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Weekend Book Friends #33

Weekend Book Friends #33

Greetings you guys! The second week of our winter holidays are just about done, but it’s not as if we’ve actually been doing nothing like we’ve intended to do. In fact, we are running around like crazy monkeys after all the renovations and to sort the house out again. But this afternoon, we do plan on doing nothing but loafing around reading our book. Taking a break from packing shelves yesterday, my Mommy took some time sorting through her older reviews in order to update them to this site. She came across her review for 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It reminded her that we still have the following book on our bookshelf and we’ve been meaning to read it for ages. We’ve started with it yesterday afternoon, but actually just fell asleep. Not that the book is boring at all. We’re just tired. We are quickly going to say hi to @ Reading is my Super Power for First Line Friday and to Gilion @ Rose City Reader for Book Beginnings.  Every Friday you can link up and share the first sentence of your current read (or the one you plan to devour over the weekend), as well as your initial thoughts and impressions. […]

Posted July 8, 2022
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Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie Series: Hercule Poirot #17 on November 1st, 1937 Genres: Mystery Pages: 333 Format: eBook, Paperback Source: My Bookshelf Buy on Amazon Goodreads Agatha Christie’s most daring travel mystery. The tranquility of a lovely cruise along the Nile is shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway has been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful, a girl who had everything – until she lost her life. Who’s also on board? Christie’s great detective Hercule Poirot. He recalls an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: ‘I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.’ Despite the exotic setting, nothing is ever quite what it seems… Some of my fondest childhood memories, is visiting my Granny and my aunt over Summer Holidays and to this day can recall exactly where their vast Agatha Christie Collection was on the shelf. I remember how frightful some of those paperback covers were (why on earth did they ever do that? Did people honestly appealed to those?). Too scared to try to read them, Agatha Christie remained a name on a well-known bookshelf until I was practically an adult. Thankfully […]

Posted February 20, 2022
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Wondrous Words Wednesday – Migrate

Wondrous Words Wednesday – Migrate

Greetings!  Yes, you are at the right place! This is still Elza Reads. We are just wearing a brand new jacket. Do you like it? We are completely enthralled with our new site. There are still a lot of work to be done, but for now we can at least be live and promise to tell you all about our migration on Sunday in The Sunday Post. Today is but Wednesday and that means it’s time for Wondrous Words Wednesday.  Wondrous Words Wednesday is a biweekly meme hosted by yours truly. This meme was originally created by Bermuda Onion Blog.  Of course we immediately fell in love with it and jumped to host this fun meme when opportunity struck. The idea of the meme is to share new words you came across in your reading endeavors over the past fortnight. If English is your second language, like ours, it won’t be too difficult to find new words! For more information on Wondrous Words Wednesday, you are welcome to visit our Wondrous Words Wednesday page, or you can click here. Our chosen word for today is not as much a new word to us, than a new action: Let’s visit that very clever lady Merriam Webster for […]

Posted October 6, 2021
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King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard Series: Allan Quatermain #1 on 1885 Genres: Classics Pages: 264 Format: Audiobook, Paperback Source: My Bookshelf Goodreads H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune hunter Allan Quartermain, they discover a frozen corpse, survive untold dangers in remote mountains and deserts, and encounter the merciless King Twala en route to the legendary hoard of diamonds. Audio book listened to between May 20 – May 26, 2016 (Listened to a few chapters again 25 June 2020)  Librivox recording by John Nicholson (I still vote for Sean Connery to do this reading) My rating:  Goodreads:  H. Rider Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines has entertained generations of readers since its first publication in 1885. Following a mysterious map of dubious reliability, a small group of men trek into southern Africa in search of a lost friend-and a lost treasure, the fabled mines of King Solomon. Led by the English adventurer and fortune […]

Posted June 26, 2020
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The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman

The Ice Queen – Alice Hoffman

The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman Published by Back Bay Books on January 3rd, 2006 Genres: Fiction Pages: 211 Format: eBook Source: My Bookshelf Goodreads From the bestselling author of Practical Magic, a miraculous, enthralling tale of a woman who is struck by lightning, and finds her frozen heart is suddenly burning. Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters an idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds him, he is her opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches. As an obsessive love affair begins between them, both are forced to hide their most dangerous secrets—what turned one to ice and the other to fire. A magical story of passion, loss, and renewal, The Ice Queen is Alice Hoffman at […]

Posted June 8, 2016
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Recipes for Love and Murder – Sally Andrew

Recipes for Love and Murder – Sally Andrew

Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew Series: Tannie Maria Mystery #1 on October 6th 2015 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 384 Format: Paperback Source: My Bookshelf Buy on Amazon Goodreads A bright new talent makes her fiction debut with this first entry in a delicious crime set in rural South Africa—a flavorful blend of The #1 Ladies Detective Agency and Goldie Schulz, full of humor, romance, and recipes and featuring a charming cast of characters Tannie Maria (Tannie meaning Auntie, the respectful Afrikaans address for a woman older than you) is a middle-aged widow who likes to cook—and eat. She shares her culinary love as a recipe columnist for the local paper—until The Gazette decides its readers are hungrier for advice on matters of the heart rather than ideas for lunch and dinner. Tannie Maria doesn’t like the change, but soon discovers she has a knack—and a passion—for helping people. Of course she shares her recipes and culinary advice whenever she can! Assisting other people with their problems, Tannie Maria is eventually forced to face her own issues, especially when the troubles of those she helps touch on the pain of her past, like a woman desperate to escape […]

Posted May 12, 2016
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