Greetings! And so another week flew by with the blink of an eye. We now only have 8 school days left for the year. That is IF we remain open. On Thursday one of the bigger schools in our area closed for the rest of the year and on Friday another one a bit further down the valley.
Just like that, Covid hit home. Throughout this past year, our little town and community remained relatively uninfected, but over the last couple of days, it became a harsh reality. We even made the national headlines!
My mommy says it was quite surreal at school on Friday with lots of kids being absent again. She says going through the attendance registers, you just heard:
“He’s not here, his Granny’s got Covid.”
“Absent! Her Mommy’s ill.”
“Not here Mam, they all have Covid.”
Thankfully, none has been too serious cases and we do wish all our friends and our community a speedy recovery.
Otherwise, not much to tell! Even through long hours and hectic days, my Mommy manages to get some reading done and she did spend a bit of time on the blog. A welcome escape from reality and a safer option.
She didn’t buy any books this week. Not even on Bookbub. I think she’s mad at Amazon. More about that later.
Scratching the Blog Pole
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is definitely one of my favorites. We had to think of character names you would name your pet after. As if you name your pet after anything but famous characters. Click on the image if you’ve missed our post.
On Wednesday, I did my very first book review! I have highjacked just about the whole blog, except the book reviews. I just can’t get my paw in the door with reviewing. When Falling into Magic
fell in my Mommy’s lap for reviewing, I begged, moaned, meowed, clawed, purred – until she allowed me to do the review from my point of view. It might not be purrfect, but I am still quite proud of myself and the author, Elizabeth Pantley was also very impressed with me. Just look at this lovely post from her Facebook page. She said it was the best review ever, and by a cat. If you click on the image, you can read my review. Oh please do!
On Friday we did our first Friday Fives with a bit of Book Blogger Hop on the side. Mommy told you all about her 5 favorite elephant books. See, I warned you it won’t be the last of the elephants.
Although we’ve signed up for The Classics Club a month or so ago already, we haven’t started with any of the books. Luckily the awesome creators of The Classics Club keeps us on our toes and make sure we spin the dice with this challenge. Can’t wait to see where it fall. Must still get the results somewhere today.
On the Couch
Just Falling into Magic. The rest of the week was way to busy.
The Day I Killed God by Nick Totem
is up for review. It’s a sci-fi book and not really my Mommy’s scene. But it does keep the attention and the writing style is quite strong. Let’s see how it goes.
She only managed about 30 minutes on The Night Tiger, this is our current audio book. In two weeks time, there will be lots more time for audio books.
Along with about 50% of the world’s population, we have started with The Crown Season 4. It’s awesome! Nothing else that’s new this week. Oh wait! We did watch the first episode of the last season of Once Upon a Time. No clue what’s going on there. I thought season 6 was the last one and it ended quite perfectly. So what’s happening now? Do we dare continue or just stick with and they lived long and happily ever after?
Let it Go
Amazon reviews: When did they change it to you have to spend at least $50 per year in order to upload a review? And is my Mommy the only one who reads the fine print or the terms and conditions? She saw the $50 thing mentioned on someone’s Facebook page, but didn’t worry too much. So definitely spends more than $50 on BookBub specials that she always buys from Amazon, or the Kindle Daily Deals. BUT the fine print stipulates that daily deals or any other specials does not count as add-ups to the minimum $50 you have to spend in order to publish a review. Come on!
$50 might not seem like a lot of money, but with our current exchange rates, its’s about R800. A brand new book in the bookshops are expensive and will hit your purse with about R300 – R400. At least then I can hold it, smell it, hug it tight and showcase it on my bookshelf. I just don’t spend that type of money on my Kindle books. So sorry Amazon.
I’ll have to think about how I’m going to do this as I still want to post my reviews on Amazon as well. Poor Elza was heartbroken when we couldn’t upload her review for Falling into Magic on Amazon. Do any of you have any clever ideas?
Hope you are all well and safe! In 3 days time, we can start counting the sleeps to Christmas. Yea! Whose trees are up already? We hope to have ours up next weekend.
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