she knows what she must do: leave Winnifred her tortoise behind, fly home, make a moving speech at his bedside and wait for him to wake up. When Audrey disarms an Air Marshall on route to St Johns and the Wednesday Pond, we realize there is something a bid odd about her. Things didn’t work out quite the way she planned. Instead, Audrey finds herself embarking on an extraordinary journey: one full of puzzlement and pain – but one that could also light up her life (very similar to a Christmas tree). Come, thou tortoise  unfolds in a world that is not quite our own; a place where you might just live forever if you can avoid the dangers, and where the truth can be hidden in the armrest of your airline seat. Should you be in […]

Posted June 6, 2016
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Sunday Post – 05 June 2016

Sunday 05 June 2016 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up. Just to proof that I know how to be sweet and short (yes I know I am physically sweet and short, this is to show I can do it with words as well), today’s post is going to be a very quick recap of the past week. Weekly Meme’s: Cover Characteristics  (I was a bit stuck on a bench here) Top Ten Tuesday (Top Ten Thursday…) Friday Meets I’ve posted my Library Card for June as well and I am thrilled to have a fully booked card. I’m not a reading ‘wallflower’ anymore! I just hope that I will be able to give all these books a twirl…. Library Card – June 2016 Highlight of the week: I finally finished Come, thou Tortoise. And I loved it soooo much. Maybe that was why I read this book at tortoise speed….. I promise to write a really nice, well […]

Posted June 5, 2016
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Friday Meets – 3 June 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. For this date, you will need the following:  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading) Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this) Post it! Remember to post your link on Freda’s Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky. And don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well. I’m still in search of The league of Extraordinary gentlemen.Finished King Solomon’s Mines last week, so now I am getting better acquainted with   56% (or there about): ” ‘I could be invisible!’ I repeated. To do such a thing would be to transcend magic. And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man, – the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none. You have only to think!” Before you run of for ‘hey hey hey it’s Friday’    Remember to join Rose City Reader for Book […]

Posted June 3, 2016
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Top Ten Tuesday (Thursday…) – 2 June 2016

This week’s Top Ten: Ten books I want to read on the beach this summer.  Top Ten Tuesday is a feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they post a ‘Top Ten’ list and everyone is welcome to join. Just link back to The Broke and the Bookish and add your name to the linky. It’s Top Ten Thursday!! (Of course it’s very similar to Top Ten Tuesday. It’s just one letter more and two days late, no biggy) I didn’t really plan to take part in this week’s TTT. Seeing that here in the southern hemisphere we are not packing anything for the beach at the moment….. And then I woke up this morning, cold and sniffling and swamped with work and changed my mind. I NEED THE BEACH. So I am going to pack my bag of books and put Queen on the i-pod. “OOOOOOH YES! – I’m the great pretender….” My idea of the perfect beach holiday is a location like Mozambique where there is nothing to do, except for walking on the beach and reading. Perfect time to catch up on book series! What is nicer than have the whole day and the whole week to […]

Posted June 2, 2016
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Library Card – June 2016

What to read in June 2016 My library card for June doesn’t reflect a 1900’s dance card (aka ‘Wallflower’) anymore. It is filled up and I’ve been adding names and titles for the past two weeks already. If all of these will get a twirl on the bookish dance floor, we’ll have to wait and see…. I solemnly swear that I will try my utmost best. Who needs sleep? Paperback/Hardcover      Kindle       Guess I need to start dancing here…. (Does anybody else hear ABBA in their heads as well? And have you noticed how easy it is to just replace the words dancing queen with reading queen??) Currently reading   

Posted June 2, 2016
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Cover Characteristics – Benches

Today’s Cover Characteristics – Benches Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 (or more – whatever blows your hair back) covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate:  Pick your covers  Post it to your blog Share your post’s URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)  My favourite cover for today is again going to be the first book that popped into my head when I saw the theme. (But now I really need to pop a chocolate in my mouth) Forest Gump by Winston Groom “Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you gonna get” The rest were a bit tricky….. I couldn’t find any other book on my cyber or wooden book shelves featuring a bench. So I had to go on a bench-hunt. I haven’t read any of the following, although I might look into a few.    Memories of a marriage by Louis Begley This cover makes me feel sad. The lady looks heartbroken […]

Posted May 30, 2016
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The Sunday Post – 29 May 2016

Sunday 29 May 2016 The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.Winter is coming to South Africa! Next week it is officially winter in the southern hemisphere. Time for red red wine, read red books and  wear a red coat.  This past week we had more than one day where the temperature dropped below 20 degrees Celsius in Nelspruit. Yes, that is considered as very, very cold here. But if this were you: you would be cold too! No, those are not statues. Those are real giraffes and zebras grazing right on our doorstep. No, they are not dangerous. Unless you are grass or a tree aloe. I’ve finished King Solomon’s mines on Thursday and just realized for the gazillionth time how blessed we are to live in South Africa. Yes, we have a parliament of baboons (in the Kruger National Park – what did you think I referred to?)    But we have Table Mountain, The Big Five, lovely weather […]

Posted May 29, 2016
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King Solomon's mines – H. Rider Haggard

Audio book: May 20 – May 26, 2016 Librivox recording – recorded by John Nicholson (I still vote for Sean Connery to do this reading) You know what I love about book reviewing and blogging the most? It gives you the freedom to google your favourite books and characters for hours and hours and if someone asks what you are doing you can quite honestly say: RESEARCH. (You might even glare at them over the rim of your glasses. For effect you know. Also make sure to have a pencil at hand. Again – for effect) Afterwards, you might sound extremely clever and give lots and lots of useless information to anyone who would be interested in listening. (I strongly suggest that you keep your glasses down on your nose and have that pencil either in your hand or stuck in your hair). Alan Quartermain was born in 1817  Physically he was small, wiry, unattractive, with a beard and short hair that sticks up. (So very, very unattractive as you can see)    He was married twice, but widowed quickly in both instances. No, let’s not jump to any conclusions. He lived in Durban, Natal, South Africa He was a professional big game hunter […]

Posted May 28, 2016
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Friday Meets – 27 May 2016

Yes, yes – I am aware that it is Saturday already (believe me, I am far more horror struck than you regarding the quick passing of time)Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. For this date, you will need the following:  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading) Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this) Post it! Remember to post your link on Freda’s Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky. And don’t forget to list the title of the book and the author as well. My pick for today is a book that I have been dragging my feet with for the past two months (yes, that is 2 – I know. How dreadful). And it’s not that I don’t like it, in fact I love it! Maybe it is my subconscious at work here. I mean – this book is about a tortoise, thus: It has to be read slowly (to […]

Posted May 28, 2016
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