Wrap-up: July

Another month has passed. Here I am to outline what has happened on my blog in July.

Memes and discussions

Things that need to stop – or at least decrease in appearance

Top Ten Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday


Books I read and/or reviewed

    • Shattered (ARC) Review
    • Truth be told: Adam becomes Audrey (ARC) Review
    • Inspirational Picture Quotes about Happiness (ARC) Review
    • Days of Blood and Starlight (gift)
    • Dark Glass (ARC) Review
    • The Bone Orchard (bought) Review
    • Inspirational Picture Quotes about Habits (ARC) Review
    • A story of now (ARC) Review
    • The darkest minds (bought) Review
    • A tale of two daddies (ARC) Review
    • A tale of two mommies (ARC) Review
    • To love a traitor (ARC)
    • The Shepherd and the Solicitor (ARC)
    • Never fade (bought) Review
    • Maybe we’re all ghosts too (bought) Review
    • Her stepbrothers’ demands (ARC) Review
    • What he left behind (ARC) Review
    • After Dark (ARC) Review
    • Corporal Domination (ARC) Review
    • Taming me (ARC) Review
    • Lucky Linus (ARC) Review
    • Insider (ARC) Review
    • Risk it all (ARC) Review
    • Not my boyfriend (ARC)
    • Cherry Blossom Baseball (ARC)

Books I bought

  • The darkest minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
  • In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken
  • Soulbound by Heather Brewer
  • Boundless by Cynthia Hand

Book Haul: Better World Books

I have blogged about Better World Books before. I got my package on saturday, so nearly a month after ordering the books. This may seem long, but keep the following things in mind: USA to Germany, I had no shipping costs and the german post offices went on a rather long strike.

WP_20150727_10_26_04_ProThey are in used condition, but you don’t really see it. Both books are wrapped in an extra book cover. Since it’s see through you can’t see it on the photo, but it is there! I think I’ll keep this protective sleeve… and I wish new books were wrapped in it as well.

I ordered this little gimmick as well, since it’s for free. I plan to use it as a bookmark… hopefully I won’t lose it. WP_20150727_10_26_16_Pro

I think I should maybe make a list with books I want to read this month… there are so many on my shelf I haven’t read yet. And don’t ask me after my Kindle, there are hundreds on it.

Teasing: Cherry Blossom Baseball

This week’s teaser is brought to us by Jennifer Maruno’s Cherry Blossom Baseball. It’ll be published on December, 7th, so I got a really early ARC of it.

Michiko bit her bottom lip and then said, “If I write to you, will you write back?”

“I guess,” Clarence said, pulling his cap down over his eyes. ~ pos 338

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Review: Risk it all by Megan Derr

Risk it allDescription: Kipling doesn’t regret murdering his Alpha. Anything is better than continuing to live as a roughskin, subjected to brutal pit fights and abuse day after day. But constantly running for his life, always looking over his shoulder, and having nowhere to call home isn’t much better.

When he finds an abandoned cabin in the mountains, it seems the ideal place to hide until his pack gives up the search. All he needs is supplies, and a quick trip into town should take care of that. Instead of supplies, however, he encounters Tori, who seems like everything Kipling has ever wanted—and far too good to be true.

And if Tori’s not a trap then he, and his beautiful dragons, are just one more obstacle to be taken down by Kipling’s pack.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: I love the colours and after reading this novella, it makes sense, too!

Review: I haven’t read anything by Megan Derr before (why?!), so I knew nothing about this series’ universe. And I didn’t have to in order to understand. The important things get explained, but not in too much detail. Overall I really enjoyed the writing style.

I liked all the characters, the relationships are really interesting and I have to say it: Dragons! I’ve never read anything with shifter-Dragons before…

Even though it’s a short book, a lot is happening in it. Sadly the ending was kind of anti-climatic in my eyes.


I was provided by NetGalley with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Three bad reading habits

discussion I am currently trying to get rid of one of mine, so I decided to blog about it.

There are habits, which are rather cute. I am sure we have all seen someone, who is so into a book, that they have no control over they face? I really love seeing this.

Then there are people, who lick their fingers before turning a page. I really don’t love seeing this. It’s one of the worst things to me. If your hands are dry, please use hand creme. I had a teacher, who always licked his finger before handing out papers and I swear could smell his breath on the paper….

But enough about this, let me tell you about my habits while reading.

1. Losing my bookmarks

This is a serious problem for me. I have lost so many beautiful bookmarks, I could cry. I remember one clearly. I bought it when I was in Vienna on a trip with my advanced course for history. There is the Hunderwasserhaus in Vienna? So of course I bought a Hundertwasser-Bookmark. There was a quote on it…. which I can’t remember. So much for “I remember one clearly”.

I am now using little snips of paper. Those I can lose all I want. But pretty they are not. Although I have read of magnetic bookmarks. Maybe I should invest in those… thoughts?

2. Pulling on my lips

This is the one I want to get rid of. Losing bookmarks is not nice but oh well. But this? It hurts. My lips are dry enough without me constantly irritating them.

The thing is, I just can’t stop it! If something makes me think or it’s really exciting, I pull on my lips or rub on them.

3. Forgetting where I am

I have lost count how often I was engrossed in a book and missed my bus or train stop. Now, if it’s in my town it isn’t a big problem but in a long-distance train? That wouldn’t be fun at all!

I remember one occurrence when I was on my way home from University. I missed my train so I sat down and read a little. And missed the next train and the one after that! I haven’t heard the announcement or the train pulling in… I don’t know how.

Do you have reading habits? And if so, do you like them or do you want to get rid of them (if you could)?

Review: Insider by Olivia Cunning

InsiderDescription: Toni wants to be an insider. Logan just wants inside her.

She’s finally ready to rock…
Toni Nichols set aside her dreams to raise her little sister, but now she’s reaching for the stars as the creator of a revolutionary interactive biography about Exodus End. She’s on tour with the rock band to immerse herself in their world, but how will she ever gain the trust of four veteran superstars who’ve been burned by the media before? Nobody said this was going to be easy. Then again, good things can come in hard packages.

He’s always ready to roll…
Adrenaline junkie Logan Schmidt lives for the rush of playing his bass guitar before thousands of screaming fans. When he’s not performing onstage or in the bedroom, he’s looking for his next thrill in extreme sports. So why does a sweet, innocent journalist get his heart pumping and capture his full attention? Is Toni the real deal or just digging up dirt on his band? Logan’s eager to rock Toni’s world and roll her in the sack, but when she starts to get too close to his heart, she takes her insider look to a place he may never be willing to go.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: Sooo gorgeous

Review: A romance book about metal musicians? I just had to read it. I have no regrets.

Of course there wasn’t anything new in this book (especially the naive ‘I’m not pretty’ heroine). But I still liked all the characters, who were very different from each other and I was amused through the whole book; exactly what I wanted. I’m really interested in the stories of the other band members, too (especially Reagan with her men). The sex scenes… Very different from each other as well, very playful, very hot.

So, why didn’t I give 5 stars? There were a few things, which bothered me. Of course Insta-love. Why, oh why? Then there was slut talk (mostly Toni about herself – and not in the kinky way). The obsession with her big breasts got on my nerve, too. Sorry. And a ‘pussy’ can do way more than just throb. Still I really enjoyed reading Toni and Logan’s story.

If you want to feel like you’re going on tour with a hot band… this is the book for you!


I was provided by NetGalley with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated by the lovely Kerry of Kerryberrybooks. Thank you!

The wonderful Marina of Book Poisoining nominated me as well. Thank you!

And last minute nomination by the fantastic Literary Counsellor. Thank you!


The Rules

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award
  2. Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself
  4. Nominate eleven bloggers that you think are deserving of the award (with less than 200 followers)
  5. Let the bloggers know you have nominated them
  6. Give them eleven questions to answer

Kerry’s questions

1. Best book you’ve read so far this year? I can’t decide… there were a lot of good books. Maybe The Darkest Minds?

2. Favourite place to read? My couch! I can support my neck while laying on my side, so I can read for hours at a time.

3. How do you spend your days off? So… not really different than other days? I am studying at home, so I can plan my day like I want to. My usual day is filled with some reading for fun, some for University, studying, a little blogging, chatting with my girlfriend and maybe watching TV. Interesting, right?

4. If you could spend one week anywhere in the world (all expenses paid) where would you go? Hmmm… usually I’d say something like somewhere in the Caribbean, but a few years ago I’ve been there and while it was really beautiful, I’d like to see something new. Japan. I want to visit Japan. If I could I’d want to travel through it… see everything. (Impossible in one week)

5. On a typical day, what do you eat for breakfast? Cereal! Usually with yoghurt and some fruit.

6. Book that you would like to see turned into a film? Ehhh… okay, how about In the company of shadows? Dystopian, diverse, really interesting and… well…. explicit?

7. Do you cook? If so, what is your signature dish? I cook a little. I want to learn to be better. One of my best and most loved dishes is a simple one. Noddles and tomato sauce (had it for dinner yesterday and the leftovers I’ll eat after writing this post)

8. What part of blogging do you enjoy the most? The ‘discussions’ I think. Talking with other bloggers and learn what they think.

9. Most prized possession? I don’t think, that I have one? That’s kinda sad, isn’t it?

10. What would you do if you won the lottery? Buy all my loved ones something nice. Travel. Buy the things I always wanted but didn’t have the money for. Save a lot of it.

Marina’s questions

1. Which fictional character do you wish were real ? … (hours later) How am I supposed to chose?! Okay, let’s go with Rincewind? I think he would like a normal life.

2. What is the longest book you’ve ever read ? I think A Storm Of Swords.

3. Any book you wish you could reread for the first time ? No. I like rereading books and noticing things I haven’t noticed before.

4. What’s your favourite things about blogging ? Connecting with other bloggers (and sometimes authors, although I am kinda ‘afraid’ of them)

5. If you could live inside a book, which one would it be ? I wouldn’t survive in the books I really like, honestly. But maybe in Raymond Feist’s Midkemia Series? There are so many things happening, so many different peoples…

6. Which author would you most like to meet ? I would be so excited, I wouldn’t know any english anymore, so I should choose a german author. Sebastian Fitzek. I love his books and I even saw one as a theatre play.

7. If you could have any of your questions about a book answered, what would it be ? (ex : what happens to Gale after Mockingjay ? etc) Let’s take a book I have read this month: About a girl. What was going on with Shane?!

8. Which book do you have no intention of reading ? 50 shades of grey.  And because that is a book a lot of people may name, I’ll give another one as well. The fault in our stars.

9. Are you more Amazon or your local bookstore ? Amazon all the way. I love shopping in an actual bookstore, but I don’t have enough time for that.

10. Which character’s death was just too real to handle ? Sirius. I cried… and then I was so hopeful because of the mirror thingy? And then… tears again.  Poor Harry.

11. If you could have a bookish-themed wedding, what theme would you choose ? Lord of the rings. Just because.

Literary Counsellor’s questions

1. What made you want to start blogging? After a suggestion I read a lot of blogs and it seemed so much fun… I wanted to do it too.

2. What was your favourite book as a child? Peter and Anneli’s Journey to the moon!

3. If you could recommend only one book for me to read, what would it be? Error… error… error… After throwing a dice, the winner is Cracked.

4. What and where is your favourite book store, and why? It’s a chain called Mayersche. the one I know is in cologne and it is sooo big. A lot of comfy sitting places, so many books, really nice sellers.

5. What hobbies do you have other than reading? Watching tv. I try to knit a little…

6. If you could have one magical/ mythical animal as a pet, what would it be? A pet dragon. One that could change its size so I could take it everywhere with me.

7. How do you decide if you want to read a book or not? The final decision is made after reading a sample of said book.

8. You inherited a bookstore (Congratulations!) but you have to change the name. What do you call it? I’d use my blog name: Books to get lost in.

9. What was your least favourite book to read in school and why? The confusions of Young Törless. The language… urgh. The characters… urgh… oh, the boredom. Do you wanna know a secret? I didn’t finish it. Same with Effi Briest, which is a close second. I just couldn’t identify with the books. At all.

10. If you could visit Hogwarts (the fictional version) or Narnia, but not both, which would you choose and why? So, next ‘secret’: I have never read or watched Narnia. I don’t know anything about it. So I choose Hogwarts. I grew up with the Harry Potter books and I would like to travel through the magical world, see the different cultures… okay, I would totally study the differences.

Random Facts

  1. I’m really forgetful.
  2. I often get lost for a little time.
  3. I’ve got social anxiety.
  4. I try to become more organized.
  5. I’ve got really, REALLY loud neighbours.
  6. I’ve been bitten by a bumblebee and now I am afraid of them.
  7. I always need something on my lap, like a pillow or a bag.
  8. I drink often drink straight out of a bottle instead of using a glass.
  9. I once put so many books on my shelf that it broke a little
  10. I’ve been composing this list for the last 20 minutes
  11. I wanted every sentence to begin with I. It was harder than I thought it would be.

The nominees

I’m working this time with pingbacks because the last time wordpress deleted or whatever the comments I made for informing people.

To the nominees: I really like your blogs and more people should follow you!

My questions

  1. Think back: Your favourite book as a child?
  2. Which fictional character would you like as a brother? As a sister?
  3. If your life would be a book… which genre would it be?
  4. What is your biggest pet peeve in books?
  5. What is your favourite book turned into movie/tv series?
  6. What is the worst book turned into movie/tv series?
  7. Which was the last book that made you lose sleep because you read way too long into the night?
  8. Have you ever dreamed about a book?
  9. Who is your favourite side character?
  10. Who is your favourite villain?
  11. Which book has to be published right now because you can’t take the wait any longer?

Review: Lucky Linus by Gene Gant

Lucky LinusDescription: Is the possibility of fulfilling your heart’s desire worth the risk of breaking it? Fourteen-year-old Linus Lightman is understandably reluctant to trust his newest foster family, the Nelsons, after he’s bounced through the system since being being taken from his neglectful mother. He’s certain they will reject him when they find out he’s gay, and getting to know them will only lead to hurt later. Trying to cope, he builds a friendship with Kevin Mapleton, and it quickly grows into romance, despite Linus’s fears. Then a video of Linus and Kevin having sex is posted online, and Linus knows from past experience exactly what’s going to happen. This sort of scandal will cost him his new home and Kevin’s love, snatching away his fragile hopes of belonging.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Cover: It’s a really powerful image, I’d say.

Review: This is a book, which deals with child abuse. But instead of going into detail about the horrible things, that Linus had to endure, it focuses on his present and future.

While reading I felt really bad for the main character at times. And then his hope and delight got through to me and I had no choice but to share his thrill about his first love, share his fear of discovery.

Lucky Linus is a fast, emotional read with a rather sudden but nonetheless satisfying end.

Trigger warning: (sexual) abuse, homophobia, bullying


I was provided by NetGalley with a free ARC in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

Taming me by Alexandrea Weis

taming meDescription: Lexie Palmer is a writer in search of the perfect story.
When a case of mistaken identity introduces her to the charismatic dominant, Garrett Hughes, she discovers her salvation. In hopes of penning an accurate portrayal of the BDSM lifestyle, Garrett agrees to educate Lexie.
She eagerly places herself in Garret’s capable hands, but what starts out as just business with the sexy Mr. Hughes takes a turn toward the unexpected.
Soon, Lexie becomes immersed in his world, and finds Garret taking control of her life. Her experiences with Garrett may be providing wonderful material for her book, but how far is she willing to go to for her story?
Lexie Palmer is about to get a lesson in submission that she will never forget.

Rating: 1/5 Stars

Cover: It wasn’t the reason this book got chosen by me, although I love the red ribbon

Review: I found this book to be a little confusing and conflicting. Why present Lexie as a dom if you aren’t following through with it? Why say people are either this or that and then promptly say they can be made to switch?

Lexie’s ‘dom’ told her about safe, sane, consensual. And then it was promptly forgotten and everything became rather rapey. Having a scene with someone who had a fever the same day? A scene under alcoholic influence?

Apart from that I felt no connection between Lexie and Garret. Lexie was a rather interesting character to me at first and I would have loved if she stood her ground. The way she developed I didn’t understand one bit. And everything was happening in 20 days, folks.

Garret… gave me the creeps. Seriously. And he is really stereotype-y as well. If I would have been Lexie, I would have run screaming. Maybe see if I can find a sub for my own. That would have been something I would have loved to read.

The other characters were rather disposable. All the doms were men, a lot ot the time older men, the subs were female and every one of them slender or petite.


I got provided with an ARC of this book by NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.

Review: Corporal domination by Cassandre Dayne

Corporal dominationDescription: Dominating a powerful man isn’t easy…

Sometimes corporal punishment is needed

Kade Thompson was sick and tired of working sixty plus hour weeks. After all he was only an accountant, not a surgeon. For many he was considered powerful and a sought after catch, yet he hadn’t obtained all he hungered for. However, earning a six-figure income had allowed him to indulge in his every desire, including toys and rather kinky bouts of sin. He also enjoyed an on again off again push and shove relationship with his boss, Trevor Willis. While the sex was passionate, he craved being dominated by the six foot six God and Trevor didn’t seem interested. Tired of playing games, he was ready to break off their relationship until an invitation to meet for a drink at The Peeping Hole, a mysterious and very exclusive club, had him more than curious.

When he found out the club offered every aspect of kink, he was breathless with excitement. As Kade waited for Trevor’s arrival, he was given an offer he couldn’t refuse and one that might sate his every craving – if he would submit to the man behind the mask. Unfortunately what went on behind the hallowed doors was required to stay behind them. But could they keep up their end of the bargain and one forged in a touch of black magic? Only Alexander knows. Ssshhh… No peeping.

I am Alexander – a teacher, a scoundrel, a voyeur and a true entrepreneur. In my world there’s little left to the imagination. That is if you dare to taste what only I can offer. Welcome to The Peeping Hole, where every fantasy you’ve ever desired will come true. Leave your inhibitions at the door and join us. But you must remember, whatever happens here stays here and trust me, I will know…

Rating: 3/5 stars

Cover: You see what you’ll get.

Review: I have read and reviewed another book by this author before, which I didn’t like. But I gave Cassandre Dayne another chance.

So corporal domination wasn’t as bad as I feared it would be. There is the overuse of the words hunk and chuckle/chuckling, but oh well.

I liked how you get to know the characters, even though it isn’t a long book. Both men are inexperienced in the matters of bdsm and instead of jumping straight in, they get professional help. I liked that as well.

The way the training was shown I didn’t like so much. I missed the scene discussion, but at least there was consent talk. It felt a little rushed, too. The training, I mean. I would have liked if there was more anticipation.

I thought there would be more of Alexander, but apparently this wasn’t his story.

There is just this thing the author has done in Shattered, which just didn’t do it for me and she has done it here as well. Even more. I want sounds to be described not sentences like “Crack! Pop!”.

So this book was way better than the one I’ve read before, but the author’s writing style isn’t something I like to read. But tastes differ and that is a good thing.


NetGalley provided me with an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Thank you.