Monday, October 27, 2014

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!



I got nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by the lovely Nyze so a big THANK YOU at this place. 

And like every other award (At least like every other award I know of) this award has rules:

  1. You should thank the blogger that nominated you and link back their blog.
  2. Post the awards logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the 10 questions that you were asked
  4. and nominate 10 bloggers and ask them 10 questions.

Nyze Asked


Who’s your favorite book blogger(s)?
So first of all there's this German book blogger Katjas Bücherwelt, there's Nyze (Who nominated me. I hope this doesn't seem overly smarmy..) and last but not least Falling Books.

Harry Potter or Percy Jackson?
Definitely Harry Potter. I mean, I did like Percy, but the world wasn't as wonderful and the gods were totally annoying (Okay, Voldemort wasn't a cute, little kitty either...) but seriously: Nothing can compete with Butterbeer.

Book turned Movie you like best?
Ummm. I'm usually not a big fan of the movies, 'cause they leave so much stuff out. But I'll go with The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Steven Chbovski.

A book character you really love and why?
Anna from Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn

Best series you’ve ever read?
Embarrassing. Really. I've only ever finished 3 series: The Selection, Twilight and Harry Potter. I guess I'll go with Harry Potter.

A book character that you see yourself in?
Uhh. No one really. Maybe Scarlet from Scarlet Marissa Meyer. Or Anna from Anna and the French Kiss.

Favorite book villain?
Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. Definitely. One of the few female Villains. I think we need more of them.

Author(s) you’ve met?
I haven't really ever met someone who is really famous in the world of YA. For example Benedict Cumberbatch. I haven't met him. And yes, I do know he is not an author. I haven't met John Green either. But I did meet some "smaller" authors, for example Fadia Faqir

A book that you’ve stayed late to finish?
Yeah, that was last night. I planned on finishing Where She Went by Gayle Forman but I had to get up at 8 a.m. and I started reading at half past two. I made to page 234. So guess who didn't get up at 8 o'clock?

1st book giveaway you’ve won?

That was a few months ago and I won The Revenant by Elise Abram. I haven't won anything after that so it's the first and only one.

I Nominate


Sam from Falling Books
Katja from Katjas Bücherwelt
Haveny from Bücherhimmel
Tanya from A Book Paradise
Hanna and Ingrid from Zwei Sichten auf Bücher
Charlyne from Lieber Lesen 

My Questions


Do you enjoy reading out loud?
What fictional meal would you like to taste?
Series or standalones?
Who or what inspired you to create your blog?
What languages do you speak and do you read in all of those languages?
Does your family read as much as you do?
What is your favorite book of 2014?
Do you like Halloween?
Do you like reading horror stories?
What is your favorite local bookshop?


I hope you all enjoy blog awards and stuff as much as I do :) 

PS: I finished Where She Went last night! (Finally)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Sunday Post #1



The Sunday Post



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @Caffeinated Book Reviewer (To get to her blog just click the picture). It was created to share news, recap the past week and tell your readers what is coming up on your blog the week ahead.






Last Week On Taraxacum
Read

This is embarrassing.. Zombicorns is the only thing I read. And it has only 72 pages.

Library Haul
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And I got a few DVDs at that Library, so I watched Bridget Jones's Diary with my mother one evening and it was hilarious. 

This Week On Taraxacum
  • Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award
  • REVIEW: Zombicorns by John Green
  • "Waiting on" Wednesday
  • REVIEW: Jerusalem: Chronicles of the Holy City by Guy Delisle
News

As you might have already guessed I got nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by Nyze.

I hope that I can prepare some posts before school starts again, because I know that otherwise there won't be (m)any posts.


How was your week? What did you read (Probably more than me.)?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

BOOKHAUL #2





I bought the first four books on a book shopping tour with my friends (They also bought four books each), two of them at Marga Schöller, the other two at Hugendubel, because my friend wanted to go there.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Review: Zoff auf Zombie 7 by Jochen Till

Thank you to  and to  for providing me with a copy of this book.

Spackos in Space - Zoff auf Zombie 7
My rating: 3/5 stars
Original language:  German
Series: Spackos in Space #2
Genre: Children's literature, Illustrated books
Published: 2014 by Tulipan
Pages: 183 (Hardback)
Source: received from the Tulipan publishing company via Blogg dein Buch
Want to buy: Tulipan

After drifting around in space without food Conny and the crew of the RS Rumpel are finally able to land on a planet. When they discover that the planet’s residents are zombies it’s too late to escape.


Cornelius, also known as Conny, is hungry. Not just a bit, he hasn’t eaten anything for weeks! They have been floating around in space for three months after they got in a crash and the space-ship’s engine doesn’t work anymore. They can’t control the ship, not mentioning returning to their home. But then Amy, Conny’s friend from Labrox, smells a planet, more precisely the saltwater. And where there is water there might be food. There’s little chance that this works out, so when it does they immediately start looking for food. But soon food is the least they worry about…

The author: Jochen Till was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1966. He used to dream of a career as a rockstar until he started writing.
The illustrator: Zapf was born in Berlin in 1980 and he still lives there. He studied German and Art and became an illustrator after his studies.

My Thoughts:

“Zoff auf Zombie 7” was a fast-paced, kind of funny read with lots of illustrations in it. The author created a whole new universe with lots of different species and planets in it. The best thing about this universe was the food – For example the Nutellatrees. It’s not really difficult to understand, the jokes are a bit flat and it’s definitely more children’s humour than (young) adult’s but it still made me laugh a few times. But I still wish that there had been more to think about, deeper thoughts and a bit more complicated language; Being nine years old doesn’t immediately mean being stupid. Using long words isn’t a bad thing.

There were some good issues with children and adults in this book. My favourite scene looked like this: Cornelius comes into the room. His father and the others are playing cards. He wants to tell them about the newly discovered planet but his father keeps telling him to shut up, he’s a kid and he doesn’t know anything important. Then the doctor comes in too, suggesting to amputate everyone’s stomachs so they can’t even get hungry. Cornelius father is sceptical and starts looking for other options. A lot of Chaos. Conny tells the other that there are other options. His father is like: “Really?”. Cornelius asks if they really want a kid’s advice and his father tells him to stop being so childish, he’s nearly an adult.

Cornelius, sadly, isn’t the kind of unique character I hoped he would be. He’s the kind of boy who screws everything up and gets sent away to his kind of awful father, who is actually quite nice and not as bad as he seems and is friends with everyone, while he is this funny, nice guy at home without friends.
I didn’t read the first book in this series but somehow it didn’t matter because everything made sense anyway.

I would recommend this book to children under 10, particularly to those who enjoy comics and are just getting started with reading “big” books.

PS: For my English readers: The title "Zoff auf Zombie 7" means "Bovver on Zombie 7".

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Review: My and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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My rating: 4/5 stars
Original language:  English
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humor, Death, High School
Published: March 2012 by Abrams
Pages: 295 (paperback)
Source: purchased
Want to buy: Abrams - Book Depository
Goodreads



Greg wants to befriend everyone  and at the same time he doesn't want to befriend anyone. He only has  one real friend: Earl. But then his  mother makes him  spend time with  Rachel, a girl he  hasn't spoken a  word to in years and who has just been diagnosed with leukemia.


Greg's best friend Earl is really short for his age and really fast at kicking someone's head. They make movies together, starting with a cover of "Aguirre, the Wrath of God", which became their favorite movie when they were eleven. After this first movie two things were decided: 1. No one was going to see the movies because they were too bad and 2. They would be making more movies.
And then, one day, his mother comes in and tells him that Rachel, whose boyfriend he was when they were in middle school, has been diagnosed with leukemia. He doesn't really care because they aren't actually friends until his mother tells him he should spend time with her. They start hanging out and become friends again. So when Rachel stops treatment, they decide to make "Rachel the Film"  a.k.a "The Worst Film Ever Made".

My Thoughts:

I picked up this book because of Raeleen from Padfootandprongs review of it. She was talking about this book so much that I thought it would be the most amazing book ever. In the end it turned out it wasn’t. I am not saying I think it’s bad, it’s just not what I expected. I didn’t expect a book that funny and with characters that unique.

Here’s what I expected, explained on a quote (like a counter-evidence from Maths): “A wise and insightful story about love and death and growing up. It is probably going to make me cry literally the entire time.” In other words: “The Fault In Our Stars”. I don’t know about you, but it definitely made me cry literally the entire time. So when I started this book I was a bit irritated but it took me only the first three chapters or so to get into it.

After that I always read a few pages and then ran through the flat to read something to my mother which was hilarious in my eyes but apparently not in hers. Still, this book is incredibly funny and you have to snort-laugh a lot. The writing style of this book is really interesting and fitting to the content: Most of the conversations in the beginning of the book are written as if they are part of a script and a lot of lists.  But other than that the book is a bit chaotic: I couldn’t really see the plot of this book at some points, even though I think this is something realistic, it was a bit confusing and sometimes a bit boring. But I have to admit, I've never seen something like a leitmotif in my life. Some things are way more important than others, so the other things are just left out etc.

I liked the characters in this book. They all acted like real teens. I'm usually a bit annoyed by how adult the characters behave when they're supposed to be 16 or 17. 
Greg sometimes made these obviously stupid decisions and not acting like people thought he would (Sometimes in a negative way) and he was really funny without realizing it. Also I could completely understand why he tried to not make himself neither enemies nor friends. I wouldn't do that, but I understand it. At least I think I do. 
Earl was more rational and although he first seemed a bit rough he was actually a really nice person and he appeared quite thoughtful. But he somehow seemed a little scary to me...
And then there is Rachel: I think I'm a bit like her (With a lot more talking) so I could relate to her the most. 

The ending of this book was a bit too abrupt for my taste. It's not like this book didn't give me the feels, but the end was like there was going to be something after that. For example a sequel out of Earl's point of view.

So yes, I would recommend this book to everyone who likes realistic, unique stories with a lot of humor and truth.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Waiting on" Wednesday #1

"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine about the release of books we readers are anticipating.

I discovered that I'm currently waiting on loads of books but here is the one:


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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 
Release date: 04.11.2014

From Goodreads:

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.
Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

"A Thousand Pieces of You" is the first book in Claudia Gray's new trilogy. I really think this  is going to be an awesome book because parallel universes are just completely (And I'm really sorry for repeating myself) awesome! Especially if it's going to be as good as its cover, because then it will be the best book ever.

Do you participate in the "Waiting on" Wednesday meme? And what book releases are you currently anticipating?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Review: Leander sieht Maud by Nadia Marfaing

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My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Original language: French
Series: -
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Published: August 2014 by Knesebeck (first published 2012)
Pages: 176 (paperback)
Source: Buchbox
Want to buy? The Book Depository - Knesebeck 
 Goodreads



It's April 1967. After a self-inflicted accident Maud goes blind.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me to Read

(Yes, Top Ten Tuesday on Thursday)
I thought I should participate in this because a) everyone is and b) I wanted to for a very long time. So here it comes.
And by the way, if you don't know this meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish you should go check it out here.

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1. Books that just weren't my type of book:


  1. The Revenant (my review ) by Elise Abram: Just wasn't my type of book. Way too much zombies and dead stuff and blood. But I guess that's mostly my own fault.
  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: It took me quite a while to get through this - not because it's bad - no, it's actually a great book, so in the end I loved it. I also have to admit it was my very first classic and I guess it always takes a bit to get used to the language.
  3. Im Westen Nichts Neues (All Quiet on the West) by Erich Maria Remarque: I'm currently reading this for school and I should have finished it by now but I can only take a small dose of innards per day.