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 Caffeinated Reviewer and Reading Reality and hope you´ll have fun reading it and maybe get the one or the other book inspiration.

Stacking The Shelves #161

Thanks to Fischer I had some new releases in the mail. The invisible Life of Addie LaRue (left) and the last part of the Vortex trilogy (right).

Review Copy


Sunday Post #118

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday were uneventful and quiet days. I wrote my dad a father´s day card knowing that for him it is a day like any other day. But I also know that if I don´t write a card, he´ll be disappointed and would ask me about it.

Friday started with sunny weather that changed into humid and grey weather. No rain, but why should it rain when you can have humidity? I don´t know how many times I´ve now been in the garden to water everything. And to notice that more and more weeds are coming out and that I will need another entire afternoon to get them out again. Ugh!

Saturday I was for the first time in days again writing reviews and started reading a new novel. In the afternoon I went down into the garden to water the fresh growing wild herbs and country seeds I had sawn some weeks ago. Despite the weather forecast telling us that we get lots of rain, the reality is that we don´t get rain at all. And most of my seeds start to show now and need water. Some other plants I had planted a few weeks ago are not really growing and I suppose that either I´ve made a mistake with the spot or that the soil is just not what they need. The picture is about a week old. I totally forgot to take a newer one while being down there. Sometimes …

All week long I enjoyed as often as possible the now beautifully blooming lilac. Before my Covid-19 infection, I was able to smell the scent while looking outside my bedroom window (fourth floor or for the US third floor) or while being on the balcony. Not anymore. Now I must go downstairs and put my nose right into one of its many blossoms to smell at least a hint of its gorgeous scent. Don´t know how long this recovery will be but I am confident that I get all my senses back to the status they were before the infection.

And today I spent most of the morning doing plant research for all the things I would love to have in the back yard because I still have some plain spots down there and need to save as many plants and flowers from the front yard as possible. The new neighbor wants to rip them all out because he hates flowers and plants. His first-floor apartment comes with the landlord’s request that whoever lives in it must take care of the tiny front yard it has. Well, he is willing to take care of the part he sees while sitting on his patio but not the side part that is not visible to him. Too much work and too many insects. Stupid, I know, but that guy is one of a kind (negative meaning). Ah yes …

How was your week? Stay safe and healthy.

Happy reading



  1. Lilacs are my favorite. I planted one but it is a baby and won't bloom this year. I worked hard on my gardens last fall so I can enjoy them this summer.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. The garden around the house is huge and with a lot of wild ivory in it. I guess, that I can enjoy it next year completely when I´ve got most of the wild ivory out.

  2. "would ask me about it" that made me smile. My dad always said don't get me anything, I don't need things but I think secretly he was pleased when we did. :)

    Sense of smell is so weird with Covid, I never lost it but I know people who did. Good luck with your plantings and with the curmudgeonly neighbor lol.

    Be well :)

    1. Oh yes, and I am so glad that my sense of smell is back. Good, there are moments I wish it would still be gone but then I think of how my stomach reacted when I tried to eat something but could not smell it. Oh yes, that neighbor *lol*

  3. We got a ton of rain here this weekend. And we are supposed to have rain off and on all week. It's a kind of weird May for us this year it seems. I hope that you get your sense of smell back, but it sounds like at least it's not gone completely, so that's kind of good, right? Hope you have a good week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

    1. We´ve got the same weather here too. One minute sunshine the next rain. And way too cold for May. Hope you will have a great week too.


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