#BookmarkMonday: Frida Kahlo and Strange Pilgrims




I'm a little obsessed with Gabriel Garcia Marquez's writing, and if you've visited my blog before, you'll have seen reviews and mentions galore. For Bookmark Monday, I am pairing my favourite Gabo short story collection Strange Pilgrims* with another amazing artist -- Frida Kahlo. Two fiery Latinos in one post!

Read my review or check out some snippets of Strange Pilgrims.

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I'm curious - do you like art? Do you have any favourite artists?


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Friday56 & Book Beginnings (#Giveaway - open WW): How Existentialism Almost Killed Me

Do you read spy novels? For my money, John le Carré is the one author who gets it right. Maybe he’s a little heavy on the Heavy-Handedness of the State, but I can tell you from recent experience, the life of a spy is as le Carré depicts it. The agent is mired in a constantly shifting farrago of confusion, self-doubt, anxiety and boredom. The personal qualities of decisiveness, clarity, and resolve are found only in the secret agents who populate Hollywood epics and mass-market novels.
- p. 11

For Friday 56:
"I have an uneasy feeling your inquiries are going to attract the wrong kind of attention.”
- p. 56


About How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right by Michael Bernhart*: This is the final novel in a series that examines the nature of evil. Remnants of the Khmers Rouges provide the face of evil, and they do a fine job. The plot revolves around drug counterfeiting, which was a daily challenge when the author ran a healthcare project in Cambodia. This by way of saying that the context and problem are faithfully rendered.

The protagonists, Max and Sally Brown, are looking at middle-age, an empty nest, and wondering if their lives of ease and privilege add up to much. They are herded into a trivial assignment for the CIA which morphs into a dangerous job which pits them against the KR. Woefully inept, they leave a trail of corpses until they get up to speed. The battle is joined on elephant back, in a Thai brothel, in Cambodian minefields, and Khmer Rouge strongholds.

The genre is nominally cozy thriller, with a brush with chick-lit, and philosophy.

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Michael is giving away 2 e-books (.mobi or pdf) of his book How Existentialism Almost Killed Me: Kierkegaard Was Right

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Leave Michael a question about his guest post or his book in the comments section of this post.

#BookmarkMonday: We're all mad here ... for satay!


Still going through Ken Hom's Foolproof Asian Cookery* and remember how good this recipe is for Malaysian satay. With summer almost here, we're getting our repertoire ready!

Keeping an eye on it is a sticky showing a scene from Alice in Wonderland.* Caterpillar is quite mad to turn his back on such a tasty dish! ;)

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What are you craving today?


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  • Share your pic with the #BookmarkMonday hashtag on Twitter so I can go check it out! 
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#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd


Mrs. Ferrars died on the night of the 16th-17th September -- a Thursday. I was sent for at eight o'clock on the morning of the 17th. There was nothing to be done. She was dead for some hours. 
- p. 11

For Friday 56:
I did so to the best of my abiity.
- p. 56


About The Murder of Roger Ackroyed by Agatha Christie*: In the village of King's Abbot, a widow's sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study--but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow's blackmailer. King's Abbot is crawling with suspects, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd's wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim's home. It's now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King's Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd--a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard's ingenious sister, Caroline.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the book that made Agatha Christie a household name and launched her career as a perennial bestseller. Originally published in 1926, it is a landmark in the mystery genre. It was in the vanguard of a new class of popular detective fiction that ushered in the modern era of mystery novels.

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(Oops, so I posted this last week on Instagram and obviously scheduled the post on the wrong date so I decided to just bump over to this week). 

This is another thrift store find! I'm going slightly nuts with the volume of new old books I am acquiring so I have to be extra careful. There is something extra special about finding an old favourite - I'm pretty sure I read this Agatha Christie (among many others), when I was in high school.


Have you found any great books in the thrift store lately? Do share!

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Quote: Smile says #DrSeuss


Sometimes all it takes is a quotation and a calligraphy pen. I've been getting back into this old hobby and feeling pretty smug about results. Until I look at it again and see all the flaws. I guess that's part of doing something new ... try and try and try.

I hope you're all enjoying the upcoming summer! I am loving the sun streaming in while I scribble around.

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
- Dr. Seuss
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