Category: Wednesday Wisdom

Wednesday Wisdom from The Dreamers

 Have you ever noticed that sometimes you need to read a certain book at a certain time? If you read it at any other time, the impact is just not the same.  My Mommy is busy sorting out the Book Club’s books that need to be returned to the D.E.A.R. ladies end of May and as you can guess, she now realizes how many books she still needs to read. We’ll tell you more about the Book Club in a later post.  Anyhows, one of the books  my Mommy is/was frantically trying to finish before they need to be returned to their rightful owners, is The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. This book has been in the Book Club since early 2019 and it wa published in January 2019. In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t […]

Posted May 5, 2021
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Wednesday Wisdom from A Year of Marvellous Ways

Greetings! We haven’t done a Wednesday Wisdom in ages. I’m convinced that is the reason for my Mommy doing all sorts of funny and crazy things lately. She needs to start enjoying the holidays now and gain some new wisdom. Like the wisdom of Marvellous Ways. Yes, that is actually someone’s name. I don’t care if it’s a fictional character, I think her name is simply, well, marvelous!  It was a strange little book and my Mommy didn’t like it quite as much as When God was a Rabbit. But Marvellous’ infinite wisdom sure did earn her a place for a Wednesday Wisdom post.  A Year of Marvelous Ways by Sarah Winman Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who’s lived alone in a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she’s taken to spending her days sitting on the steps of her caravan with a pair of binoculars. […]

Posted March 24, 2021
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Wednesday Wisdom from The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

My Mommy has been contemplating about how to handle The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. What an absolutely brilliant book. She spend more than 2 weeks reading this one, because she was constantly Googling all the facts. What a wonderful history lesson.  “That is what historical fiction does best. It leaves the reader with the desire to know more.” Of course we know who Charles Lindbergh was and I guess somewhere we did realize that he had to be married. But just like so many other “famous heroes”, their wives were left in shadows.  How marvelous to have discovered that for a change, Anne Morrow Lindbergh wasn’t shuffed into a corner, but rather that my Mommy didn’t know her aviation history all that well. Okay, she actually knows nothing about aviation. She does know a great deal more now, thanks to this marvelous book.  When Anne Morrow, a shy college senior […]

Posted December 16, 2020
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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 […]

Posted November 11, 2020
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Wednesday Wisdom from The Haunting of Hill House

It’s that time of the year. Everyone is obsessed with ghosts, vampires, zombies, pumpkins and of course – haunted houses. Are there a more well-known haunted house than Hill House? Even if you’ve never read the gothic classic by Shirley Jackson, I bet you’ve heard of it. Even more so with the hit series streaming on Netflix. I haven’t watched it yet, will get to it soon.  We are slam-dunk in the middle of the Fraterfest Read-a-thon and what better time to read this novella. It was my first time reading it and I started reading in bright daylight, because I was scared the book might just go bump in the night. I ended up not being scared, but rather psychologically spooked. I strongly suspect that has been the main aim of the book for the last 60 years.  It’s not about what happened, rather about what you thought and perceived. Aaaah perceptions and […]

Posted October 21, 2020
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Wednesday Wisdom from Circles in a Forest

 We haven’t done a Wednesday Wisdom in a couple of weeks. Time flies by so quickly. On Sunday, I promised you that my Mommy is not done with the elephants. She is still going to talk about them for a few posts to come.  Todays Wednesday Wisdom, comes from most probably the best known Afrikaans book of my Mommy’s generation. Luckily it’s been translated into English, so I can share this post with all of you.  Kringe in ‘n bos was the prescribed book for Grade 11/12 for over 20 years. I’m sure there are still schools in South Africa that use this for Afrikaans first language literature studies. If you ask a large number of people, especially men, who are my Mommy’s age (ancient in cat years), what their favorite book is, they will say Kringe in ‘n bos. For some of them, it’s most probably because it’s the […]

Posted October 7, 2020
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Wednesday Wisdom from The Rosie Result (Don Tillman #3)

I really didn’t think that I would have time for this post today. I actually DON’T, but what the heck. Steal a few minutes. Our school is closing on Friday for two weeks and we are busy with report cards. As I read through my teachers’ reports and comments, I constantly think of today’s book for Wednesday Wisdom. It’s the third one in the Don Tillman trilogy. Yes, I can share lovely quotes from all three, but due to my line of work, the last one is very close to heart.                  I am one of those over achieving, high functioning and always stressed out teachers you will meet at school. I work at a private, mainstream school where I am the Librarian, the Edublox teacher (extra learning and reading support), and I manage a wonderful class where we work with students who don’t function well […]

Posted September 16, 2020
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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 […]

Posted September 2, 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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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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