Monthly Archives: January 2012

IMM #7 – In my Mailbox January, 29th 2012

This week I didn’t get any physical copies of books so I decided not to do a video as it would be pretty boring to watch.

I got quite a few NetGalley E-Books for my Kindle tho and I want to show them to you.

Books I got at NetGalley:

Voices of the Dead by Peter Leonard

Publisher: The Story Plant

Release Date: February 7th, 2012

Here is the Goodreads Summary:

The year is 1971. The place is Detroit. Harry Levin, a scrap metal dealer and Holocaust survivor, has just learned that his daughter was killed in a car accident. Traveling to Washington, DC to claim the body, he learns that the accident was caused by a German diplomat who was driving drunk. This is only the beginning of the horror for Harry, though, as he discovers that the diplomat will never face charges he has already been released and granted immunity. Enraged and aggrieved, Harry discovers the identity of his daughter’s killer, follows him to Munich, and hunts him down. What Harry finds out about the diplomat and his plans will explode his life and the lives of everyone around him.

How to slay a Dragon CoverThe Journals of Myrth #1: How to slay a Dragon by Bill Allen

This Book looked lovely and Immediately reminded me of the Movie so I had to get it. Also I just figured out that this is the first in a Series, so I am curious how it will be. The Summary sounds fun.

Publisher: Bell Bridge Books

Release Date: January 1st, 2012

Goodreads Summary:

Ruuan is a very large dragon. Twelve-year-old Greg Hart can’t slay a dragon. He’d be lucky to win a fight against one of the smaller girls at school.

Now the magicians of Myrth have mistaken him for a legendary warrior, so they’ve yanked Greg into their world of sorcery and danger. Nothing will stop the people of Myrth from believing Greg will rescue King Peter’s daughter from Ruuan the dragon. After all, Greg has been named in a prophecy, and no prophecy has ever been wrong before.

Until now.

Marathon Graphic NovelMarathon by Boaz Yakin (Story) and Joe Infurnari (Illustrations)

This one is a Graphic Novel I got. The Story sounded interesting, not sure yet if I will like the Graphics. This might count for my Graphic Novels Challenge. Not sure if this is already the Final Cover.

Publisher: First Second

Release Date: June 19th, 2012

Goodreads Summary

The epic tale of the original marathon runner—just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games

It was a turning point in ancient history.

It inspires men to greatness.

It was the foundation of one of the greatest and most prevailing global peace efforts of the 20th century.

It was the greatest feat—and the tragic death—of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten.

In 490BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens, and in so doing preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire.

This is his story.

Strawberry Girl CoverStrawberry Girl by Lois Lenski

Publisher: Open Road

Release Date: Dezember 27th, 2011

Goodreads Summary:

The land was theirs, but so were its hardships

Strawberries — big, ripe, and juicy. Ten-year-old Birdie Boyer can hardly wait to start picking them. But her family has just moved to the Florida backwoods, and they haven’t even begun their planting. “Don’t count your biddies ‘fore they’re hatched, gal young un!” her father tells her.

Making the new farm prosper is not easy. There is heat to suffer through, and droughts, and cold snaps. And, perhaps most worrisome of all for the Boyers, there are rowdy neighbors, just itching to start a feud.

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush CoverSweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton

Publisher: Open Road

Release Date: Februrary 15th, 2012

Goodreads Summary:

Why had he come to her, with his dark secrets from a long-ago past? What was the purpose of their strange, haunting journeys back into her own childhood? Was it to help Dab, her retarded older brother, wracked with mysterious pain who sometimes took more care and love than Tree had to give? Was it for her mother, Vy, who loved them the best she knew how, but wasn’t home enough to ease the terrible longing?

Whatever secrets his whispered message held, Tree knew she must follow. She must follow Brother Rush through the magic mirror, and find out the truth. About all of them.

Philip hall likes me. I reckon maybe CoverPhilip Hall #1: Philip Hall likes me. I reckon Maybe. by Bette Greene

This is Book one in a Trilogy and the Summary sounds interesting. This Book seems to be a Classic but I have to admit that I never heard of before.

Publisher: Open Road.

Release Date: September 27th, 2011


Beth Lambert has a crush on Philip Hall, who is better than she is at just about everything—or is he?

Philip Hall is the handsomest, smartest, fastest boy in Miss Johnson’s class. He beats Beth Lambert in math, spelling, reading, sports . . . and she adores him. Beth suspects Philip likes her too, only she can’t quite get him to admit it. In fact, he won’t even invite her to his birthday party because he’s afraid the other boys will call him a sissy.

But then Beth begins to wonder: Maybe Philip only wins because she’s letting him. Maybe she could beat him at everything. That would show Philip Hall! Because if being friends with a girl is bad . . . getting beaten by a girl is much, much worse.

Caring is Creepy CoverCaring is Creepy by David Zimmerman

Publisher: Soho Press

Release Date: April 3rd, 2012

Goodreads Summary:

Fifteen-year-old Lynn Marie Sugrue is doing her best to make it through a difficult summer. Her mother works long hours as a nurse, and Lynn suspects that her mother’s pill-popping boyfriend has enlisted her in his petty criminal enterprises. Lynn finds refuge in online flirtations, eventually meeting up with a troubled young soldier, Logan Loy, and inviting him home. When he’s forced to stay over in a storage space accessible through her closet, and the Army subsequently lists him as AWOL, she realizes that he’s the one thing in her life that she can control. Meanwhile, her mother’s boyfriend is on the receiving end of a series of increasingly violent threats, which places Lynn squarly in the cross-hairs.

That’s it for this Week. Happy Reading and see you next Time!


IMM #6 – In my Mailbox January, 22th 2012

I have a Premiere this week! I tried to make an IMM Video for this week. Even tho I was stuttering and talking nonsense all the way I’m still proud of myself that I did it!

So please be patient with me, I promise that I will practice and the Videos will get better in the Future :).

The Books I am Talking about in the Video:

The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Komm, süßer Tod by Wolf Haas
Complete Works of Edgar Allen Poe
Die göttliche Komödie (The Divine Comedy)  by Dante Alighieri
Feuer und Stein (Outlander) by Diana Gabaldon
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Der Junge im gestreiften Pyjama (The Boy in the striped Pyjamas) by John Boyne
Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf (May 8,2012)
Bloody Chester by Jt Petty & Hilary Florido (July 3, 2012)
Michael Recycle and the Tree Top Cops by Alexandra Colombo (March 20, 2012)
Change comes to Dinner by Katherine Gustafson (May 8, 2012)
The Unseen by Heather Graham (March 27, 2012)
Naomi and the Horse flavored T-shirt by Dan Boehl

IMM #5 – In my Mailbox January, 15th 2012

So this week I didn’t get any real books, even tho I so desperately wait for The Fault in our Stars by John Green. Sadly Amazon sent it out on January, 12th and I somehow have a feeling that it won’t be signed… but we will see. Maybe I get a yeti, noone knows.

Even tho I got no real books I got a few NetGalley Books and some of them are even ARCs! Woho!

Books I got at NetGalley:

Emerald City by Alicia K. Leppert

So this is one of my first ARCs. The funny thing is, that I got all of them the same day so I can’t even say which was the first one. In addition this is counting for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge.

Release Date: April 9th, 2012

Here is the Goodreads Summary:

Olivia’s sad, solitary life in Seattle comes dangerously close to ending one fateful night, if not for a neighbor saving her in the nick of time. Curious about her mysterious rescuer, she seeks him out in hope of getting some answers, but instead finds something she never thought she’d have again.

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher

This is the second ARC and I read already the first few pages and really liked it. Was looking forward to this one since I requested it and I’m excited that I got it. Thanks to Random House Children’s Books for sending it to me!

Release Date: May 8th, 2012

Goodreads Summary:

I’m Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn’t want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee’s parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of “The Unbearable Book Club,” CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren’t friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I’ll turn in when I go back to school.

Starters (Starters #1) by Lissa Price

This is another Book I got from Random House Children’s Books. I requested it because it sounds interesting and the Cover looks… scary :). This is also a YA Novel by a Debut Author so it counts for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge!

Release Date: March 13th, 2012

Goodreads Summary:

Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

Forgot to mention that all of these were E-Books for my Kindle. Looking forward to reading all of them. I’m still surprised that I got Books on NetGalley, somehow I thought I wouln’t (yet). I’m curious when I will receive my first actual Paper Copy of a Book or if ever. Looking forward to your IMMs and see you next Week!

IMM #4 – In my Mailbox January 8th, 2012

This week I didn’t really plan to get new books but had to return some to  the Library so I couldn’t resist to get some of my List I made for my Challenges. But only two of the Books are planned for Challenges, the other two ones I just took because I liked them when I saw them.

Books I got at the Library:

Die Frau des Zeitreisenden (The Time Traveller’s Wife) by Audrey Niffenegger

This is one of the Books I got on my List for the reading Challenges. I think it counts for at least 8 Reading Challenges. That’s a lot! The funny thing is, that I went to the Library to get it and when I stood in front of the shelf, looking for it and finally found it, I was like “Huh?” because it’s about half the size of “real” books. It’s like the child version of a book. Somehow that’s really cute but also a little strange. It is short in size  but big in length because it has more than 800 pages. (What qualifies it also for the Chunkster Challenges! YAY!). Most of you prolly have already read it (except me) but for these who haven’t heard of it yet, here is the Summary.

Goodreads Summary:

When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare’s attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it’s about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.

Blogging Queen  by Jutta Profijt

I am not sure what drew my Attention first. The Cover or the Title but when I saw it I knew I HAD to get it. Other than that I just realised that this is another book by a german author. I was sure, that this is an american book but it isn’t. This is one of the books that weren’t on my list but I am looking forward to reading this one.

Summary by me:

After Stewardess Lulu got an ear infection and couldn’t work in her Job anymore she started a Fashion blog that became a huge success. Soon she is one of the leading Trendsetters. Everything could be so nice wouldn’t suddenly the Police arrive at her doorstep…

Frankenstein by Mary W. Shelley

You might already have guessed, that this is another book on my List for the Challenges. And yes, this might be another book anyone except myself has already read. But now I have the chance to change that :). This is a brand new Book I might be the first one reading it. That’s so awesome. Looking forward to reading it.

Goodreads Summary:

Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein when she was only eighteen. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering ?the cause of generation and life? and ?bestowing animation upon lifeless matter,? Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature?s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.

Frankenstein, an instant bestseller and an important ancestor of both the horror and science fiction genres, not only tells a terrifying story, but also raises rofound, disturbing questions about the very nature of life and the place of humankind within the cosmos: What does it mean to be human? What responsibilities do we have to each other? How far can we go in tampering with Nature? In our age, filled with news of organ donation genetic engineering, and bio-terrorism, these questions are more relevant than ever.

All Souls Trilogy #1: Die Seelen der Nacht (All Soulss Trilogy #1: A Discovery of Witches) by Deborah Harkness

I first saw this book on the Facebook page of the Publisher of the German version of this Book. They are hosting a Givewaway to win an iPad with the special design of the Book cover (and I think the e-book on it) and when I saw the Cover I just thought “Wow! Isn’t that pretty!” and “Need pretty iPad!” So I signed up for the Giveaway which I’m still waiting for the winner to be picked. Wish me luck! In case you are german speaking, here is the Giveaway .(The rest of you can look at it and tell me if they like the iPad design as much as I do 🙂 )

When I was at the library this week I went to the new arrivals shelf like I always do since I found this shelf, I saw this book on it and didn’t even think for a second whether to take it or not, I just grabbed it :). Especially I had to read the first chapter of the book already to be able to answer the questions for the giveaway so I already know a little bit how it is and I think I will like it. Looking forward to reading this one.

Goodreads Summary:

A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together.

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

That’s all of my actual Books but not all for this week because the One-Free-Book-A-Day Promotion on Amazon ended on Friday so I got a few more free Books including a few more of the always free Classics. As this would become a really long IMM I will just post the Cover and the Title/author of these. Thinking about changing my IMM to a shorter version in general but not sure if you want me to do it. Would you rather want to read a Summary of the Books or not? Please tell me in the comments!

E-Books from Amazon:

The Classics:

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Little Women #1: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Freebies:

Die Schiller-Strategie: Die 33 Erfolgsgeheimnisse des Klassikers by Eva Wodarz-Eichner and Karsten Eichner

Böses Blut by Arne Dahl

Der verborgene Stern (Stars of Mithra #1: Hidden Star) by Nora Roberts

Heilige Scheiße: Wären wir ohne Religion besser dran? by Stefan Bonner and Anne Weiss

This is all of my E-Books of Amazon but I’m still not done. I just realised that I haven’t told you about the most exciting news of this week! Because I crossed off the first thing on my Goals for 2012 List. It’s the “Receive a Netgalley Book”. And I got not even one but two! Ok, both of them are already released but it’s still exciting! I got these two:

First Aid for Fairies by Lari Don

One more Summer by Liz Flaherty

That’s it for this week. See you next time and have a nice Day!

Goals for 2012

The New Year has begun and I can’t resist to set goals for the upcoming year. I know there are some people who tell me that this goals will be gone in a few weeks anyway but I think it is better to have a goal to work towards than to float in a dark mist. (Not that we all do that anyway *looks out of the window* at least until spring). So here are a few Blogging Goals I thought of:

  • Read at least 52 Books (one Book a Week)
  • Finish at least 75% of my Reading Challenges (this will be a tough one as I went totally crazy about the Challenges this year)
  • Write Reviews more regularly of at least 50% of the Books I read
  • Start putting Reviews on Goodreads
  • Be brave enough to start making Video-Reviews on Youtube
  • Reach 100 Subscribers
  • Get my first ARC/NetGalley Book or similar
  • Reach 100 Facebook Likes

That’s it for now. I think that will keep me busy already. If I can think of anything else later, I will update this post.

Maybe you want to tell me your goals? Or suggest anything for mine?

IMM #3 – In my Mailbox January 1st, 2012

Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you had a good start in 2012. I’m fully motivated to reach a lot of reading Challenges and Goals. I want to reach 50 Books read this year even tho 2012 will be a busy year as I will have to write my final paper at Uni. At least I should need to read a lot of books for that I guess :).

This week I didn’t won any Books and I didn’t get any from the Library (even tho I should have gone there and return books. D’oh!) But Amazon is offering one free E-Book every Day from Dezember 25th to January 6th so I got a few to feed my Kindle. A few of them I didn’t get because I wasn’t interested in them and the one of yesterday I sadly missed (and can’t even look up what it was!) So here are the E-Books I got this week:

Free E-Books I got at Amazon:

Linksaufsteher: Ein Montagsroman by Matthias Sachau

Another German-Only book. It’s about a Guy that has a bad Monday but meets a Girl he falls in Love with.

Spenser #39: Trügerisches Bild – Ein Auftrag für Spenser  (Spenser #38: Painted Ladies) by Robert B. Parker

I just realised, that this one is a very late part in a series. Not sure if I need to read all the others first? Another strange thing I just realised is that in German its #39 and in English #38?? Either this is an Error or there is one more in German than in English? Confusing.

Goodreads Summary:

Called upon by The Hammond Museum and renowned art scholar Dr. Ashton Prince, Spenser accepts his latest case: to provide protection during a ransom exchange-money for a stolen painting.

The case becomes personal when Spenser fails to protect his client and the valuable painting remains stolen. Convinced that Ashton Prince played a bigger role than just ransom delivery boy, Spenser enters into a daring game of cat-and-mouse with the thieves. But this is a game he might not come out of alive…

Harry Hole #8: Leopard (Harry Hole #8: The Leopard)  by Jo Nesbo

Another Book in a Series but at least “only” Book #8 instead of #39. I like the Cover of this one a lot. Too bad I only have the Kindle Edition of it :).

Summary by me:

Two young women are found murdered in Oslo, both drowned in their own blood. Media coverage quickly reaches fever pitch: Could this be the work of a serial killer?

The crime scenes offer no coherent clues, the police investigation is stalled, and the one man who might be able to help doesn’t want to be found. Traumatized by his last case, Inspector Harry Hole has lost himself in the squalor of Hong Kong’s opium dens. Yet when he is compelled, at last, to return to Norway—his father is dying—Harry’s buried instincts begin to take over. After a female MP is discovered brutally murdered, nothing can keep him from the investigation.

There is little to go on: a piece of rope, a scrap of wool, a bit of gravel, an unexpected connection between the victims. And Harry will soon come to understand that he is dealing with a psychopath for whom “insanity is a vital retreat,” someone who will put him to the test—in both his professional and personal lives—as never before.

Hunter #1: Vertraute Gefahr by Michelle Raven

Another German Author but finally the First one in a Series. Wohoo! Not sure if this one will be a good one beccause it sounds a bit boring. But I’m up for a surprise!

So, that’s it for this weeks IMM. Hope to see you next time again and looking forward to read your IMM Posts.