Cleaning Out My Bookshelves & Giveaway

 

There comes a time in life when you just need to get rid of a few things. Stuff that´s been lying around in some dust covered corner for ages. Things you once admired but then forgotten about.

I do this. And I do this with books, too.

I know, I know. Shame on me for treating books as if they´re just objects. Things I can toss without another thought.

But I don´t toss books aside. The truth is- I just don´t want to keep books that weren´t fully my cup of tea. So, I give them away. Usually, I just give all my sorted out paperbacks to my bestie, Mirjam, but this time I had something else in mind.

Why not do a GIVEAWAY? An international one ( because I hate, yes, HATE when giveaways aren´t international ( you´re welcome to read my reasons for that here )

 

It´s time to share. It´s time to give. 

 

Let´s face it, books are expensive. Paperback prices from self published authors have gone up and hardly anyone can afford a hardcover these days. It´s best to just “pay it forward” and make someone happy, right?

And the best part? This giveaway is NOT your typical giveaway. No one has to participate in a game / quiz or answer questions to enter. The first to claim a book in the comments will receive said book. Voila! No strings attached.


Mandatory Info:

  • Paperback Giveaway ( +1 Hardcover )
  • Book Condition:                  Used, In good shape
  • Giveaway starts:                 Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
  • Giveaway ends:                   Saturday, May 4th, 2019
  • Winner announcement:    Sunday, May 5th, 2019
  • International Giveaway
  • Winner will be contacted via email or DM ( please include email addy or Twitter username along with the book you´d like to have in the comments below )
  • Unclaimed books will be given to the second in line for said book

 

And now for the books.

giveaway books

 

#1    Vicious – L. J. Shen ( Paperback )

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Book Condition:    A crack in the spine, otherwise as good as new.

 

 

#2    Cinder & Ella – Kelly Oram  ( Paperback )

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Book Condition:    Immaculate

Genre:   Young Adult, Romance

 

 

#3    Love Song – Sophia Bennett  ( Paperback )

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Book Condition:    Immaculate

Genre:    Young Adult, Romance, Rockstar

 

 

The Cruel Prince  ( Book #1 ) – Holly Black ( Hardcover )

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Book Condition:    As good as new

Genre:   Fantasy, Young Adult

 

 

Hush, Hush ( Book #1 ) – Becca Fitzpatrick  ( Paperback )

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Book Condition:    Spine lightly cracked

Genre:    Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

 


 

Remember: All you need to do is leave a comment with the book you´d like below. The first person to claim a book will receive said book.


 

On a kind note: If you aren´t already feel free to check out my other blog posts. Leave a like, leave a comment or do both and if you like what you see then feel free to follow.


 

Good luck. See you on Sunday. ♥

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Happy May!

Happy May, y´all!

Boy, time flies when you´re having fun. Not that I´ve had any, mind you. I´ve actually had a very exhausting April. But, I´m not here to point out all the negatives I´ve been through ( although I´m tempted to give you all a big ass rant ) I´ve decided to focus on the positives and throw some negative bits in the mix.

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For those of you who are wondering why I haven´t been online much… Well, I haven´t had much to share. And I´m a firm believer in not posting for the sake of posting. I do have quite a lot of material for my blog but haven´t really gotten a chance to work on things much. Mug Mondays, Thank he Books It´s Fridays, Reviews, Discussion posts… It´s all in the works.

So, what positive has April brought us? Let´s start with my all time favorite Sunday filler- Game of Thrones season 8.

Who´s happy the show is back? I´m happy the show is back. Every body part of me is stupidly excited the show is back. The wait has been too long. My desperation level has met its new high. The good news- I now know I´m capable of not forgetting a date for 1,5 years. The bad news- I´m suffering something terrible after the third episode. Good Laaawd, am I a mess now. Another thing that pains me is – We ain´t got much left of Jon Snow and his ridiculously gorgeous half ponytail.

 

YAASSS, baby! Show us dat bun and swing dat sword!

I have read so many theories, so many predictions on how the story will end and I can´t say I´m happy with any of it. I´m a happily ever after type of person. It´s been said the ending of GoT will be bittersweet. I can´t cope.

Just as I can´t cope with the third episode. Good Laaawd, that one did a number on me.

 

 

I´m glad we discussed this. It´s time to move on to the next topic. Booktube.

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Do you remember ( I´m sure you don´t but I still ask you to humor me ) when I announced wanting to join the Booktube community? Yeah. That went downhill pretty quick. Turns out, I´m not cut out to be a Booktuber. Or, I´m still not sure about the whole thing. I tried sitting in front of a camera and fiddled with the lightings and did a million adjustments…  I´ve watched videos from experts on how to get everything right only to realize that Booktube and I aren´t a good match. I´m not as young as I used to be and refuse to bend myself for the sake of getting views. One booktuber´s advice was:

“Always stay positive. No one wants to listen to a rant. And don´t forget to smile.” 

And I sat here with my wanna – be psychologist hat on thinking “That shit ain´t healthy.”

I can´t stay positive even if my life depended on it. I am positive but also a realist which can come across as negative. The world has become thirsty for permanent positivity. And smiling? Me? I have a permanent resting bitch face. To force a smile for 5 minutes straight would hurt. And I would look stupid.

 

 

So, I let myself get discouraged by some constant positive practitioner. Meeh, I´ll live. I might warm back up to the Booktube idea again sometime in the future, though. You never know.

Now for some much needed book talk.

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Looks like 2019 is my reading year. Romance authors are throwing romance novels out left and right and I´m here buying everything that sounds remotely good. I´ve also gotten in the mood to buy some older romance classics. And since books don´t have expiration dates, every older published book will feel like it´s new.

 

 

I´ve also recently gotten back in to historical romances, as well. One re-read on the loo has made me fall in love with puffy cotton candy colored dresses and sexually driven dukes again.

There ya have it.

I´m afraid that´s it for this week, my dear bookish Padawans. Prepare yourselves for an onslaught of reviews and other wonderful book topics.

Wishing you all the best. Share the book love.

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150 Days Until RARE ´19 London

Only 150 days left! Hard to imagine the book signing event is practically around the corner.

To celebrate the event I´ve teamed up with my book babe, Sabrina @Brina and the Books ( who´ll also be my partner in crime at the signing ) for a little milestone countdown. On day 150, 100, 50 and day 0 we´ll be giving you insight on our RARE expectations, our unicorn authors and of course a sneak peek in the life of preparing for a book signing event happening in a different country. To sum it all up – Sabrina and I decided to reveal juicy details on day 0.

 

 

Today we´re here to celebrate the 150 days left until RARE ´19 London, Romance Author event. Why not start with our expectations? Our hopes and wishes for the event?

 

Fortunately for me, this isn´t my first RARE book signing event. I´ve had the pleasure of visiting a few in the past. I wouldn´t necessarily call myself a RARE expert but I do think I have a pretty good idea what to expect.

 

Authors and books. 

 

That´s what any book signing event is about, right? To go and see authors and have books signed. In a nutshell, yes. But these RARE signings function a little different. This isn´t just a get in – get out affair. RARE signings go a little deeper than that.

 

It´s all about having a good time.

 

If there´s one thing I´ve always experienced during my RARE visits, then it was definitely fun. Having a fun time with authors and having a great time mingling with like-minded people. RARE has never been a simple meet & move on. The promise of 150 authors for this year´s event sounds like a sure guarantee that the signing will be explosive! A bomb of a dream for a romance book blogger.RARE I´m going to unicorns

So, what exactly are my hopes for RARE ´19? I don´t have any for the event itself. Aside from meeting my favorite authors and discovering new authors I´m pretty sure there won´t be much new for me to expect ( unless the orga – team offers a Magic Mike show and a triple chocolate welcoming cake. One can always dream ). My hopes are aimed towards having a fantastic time with my friend, Sabrina.

A useless fun fact: Sabrina and I both live in Germany ( and not too far from each other, either ) and we´ll be meeting for the first time in person in London. How sad is that, huh? I can´t seem to get my booty in the car and visit her but here I am booking flights to meet my friend… in a differently country ( the shame is real, y´all ).

Also, while spending time with my favorite fellow book blogger and friend I´ll also be enjoying the event with my bestie Lindsey.

 

 

What I also expect is to be financially ruined for a few weeks afterwards. Books aren´t cheap, guys. I see a very dark and penniless future ahead. Not sure how I should feel about that.

 

My face while thinking about how poor I´ll be

 

Of course, I expect to walk out of the event with a shit load of books and more swag than I can handle. It´ll be a blast! Spending time with my loved ones and lusting over books will be awesome. Because that´s what respectable adult bookworms do.

 

 

That´s it for the 150 day mark, my lovely bookish Padawans. I hope you enjoyed.

Be sure to check out what my book babe, Sabrina @Brina and the Books Rare ´19 London expectations are. ♥ This will be Sabrina´s first RARE event and she´s definitely got some exciting things to say. 

Before I go I would like to know:

 

♥ Have you visited a RARE signing? Would you like to visit RARE? Have you been to other book signings? What was your experience? Let´s chat. ♥

 

Wishing you all the best.

Much book love,

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I´m Back!

People, I´m back! Back from where? Ha, London, baby.

Yes, London. I was brave enough to take the family to one of the world´s busiest and crowded cities. Was it worth it? For me, it always is. I love London and could never tire of visiting the place. Everytime I go there I always make sure to see something new. Something I haven´t seen during my last London visit. I´ve been to London many times before but there´s one thing I´ve never done: The whole sightseeing / tourist attraction shibaz. Kind of weird, considering I´m often there. The truth is- I´m not a fan of tourist attractions and try to avoid them. Large crowds and having a death grip on my purse isn´t really my idea of chilling.

Well, this time was different. We not only took the kids with us, we decided to do the full blown tourist trip. You parents out there must be questioning my sanity. Trust me- Husbutt and I did question our sanity. But what can we say? We´re idiots. Because we figured if we can survive Frankfurt a.M. with the kids then we can definitely survive London. ( for those who aren´t familiar with Frankfurt, Germany… You definitely have your death shirt on when you´re in Frankfurt )

I won´t kid you- Our 5 day tourist route was a challenge. Tower Bridge, London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, a boat ride on the river Thames… Eve is 12 years old and Lillian is 8. Challenging ages for parents. One doesn´t want to do jack shit and the other? Well, you have to keep a close eye on the firecracker or else she´ll start a revolution with an army of pigeons.

 

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The “no pictures!” emo pre teen

 

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My favorite convo from our stay was about the squirrel we saw crawling up a tree.

“That´s so cool. I´ve never seen a squirrel in the wilderness.” ( said my genius 12 yr old )

The look on husbutt´s face said exactly what I was thinking. “She´ll hopefully marry rich one day.”

Aside from the everyday life with kids we had a wonderful time. My highlight? Meeting with my bestie and her family.  I don´t get to see her often but I try as often as I can to fly over and have a few hours with her. That woman is a gem and I´m grateful I have someone like her in my life. If only we lived closer…

 

 

Now, I bet you´re wondering if I got any book shopping done, right? Well, I was given a time limit in the bookstore. Can you imagine?

 

 

Book shopping under that type of pressure is horrible. Three very angry people were giving me death glares from outside the store while I was looking for books. Not cool. I ended up buying two books, though. A small victory yet still not acceptable. That´s okay though. I´m flying over again in September.

So, that´s about it. My girls have seen London. Husbutt swore he won´t do the tourist thing in London again and I think my legs are made of steel now ( from walking SO MUCH ).

Good food. Great people. Meet up with the bestie…. I couldn´t have asked for a better vacation.

With that being said- I´m back and ready to get back to the book blogging mill. It´s been over a week and I have loads of catching up to do.

Oh and, before I forget…. To all a Happy belated Easter! ( I´m so terrible with holidays )

See ya soon, my dear bookish Padawans ❤

Much love,

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Book Review: Before We Were Strangers – Renée Carlino

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From the USA TODAY bestselling author of Sweet Thing and Nowhere But Here comes a love story about a Craigslist “missed connection” post that gives two people a second chance at love fifteen years after they were separated in New York City.

To the Green-eyed Lovebird:

We met fifteen years ago, almost to the day, when I moved my stuff into the NYU dorm room next to yours at Senior House.

You called us fast friends. I like to think it was more.

We lived on nothing but the excitement of finding ourselves through music (you were obsessed with Jeff Buckley), photography (I couldn’t stop taking pictures of you), hanging out in Washington Square Park, and all the weird things we did to make money. I learned more about myself that year than any other.

Yet, somehow, it all fell apart. We lost touch the summer after graduation when I went to South America to work for National Geographic. When I came back, you were gone. A part of me still wonders if I pushed you too hard after the wedding…

I didn’t see you again until a month ago. It was a Wednesday. You were rocking back on your heels, balancing on that thick yellow line that runs along the subway platform, waiting for the F train. I didn’t know it was you until it was too late, and then you were gone. Again. You said my name; I saw it on your lips. I tried to will the train to stop, just so I could say hello.

After seeing you, all of the youthful feelings and memories came flooding back to me, and now I’ve spent the better part of a month wondering what your life is like. I might be totally out of my mind, but would you like to get a drink with me and catch up on the last decade and a half?

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From friends to lovebirds. From lovebirds to strangers. Then from strangers to “Wow, that went quick.”  And this is not me spoiling anything from the story.

I have to let out a loud sigh and throw my hands in defeat because I´m at a loss for the right words.

If I ask myself the same question three times in a row I can give three different answers.

Did I like this book?  T´was okay.

Did I like this book?  Meeh.

Did I like this book?  Maybe if I sleep another night over it.

 

My emotions are a tad scattered when thinking about `Before we were strangers` by Renée Carlino.before we were strangers

From reading the synopsis I could tell the story was exactly what I was looking for. A slow burn romance that starts off in college and ends with the characters in their mid 30´s. I was right. Wasn´t disappointed in that department.

I wasn´t prepared for the ( what felt like ) eternal slow burn, though.

Good grief, at times I thought I´d never see the end of the 303 pages.

But then things happened so fast. Before I knew it the story found it´s end.

You get a glimpse of an unhappy Hero in the present. His love life had not gone the way he had planned it. Then he sees her- The woman who stole his heart in college.

Then the flashbacks begin….

Before I go any further I´d like to say that this wasn´t a terrible read. I liked parts of it but some other parts…. I developed a love / hate relationship with everything. For example:

  • The characters. I loved their chemistry but I so disliked their journey.

 

  • The general vibe. I liked that this story wasn´t an in – your – face romance. I felt the there was a gray fog looming over the characters. This was a unique experience for me because I was able to feel the sadness. But then again this fog wasn´t lifted at the right time, making this feel like more of a depressed read even when it shouldn´t have been that way.

 

  • The threat. There always has to be something that jeopardizes a relationship. An evil villain on a mission. I liked the villain in this romance. The ex-wife from the Hero was truly a piece of work. Sadly, she wasn´t there enough for me to appreciate her cruelty.

 

  • The slow burn. This is something I usually appreciate because I like to see things develop. A fictional relationship feels more authentic when things move along at a slower pace. These characters took the term `slow burn` to a whole new level.  There were some moments when I felt like the kid who asks their parents when they´ll reach their destination, repeating “Are we there yet?” every 5 minutes.

 

  • The characters ages. Again, I love to see things develop. Being able to watch characters grow is something I enjoy. Only I didn´t get to watch anyone grow. It was college then mid 30´s. Achievements accomplished during their 20`s  were mentioned and that was it.
  • The end. I love me some good endings. Good. Not rushed. Nice, smooth gradual endings. Not so much the type of ending this book had.

 

If I had to sum this review up with a few lines I´d say: Decent romance with a hard focus on the extreme slow paced relationship development.

 


 

Would I recommend this book? Yes. I can see many readers falling in love with this read. It is romantic. It´s filled with love and hope.

Would I reread this book? I don´t believe I will.


 

The Cover – 3 Stars:    It definitely fits the story and the image is actually linked to the story, which I approve of. It´s not my prefered style, though.

The Story – 3 Stars:    Decent. I would have liked a little more spark.

The Characters – 3 Stars:    The mid 30´s versions felt like the college versions of the characters.

My emotional state after finishing this read:   I have mixed feelings.

3 stars


 

You can purchase `Before We Were Strangers` by Renée Carlino on Amazon.com


 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed.

Much love,

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