Monday Bloopers #2 – Ysabel

Posted August 2, 2021 by elzaread in Monday Bloopers / 12 Comments

Greetings Humans! Welcome back to our second edition of Monday Bloopers . We got the idea for Monday Bloopers from Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries and Meows. You should really go and visit her, she has the most gorgeous feline blog ever! I think we can do a few more feline posts. I work my fluffy ass off helping my Mommy with all her bookish chat, I think I need a bit more post recognition too.

*Where on earth do I get this cat?? 
Melissa hosts a fun monthly meme called Pet Photo Fail Blog Hop. I guess the idea is to post a photo that didn’t work as well as the shooter anticipated it would. *Camera shooter. 
Now seeing that there are only fur babies in this house, my Mommy’s photo inbox is cluttered with photos of all of us. Mainly of me of course. It’s quite the challenge to go through them all to find a photo blooper of me. No matter from what angle you observe me, it’s very close to perfection. But I guess if we have to use one, this one will have to do the trick this month:
Even cats can fall from their high dog horse every now and then!
Like I’ve explained to you in our very first Monday Bloopers Post, we are still a bookish blog and no matter how adorable my booty is, it can’t be the show of this blog. Big mistake if you ask me. But be it as it may, Monday Bloopers is about things that didn’t work out quite as well a planned. Like books that ended up being a blooper for my Mommy.
This month we will feature:


Provence, in the south of France, is a part of the world that has been—and continues to be—called a paradise. But one of the lessons that history teaches is that paradise is coveted and fought over. Successive waves of invaders have claimed—or tried to claim—those vineyards, rivers, olive groves, and hills.

In Guy Gavriel Kay’s new novel, Ysabel, this duality—of exquisite beauty and violent history—is explored in a work that marks a departure from Kay’s historical fantasies set in various analogues of the past.

Ysabel takes place in the world of today: in a modern springtime, in and around the celebrated city of Aix-en-Provence near Marseilles. Dangerous, mythic figures from the Celtic and Roman conflicts of the past erupt into the present, claiming and changing lives.

The protagonist is Ned Marriner, the fifteen year-old son of a well-known photographer. Ned has accompanied his father, Edward Marriner, and a team of assistants to Provence for a six week “shoot.” 

One of my Mommy’s greatest friends recommended this book to her years ago and she was very excited to read it. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for her at all. The characters were all over the place and the events too much in one place. I can’t give any opinions, I’ve never seen this book or heard my Mommy give any comments. So it obviously didn’t leave any mark, except for the Abandoned shelving on her Goodreads account. 
Just a quick post from us today for Monday Bloopers and we do hope that August will be anything but a blooper month. 
What books ended on our abandoned shelf lately? You are welcome to share your photo fails with us as well!
Wishing you all a wonderful and blooper-fail August.
Lots of Love,




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12 responses to “Monday Bloopers #2 – Ysabel

  1. I hear you on Ysabel. When I first heard of GGK, Tigana, Ysabel and Lions of Al-Rassan were recommended. I couldn't get on board with Ysabel at all! 🙁

    • Hi Lex! Aaah thank goodness! I was rather worried that I am the only person who didn't like it. I also really just couldn't get into it at all!

    • Emma! So lovely to hear from you! We also enjoy the new meme. It's just a bit of fun and only takes a couple of minutes to do.

      Very true – sometimes things just get too complicated to remain interested. I couldn't have said it better myself.

  2. Love the Elza photo! Not quite so dignified! Too bad about the book. I had a book flop a few months ago. It's was a kind of gardening project memoir and I thought it sounded so fun but after about 30 pages I wanted to pitch the book at the author's head.

    • Wha ha ha!! I'm not going to tell her you said that. But no, not as dignified..! I used to feel very bad when rejecting a book or chucking it, but I'm not as sensitive anymore and it happens much easier of late! I still suspect it might have been my own fussiness as well. The book didn't get bad reviews or anything.

  3. Funny how books recommended sometimes fall flat!
    Which is why I try to keep my enthusiasm in check, because the other person just may rely on my gushing.

    • Funny indeed! Normally me and this particular friend have the same books in common, but this one was just the odd one out. I also read a bit more than her, so I might just sometimes be a bit too fussy.

  4. Great photo of you. I was just playing with an Elsa doll today with my great-niece. 🙂 And I love Melissa and Mudpie's blog. XO

    • Thanks much. See, I just don't make a bad photo at all! We just heard that two kittens who were also rescued by the same lovely lady who rescued me, got adopted together and they are named Anna and Olaf. How cute is that!

  5. I think that's a great shot.

    I've a stack of books to read. Reading is most enjoyable.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ♥

    • Hi Sandee! I'm busy sorting out my TBR at the moment and the books I still need to read is quite the pile! Not to mention the ones I still want to read….