26 September 2016

It's Monday! What are you reading? #3

It's Monday! What are you reading? This weekly feature is hosted by Bookdate and it's a great way to get your reading week sorted. All you need to do is: 

  • Tell us what you are currently reading
  • What did you finish reading last week
  • What do you plan on reading next
  • Add your link to the linky provided by your host
  • Visit the other bloggers who also deal with terrible Mondays, but still find the time to prioritize their reading schedules
  • Make sure to read really awesome books in order to increase the above mentioned bloggers' stress levels by adding even more books to their TBR list
  • Pop a Rescue for your own nerves or pour a glass of wine and get reading 
I'm so glad that I came across this weekly feature. Once again I failed to submit a Sunday Post as I didn't have any headlines for last week. I've published the astounding number of 1 (one) (I) post last week. I know, it's punishable by severe shame. 

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24 September 2016

Friday Meets - 23 September 2016

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings.

Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice. For this date, you will need the following:
  •  Grab a book (Yes, any book. But it might get you to your other Friday activities a bit quicker if you just grab the book you are currently reading)
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% on your e-reader
  • Find a sentence or two (your other Friday activities might determine this)
  • Post it!
  • Remember to post your link on Freda's Voice and to visit the other guys in the linky.
  • And don't forget to list the title of the book and the author as well.
Hi guys! I'm back! Well sort off. I might not get to finish everything next week before we leave for Mauritius on Friday. Yea!! Do the Happy Beach Dance. But I sure will try (to do my Friday Meets, not the Happy Beach Dance. That comes naturally as you can see).

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18 September 2016

The Sunday Headlines #2 - Missing Mind reported

Image result for the headline woman (1935)This post link up with the The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by The Book Date. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share the next week's forecast: What are you reading, what have you just finished and what do you plan to read. And some other news that will make the headlines as well. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.

Greetings from the Headless Headline Woman! I'm not popular enough (yet) to stake the claim that you've noticed I've gone missing this week. Hardly spend any time on the blogosphere. Hardly spend any time anywhere worth mentioning. Least of all my mind. But I do have a whole list of excuses lined up. Actually, there's only one. But everything else spirals down from that one.

13 September 2016

Die KOORS loop hoog

31342329Titel: Koors
Skrywer: Deon Meyer
Uitgewer: Human & Rousseau
Publikasie datum: 05 Augustus 2016
Bladsye: 579 (sagteband)
My gradering: 5 Sterre
Beveel aan vir lesers van: Deon Meyer (punt). Misdaad. Daar's 'n slang in die gras en iemand het dit daar gesit. Post apokalipties (dis REGTIG die einde van die wereld)
Kort opsomming: Die Koors het byna almal gevat. Maar nie dertien jaar oue Nico Storm en sy pa, Willem, nie. Deur ’n Suid-Afrikaanse landskap feitlik sonder mense, met al hoe minder blikkieskos in die verlate winkels, Koeberg-bestraling in die Wes-Kaap en al hoe meer moorddadige hondebendes – én mensebendes – swerf Nico en sy pa, op soek na ’n plek om die samelewing weer te vestig. Wanneer hulle dit eindelik sover het by die ou Vanderkloof – nou Amanzi – met ’n groepie swerflinge wat saam van voor af wil begin, steek al die ou sondes van die mensdom kop uit. Gou is Amanzi op geloofs- en politieke lyne verdeel, en verdediging teen die swaar gewapende motorfietsbendes wat dwarsoor Suid-Afrika plunder en moor raak al hoe moeiliker. En wat van die geheimsinnige, yskoue Domingo, wat by Amanzi aangery kom op ’n motorfiets van sy eie en spoedig as paramilitêre leier ontpop – kan hý ooit vertrou word? Dis nie lank nie, of moord kom inderdaad ook na Amanzi … In Koors vertel die volwasse Nico Storm die verhaal van die moord op sy pa. Dit is ’n aksiebelaaide nuwe rigting vir Deon Meyer, met al die aspekte wat lesers van sy spanningsfiksie verwag en nog vele nuwe lekkertes daarby. Goodreads
"Hierdie is die storie van wat na Die Koors gebeur het. Soos ek dit onthou. My waarheid. Dalk subjektief, dalk effe krom. Maar ek is feitelikheid en eerlikheid verskuldig aan almal wat deel is van die storie." - Nico Storm

Cover Characteristics - Give the Emperor some Clothes!

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Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted by Sugar and Snark. Every week they give us these gorgeous themes and then you have to pick 5 covers featuring that theme. If you want to participate: 
  • Pick your covers 
  • Post it to your blog
  • Share your post's URL in the linky provided by Sugar and Snark
  • Go and check out the other guys who also posted! (This might influence your current TBR list a great deal.)
I haven't done a Cover Characteristics in what feels like ages. Is it just me, or does time fly by at a rapid speed lately? We hardly get time to dress ourselves, but when the emperor comes strolling down the street dressed as nature intended, one needs to take a break and put some clothes on that man! Today's Cover Characteristic's theme is: Clothes only.

11 September 2016

The Sunday Headlines #1

Image result for the headline woman (1935)This post link up with the The Sunday Post, a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and It's Monday! What are you reading? hosted by The Book Date. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share the next week's forecast: What are you reading, what have you just finished and what do you plan to read. And some other news that will make the headlines as well. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.

Have you noticed that my post title has changed? I normally just post under The Sunday Post, but I've noticed something very strange last week. Yes, stranger than fiction. Real events. Like all the likes and hits I had on my Sunday Post last Sunday. Wait, let me start at the beginning - a very good place to start. When you read you begin with ....? YES! - THE HEADLINE. And that was all I did for last week's post. I literally only took the headlines (alteration is allowed) from the previous week's posts and linked it up. In my defense, I was really tired and had a hard week, but didn't want to miss out on my favorite weekly feature. So I kind of cheated. But apparently everybody loved it (still not quite sure if it was cheating you all loved or the headlines....). I guess a headline really is all you need. So I've decided to change my Sunday Post to The Sunday Headlines

Autumn in Oxford by Alex Rosenberg

The devilish parts: 

29806081Title: Autumn in Oxford
Author: Alex Rosenberg
Published by: Lake Union Publishing
Publication date: 30 August 2016 
Genre: Women's fiction/Crime&Mystery/historical speculation
Pages: 426
ISBN:  9781503939073 
Mareli's rating: 3 stars
Recommend to: Crime&Mystery lovers with hints of historical speculation. Lovers of conspiracy theories might also enjoy this one.
Description: After being blacklisted for having communist sympathies as a student twenty years before, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Tom Wrought escapes America’s Cold War climate to teach at Oxford. There, he falls in love with Liz Spencer, a beautiful married woman. When Liz’s husband is pushed in front of a train in the London Underground, Tom is immediately arrested for the murder. Scotland Yard is convinced it has its man, as he had means, motive, and opportunity.
Certain of his innocence, Liz hires a young solicitor, Alice Silverstone, to defend Tom. But they discover that Tom’s former secret work as an American spy made him a number of powerful enemies. Russian intelligence, British counterespionage, and even the FBI all may have reason to frame him. If Liz and Alice can find out who is behind the murder, they stand a chance of freeing Tom, but doing so puts all their lives at risk.

09 September 2016

Friday Meets 09 September 2016

Does anybody remember this one? If you don't (or even worse, don't even know it), have a quick quick listen. Because it's the weekend and it's time for quick quick baby, come and play. I'm off to the movies with my favorite aunt, so this post is also just quick quick.

Meet me on Friday @ Friday 56 for a bit of Book Blogger Hop to kick-start the weekend with Book Beginnings.

08 September 2016

Book Travelling Thursdays #3 - Try this one, it's delicious!

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Food food - glorious food! Yes, we all love it almost as much as we love books. (Don't eat the books) And a book featuring food is like dessert without the calories. 

Today's theme for Book Travelling Thursdays is: Books that focus on food, eating and cooking.

Let's join the lovely ladies at the Goodreads group and share some recipes! Should you wish to participate, just follow these easy 1,2,3 block(g) myself steps: 

06 September 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - It's a LOST cause

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Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly link-up/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish  where they provide a prompt and other lovers of list-making (me! me! me!) join in with their own top ten list. Feel free to have less than 10 or more if you need to at times and put a spin on the topic if you need to. Just please link back to The Broke and the Bookish  if you are participating. Link up with your BLOG POST (not your blog) in the linky provided and remember to pay it forward! 

Today's theme for Top Ten Tuesday is A TV themed topic. I had a gazillion ideas for this one:

  • My Top Ten Favorite TV shows (for real)
  • What to read if you like this or that TV show
  • The book was a better show
  • The show was better than the book
  • Bad type casting
  • Good type casting
  • WTF is going on in....?
  • Why don't they make stories like .... anymore?
All those topics just made me feel confused and LOST. Light Bulb! Lets just talk about: (the fact that this was my favorite TV series in forever is completely besides the point)

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04 September 2016

The Sunday Post - when a headline is all you need

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is a post to recap the past week on your blog, tell everyone about books and things you can showcase and share news for the upcoming week. Remember to link your post and to visit others who have linked up.

They say a picture can say a thousand words. And sometimes a headline is all the story you need. Especially when you are tired and need to go to bed, but really just want to do something for your favorite weekly feature.... 

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No big stories from me this week. Just a few great headlines.

Wishing you all a great week ahead! 


Thalk to me!

What was the headline of your week?

September Library Card: The Hostage Drama Continues

Welcome back to Mareli Thalk ink. We are broadcasting life from Mrs Thalwitzer's living room where the Take the Books Hostage-drama has now entered its second month. Over to you Bruce: 

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I think we are on a completely different story here Bruce. Let's see if our anchor man, Evan, can share more light on the hostage situation:

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It does appear as if we are not being taken seriously here. And that while all the poor books are still being held captive by an Evil Queen in the making. (Whahaahaaahaaa....)

InkStains August 2016

Seeing that August's Library Card was taken under siege (Take the books hostage), I guess I don't have to phone a negotiator this month. (The fact that the hostage situation has still not been resolved is completely irrelevant to this post. Please follow September Library Card (still need to be drafted though)).

No negotiations were brought to the table, except the one or two Netgalley reviews that were due in August (one is still unresolved as well). Maybe this is a bit of a hostile environment at the moment. Let's rather talk about the books that did manage the Great Escape.

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02 September 2016

Friday Meets - Another One Down the Drain

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RIP Gene Wilder 1933 - 2016. We will re-MEME-ber you.

(Every time I eat a chocolate)

Another week, another month, another cellphone - down the drain. Yes, I really did drop my phone in the toilet. No, it does not work. It was made in China. My husband did forewarn me about that. Did I listen? Do I ever? So, whose fault is it that one now has to suffer the eternal agony of old-phone? Certainly not mine. Can't read cellphone. Can read book. Thank heavens for small mercies.

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