The Sunday Post #91

Posted March 12, 2023 by elzaread in The Sunday Post / 27 Comments

Greetings you guys! Aren’t we like halfway through March already? Time is definitely being made in China lately. It doesn’t last very long at all, does it?

How are you all doing? We are doing good! Life is good here in our little seaside town on the southern part of Africa. Mommy’s been working very, very hard. But she loves it and if I’d let her, she will go on for hours talking about the new Educational Centre and how much the kids at school are still enjoying Library.

But alas, we are reading a really lovely book and she’s on a time-budget here. Just a quick hello and then we are on the couch reading.

What I am willing to share, is the latest edition to our little family!

This is Kristoff and he is just the sweetest little chap ever. Even I like him. Well, sort of. He is way better than the other mutt! She is still nothing but a terror and nope, I do not like her. She does love her new little playmate though and doesn’t try to bite me and chase me up the walls all that much anymore. Mommy is still living in Lallaland and believes that one day Elza and Anna will become real Sisters. Nope, we won’t. And I will never let it go.

We honestly have the best intentions to be more active on the blog and Mommy’s diary is filled with prospective posts. But before you know it, the day is done and we are off to bed. But every week, we start in good faith and you never know – this week might break the curse!

We are still reading though. Also not as much as we used to. But at least we do have our little nightstand pile and can tell you what we’ve recently finished, what we’re currently reading and what we hope to read.

Recently Finished:

We are done with She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan. Yes, it was decent read. It is written beautifully and does give you a glimpse into Chinese history right before the Ming-Dynasty. But don’t expect 100% historical accuracies and take note that it does classify as LGBQ+.

Currently Reading:

The funny thing about Norman Foreman by Julietta Henderson. Oh isn’t this just delightful and exactly the type of book my Mommy needs at the moment! Here’s the Goodreads blurb:

A triumphant and touching debut about the unlikeliest superstar you’ll ever meet.

Twelve-year-old Norman Foreman and his best friend, Jax, are a legendary comedic duo in waiting, with a plan to take their act all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe. But when Jax dies, Norman decides the only fitting tribute is to perform at the festival himself. The problem is, Norman’s not the funny one. Jax was.

There’s also another, far more colossal objective on Norman’s new plan that his single mom, Sadie, wasn’t ready for: he wants to find the father he’s never known. Determined to put a smile back on her boy’s face, Sadie resolves to face up to her own messy past, get Norman to the Fringe and help track down a man whose identity is a mystery, even to her.

Julietta Henderson’s delightfully charming, tender and uplifting debut takes us on a road trip with a mother and son who will live in the reader’s heart for a long time to come, and teaches us that—no matter the odds—we must always reach for the stars.

We are not even halfway in, but I can promise you, it will be one of our favorites for the year for sure.

Cross our hearts, hope to read: 

This is actually a toss up between two books. We’ve received Madame Pommery – Creator of Brut Champagne by Rebecca Rosenberg yesterday for review and it does sound like a fascinating read for sure.

But we also still have The Mitford Affair by Marie Benedict on our Netgalley shelf and are actually a couple of weeks behind the publication date.

We trying very hard not to take on too many (okay, hardly any) ARC’s, as life is just a bit too hectic and we still have a whole pile of review books waiting for us. And to be honest, it’s not as devastating as I thought it would be! We still have stacks of books to read and Book Club still comes around every month. So no, we are not running out of books to read at all.

I am aware the problem will come in when we visit all of you now and see all the new books you are all showcasing… But I am going to stand strong, yes I am.

Thank you to Debbie @ Readerbuzz and to Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer for diligently hosting our Sunday link-up posts! Remember to add your links and to pay your fellow bloggers a visit.

Have a wonderful week you all!

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27 responses to “The Sunday Post #91

  1. Oh my goodness, the doggos! I’m so out of the loop, I had to go looking through old posts to see which was which but I guessed correctly. Kristoff is the brown one, right? Adorable! Congratulations!

    Enjoy your week!

    • Hi Jen!

      Yes, Kristoff is the baby. The brown spaniel. Anna has been with us since July last year and she is one crazy, busy dog. We needed to get her a friend. Now they both drive me insane.

      Don’t worry, I have been out of the loop a lot lately as well and I just don’t seem to get time to get back in! But we have a long weekend coming up and hopefully I’ll have loads of time for blogging!

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  2. Wow 2 pups now!! Luv it. How fun with these two doggies. Do you have to have someone watch them when you are working? They could get into some trouble I bet. LoL. Enjoy!!

    • Hi Dear Susan!

      Yes! I do have a lovely Domestic Worker who takes care of them during the day. I try to come home once or twice between classes as well to come and check on them, because yes – they can be up to no good for sure. Luckily we have a nice big yard and they love to play outside.

      Hope you are doing well!

  3. Kristoff is adorable and I’m so glad that Elza even likes him. I still believe that Rover and Comet will be friends one day. We are at tolerating at the moment on Comet’s part (Rover is convinced they are the very best of friends!) so I still have hope. Enjoy your book and I hope you are getting time to read it and snuggle on the couch with Elza!

    • Hi Katherine!

      I think Rover and Kristoff will be the best of friends! Spaniels and Retrievers really do have quite similar demeanors. Terriers on the other hand…. My husband is convinced the word terrier comes from the word terror. Not too far out! But I love Anna, even if she drives me crazy!

      Dearest Elza caught a mouse tonight. Luckily she didn’t devour it inside, just came to show me and then ran outside with her prize. Life with pets!

      We have a long weekend, so yes! I do actually manage to read quite a bit!

    • Hi Wendy!

      Thanks so much, we love the new little chap already so much! I don’t have time for ARC’s at the moment, so I just avoid all the tempting places like the plague….

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  4. I have Madame Pommery to read too! I even read a chapter or two but then realised I had something else to read too!

    Be kind to yourself about the blogging. We all go through ebbs and flows!

    Have a great week!

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    • Aah yea Margaret! I’m reading Madame Pommery for The History Quill and I think I’m going to enjoy it.

      I know I’ll eventually fall back into blogging. I love it! But yes, life does get in the way and I guess we need to focus on that first of all….

      Thanks for the visit!

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  5. I had to laugh about your China comment. 🙂 Oh my gosh who’s the newcomer?? He’s cute. And yay Mutt has a new friend. Maybe Elza will come around…

    I love chinese history so that one looks good.

  6. Ahhh, I just had to add The Funny Thing About Norman Foreman to my TBR. It sounds like a sweet, interesting book. And Madame Pommery sounds like a great one as well! Thank you for sharing!

  7. I’ve missed you! But I can see you’ve been crazy busy. Like you, I’m cutting WAY back on my netgalley requests because I have such an extensive back list I want to read and I find I’m overwhelmed with ARCs….which then makes me run behind the publication date. Sigh. I decided it’s just not for me. There are plenty of other bloggers covering the new releases…..I’m going back to reading what I want and I’ll get to the new ones when they’re old 🙂 (although I haven’t unsubscribed to netgalley or avoid going there entirely!) Thanks for stopping by and have a terrific week.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

  8. Ah, Kristoff is a cutie! And I love hearing about the library being so loved! I’m hoping next year I can get a great start with my library opening right away and getting all our new 9th graders in and helping them fall in love with the library right away since I didn’t get to due to renovations last summer. Have a great week and enjoy your new books!

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  9. It’s wonderful to see you blogging. I remember how hard it was to blog when I was working hard. When I started blogging, I said I’d try to blog once a week and visit ten blogs a week, and, happily, I’ve always kept to that. Last week, I felt like I was blogging too much (!) and I decided that I’d cut down a bit in upcoming weeks. Four times a week was too much for me.

    Look at your new chap! What a beautiful fellow. And it sounds like his personality is quite agreeable, too.