.. Bookish Pet Peeves

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I know we all have some .. things that drive us crazy about books. Here are some of mine:


Love Triangles or Instalove

Okay this probably makes me sound like I hate romance, but I find nothing more annoying than the main character being stuck in a love triangle or the falling instantly in love.

Movie Covers

DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH MY FAVOURITE BOOK! JUST DON’T! DON’T YOU DARE AND RUIN A PERFECT BOOK BY CHANGING TO THE MOVIE COVER! PLEASE NO!

Stickers … especially the really sticky ones

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Bookshelf Tour #10

The Martian

A mission to Mars.

A freak accident.

One man’s struggle to survive.

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet. (x)

I only picked this book up because one of my favourite musicians tweeted about it and said how amazing it was. Now I know he doesn’t read much so I had to check this book out. Now I haven’t read many Sci-Fi books. Okay I don’t think I’ve ever read a Sci-Fi book before..

But I’m so glad I picked this book up. It was incredibly well written. The characters were so realistic. And the story was well paced. All in all it was a perfect read for me.

Bookshelf Tour #9

Red Rising

“I live for the dream that my children will be born free,” she says. “That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them.”
“I live for you,” I say sadly.
Eo kisses my cheek. “Then you must live for more.”

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.
Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.
But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.
Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

Okay .. I might need to extend my book buying ban to catch up with my tbr-pile.

I saw this book in quite some YT videos and what they were saying about this book sounded absolutely amazing. Also I’m a sucker for a good Sci-Fi book. So of course I had to get myself a copy of this book. And ever since then it has been sitting on my bookshelf, silently judging me..

I know I say for almost every book I show you guys on my Bookshelf Tour but I really want to read this book this year.

Bookshelf Tour #8

Everything Everything

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster. (x)

I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Honestly I have no idea why I haven’t read this book earlier – and I’m quite mad at me for that. Anyway.. this book landed on my “to be read”-list only a few months ago. A close friend of mine had read it and told me about it.

What she told me about made it sound like a fun and good read. And it was all that and more. I’ve been in love with the characters from the first page on and connected with the story easily. I really really enjoyed it.


Have you read Everything Everything? What are your thoughts on it?

Happy Birthday I guess? // Meet the Blogger

A few days ago – on the 21st March to be exact – I got a message from WordPress: Happy Anniversary. I can’t believe it’s already a year since I created my blog and joined the wonderful Blogosphere. So for this special occasion I thought I’d do something different.

Meet The Blogger

Have you ever..

ditched school to do something more fun? Only once and I was 21 at that time. So rebellious *cough cough* Did I feel bad skipping class? Yes. Was I paranoid that someone would catch me? All day.. Do I regret it? No, because I went to a concert of one of my favourite bands with a close friend of mine

gotten a tattoo? Not yet. But I have this short list of tattoos I want to get done and where I want them and I’m totally getting them. Not yet, but definitely some time in my future.

drank? Well, I do go out for drinks occasionally with friends. More like rarely because that happens maybe every 2-3 months. But when I am out I never overdo it, I will be tipsy and laugh at everything – literally everything – but that’s it.

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Jan/Feb Wrap-Up

And as always I’m a little late but here are the few books I managed to read these past months.

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My January Reads

  • Der Club der toten Monster / Monster Hunter Vendetta (Monster Hunter International #2) – Larry Correia

Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old One’s invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.
The Condition is led by a fanatical necromancer known as the Shadow Man. The government wants to capture the Shadow Man and has assigned the enigmatic Agent Franks to be Owen’s full time bodyguard, which is a polite way of saying that Owen is monster bait.
With supernatural assassins targeting his family, a spy in their midst, and horrific beasties lurking around every corner, Owen and the staff of Monster Hunter International don’t need to go hunting, because this time the monsters are hunting them. Fortunately, this bait is armed and very dangerous . . . (x)

Rating: ★★★★
  • Das Regenbogenschwert / Blue Moon Rising (Forest Kingdom #1) – Simon R. Green

Rupert didn’t especially want to be a prince. And he certainly never asked to be the second son of a royal line that really didn’t need a spare. So he was sent out to slay a dragon and prove himself-a quest straight out of legend. But he also discovered the kinds of things legends tend to leave out, as well as the usual demons, goblins, the dreaded Night Witch-and even worse terrors hidden in the shadows of Darkwood.
Rupert did find a fiery dragon-and a beautiful princess to rescue. But the dragon turned out to be a better friend than anyone back at the castle, and with the evil of Darkwood spreading, Rupert was going to need all the friends he could get. (x)

Rating: ★★
  • Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1) – Jay Kristoff

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.
Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.
Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.
Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge? (x)

Rating: ★★★★

My February Reads

  • Caraval (Caraval #1) – Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . .

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.
But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.
Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever. (x)

Rating: ★★★★
  • Jackaby (Jackaby #1) – William Ritter

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny. (x)

Rating: ★★★★★