Monthly Archives: February 2012

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Challenge #3

What? It’s the last Challenge already? AWW 😦 I could have done that a while longer.

So in this Challenge we have to talk about our Book Blogging experience so far. So this is my Story (This sounds like the introduction to some kind of reality-tv show).

Starting my own blog was actually a new Years Resolution. Who would have thought that I would stick to it, at least not me! I have tried some stuff like this before but never sticked to it. So when I set up my wordpress blog I really wanted to make it this time. This was already at New Year 2009/10 so pretty long ago. Back then this wasn’t a Book Blog.

When I started, I wasn’t really sure about the direction I wanted to go. First I planned to do a blog about Fashion and Geekness. It then became more of a personal blog where I challenged myself or talked about my everyday life. After some time I found the Bookblogger Community and really liked it a lot so last year at New Year (do you have some kind of déjà vu? I do!) I decided to change the Blog to a Book Blog.

I then participated in the Bloggiesta, it’s an event mainly for Book Bloggers but also for others. It was a whole weekend filled with mini-challenges and stuff to improve your Blog. During this weekend I made the switch to the blog how it is today (more or less). But shortly after that… I kind of stopped doing Posts on my blog. I don’t really know why tho. I have a feeling that I might have put myself under too much pressure. I thought of “having to do” stuff constantly and my perfectionism got in the way. I didn’t abandon my blog totally tho because at least I was constantly updating my Reading Challenges and my List of Books I read.

So in December 2011 finally I decided to give it another go. But this time I decided to start slow. I decided to start just with one IMM post every sunday and if this became a habit I would try to add something else to it. So far it works out pretty well, I did not miss one week so far. One reason, that this time it seems to work out better is, that this time I somehow managed to get people to read my blog. Not a lot yet but slow and steady. Also I got introduced to NetGalley this time of the year which gave me a huge boost too. Also connecting through Goodreads did that, which I think I joined a little earlier already but slowly start to get into too.

What is still my biggest obstical is writing Reviews. If you look at my Blog closely you will see that I wrote only about 3 reviews or so. That’s not a lot. I have no idea why I am having such a hard time on doing them. Maybe the perfectionism again. But I promised myself to do it slow this time so I will see. Also I personally don’t like to read Reviews the most. I more like stuff like In my Mailbox or something like that. Another thing I have no idea where this comes from.

Lately I also started doing Videos on youtube because I wanted to try it and because I love watching them myself (not my own, the ones of others 🙂 ). I am just having a hard time with my Laptop at the moment, it keeps overheating. But I really want to go on with this as this is fun and there are so many Booktubers I adore!

So yes, that’s my story how I got into Bookblogging. I didn’t think this would become such a long wall of text. Thank you for reading that far.

Sending Love-A-thon Love to all of you!

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini Challenge #2

The second Mini-Challenge vor the Love-A-Thon just came online and I am jumping right in. This time we “have to” talk about a few Bloggers that are kind of newly found gems for us. So let’s get started:

1. The Book Garden: I can’t really remember how I found her Blog but what I found on it was a post where she was looking for Bloggers from her area which happens to be my area. And as our area is german speaking it is pretty hard to find bloggers that write in english just like us. So it was kind of exciting to find each other. She also hosts a few Reading Challenges I am trying to do.

2. Reading Angel: I absolutely ADORE the design of her Blog. Also she is hosting one of the YA Reading Challenges that I signed up for.

3. Martina Bookaholic: She is the one where I first saw how a bilingual Blog could look like. Also she is hosting an awesome Book vs. Movie Challenge.

4. Englishrosec: This Blog is not only new to me it is brand new in general. And I was around from the first minute… or even before. Because I am the reason why the blog exists. Ok, maybe not only, but I kind of “forced” her to start the blog by just talking about my own constantly. LOL.

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon: Mini-Challenge #1

So the first Mini-Challenge for the Love-A-Thon is to write a Love letter to the Book Bloggers who made you want to start Bookblogging. So here I go, trying my best.

Dear Story Siren and Reading with Tequila!

Story Siren, you amazed me with your blog the second I saw it. I was simply blown away. You had so many awesome books and the best MEME I found so far and I felt at home on your blog. (Omg this is going to be cheesier than I thought 😀 )

Reading with Tequila, you introduced me to Reading Challenges and the Progress Bars for these Challenges. So you are one of the reasons why I am addicted to Reading Challenges now :).

I am really glad, that I found both of your Blogs and the Youtube Channel of one of you (Story Siren).

greetings,

Daisy Chain

Book Blogger Love-A-Thon

So I decided to participate in the Book Blogger Love-A-Thon hosted by Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands.

As I am always confused with time zones I am not entirely sure how much I missed already but hopefully not a lot. So I am jumping in now and looking forward to the experience!

 

IMM #9 – In my Mailbox February, 12th 2012

This Week I have another Video for you. And as my Laptop is still hating me I had to sit in front of the open Window (at about -10° C) to edit this Video.

I hope it was worth it :).

The Books I am Talking about in the Video:

Looking for Alaska (Eine wie Alaska) by John Green
Love and other four-letter Words (Ein Sommer in New York) by Carolyn Mackler
Going Bovine (Ohne. Ende. Leben)  by Libba Bray
House of Night #3: Chosen by P.C. and Kristen Cast
Riley #2: Shimmer by Alyson Noel
Starcrossed  by Josephine Angelini
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Dark Magic by James Swain (May 22, 2012)
Unbreak my Heart by Melissa Walker (May 22, 2012)
A Girlfriend’s Guide to Boys #1: Putting boys on the Ledge by Stephanie Rowe
Gift by Andrea J. Buchanan
Sew Iconic by Liz Gregory
By Invitation only by Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson
Click Millionaires by Scott Fox

IMM #8 – In my Mailbox February, 5th 2012

Again no pyhsical Copies this week so another week in written words other than video.

I recorded a different Video a few days ago but I’m having technical difficulties so it is not ready to be uploaded yet, unfortunately.

This week I got some more Books at NetGalley (I start thinking about giving myself a NetGalley Ban or something like this. I think I’m going a little overboard with this 🙂 )

Books I got at NetGalley:

The Last Song by Eva Wiseman

Publisher: Tundra Books

Release Date: April 10th, 2012

Here is the Goodreads Summary:

Spain had been one of the world’s most tolerant societies for eight hundred years, but that way of life was wiped out by the Inquisition. Isabel’s family feels safe from the terrors, torture, and burnings. After all, her father is a respected physician in the court of Ferdinand and Isabella. Isabel was raised as a Catholic and doesn’t know that her family’s Jewish roots may be a death sentence. When her father is arrested by Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor, she makes a desperate plan to save his life – and her own.

The Understory CoverThe Understory by Elisabeth Leiknes

Publisher: Bankroft Press

Release Date: June 1st, 2012

I couldn’t find the Cover in a descent size. It is prolly not even oficially released yet. Got one from the Publisher who kindly contacted me for that!

NetGalley Summary

Story Easton knows the first line of every book, but never the last.

She never cries, but she fakes it beautifully.

And at night, she escapes from the failure of her own life by breaking into the homes of others, and feeling, for a short while, like a different, better person.

But one night, as an uninvited guest in someone’s empty room, she discovers a story sadder than her own: a boy named Cooper Payne, whose dream of visiting the Amazon rainforest and discovering the moonflower from his favorite book, Once Upon a Moonflower, died alongside his father.

For reasons even she doesn’t entirely understand, Story decides that she will help Cooper and his mother. She will make his dream come true.

When the decision is made, the lives of other broken people start to come together: Hans Turner, the door-making magician who can’t shut the door on his past; Martin Baxter, the author of Cooper’s beloved book, who wrote it with the daughter he misses every day; and Claire Payne, Cooper’s mother, struggling to keep her son sheltered from the anger that threatens to consume her.

The Understory is a magical, moving, funny, and poignant story of failure and success; of falling apart and rebuilding; and of coincidences that never really are. Part comedy, part drama, and part fairy tale, Elizabeth Leiknes’s second novel is a wonder you won’t soon forget.

The last Condo Board of the Apocalypse CoverThe Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse  by Nina Post

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Release Date: February 29th, 2012

I love Urban Fantasy so it wasn’t in question if I wanted to read this Book. Also it sounds funny.

Goodreads Summary

When hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters take over a highrise condo building, a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter must team up with an unlikely group of allies to prevent the apocalypse.

Kelly Driscoll tracks down monsters for a living, but the job isn’t what it used to be. Vampire hunters are the new big thing, but Kelly doesn’t swing that way. When a reclusive client hires her to locate a rival angel, Kelly’s search takes her to a downtown highrise that has become home to hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters.

As the fallen angels take over the condo board, argue over who’s handling pizza delivery, and begin planning for a little shindig otherwise known as the apocalypse, Kelly must team up with an unlikely group of allies to find her target and keep the fallen angels at bay. In the process, she befriends a reluctant Angel of Destruction, gets tips from a persistent ferret, uncovers the mysteries behind Pothole City’s hottest snack food empire, and tries to prevent the end of the world.


Dreg City #4: Wrong Side of Dead CoverDreg City #4: Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Release Date: January 31st, 2012

Right after I was accepted for this Book I figured out that this is already Part 4 in a Series. So if I’m not able to get the first 3 I most likely won’t read this one. It’s a little sad as this looks like something I would enjoy.

Goodreads Summary:

Monster hunter Evangeline Stone woke up on the wrong side of dead this morning—and now there’s hell to pay.

Barely recovered from her extended torture at the hands of mad scientist Walter Thackery, Evy can use a break. What she gets instead is a war, as the battered Triads that keep Dreg City safe find themselves under attack by half-Blood vampires who have somehow retained their reason, making them twice as lethal. Worse, the Halfies are joined by a breed of were-creature long believed extinct—back and more dangerous than ever. Meanwhile, Evy’s attempts at reconciliation with the man she loves take a hit after Wyatt is viciously assaulted—an attack traced to Thackery, who has not given up his quest to exterminate all vampires . . . even if he has to destroy Dreg City to do it. With Wyatt’s time running out, another threat emerges from the shadows and a staggering betrayal shatters the fragile alliance between the Triads, vampires, and shapeshifters, turning Evy’s world upside down forever.


The Youngbloods #2: Dead of Night CoverThe Youngbloods #2: Dead of Night by Lynn Viehl

Publisher: Flux Books

Release Date: July 8th, 2012

And the same thing happened again with this Book. I realised that it was Part 2 after I got it. *sigh* But at least there is just one Book before this one so chances are a lot higher to get it. It looks really good so I really would like to read it.

Goodreads Summary

True love . . . and an undying obsession

Catlyn Youngblood has a secret life. Despite being a natural-born vampire hunter like her two older brothers, Cat has fallen for Jesse–an ageless boy from a centuries-old vampire clan.

Cat’s job cataloguing rare, mystical texts at a bookstore allows her to meet with Jesse alone every evening. But when girls who look disturbingly similar to Cat start disappearing from town, Cat and Jesse discover frightening clues to their whereabouts within the book collection. Together, they must stop a crazed man from realizing his dark scheme– one that would claim Cat’s life.

The Good Father CoverThe Good Father by Diane Chamberlain

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: April 24th, 2012

NetGalley Summary

A beloved daughter. A devastating choice. And now there’s no going back.

Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown made a choice: to raise his newborn daughter on his own. While most of his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home, changing diapers and worrying about keeping food on the table. But he’s never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life. The reason behind every move he makes. And so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he’s worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble….

Then a miracle. A job in Raleigh has the power to turn their fortunes around. It has to. But when Travis arrives in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.

With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter’s sake.

Even if it means he might lose her.

Download Drama CoverDownload Drama by Celeste O. Norfleet

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: April 24th, 2012

NetGalley Summary:

Instant fame. Instant drama.

Some people stand back when problems crop up. Kenisha Lewis steps up. And there’s a lot that needs fixing, from her family’s money worries to the run-down dance studio where she works part-time.

When the promo she makes for a dance studio fundraiser goes viral, Kenisha can’t believe the response. Who’d have guessed she’d become the latest YouTube sensation—or be asked to star in a video with rapper Taj? And now, Taj wants Kenisha to become her protégée, promising money and fame. Problems solved, right? Not quite. Her
exciting new career is taking time away from school, family, friends, and her boyfriend Terrence.… Kenisha is sure she’s this close to having what she’s always wanted. But how much is she willing to give up to get it?

Gallagher Girls #1: I'd tell you I love you but then I'd have to kill you CoverGallagher Girls #1: I’d tell you I love you but then I’d have to kill you by Ally Carter

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Release Date: April 28th, 2006

So this one is actually an older Book but it was put on NetGalley to be read by anyone to celebrate the newest Book in the Series. And as I heard good things about this and it sounds really nice I am looking forward to this one.

Goodreads Summary

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.

Shayla Witherwood: A Half Faerie-Tale CoverShayla Witherwood: A Half Faerie-Tale by Tamra Torero

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Release Date: May 8th, 2012

NetGalley Summary:

A brief moment of disappointment washed over me as I approached Jace’s lifeless body. Here I was, about to kiss a boy on the lips for the very first time, and he was completely comatose—possibly paralyzed—and would never even know or remember the experience. This was not how I’d envisioned my first kiss—me invisible, him unconscious.

Shayla Witherwood is not exactly normal. First of all, she’s spent her entire life being homeschooled, traveling in an RV around the country with her grandparents. And second, there’s the kind of inescapable fact that her mom was a genuine faerie.

But now that she’s starting a real life in a regular high school, Shayla desperately needs to stay out of trouble in both worlds because even her faerie powers might not be enough to protect her from what’s coming.

In her latest novel, Tamra Torero spins a magical tale filled with laugh-out-loud sarcasm, surprising twists, and spell-binding romance. Perfect for fairytale fans of all ages, this is one story you won’t want to miss!

Talisman of El CoverTalisman of El by Alecia Stone

Publisher: Centrinian Publishing

Release Date: May 20th, 2012

This Book sounds (and looks) REALLY good! Looking forward to this one!

Goodreads Summary:

One Planet.

Two Worlds.

Population: Human … 7 billion.
Others … unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He’s afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him … because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago – the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn’t know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn’t belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

I’m nearly done, I promise! Other than this huge load of NetGalley Books I also got a few Free Books for my Kindle on Amazon:

Das Geheimnis von Askir #1: Das erste Horn CoverDas Geheimnis von Askir #1: Das erste Horn by Richard Schwartz

This one is available on Amazon for Free at the moment but this is just a Promotion so it might end soon.

But maybe it’s still available for all the German speaking people here. (No English Version, I’m sorry) The Amazon Link: Das Erste Horn.

Luxus #1 CoverLuxus #1  by Judith Park

I got my first (free) Manga for my Kindle *squeee*. And it’s even by someone I wanted to read for a while anyway. So excited.

This is again German only and for the Moment still available for free. Here is  the Amazon Link:

Luxus by Judith Park.

The Last Book is also German only but not available for free anymore. It doesn’t look THAT interesting anyway but as it was free I thought I might give it a try. It is:

Mein Schutzengel war immer da: Das Leben des Bernd Ehm by Bernd Ehm

Oh my gosh. This became a really long IMM this week. I am really sorry for that. I didn’t think it would be THAT long. But thank you for reading this far. I would love to hear what you got this week. Have a nice Week of Reading and see you next time!