With the Weekly Book Wrap-Up, I give you a bit of an insight into all the new books that have arrived at my place. No matter if I won a giveaway, got approved for a reviewer´s copy, an ARC or just bought one myself. Everything that I add to my shelves, in what way ever and read during the past week or am still reading, I will write about it.  And maybe I tell you a bit about the upcoming things on Inkvotary, that is if I don´t forget it and have something to share with you *smile*

I am linking up with Tynga´s Reviews and Caffeinated Reviewer and hope you´ll have fun reading it and maybe get the one or the other book inspiration.

Stacking The Shelves #115

I´ve got new books! Thank´s to Fischer, LIMES, and Blanvalet I won´t be running out of reading material *smile* And I bought some -,99 cent ones. Please check them before you one-click them.

Review Copy


Bought Books


Sunday Post #72

My week started on Monday with a wonderful surprise. I found book mail right at my doorstep when I went out early Monday morning to get my bank stuff done. I know, I know there is online banking, but I don´t like doing it. And as long as I am in the happy position that I have a bank filial about a five-minute walk away from my place, I walk and use the machine there to do all the stuff. When I checked my mailbox on my way out, I found a card that told me that another package was waiting for me at the post office. A few hours later I was happy as heck when I saw that all the books, I had asked for months ago were laying in my lap. And yesterday, Saturday, I received another book mail *woohoo*

Now, I look at seven books I will have to read and review before mid-June (maybe the end of June if I stretch the deadline to the maximum)) to be ready with my reviews. Nope, no pressure at all *lol*

Somewhen during the week, I received an email from one of the publishers I write reviews on a regular basis for and got informed that one of the books I was supposed to read and review in June 2020 got postponed to 31st March 2021. I am still looking forward to reading it:

On Friday we marked VE Day. On 8 May 1945 WWII ended and although we don´t celebrate this day as people in the UK or France do (and they have every right to be joyful and happy), we still think about the cruelty and lost lives and remind us that this may never happen again. I watched the President of Germany and Chancellor Merkel be at the Neue Wache in Berlin laying down wreaths. It is a silent remembrance compared to how other countries mark the day. And one where we reflect the responsibility that has come out of it for each and every one of us. We can´t change the very dark history of this country (Germany) but we can change how future generations think about it. And it is our special responsibility to make sure that they know about it and understand how vital it is that we have to keep it in mind. That we listen carefully to the few time witnesses who are left and that they don´t tell us some story but the reality that happened long before my generation and others to come were born. 

In the evening I watched the address the Queen held to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. Believe it or not but to know that she is one of the last living persons on the planet who is a time witness is important. And it was absolutely interesting to listen to her son and daughter-in-law when they were reading out of the diaries their grandfather and father had written during those dark days. 

Not sure if it is only my imagination or if others feel the same, but I think the sky is as clear and blue like I´ve never seen it before. Since all the airplanes are grounded bees and other insects are flying around and the definition of “clear blue sky” has changed completely. While I went to town Thursday, I enjoyed the new clarity our sky has now and when you walk in bright sunlight, this new clarity is even more impressive.

And today, on Mother´s Day, I don´t know what to think, feel, or do. Although we are allowed now to visit our families again, the fact that I still can´t hug them and stand close to them is not very comforting. It feels so bad. We are still asked to keep our 6 ft distance and sitting at the same table but not allowed to have physical contact is hard as I heard to my absolute surprise last Sunday. Turns out that my parents had been for coffee and cake at my stepmom´s daughter´s place. I am still angry with them because I think it is too early.

So, instead of visiting them, we all only enjoy the last hours of great weather and bright sunshine. A bad weather front is moving in and the weather forecast even predicts some snow in our area - seriously? I do hope it won´t be a lot of snow looking at all the fresh planted veggies and flowers. When I look at the card I´ve got for my stepmom on Friday, it feels strange that this year things are changed. And to get flowers of good quality is not as easy as in recent years. Corona has hit that field too.

I apologize for the quality the picture has. My hand was shaking a bit the moment I took the picture. The word on the card says "Thank you":

Despite that I want to shout out that I wish all mothers in the world – no matter if your child is healthy, sick, alive, stillborn, or dead - a hopefully happy Mother’s Day and that we all can enjoy today in the best way possible.

How was your week? Stay safe and healthy.

Happy reading



  1. Yay for bookmail! It is a great comfort. I think it is too soon and we are just going to continue to stay home.

    Take care and happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    1. I love getting books *smile* Stay safe and well!

  2. Book mail is the best day Vi! And I can't hug my mom either yet ...

    1. Hopefully this nightmare is soon over and we can hug our loved ones again without having to fear we could harm them.

  3. Thank you for sharing about the VE Day traditions in Germany. I never knew how you commemorated that significant day in history. It's sad to know that people in your history did something so horrible, but we all have horrors in our history (here in America, slavery is the one that comes to mind)---remembering and honoring those who suffered is the best we can do.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. You are right. Remembering and honoring is the best we can do. Stay safe and well.

  4. So important and moving about V-E Day. I often think here in the States we should pay more attention to that, celebrate it more. I guess our Memorial Day coming up later this month is kinda for that, honoring the veterans, but anyway... glad you had a nice commemoration. And the blue sky- it's interesting that you say that because I hadn't thought about that but the sky HAS seemed very blue lately! It's fascinating to think how different the environment is right now with planes not flying and everything else. I think nature may be rebounding a bit!

    Mother's Day is hard. we're distancing today with it too. Hope you have a good day and a nice week ahead.

    Yay for new reads! Hope they're all good... :)

    1. I hope I will enjoy them too. Thank you for stopping by, Greg.

  5. Yay for all of that bookmail. Bookmail always makes me happy. :) I was out walking this afternoon and was thinking the same thing about the blue sky. I couldn't decide if I was imagining it or not, but it just seemed more blue and clear than it usually does.

    1. It is real. And though the reason behind it is terrible and a economical/financial disaster, nature seems to take a deep breath at the moment. I do hope we are able to take some of the benefits our nature is experiencing now into the future.

  6. I read Haven't They Grown this week, and couldn't put it down!


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