What can be better than a good book when one is stuck at home, right? Wrong – it seems it’s not quite that simple. In our last book club Zoom meeting, many of my friends confessed that they’re struggling to read during lockdown, and I can tell you that’s coming from some pretty hard-core readers!
I had the same sense of lethargy and frustration early in lockdown. With my thoughts constantly circling around to the pressing issues of our day, I couldn’t concentrate on the words on a page. Nothing ‘grabbed’ me. I’d start a few pages of one book and then put it down to try another…and another, not able to figure out what I was in the mood to read.
Then I had an epiphany. Continue reading
There’s nothing I like quite as much as browsing through my friends’ bookshelves because it reveals something of their interests, passions and dreams. Today, I thought I’d take you on a brief ‘virtual tour’ of my own bookshelf and give you a glimpse at some of the books I’ve loved reading recently. Continue reading
Authors Thomas Keneally, Yewande Omotoso and Richard de Nooy
If I had ever sat down to write a bucket list, going to the Franschhoek Literary Festival would have been at the top. So, flying to the Western Cape this weekend and meandering through the wine lands to reach the normally sleepy town was a highlight. Franschhoek was abuzz with booklovers roaming past posters containing writer-ly quotes. In church halls, school halls and town halls, panels of well-known South African and international authors discussed books and the writing process. And, indifferent to the fact that my library is cracking at the seams, booksellers sold an alluring range of books at all the venues. I was in heaven!
Besides the simple pleasure of being a part of it all, I also learnt some invaluable lessons. Here are just a few of them. Continue reading
An Adventure? Now, I don’t imagine anyone west of Bree would have much interest in adventures. Nasty, disturbing, uncomfortable things. Makes you late for dinner.
So said our beloved Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, and if I’m truly honest with myself I can relate. The autobiography “Kisses from Katie” reminded me that adventures might be just as uncomfortable as Bilbo suspected, but that there really is no other way to live than following God into the unknown.
That’s exactly what Katie Davis did. Continue reading
Most people who have stumbled onto my website are crazy about books and words. As someone with a similar affliction, I love being in the company of such people. So I started to think—what’s an ocean or two between friends? Couldn’t we still have interesting conversations about what we all love so much—books? Continue reading