*Booked* – ‘The Grownup’ by Gillian Flynn

The GrownupThe Grownup by Gillian Flynn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never really read “ghost stories” but this seemed intriguing. I ended up loving this “quickie” of a book. The writing style was entertaining me from first to last line and the protagonist seemed like an acquaintance you just knew and felt comfortable with immediately by the way she thought about people and life. All the little twists made this such an enjoyable read!

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*Booked* – ‘Lucky You’ by Erika Carter

Lucky You: A NovelLucky You: A Novel by Erika Carter

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It’s a bit difficult for me to find the right words about this book & to explain why I gave it 3 stars (only). 3 stars is simply what I feel about this book, what I felt when reading it. While I do like Erika Carter’s writing style and the general idea for the story, I just don’t “feel” it. The characters seem a bit of a drag….being dragged through their often depressing lives, showing no development. There were only a few moments when I felt one or the other character would go through some kind of development, but in the end….they just didn’t. :/ I liked some of the interaction between them but overall, it felt like I was reading something dark & dirty (and not in the nice “dirty”-way) If this would have been a tv-series/movie I’d have it on just for the noise, doing something else on the side.

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*Booked* – ‘The sun is also a star’ by Nocola Yoon

The Sun is Also a StarThe Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ll give this book 3.5 stars.
First off, how beautiful is that cover art, I could just stare at it for a long time and feel content. Now on to the actualy story and my opinion. What I loved most about this book is the way the story is told. The POV-chapters switch from character to character (and each one gets their own little symbol on top of the page!) It just gives you that insight into each and everyone connected to the story, either by fate, coincidence or some other (dark) matter. Even the smallest characters on the side get their story told. It made me think and wonder about the people I encounter in my everyday life, made me want to look twice at each of them and learn their personal story (why are they happy or why are they angry today? Why is he/she in a hurry? Where does he/she need to go?). The scientific facts mixed with beautiful wording in special chapters matched both of the protagonists in such a wonderful way – it all fit perfectly together…….and THAT is where my problem with this book was in the end! I just found it all a bit “too perfect”, a fairytale that – for me – took this otherwise really cool story, about a day and fate of two people, out of the “real world” and into some fairy tale land where by countless coincidences everything magically falls into place. Don’t get me wrong, I can totally believe that through fate people are brought together in a special moment, but not several special moments and more, almost all in one single day. That bothered me in the end and so I 1.5 stars of the “perfect rating” 😉

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*Booked* – ‘The Tresspasser’ by Tana French

The Trespasser (Dublin Murder Squad, #6)The Trespasser by Tana French

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was my first read of a “Dublin Murder Squad” story by Tana French – so even it is numbered as #6, you can totally enjoy this without having read the previous ones, as the story is not really connected to the other ones, but stands for itself. A murder happened and the protagonist Detective Conway is searching for who’s done it and why together with her partner Detective Moran.

I’ve never read a true detective novel before, and am happy this was my first because it was that good in my opinion. The protagonist is a lady who kicks ass, not so much in the physical sense but with her attitude – for some reason she reminded me a whole lot of Annalise Keating from ‘How to get away with murder’….I couldn’t stop picturing her in my head during dialogues and inner thoughts of the protagonist of this book. Furthermore, I enjoyed that the slow pace of the story, while the whole thought process of the detectives, as well as interviews of suspects and witnesses, were so detailed…I felt like a fly on the wall of an actual investigation! Even when I learned “who’s done it”, the story still kept me turning page after page because I wanted to know how it all played out.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book – 4 stars alone for the protagonist – so 5/5 it is!

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「Animal Kingdom」Coloring Book Update #2

I wrote a general blog post about my new coloring book ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Millie Marotta HERE.

Meanwhile I have finished colouring another 4 pages, yeah! It’s sooooo fun & really does relax me or take my mind of things for some time.

“There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.” – Carl Sandburg

“Giraffes are fairytale animals, almost heraldic. It’s an incredibly difficult thing to bring a giraffe down. They can kill a lion with a single blow from their feet.” (Joanna Lumley)

The rooster may crow….but the hen delivers the goods!

 Always be yourself. Unless you can be an elephant. Then always be an elephant. 


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「Animal Kingdom」Coloring Book Update #1

I wrote about my new coloring book ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Millie Marotta HERE.

This is the first page I chose, because it has a little gerbil (mouse) in the middle, and I thought a mandala like shape would be good to get into the groove.

I like how it turned out, although I might would color a bit differently if I’d do it again. There is another page just like that, but with some white spaces so I can fill in my own patterns, and I’ll try a different color-combination when I’ll get to that in the future.

「Animal Kingdom」- My new colouring book

Yes, you read right – I got myself a colouring book!
It’s not any old colouring book like those for little kids – it’s one for adults (or anyone of age and ability to colour in tiny spaces) & it’s supposed to have an relaxing effect on you. After Amy Marshall tweeted about hers, I was so intruiged that I immediately had to get one for myself.
The book is called ‘Animal Kingdom’ by Millie Marotta, who by the way will have another one of those colouring books out in the future called ‘Tropical World’ (*psst* on German Amazon it comes out July 1st which is pretty soon, but on the Amazon US it says September 2015)

It’s bigger than I thought, and the pages have a nice thickness to them, so pens won’t colour through to the other side so easily. The front & back cover has spaces coloured in gold (just as the title) and both- front & back cover fold out with more drawings to colour in.

I can’t wait to get started on one of the pages!!


Smash*Book「Pretty Pink」Update #3

 This double page is very special to me: it’s about my baby daughter!

I picked this double page to be all about my daughter, because it has the calendar on the bottom of the right page saying “A DAY TO REMEMBER”, so I circled her birthday with a heart.
In addition to that I used adhesive letters to add the birth-month (spelled in the german version with an “i” in the end) and her name, as well as “My Girl” and the meaning of her Japanese name (kanji 七海), “7 seas”

I took polaroids of her, as well as me with her & my husband with her to fill out the page on the left with that. I really like the little frames for the polaroids that I got from a friend. On the page to the right I only added a palm print of hers and will use the empty space to fill it with all the funny, witty, interesting things she’ll say once she can talk (more).

In the middle I attached a little wooden ’ema’ keychain I bought at a Japanese shrine that sort of specialises on wishes & prayers for a good upbringing and education of children.
Something I added in the middle to the “rings” of my smash book are little ‘song cards’ as I like to call them. Basically I got a little crafty and made cards that on the front are decorated according to the theme of the lullaby/children’s song, and have the song lyrics written on the back. They are all  in Japanese lullabies (except for the one on the bottom left which is just the Japanese version of “twinkle twinkle little star”).

I can’t wait to fill the page on the right with quotes of all the things she says that I want to remember!

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Smash*Book「Pretty Pink」Update #1

Recently I was bitten by the ‘smash book bug’ 🙂
I’ve seen so many people make or start one, it seems to be a real hype. And while I’m not one to just join any hype for the sake of it, the fact that you get to be creative and can turn a smash book-base into your very own uniquely styled piece intruiged me very much.

I chose to buy a Smash*Book by K&Company (they have many different ones): it’s the ‘Pretty Pink’ version!  I want to share some pictures of what I’ve done with my Smash Book so far – getting into my creative flow if you will.

Each version of the K&Company Smash Books comes in a differently coloured binding and with a different front cover pattern. This version had flowers and I chose to make them *POP* a little more by simply colouring them the way I liked.

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Bookish『blogtober 2014』

Day 25 of blogtober2014 has me talking about books ❤

Your favourite book
Well, I really can not just name ONE favourite book. After all there are different genres, different languages, different moods I’m in to feel connected to a story etc. So I decided to make a little list of favourite books, yea?!

  • Children’s Books: Snow White & the seven dwarfs – my favourite fairy tale of all times since early childhood days
  • Young Adult: Das Lied der Träumerin by Tanya Stewner who usually writes children’s books, but has made a really good debut into the young adult genre with this book (unfortunately not translated into English yet).  It has music, love triangles, secrets, dark desires and a whole lot of “finding oneself” among the protagonists.
  • Dytopia: The Children of Men by P.D. James – Chilling, post-apocalyptic story that sucked me in from start to finish. So did the movie they made based on this book. I recommend both!
  • Women’s Fiction: Auf der anderen Seite ist das Gras viel Grüner by Kerstin Gier – If you could turn back time 5 years, would make the same decisions in your life, fall in love with the same person ??
  • Contemporary: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – A story with characters so strong and vivid, they will stay with you for a long time after you finished reading. At least that’s how it was for me.
  • Fantasy: The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers – A must-read for everyone who loves books, reading and the suspense & excitement of immersing oneself in a fantastic story.
  • (Japanese) Classic: Botchan by Natsume Sôseki – a humorous Japanese classic by my favourite Japanese author, and just because the male protagonists reminds me a lot of myself 🙂