Bookish thoughts!!!

My name is Nicole. I'm 30 years old and live in germany. This is going to be my little space where I share all my thoughts on books that I have read. English books will get a english review. German books get an english and german review if the book is available in english.




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Reading progress update: I've read 39%.

alias Grace: Roman - Margaret Atwood, Brigitte Walitzek

I have so many feels about the Grace/Mary friendship and everything that happened with Mary. HELP!!!!

Reading Challenge - Complete!!!!


It's done. Aaah. I'm so happy.
I probably won't do as many next year, I feel like I have overdone it. I wanna challenge myself, but I also don't want to put too much pressure on my reading.

Der Fledermausmann // The Bat!!!

Der Fledermausmann: Harry Holes erster Fall - Jo Nesbø

German and english review

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


Ich habe es geschafft bei NetGalley, die ganze Buchreihe abzustauben!!!! Ich bin echt so happy, denn gleich mit dem ersten Band, haben sie mich total in die Welt von Harry Hole reingezogen.


Inhalt: Der Polizist Harry Hole wird zur Aufklärung des Mordes an der norwegischen Schauspielerin Inger Holter nach Australien gesandt. Dort steht ihm sein Kollege Andrew Kensington, ein Aborigine, zur Seite. Die beiden unkonventionellen Polizisten freunden sich schnell an. Von Andrew erfährt Hole eine Menge über Australien, seine Geschichte und das Leben in Sydney. Doch der Mord an Inger Holter ist kein Einzelfall. Im ganzen Osten von Australien werden junge, blonde Frauen vergewaltigt, mitunter auch erwürgt. Ist der Täter ein psychopathischer Frauenmörder?


Jetzt, wo ich am Ende des Buches so durch meine Notizen gehe, finde ich es einfach nur süß wie naiv und unschuldig ich war. Ganz ehrlich, ich zweifel nach dem Buch total an meiner Menschenkenntnis (außerdem zweifel ich an meinen Rechtschreibfähigkeiten, weil ich dieses Wort in fünf Versionen geschrieben habe, bevor ich endlich aufgegeben und Google gefragt habe).


Es hat sich am Anfang unheimlich gezogen, dass muss ich ehrlich zu geben. Doch als ich den Teil dann überstanden hatte, war es einfach nur noch unheimlich spannend. Zum Schluss hin, habe ich keinen der Nebencharaktere mehr getraut, nachdem mich die ein oder andere Wendung vollkommen blind getroffen hat und richtig erschüttert hat.


Mehr will ich eigentlich garnicht sagen oder verraten. Außer, dass ich Jo Nesbø's Schreibstil unheimlich toll finde und ich auch schon gleich das zweite Buch in der Serie angefangen habe zu lesen. Harry Hole, er ist eine Katastrophe und wirklich ein totales Wrack, aber irgendwie ist er mir ans Herz gewachsen.



Through some dumb luck, I actually got the whole series from NetGalley!!! I'm so so happy, cause right with the first book they managed to suck me into the world of Harry Hole.


Summary: Inspector Harry Hole of the Oslo Crime Squad is dispatched to Sydney to observe a murder case. Harry is free to offer assistance, but he has firm instructions to stay out of trouble. The victim is a twenty-three year old Norwegian woman who is a minor celebrity back home. Never one to sit on the sidelines, Harry befriends one of the lead detectives, and one of the witnesses, as he is drawn deeper into the case. Together, they discover that this is only the latest in a string of unsolved murders, and the pattern points toward a psychopath working his way across the country. As they circle closer and closer to the killer, Harry begins to fear that no one is safe, least of all those investigating the case.

Now that I finished the book and went back over my notes, I'm just amazed how adorable and naive I was. Seriously, after this book, I highly doubt my ability to read people (also why isn't there an english word for 'Menschenkenntnis', that doesn't sound super wrong when I write it???)

To be honest, in the beginning things really were slow and I couldn't be bothered. But as soon as I got through that part, things started to get really interesting and exciting. At the end of the book, I didn't trust any of the minor characters anymore after I got blindsided by some of these twists that were coming out of nowhere and hit me right were it hurt.


I actually don't want to say anything more. Only that Jo Nesbø's writing is amazing and I love it. I also started reading the second book in the series right away. Harry Hole, he is a mess and a total wreck but he somehow managed to find his way into my heart.

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When have you read your very first book? What was it?


I actually can't remember and it hurts my soul to admit that. I know that when I was in my last year of school, I started going to the local library with my friend and that's when I real got into reading and was at the library all the time. I didn't do reviews or anything and never really talked about it. The first book series that I read religiously were the CSI books and I couldn't shut up about them in a German CSI forum. Oh, the good old days.


What made you start writing about books/book blogging?


Reading slowly became more and more of a part of me. A huge part, the part that kept my brain quite when my anxiety got to much. Just an escape that I really needed. But I don't have anyone around me that is really into books and I couldn't just keep bottling all my book feelings up and because the internet has everything, I soon found Goodreads and that's when I found my people. I was super nervous writing reviews, so in the beginning I only did the star rating. Then when I found BookLikes, I actually started to write reviews and was comfortable enough to share my thoughts and opinions.



  1. Can you name three things that blogging changed in your life?


I got much more comfortable sharing my thoughts and my opinions. I just love talking about  books and connect with people that like the same books. I always feels super proud when I see some read the same book as me and also liked it, or hated it the same as me and I don't feel so alone lol



You live in Germany and read in two languages: English and German. Do you experience the book differently depending on the language you read it in?


Not all the time, but sometimes I really experience the book differently. Sometimes I feel like the translations don't really work. Some jokes fall flat and things like that. When reading a book in English, I feel like I actually get to experience the authors work and his words.



Do you prefer reading in English or German?


This is a tough question. I'm pretty comfortable with my English skills at this point, so it's not that much harder to read the English version instead of the German once, unless I'm reading in the middle of the night fighting sleep. Most of the time I prefer reading in English, simply because in German translation they like to change names of characters or places, so that when I write a review and I have read the book in German, I actually have to check and make sure that the names are right. 


We’ve read that you’re a TV show fan. Can you recommend a good one?


It changes all the time, to be completely honest. I'm currently re-watching Covert Affairs and it reminds me how much I loved this show and how much it helped me through a really difficult time. Other than that I loved Leverage (the most perfect show that I need everyone to watch). Shows that are actually currently airing: Brooklyn 99 and The Good Place are my absolute happy place, I don't do well with comedy shows but these two are perfect. See, I cheated, I can't just talk about one show.



What’s your book review drill? Do you review all the books you read?


I'm like 99,9% sure that since I started writing reviews, I have reviewed every book that I have read. Even the ones I didn't like, I either tried to focus on the good parts or I just left a little review.


What are your three favorite book covers?


I'm just gonna mention the covers of books I read this year

A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade AlanThe Castaways - Jessika FleckIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld

The story is seriously amazing and really creative.

The writing is so great and really transported me in the middle of this world...

Read a full review of The Castaways ->



Any tips for beginning bloggers?


The most cliche tip I can think of is: Be yourself!!! And be honest. You don't have to pretend to like a book that everyone loves but you just don't get it. And also the other way around, don't feel like you can't enjoy a book that everyone hates. It's your blog and you do you. This is your space to talk about the things you love.


Which books are you most excited recommending to your followers?


I made it my mission this year to recommend The Best We Could Do and Ich, Eleanor Oliphant Roman to everybody.



The Best We Could Do - Thi BuiIch, Eleanor Oliphant: Roman - Gail Honeyman,Alexandra Kranefeld 

HOLY MOTHER OF EVERYTHING. This graphic novel/comic,

whatever you wanna call it, is everything. Seriously...

Read a full review of The Best we could do ->



What’s your reading spot? 


My bed, it's the most comfortable place in my room.


A paper book or an e-book?


Both. I never thought I would ever be a e-book person but I'm reading more and more e-books. Nothing can replace a paper book, the feel, the smell  and the weight of it in your hands. But I'm really enjoying e-books when I'm out and about. I also receive all the ARCs I read as a ebook, so I had to get used to it at some point. Downside to reading an ebook on my tablet or phone, I'm pretty lost if it has no power and I can't find the charger. Been there, donw that.


Three title for a spaceship travel?


I could only think of these three...I need to read more space books.



Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More - Kelly Sue DeConnick,David LópezThe 100 - Kass MorganJoyride Vol. 1 - Collin Kelly,Jackson Lanzing,Marcus To


Favorite quote?


I'm going to share one that even though I read the book three years ago, I still think about this quote a lot. It's really powerful.

“Wir sind imstande, Überschallflugzeuge und Raketen ins All zu schicken, einen Verbrecher anhand eines Haars oder eines winzigen Hautpartikels zu identifizieren, eine Tomate zu züchten, die im Kühlschrank drei Monate lang völlig faltenfrei bleibt, und Milliarden von Informationen auf einem Mikrochip zu speichern. Wir sind imstande, die Leute auf der Straße sterben zu lassen.”
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me


I'm trying to translate it as best as I can.

"We are capable of sending supersonic aircraft and rockets into space, identifying a criminal based on hair and tiny skin particles, breeding a tomato that's gonna stay wrinkle-free for three months in the fridge, and saving billions of information on a microchip. We are capable of letting people die on the streets."
― Delphine de Vigan, No and Me



If you could meet one literary character, who would it be?

  1. A Messy, Beautiful Life - Sara Jade Alan

I have to go with a character that I actually read about this year, it's Ellie, the main character in the book A Messy, Beautiful Life. She was going through much and through everything she was so strong and just great. She was really inspiring to me and I would love to meet her. She is also one of those characters that I would love to check up on, you know, see how she is doing after the book ended.



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I don't have the space that I would need to make my shelves look pretty and all that, so I just use all the space I have and put as many books there as I can, it's not pretty, but oh well...




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My October 2017

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - Stacy King, Edgar Allan Poe Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn, Nina Dulleck, Ilse Layer Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb, Uta Hege
Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - 4 stars
Just One of the Boys - 4 stars
Approximately Yours - 5 stars
Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - 5 stars
Blutzeuge - 5 stars
Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - 4 stars
Der magische Faden - 4 stars
Süßer Ruf des Todes - 5 stars


Favorite book(s) of the month: Just One of the Boys, Approximately Yours, Blutzeuge, Süßer Ruf des Todes


Books started this month but haven't finished yet: Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken, Der Fledermausmann, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


So this month, I decided to just stop being an adult and completely dive into my books. Real life just was way too much these last few months, I needed that mental break. So I just read all the books. All of them. This is an insane number for me. Also, the quality, I seriously enjoyed all these books.

(I'm doing this wrap up super early. Look at me, having my shit together for once!!!)

Süßer Ruf des Todes // Kindred In Death !!!

Süßer Ruf des Todes (Reihenfolge der Eve Dallas-Krimis, Band 29) - J.D. Robb, Uta Hege

German and english review


Es ist Ewigkeiten her, dass ich das letzte Mal ein Buch der In Death Serie gelesen habe aber ich bin zurück und nachdem hier habe ich gleich das nächste aus dem Regal genommen. Es liegt nicht daran, dass ich die Bücher nicht alle habe, denn die kaufe ich sofort wenn sie rauskommen, ich brauch nur immer ziemlich lange sie zu lesen, deswegen schiebe ich es immer auf. Dabei LIEBE ich diese Serie.


Es war einfach wieder toll in die Welt von Eve Dallas einzutauchen, sie ist eine meiner absoluten Lieblingscharaktere und sie ist einfach so ein tolle Hauptfigur, von der ich gerne lese, egal ob es dabei geht, wie sie ihren Job macht oder ob es darum geht, wie sie ihr Privatleben meistert. Sie ist wunderbar und ich liebe ihren Humor.


Außerdem, was ich inzwischen immer mehr zu schätzen weiß, die vielen verschiedenen Frauenfreundschaften in dem Buch. Da kommen so oft so viele verschiedene Persönlichkeiten aufeinander und sie kommen trotzdem wunderbar miteinander aus und es macht einfach total Spaß es zu lesen.


Der Fall war wie immer heftig. Also, dass war wirklich grausam. Aber auf jeded fall, sehr sehr spannend gemacht. Mich hat es auf jeden fall total in den Bann gezogen.




It's been way way WAY too long since I last read a book in the In Death series but I', back and I even got the next book in the series out of my shelve right away. It's not that I don't have the books available too me, I buy them as soon as they come out BUT, I always take forever to get through these books, so I ALWAYS put it off. Even though I LOVE this series.


It was amazing getting back into the world of Eve Dallas, she's absolutely one of my favorite characters, she is one of those protagonist that I love reading, no matter if it's about how she's doing her work or about how she's dealing with her personal life. She's amazing and I love her sense of humor.


Also, at this point in life, I really appreciate all the different friendships between the women in this book. There are so many different personalities that come together and they still have these great friendships and it's just amazing to read.


And the case was a tough one. Really brutal actually. But so so gripping, it held my attention until the very end.

Life changing update (it's not life changing at all)!!!

So yesterday, it happened. IT HAPPEND. I woke up and suddenly, I had a 3 infront of my age. Without a warning. I turned 30 yesterday. People really made a big deal about it...I didn't care. Still don't. Maybe it's because of the cold medication I'm currently on (took too much yesterday to get through the little family get together without sneezing every 5 seconds and well, I swear I saw a unicorn) but I never cared much for my age. 16 wasn't a big deal, neither was 18. Or any big birthdays.

I'm still that weird, childish idiot, that prefers living in a fantasy world instead of the real one.


Got three books, tho. And some money to buy some myself. So, that's a win.


Der magische Faden!!!

Der magische Faden - Tom Llewellyn, Nina Dulleck, Ilse Layer

Erstens: Ich habe durch NetGalley einen ARC erhalten. (I couldn't find a english version of the book that's why my review will only be in german)


Ich hatte am Anfang des Buches wirklich was total anderes erwartet. Trotzdem war das Buch wirklich unglaublich schön geschrieben und sehr spannend.



Inhalt: Wie unheimlich der schwarze Faden aussieht! Als Markus ihn vorsichtig berührt, bekommt er einen elektrischen Schlag. Doch damit nicht genug: Der Faden bewegt sich und schlängelt sich quer durchs Haus, immer weiter, bis zum Dachboden. Dort stoßen Markus und seine Geschwister auf einen Karton mit alten Briefen ihres Vaters. Fünf Jahre ist es her, seit er in Griechenland spurlos verschwunden ist. Immer tiefer tauchen Markus und seine Geschwister in die griechische Mythologie ein, um ihren Vater wiederzufinden. Die Spur führt direkt zum Labyrinth des Minotaurus ...


Das Buch ist für Kinder ab 10 Jahren geeignet. Der Schreibstil war dafür genau richtig, man hat richtig schnell in die Geschichte reingefunden und vor allem hat es sich auch super schnell lesen lassen. Die Geschichte war durchweg spannend gemacht und auch wirklich total interessant gemacht. Das Geheimnis um den Faden, was er bedeutet, woher er kommt, all das. Super spannend.


Die Charaktere waren schwierig für mich. Muss ich ganz ehrlich sagen. Die Entscheidungen, die sie stellenweise getroffen haben, haben mich nur mit dem Kopf schütteln lassen. Wahrscheinlich sind aber Kinder in dem Alter so, das darf ich dabei wohl nicht vergessen. Allerdings mochte ich Aster und Jannie, richtig sehr, die Beiden sind mir gleich ans Herz gewachsen, vor allem die Freundschaft zwischen ihnen. Gerade auch durch Asters Vergangenheit mit ihrer Schwester.




Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe

Manga Classics: The Stories of Edgar Allan Poe - Stacy King, Edgar Allan Poe

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


Summary: The Tales of Edgar Allan Poe is a brilliant collection of some of his best-known stories: The Tell Tale Heart (a murder s haunting guilt), The Cask of Amontillado (a story of brilliant revenge), and The Fall of the House of Usher (an ancient house full of very dark secretes). Also included in this collection are The Mask of the Red Death (horrors of the Plague ), and the most famous of all his poems: The Raven (a lover s decline into madness). Best read in a dimly-lit room with the curtains drawn, Poe s brilliant works come to life in darkly thrilling ways in this Manga Classic adaptation."


I loved this so much. I didn't expect it, actually. I mean, I always love these Manga Classics but I never thought I would actually be interested in these Edgar Allan Poe stories, I don't know why, cause I love getting to know these classics.


They were so amazing. Seriously. I loved The Tell Tale Heart, didn't care much about The Cask of Amontillado, loved The Fall of the House of Usher. The Mask of the red Death, was okay, I liked it, didn't love it. The Raven. THE RAVEN. Loved this one so so SO much. My favorite out of all these stories.


Also, can I once again say how insanely gorgeous the art in these Mangas are. Bloody hell.


Blutzeuge // I Know a Secret!!!

Blutzeuge - Tess Gerritsen

German and english review
First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


 Am 20.11.17 ist das Buch bei uns in Deutschland erhältlich.


Ach, wie ich diese Bücherserie liebe. Ich war so froh, als ich gesehen hatte, dass es einen weiteren Band geben würde obwohl der Band davor als letzter Teil der Serie angekündigt wurde. Und jetzt wo ich das Buch gelesen habe, freu ich mich um so mehr, dass es den Teil gegeben hat, denn er war einfach wieder großartig.


Inhalt: Sie haben das Böse gesehen – und er lässt sie mit ihrem Blut zahlen.

In Boston wird die Leiche einer jungen Frau gefunden – in der offenen Handfläche liegen ihre Augäpfel. Die Verstümmelung geschah post mortem, wie bei der Obduktion eindeutig festgestellt wird. Doch die genaue Todesursache bleibt unklar. Kurze Zeit später taucht die Leiche eines Mannes auf – Pfeile ragen aus seinem Brustkorb, die ebenfalls erst nach seinem Tod dort platziert wurden. Beide wurden Opfer desselben Täters, ansonsten scheint es keine Verbindung zwischen ihnen zu geben. Detective Jane Rizzoli von der Bostoner Polizei steht vor einem Rätsel, bis eine Spur sie zu einem Jahrzehnte zurückliegenden Fall von Misshandlungen in einem katholischen Kinderhort führt ...


Ich liebe die Art wie Tess Gerritsen die Welt von Jane Rizzoli und Maura Isles beschreibt. Sie schafft es jedes Mal genau die richtige Balance zu finden, zwischen dem aktuellem Fall an dem gearbeitet wird und dem Privatleben der Charaktere. Deswegen war es auch schon nach den ersten paar Kapiteln richtig einfach wieder in die Welt einzutauchen.


Der Fall. Ich werde nicht viel darüber sagen, außer, dass was in der Inhaltsangabe eh schon steht. Aber WOW. Der Fall war wirklich richtig gut erzählt und so unheimlich spannend. Und die Wendungen. All die Wendungen. So verdammt gut.


Das Privatleben der Charaktere. Hier werde ich spoilern, ohne Ende. Sorry.
Ach Mensch, hab ich gelitten als ich gelesen habe, dass Angela zurück zu Frank ist. Frank und Frankie. Ich kann die Beiden einfach mal so garnicht ab und hätte am Liebsten ihre Momente übersprungen, einfach weil sie die Art von Männern sind, mit denen ich garnichts anfangen kann und ihre Aussagen einfach nur schrecklich finde. Um so froher war ich, als Angela am Ende ihre Koffer gepackt hat. Richtig so. Und Korsak hat sie auch nur zu gerne wieder mit offenen Armen empfangen. Ich mag die Beiden einfach total gerne zusammen.
Und dann natürlich Maura und Daniel. Die Beiden. Ich weiß, ich sollte es nicht aber ich liebe die Beiden einfach zusammen. Da steht so viel zwischen ihnen aber ich war sooo glücklich, dass sie in dem Teil endlich wieder Kontakt zu einander hatten und alles was später zwischen den Beiden passiert ist, dagegen hatte ich auch absolut nichts einzuwenden. Ich hoffe ja immer noch, dass sie es irgendwie auf die Reihe kriegen und es ein richtiges Happy End für die Beiden geben wird.


Also ich kann den Teil wirklich nur sehr empfehlen. Selbst, wenn man nur an dem Fall interessiert ist und einem das drum herum so nicht interessiert. Für den Fall lohnt es sich auf jeden fall.




Oh how I love this book series. I was so happy when I found out, that there was going to be another book, even though they pretty much said, that the book before was going to be the last one. And now that I read the book, I'm even happier, cause everything about this book was pretty much amazing.


Summary: The crime scene is unlike any that Detective Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles have ever before encountered. The woman lies in apparently peaceful repose on her bed, and Maura finds no apparent cause of death, but there is no doubt the woman is indeed dead. The victim’s eyes have been removed and placed in the palm of her hand, a gesture that echoes the terrifying films she produces. Is a crazed movie fan reenacting scenes from those disturbing films?

When another victim is found, again with no apparent cause of death, again with a grotesquely staged crime scene, Jane and Maura realize the killer has widened his circle of targets. He’s chosen one particular woman for his next victim, and she knows he’s coming for her next. She’s the only one who can help Jane and Maura catch the killer.

But she knows a secret. And it’s a secret she’ll never tell.


I love the way how Tess Gerritsen writes the world around Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. She somehow always finds the right balance between the case the are working on and the private life of the characters. That's why, after a few chapters, I'm always completely sucked in.


The case. I won't say much about it, other than what's been said in the summary. But WOW. The case was so thrilling told and super super suspenseful. The twists and turns. All of them. So damn good.


The private life of the characters. Here is were spoilers will happen. Sorry.
Oh boy, how much I suffered when I read that Angela actually went back to Frank. Frank and Frankie. I just hate these two with a burning passion and was super close to just skipping the few parts they were in. Both are just the type of men, that I can't deal with. Pretty much every word they say offends me. All the happier I was, when Angela packed her bags. YOU GO, GIRL. And Korsak, just welcoming her back with open arms. I love these two a lot.
And of course Maura and Daniel. These two. I know I shouldn't but I love these two together so so much. There is so much standing in their way but I'm sooo happy that they are actually in contact again and I have nothing against everything that happened from there on. I'm still clinging to every bit of hope that they will actually work things out and that they somehow get a real happy end.


I really recommend this book. Even if you are just interested in the case and couldn't care less about everything around it. The case is totally worth it.

Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger!!!

Miraculous - Der dunkle Doppelgänger - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt

Erstens: Ich habe durch NetGalley einen ARC erhalten. (I couldn't find a english version of the book that's why my review will only be in german)


Ich war super happy, als ich das Buch bei Netgalley gesehen habe, kurz nachdem ich das andere Buch dort bekommen und gelesen habe. Noch mehr gefreut habe ich mich, als ich dann gesehen habe, dass ich auch dieses Buch hier lesen konnte.


Es war wieder ein sehr kurzes Vergnügen, für das ich nicht mal eine Stunde gebraucht hatte. Aber es war so schön. Die Geschichte ist eine meiner Lieblingsgeschichten in der Serie. Ich bin immer für eine Doppelgänger Geschichte zu haben.


Approximately Yours!!!

Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.

This is the third book in the North Pole, Minnesota series, but can be read on it's own. Same town, different characters. But mentions of some of the characters in the earlier books.


In my mind, I'm actually packing my bags and moving to North Pole, Minnesota. This town just seems so damn magical and beautiful, with wonderful people in it and a christmas vibe all year long, something that doesn't sound bad to me at all. I'm writing this review while listening to christmas music (in october, gasp!!!)


This review is going to contain spoilers, cause I can't contain my feels!!!


Summary: Danny Garland is so out of Holly’s league. And her family is only back in North Pole, Minnesota, long enough to sell Grandma’s house and say “Merry Christmas.” So telling her basketball-star, too-hot-to-be-real long-time crush that she’d like to kiss him under the mistletoe just isn’t going to happen.

And now he’s asked out her cousin, Elda. Elda is a mess at flirting, so when she begs Holly to intervene, she does. Holly helps her flirt with him over text. And then again. And again. Now she’s stuck texting him as her cousin, and Elda is the one going on the date. Holly thought she could settle for just conversation with Danny, but talking with him is some kind of magic. He’s got the perfect comebacks, she makes him laugh, they text until everyone is asleep.

She just can’t ever tell him it’s her he’s really texting.


I still haven't read the first book in the series but I LOVED the second one. And now the third one sucked me in right away. This series is just greatly written and so easy and fun to read.


The characters.
The two main characters are Holly and Danny.
I loved them both right from the start. Holly broke my heart so many times in this story, just her being super selfconsious and always thinking that she will never be good enough. And Danny, breaking his leg and having to give up on basketball for a while, finding out his girlfriend is cheating on him. Give these two a break. And then they met, and because Holly is Holly and she's thinking that he will never be interested in her, she's trying her best to set him up with her cousin, Elda. On the topic of Elda, I love that girl, she's weird, she talks about gross things. She's wonderful.


So this story is basically about Holly trying to set up Elda with Danny, doing everything in her power to avoid her own feelings and making things happen between these two. She's writing him texts, pretending to be Elda (who knows about it), they pretty much make him believe that Elda is the one their grandma tried to set him up with. When Elda and Danny actually have to talk to each other face to face, it's just painful and awkward. But because Holly is trying to keep her distance, he actually things that she strongly dislikes him.


I love this story. I love the whole thing. Yes, some lies are being told, some feelings get hurt along the way. But I was living for every little moment between Holly and Danny. These two are just such beautiful idiots that I was really rooting for. LOVE THEM.
I also really loved Elda and Dinesh. I mean things between them happened really fast, but these two weirdos work so well together that it was just so THEM to jump right into the relationship. Wedding bells and all.


I also very much LOVED the whole gingerbread competition. This is coming from someone who loathes gingerbread. But this element to the story was just so cute. And I loved the little moments of Tinka (from book 2) that we got through this. Girl was not happy about her placing in the competition. Haha, loved it.


I HIGHLY recommend this book for everyone who is in need of a little bit of christmas-y cuteness!!!


Reading progress update: I've read 14%.

Elias & Laia - Die Herrschaft der Masken - Sabaa Tahir, Barbara Imgrund

Actually listening to it. And loving it so far.

Reading progress update: I've read 20%.

Approximately Yours (North Pole, Minnesota) - Julie Hammerle

I just love this North Pole series. Super super cute!!! And such a fast read. I barely started and I'm already at 20%!!!


Just One of the Boys!!!

Just One of the Boys - Leah and Kate Rooper

First things first: I received this book through NetGalley.


This book was everything I wanted it to be!!!!

Summary: Alice Bell has one goal: to play for the elite junior hockey team the Chicago Falcons.But when she’s passed over at tryouts for being a girl, she’ll do anything to make her dream a reality...even disguising herself as her twin brother. With her amazing skills on the ice, Alice is sure she’ll fit in easily. That is, until she starts falling for one of her teammates...

Hayden Tremblay, star of the Falcons, can’t keep himself out of the penalty box. Constantly living in the shadow of his older brother, Hayden’s losing his passion for hockey. But when he gets shown up on the ice by the Falcons’ new rookie, Hayden’s determined to teach the kid a thing or two. Little does he guess that “Al’s” surprises on the ice are just the beginning...



The book sucked me in right from the stars. A kick ass girl, who outplays lots of dude on the ice during tryouts and makes the team. Only, that she takes of her helmet and people realize that she's a girl and not a dude. GASP!!!! SCANDAL!!!! A GIRL. ON THE ICE. PLAYING HOCKEY. WHAT?????? So, of course. The only logical thing to do as a coach that just welcomend her on the team, is to make her understand he made a mistake and actually meant her twin brother. Who, well...sucked during the tryouts. SHOCKING, a dude who played mediocre got the place instead of a girl who played amazing. I could go on and on about this but I will stop right here...
Back to the story. Xander, Alice's twin brother actually breaks his leg. And Alice is ready to take his place on the team, acting like she's him. YES PLEASE!!!!!
Twin story: check.
Giving me She's The Man feels: CHECK!!!!


I loved the main characters.

Alice, I loved Alice so much. I loved her as Alice, I loved her as Al. She was amazing.
Hayden. Let's be real about him for a second here, I didn't like this dude at all in the beginning. He was just a mean jerk, who I couldn't care less about. Towards the middle it changed. He got more backstory and NO, the tragic things in his past didn't excuse anything, but towards the middle, he became a actual human being for me that I cared for. He was still a jerk from time to time.
Loved the minor characters.
Xander. Man, I loved him in the beginning, hated him in the middle and loved him again in the end. There is a lot going on for him in the story, once again that's no excuse for how he handles some of the things, but still, towards the end he really stole my heart again.
Madison. She showed up and I loved her. She was super supportive, she was just such a great friend to Alice. Ugh. She was amazing.


I got annoyed with the characters a lot of times, they made terrible decisions, the said a lot of awful things to each other. BUT I LOVED THEM.
I loved the story. I loved the writing.
I highly recommend this book.




Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin!!!

Miraculous - Die geheime Superheldin - Barbara Neeb, Katharina Schmidt

Erstens: Ich habe durch NetGalley einen ARC erhalten. (I couldn't find a english version of the book that's why my review will only be in german)


Ich finde ja die Serie schon super süß gemacht und gucke sie unglaublich gerne. Auch mehrere Male, weil es ja bis jetzt nur eine Staffel gibt und die wird wieder und wieder wiederholt.


Als ich von den Büchern gehört hatte, hatte ich gehofft, dass es vollkommen andere und neue Geschichten sind. Sind es aber nicht. Was es für mich ein bisschen schwer gemacht hat, weil ich die Geschichten einfach schon so oft gehört habe.


Allerdings war es trotzdem schön so eine Geschichte zu lesen und ist für Kinder wirklich super geeignet und auch für erwachsene Kinder, die nicht alt werden wollen und die einen kleinen Lesesnack für zwischen durch brauchen.

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