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In Uncategorized on April 23, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I recently went to the Pilanesberg National Park and stopped by an Iron Age site within the park boundaries. The Pilanesberg region dates to around 1250 mya with several archaeological sites dating to the Iron Age in the region (L’Abbé, Coetzee, Loots 2008:  28).

Here we can see where you turn off to the archaeological site, as well as a helpful board that describes the site and its previous occupants.

We can see the remains of a Central Cattle Pattern (CCP) here as well as throughout South African history (Mitchell 2002:  282). Livestock is kept in the central byre and the settlements are arranged around them (Mitchell 2002:  279). – More detail about the CCP will be provided in a later post.

The Pilanesberg National Park was a truly beautiful place to visit and the Iron Age site the icing on the cake. Be sure to have a look at…

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Giveaways and Integrity

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I have been thinking about this for a long time and I thought I would do a blog post and see what everyone else thinks.

When you enter a giveaway you normally have to follow a blog, tweet about it, share it on Facebook etc. Most of us are happy to do this because the prize is worth it. As a result, hosting a giveaway is a great way of gaining followers. But what if you don’t get your prize?

I have won tons of giveaways but I only receive about 50% of the prizes. Most of these giveaways are international and as I am in South Africa so I don’t really mind if I don’t get something. Things get lost in the post all the time and I don’t follow up unless I know the blogger well. Book Depository prizes always arrive so I now only enter international giveaways that get shipped from there. But now I’ve started to wonder if some bloggers are just using giveaways to get followers and then don’t bother sending out the prizes.

I ask this because in September last year I won a book from a fellow South African Book Blogger but never received it. It would have been shipped locally, so I fully expected to get it without any problems. But by October I still hadn’t received any email from the blogger. I contacted her on Goodreads, asking if she’d lost my email address. Nothing.

Eventually I tweeted her, and she replied saying her Goodreads account wasn’t working, that she had sent me a message, and my book was still waiting to be sent. She asked for my postal address, which I gave to her. I didn’t get any reply and I never received a book from her. It is now January.

Has anything like this every happened to anyone else? How did you handle it? I honestly feel that it shouldn’t be such a hassle. Or is it too much to expect bloggers to act with integrity in giveaways? I would die of shame if I promised someone something and never delivered. This is how I handle my own giveaways:

* I try my very best to stick to all the times laid out in my giveaway.
* I contact the winner via email, as well as on twitter if I can
* I send their prize straight away
* I follow up and ask if their prize has arrived

How do you handle giveaways? What’s your opinion on the whole issue?


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2011 End Of Year Book Survey

In Uncategorized on January 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page-Turner created this survey last year, so it’s now the 2nd survey. This is my first time participating! Here we go:

1. Best Book You Read In 2011?

Wow hard question. There we a lot, but I would say the one that stands out the most is:

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) If I Stay by Gayle Forman

2. Most Disappointing Book/Book You Wish You Loved More Than You Did?

A Wrinkle in Time (Time, #1)
 
 
 
A Wrinkle in Time
 
 
 
by L’Engle, Madeleine 

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2011?

Bloodlines
 
 
 
Bloodlines
 
 
 
by Mead, Richelle

4. Book you recommended to people most in 2011?

Everything We Ever Wanted: A Novel
 
 
 
Everything We Ever Wanted: A Novel
 
 
 
by Shepard, Sara

5. Best series you discovered in 2011?

Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
 
 
 
Evermore (The Immortals, #1)
 
 
 
by Noel, Alyson

6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2011?

India Drummond and Stephanie Perkins

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)
 
 
 
A Game of Thrones
 
 
 
by Martin, George R.R.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2011?

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
 
 
 
Catching Fire
 
 
 
by Collins, Suzanne

9. Book you most anticipated in 2011?

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
 
 
 
Last Sacrifice
 
 
 
by Mead, Richelle

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2011?

Bad Taste in Boys
 
 
 
Bad Taste in Boys
 
 
 
by Harris, Carrie

11. Most memorable character in 2011?

Anna and the French Kiss
 
 
 
Anna and the French Kiss
 
 
 
by Perkins, Stephanie

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2011?

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
 
 
 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
 
 
 
by Forman, Gayle

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2011?

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
 
 
 
If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)
 
 
 
by Forman, Gayle

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2011 to finally read?

Marked (House of Night, #1)
 
 
 
Marked (House of Night, #1)
 
 
 
by Cast, P.C.

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2011?

“I mean, really. Who sends their kid to boarding school? It’s so Hogwarts. Only mine doesn’t have cute boy wizards or magic candy or flying lessons.”
Stephanie Perkins, Anna and the French Kiss

16. Book That You Read In 2011 That Would Be Most Likely To Reread In 2012?

Bloodlines
 
 
 
Bloodlines
 
 
 
by Mead, Richelle

17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers! 

Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy, #6)
 
 
 
Last Sacrifice
 
 
 
by Mead, Richelle (The End)

Top 10 Books Read in 2011

In Uncategorized on December 27, 2011 at 6:57 am

I have decided to join the Top 10 of 2011 meme, hosted by Jamie and Patricia from Two Chicks on Books, and Rachel from Fiktshun. This week long event will have a different topics each day. I am a little late but here it is:

Which YA Novel’s Character is the best?

In Uncategorized on November 24, 2011 at 6:28 pm
 Which YA Novel’s Character is the best?

A lot of people’s views differ on this matter and I thought it would be fun to have a YA Character-off to see who is the favorite!

Here is how it will work:

* 24-28th November vote on who your favorite YA character is and your second favorite (because I’m sure some of us can’t choose!). – The top 12 will then be revealed.
* 29th – 2nd December the top 12 will randomly be matched to make six 1 vs.1 character-offs of which you will then choose a winner for each 1 vs.1. – The top 6 will then be revealed
* 3nd – 5th December the top 6 will then go into 3 1 vs.1 character-offs where you have to vote for your favorite in each 1 vs.1  – The top 3 will then be revealed.
* 6th – 8th December – You will vote for 1 of the top 3 characters to be voted off. – The top 2 will then be revealed.
* 9th – 12th – Votes on which of the 2 top YA characters should win will be cast!
* 13th – The winner will be revealed!

NOTICE: This can be any character in a YA novel, not just the main character.

So let’s start!

Who do you love best?

A tweet to get more votes would be appreciated!

The 2011 SA Blog Awards

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2011 at 4:23 pm

The South African Blog Awards are currently ongoing, and my blog is in the Entertainment category. It is in the voting stage now, and I would really appreciated it if my readers and followers please vote for me!

Voting closes on the 9 November 2011.

Please cast you vote here (click on the pic) or on click on the pic on my sidebar.

NetGalley October Read-Along!

In Uncategorized on October 5, 2011 at 9:13 am

“Basically, NetGalley Months are month long read-a-thons in which we all read as many NetGalley books as humanly possible.”

I will be using #NetGalleyMonth when I read my Netgalley’s this month! Want to join? Check it out Here

Here is my list for the month:

1. Tris & Izz by Harrison, Mette Ivie
2. Everything We Ever Wanted by Shepard, Sara
3. Touch of Power by Snyder, Maria V.
4. The Next Door Boys by Jolene B. Perry

More will be added if they get accepted.

Finished:
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100 best YA Books!

In Uncategorized on September 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm
Shelag from Word Fiend and Chrizette from All they days of posted this list with the 100 top YA books and I thought I would join in. How many have you read?
My total: 18/100 and 39 Books– The ones in Bold
  1. Alex Finn – Beastly
  2. Alice Sebold – The Lovely Bones
  3. Ally Carter – Gallagher Girls (1, 2, 3, 4)
  4. Ally Condie – Matched
  5. Alyson Noel – The Immortals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  6. Anastasia Hopcus – Shadow Hills
  7. Angie Sage – Septimus Heap (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  8. Ann Brashares – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (1, 2, 3, 4)
  9. Anna Godbersen – Luxe (1, 2, 3, 4)
  10. Anthony Horowitz – Alex Rider (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  11. Aprilynne Pike – Wings (1, 2, 3)
  12. Becca Fitzpatrick – Hush, Hush (1, 2)
  13. Brandon Mull – Fablehaven (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  14. Brian Selznick – The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  15. Cassandra Clare – The Mortal Instruments (1, 2, 3, 4)
  16. Carrie Jones – Need (1, 2, 3)
  17. Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth (1, 2, 3, 4)
  18. Christopher Paolini – Inheritance (1, 2, 3, 4)
  19. Cinda Williams Chima – The Heir Chronicles (1, 2, 3)
  20. Colleen Houck – Tigers Saga (1, 2)
  21. Cornelia Funke – Inkheart (1, 2, 3)
  22. Ellen Hopkins – Impulse
  23. Eoin Colfer – Artemis Fowl (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  24. Faraaz Kazi – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  25. Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars (1, 2, 3)
  26. Gabrielle Zevin – Elsewhere
  27. Gail Carson Levine – Fairest
  28. Holly Black – Tithe (1, 2, 3)
  29. J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  30. James Dashner – The Maze Runner (1, 2)
  31. James Patterson – Maximum Ride (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  32. Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why
  33. Jeanne DuPrau – Books of Ember (1, 2, 3, 4)
  34. Jeff Kinney – Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  35. John Boyne – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  36. John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
  37. John Green – Looking for Alaska
  38. John Green – Paper Towns
  39. Jonathan Stroud – Bartimaeus (1, 2, 3, 4)
  40. Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl – Caster Chronicles (1, 2)
  41. Kelley Armstrong – Darkest Powers (1, 2, 3)
  42. Kristin Cashore – The Seven Kingdoms (1, 2)
  43. Lauren Kate – Fallen (1, 2, 3)
  44. Lemony Snicket – Series of Unfortunate Events (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)
  45. Libba Bray – Gemma Doyle (1, 2, 3)
  46. Lisa McMann – Dream Catcher (1, 2, 3)
  47. Louise Rennison – Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  48. M.T. Anderson – Feed
  49. Maggie Stiefvater – The Wolves of Mercy Falls (1, 2, 3)
  50. Margaret Peterson Haddix – Shadow Children (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
  51. Maria V. Snyder – Study (1, 2, 3)
  52. Markus Zusak – The Book Thief
  53. Markus Zusak – I am the Messenger
  54. Mark Haddon – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  55. Mary Ting – Crossroads
  56. Maureen Johnson – Little Blue Envelope (1, 2)
  57. Meg Cabot – All-American Girl (1, 2)
  58. Meg Cabot – The Mediator (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  59. Meg Cabot – The Princess Diaries (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  60. Meg Rosoff – How I Live Now
  61. Megan McCafferty – Jessica Darling (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  62. Megan Whalen Turner – The Queen’s Thief (1, 2, 3, 4)
  63. Melina Marchetta – On the Jellicoe Road
  64. Melissa de la Cruz – Blue Bloods (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  65. Melissa Marr – Wicked Lovely (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  66. Michael Grant – Gone (1, 2, 3, 4)
  67. Nancy Farmer – The House of the Scorpion
  68. Neal Shusterman – Unwind
  69. Neil Gaiman – Coraline
  70. Neil Gaiman – Stardust
  71. Neil Gaiman – The Graveyard Book
  72. P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast – House of Night (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)
  73. Philip Pullman – His Dark Materials (1, 2, 3)
  74. Rachel Caine – The Morganville Vampires (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
  75. Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
  76. Richelle Mead – Vampire Academy (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  77. Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  78. Rom LcO’Feer – Somewhere Carnal Over 40 Winks
  79. S.L. Naeole – Grace (1, 2, 3, 4)
  80. Sabrina Bryan & Julia DeVillers – Princess of Gossip
  81. Sarah Dessen – Along for the Ride
  82. Sarah Dessen – Lock and Key
  83. Sarah Dessen – The Truth about Forever
  84. Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  85. Scott Westerfeld – Leviathan (1, 2)
  86. Scott Westerfeld – Uglies (1, 2, 3)
  87. Shannon Hale – Books of a Thousand Days
  88. Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
  89. Shannon Hale – The Books of Bayern (1, 2, 3, 4)
  90. Sherman Alexie & Ellen Forney – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  91. Simone Elkeles – Perfect Chemistry (1, 2, 3)
  92. Stephenie Meyer – The Host
  93. Stephenie Meyer – Twilight Saga (1, 2, 3, 4)
  94. Sue Monk Kidd – The Secret Life of Bees
  95. Susan Beth Pfeffer – Last Survivors (1, 2, 3)
  96. Suzanne Collins – Hunger Games (1, 2, 3)
  97. Suzanne Collins – Underland Chronicles (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  98. Terry Pratchett – Tiffany Aching (1, 2, 3, 4)
  99. Tonya Hurley – Ghost Girl (1, 2, 3)
  100. Wendelin Van Draanen – Flipped
 

Going on a Excavation (so will be away)

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I’m going on a excavation till the 14th of August! For those who don’t know, I stay in South Africa and the excavation takes place the Kruger National Park right here in sunny SA (although its cold at the moment)!

Indiana Jones Hat – check
Tool Roll – check
Trowel – check
Sleeping Bag – check

Seems I’m ready to go 🙂

I will miss blogging and will miss reading everyone’s blogs! But I will have a few scheduled posts up!

I’ll have some photos and fun stories when I come back 🙂

Happy Blogging all

Connect with me?

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I want to connect with all my followers on other mediums as well, and I was wondering if any of you have Twitter accounts, Facebook accounts or Goodreads accounts?

Most of you I have on one or all of those mediums, but I’m looking for those I don’t have.
So please comment and leave your Twitter or Facebook or Goodreads. Any and all please 🙂

Here is mine:

Twitter
My blogs’ Facebook page
Goodreads 

And for those following my Archaeology blog, or interested in it:

Twitter
My blog’s Facebook page

Please leave me your links!