Aug 11, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - 10 Books that's been all Talk and no Chalk

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today's prompt is to list 10 books that you've loved, but never reviewed. I've only been back to blogging for about 2 months now, so this one is going to be an easy ride. Although I haven't blogged for about 3 years, I never stopped reading.

As I was browsing through the books that I did review on my previous blog (I am busy importing them to Book Remeows), I've realized that there are actually a number of books I absolutely love and can never stop talking about, but I have never reviewed them. A quote, a line and a mention here and there, but never a full review.  Goodness Gracious me... Maybe I should just read them all again and do a proper review.
Here's my 10 books I can never stop talking about, but you'll find very little chalk from either me or Elza on them. Some of these have been read years ago, but I still talk about them. Rather diverse list here, but that's the magic of books!

If you've read and reviewed any of these, please share it with me! Which books did you read, loved, but never reviewed?

Happy TTT!


Aug 10, 2020

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Author: Alice Hoffman                                                                      
Published: November 2016 (Simon & Schuster)                              
Read: 07 August 2020 (Paperback)                                                   
ISBN: 9781476799209                                                                        
Pages: 258                                                                                      
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary                                                                                                                  

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last.  Goodreads

Recommend to:  Team Alice Hoffman, always. If you like messy and different characters. Slice-of- life stories, anti-heroes. If you want to contemplate a bit.                                                              

"Every story has the same message: what was deep inside could only be deciphered by someone who understood how easily a heart could be broken"

I believe in the power of books. I believe in the power of powerful authors, like Alice Hoffman. I also believe that books tell you when they want to be read. And you need to listen to that voice. I didn't do that. I was looking for a book that starts with an 'F' for my alphabet challenge and had this one on the shelf. One can never go wrong with an Alice Hoffman. Or can one? It was a toss up between this one and Fractured by Karin Slaughter. I should have kept my Alice Hoffman for a better time and mood.

I was just not ready, or rather, in the right set of mind, for Shelby Richmond. Pre-Lock Down 2020, I would have loved her messiness, her weirdness, her heart bigger than her screwed-up mind, and her truthfulness. Mid Lock Down 2020, I just feel like telling her that the world out there is currently a bit more messy than the mess in her parents' basement. 

"Alice Hoffman reminds us with every sentence that words have the power to transport us to alternate worlds."

-Jodi Picoult

After a terrible car accident, Shelby Richmond finds herself broken and shattered, minus a best friend or a will to survive. She does to herself willingly, what most of us are forced to do unwillingly at the moment. She locks herself up in her parents' basement and isolates herself completely from the outside world. An alternate world yes, but one I most definitely don't like and simply struggle to understand. 

"Shelby dear, you survived. You had so many people vouching for you and doing everything possible to help you. You are young, you are beautiful. Don't do this to yourself. Keep your face upturned and glorious, like when you were a little girl. And please grow your hair." (That's me, mid lock down, trying to talk some sense to Shelby).

I do believe, the one thing that is keeping me sane during this time in our human history, is the same thing that helped Shelby restore some sanity - her pets. Thanks for rescuing them all, Shelby. But I know, they most likely rather rescued you. In your own way, you did manage to save a small part of the world. I don't agree with all your rescue methods, but I do know that your heart was in the right place. Now we just need to get your mind there as well.

I constantly find myself wanting to talk some sense into Shelby. I'm just about the same age as her mother when the accident happened. Maybe that's why.  I do hope that maybe Alice Hoffman would be so kind as to let us know you Shelby is doing in a couple of years. I believe she was heading on the right path at the end of the book and my thoughts and prayers (that I know she doesn't want, but will still receive) go with her. May you always keep those postcards, read and do them all at least once a year. You will be okay, Shelby.

"Say something"

"Be something"

"Feel something"

"See something"

"Save something"

"Believe something"

"Trust someone"


Also by Alice Hoffman: The Ice Queen

Aug 8, 2020

Six Degrees of Separation - August 2020

Who else sits with a piece of paper or a diary when you do a bit of blog hopping? My Mommy sure does, but she's not very good with linking all her little notes up. If she had made 6 notes on a paper, she won't be able to recall in a week's time how they actually link up. She saw the Six Degrees of Separation monthly meme on someones blog, but you are welcome to bath me if you can help her figure out whose blog that was. Luckily, with about six clicks and a basic idea of where to go, she managed to find Books are my favorite and best, the host of this feature. 

I'm sure you are all aware of the phrase "six degrees of separation"? The idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by just six links. I'm not quite sure if it will work for cats, I can't even remember how many siblings I've had before my mommy adopted me. But apparently it's quite possible for humans and books to create a chain of only six links between everyone and every book. 

But I'm getting side tracked here. Back to the meme: On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Books can be linked in obvious ways, for example: same authors, same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or you might choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read in the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend or books that remind you of a particular time in your life. The choices are endless here! 

This month's starting point is: How to do nothing - resisting the attention economy by Jenny Odell. Now we need to find six books that can link up with that book. You should know that my Mommy has a wonderful, but wandering mind. She loves pretty covers and it will sometimes be her reason for choosing a book. 

So number 1 for us will be: The language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Because of the pretty flowers on the chosen book's cover)

If I think of language, of think of education, so our second book will have to be: Educated by Tara Westover

If you have a good education, it will lead you to our third choice: Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris

If I look at that phrase (Me talk pretty one day), I can't help thinking of Enzo from The art of racing in the rain by Garth Stein. Enzo so desperately wanted to be able to speak the human language and to be a human. 

One word that jumps at me from our fourth selection, is the word 'art'. So our fifth selection will have to be: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt 

Just like that, we are back to making a selection based on a cover. From one bird, to the next. Our sixth link for today, is: To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee  



And with that book, we come to a full circle from the original one based on one, little word. We all know the story of To kill a Mockingbird. We all know the dangers of good men doing nothing. 

Be an Atticus Finch this August. 

Lots of  Love,



Aug 4, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday - I see your True Colors

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday! Today's prompt is going to be a colorful one. Jana over at That Arsty Reader Girl  requested that we list 10 books with colors in the title. Does that mean we are going to be able to see everyone's True Colors? Yea! I do hope that most of you are a bit more colorful than me. Yes, a fluffy white kitten is the most adorable thing on earth, but you do know that white is actually a non-color?

Luckily, my Mommy is a very colorful person. You should see our house. Auntie Elaine calls it a friendly, coloring book. Unfortunately, she is also a teacher. So yes, she is going to handle this post as a lesson on the color wheel. 

Good luck with that. I'm just going to curl up here and take a nap while she puts on her teacher's voice. 


Okay, Class! Did you know, all colors are nothing but a mixture of primary colors? There are 3 primary colors: 

Half of a YELLOW Sun - Chimamanda Ngosi Adichie Read on Goodreads
The hunt for RED October - Tom Clancy Read on Goodreads
Two little girls in BLUE - Mary Higgins Clark Read on Goodreads

Next we have the secondary colors. Those are the colors you get when you mix two primary colors together. For example, if you mix red and blue together, you will get: 

The color PURPLE - Alice Walker Read on Goodreads  And if you mix yellow and blue:
Ann of GREEN Gables - L.M. Montgomery Read on Goodreads And red and yellow:
A clockwork ORANGE - Anthony Burgess Read on Goodreads


If you start mixing primary and secondary colors together in different shades, you can get just about any color you can imagine. But first, you still need the two non-colors. The first one is the complete absence of color and the second is the presence of all colors simultaneously: 

BLACK Rose - Nora Roberts Read on Goodreads
Lethal WHITE -Robert Galbraith  Read on Goodreads   
If you mix white and pink, you will get a combination of Elza's favorite color: 
The PINK suit - Nicole Mary Kelby Read on Goodreads 
Our last color for today's class, is a color you will get when you mix just about everything together, you are bound to end up with a shade of:
The man in the BROWN suit - Agatha Christie Read on Goodreads

Good grief! Is that the bell? Okay class, just before you go, you've got some homework. Please list a couple of books, let's make it 10, of books with color in the title and share it with everyone. Remember to add your linky at Jana's too.

Class dismissed! 


See what I need to sit up with most days? But I still love my Mommy and our colorful books dearly.

Happy TTT!

Lots of love,


Aug 2, 2020

The Sunday Post #6

So, how was your week? I have to confess, I didn't have such a wonderful week. I think Mommy back at work and Daddy being away the whole week, was a bit tough on my constant-craving-attention-and-cuddles demeanor. 

My big brother, Stinkie (don't ask to many questions regarding his name), has also not been well at all. He was in an automobile accident 3 years ago and had to have a complete hip replacement and bone transplant. Daddy calls him the bionic cat. Unfortunately, he is rather on the big side and thinks he's a ninja (he is pitch black afterall). So every now and then, he does something bionic cats really shouldn't do, and hurts the old injuries. Every time it happens, my Mommy is also in a complete state. After all, it was her fault... She drove over him. No matter how many times everybody tells her it was only an accident and a miracle he survived in the first place, she still needs one extra glass of wine if Stinkie gets ill. I can't decide who I feel sorry for the most, so I just revert to being sorry for myself and as you can see, become excessively needy. 

Mommy's week wasn't too bad, busy at work and life is very slowly returning to a slight form of normal. We did manage to read and blog a bit as well, so that was good. 

Adding to the litter

Our local bookshop are still having a book sale and one of the other outlets also had a nationwide sale. Apparently Jeffreys Bay is not part of the nation, because there were NO books on sale in our branch. To comfort herself after the disappointment, she went to our local bookshop and bought a book. Anderman se vrou deur Chris Karsten Struggling to read it? It's Afrikaans and translates to "Another man's wife". Mommy loves the author, so she just bought it without realising it's part of a series. Damn... 

The love/hate relationship with BookBub was a love-hit again this week. She got a lovely book from them and I think Greg over at Book Haven is going to love the vintage cover. The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

Mommy's number one delight of Book Blogging, is following other bloggers' recommendations or jump on the specials they share. Books Please shared a book on our weekly Friday Features and it was on special at Amazon. The Bird Watcher by William ShawI don't know when she's planning on reading these, as none of them can be used for her 2020 reading challenge. 

Scratching the Blog Pole

Mommy got up really, really early on Tuesday Morning to do her Top Ten Tuesday Post. This week was a freebie and she had so much fun drafting her post on Why reading and blogging is good for you in 2020. Wednesday Wisdom was from the Little Prince and we also did our regular Weekend Book Friends. Click on the image if you've missed any of them.


On the couch 


This is the "normal" my mommy prefers. One book on Kindle (Devil at my heels. At about 60% done), One physical book (Faithful. A bit of a slow start, but Alice Hoffman always comes through) and one on audio (Something in the water. Just started it. Love that the author reads it!)


Daddy's been away, so Mommy could watch whatever she wanted. She started with Riverdale, and to be honest - I think she's too old for this. Those kids are really something to talk about. So I guess that's what all the hype is all about. Good Girls are hilarious and we'll definitely continue the series. The Young Sheldon episode 11 deserves a special mention. I loved that episode about religion! Even my little kitten brain could get that logic. Makes perfect sense. 

Let it go

I actually don't have anything I need to let go of this week. But I do have a question. 

I  have two blogs, but one profile on Blogger. I see that if I try to follow any of you, it says I follow you already (if I followed you as Mareli Thalk Ink). I'm wondering if it works both ways? If it does, do any of you know how to integrate your followers? If it doesn't work both ways, would you be so kind as to re-follow me on this page? And last question - has any of you deleted a previous blog? What happened? Did the world stand still for a couple of minutes? Or is it safe to do so?

Thanks so much for all the visits and comments! We love being back and chatting to all of you. Remember to link you Sunday news to following lovely ladies:

Hope you will all have a wonderful week! Stay safe and wear those masks.

Lots of love,