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 #179

Thanks to Fischer TB, I had a new book in the mail.    

Review Copy

Sunday Post #136

I started my work with an almost two-hour-long power walking session Monday morning, went after a quick shower to the supermarket and in the afternoon into the garden to take out some of the plants and flowers I had sown out in spring to prepare the garden for the new plants and get some structure in. In the evening I watched a show with all the candidates for the Bundestag election on German TV and the BBC. It is somehow weird to notice that the world is watching this election so closely. But it is great to listen to Ros Atkins while he is explaining to the Brits and the world how politics in Germany work and what could happen on election day.

Tuesday, after another two-hour power walk, I wrote some blog posts, downloaded some covers and other pictures for new reviews and other blog content, and took care of my household. I read another few chapters of my current read and allowed myself to do nothing for a couple of hours in the late afternoon. After all, I am on vacation.

On Wednesday I planted some new lavender, grasses, and stonecrop, and replanted some of the lavender plants I had bought in spring as young seedlings. Four of the six bought seedlings had grown into beautifully blooming lavender bushes, one had died for some reason and the other grew only sparsely.

Thursday, after my power-walking routine I mowed the new lawn by hand for the first time – with pruning shears. It took me all afternoon to do that but after that, I had a feeling for it, and it looks as if the new lawn is growing the way it is supposed to. Yay! Good, there are some spots where I will have to repeat the seeding next spring again, but that´s ok. At our nearby garden center, I bought some more grasses which were on sale and had a very informative talk with one of the staff there.

The next day, Friday, I slept long, skipped my power walking session, and went instead into the garden to prepare another spot with sand for the new planting. Now, the garden looks more structured. In the late afternoon, I spotted a new book in my mailbox and was happy to see that another Christmas book had arrived.

Saturday, I slept long, went in the late morning to the supermarket for my weekend shopping, and took care of my household during the afternoon. Later I went into the garden to take out a rosebush and a Christmas rose to replant both in the back yard. I was only partly successful because I forgot to cut the Christmas rose in half. Well, guess I´ll have to do that next week. The rest of the evening I spent online finding me some ideas to turn the ugly parts of the garden into a beautiful spot without having to spend much money or work into it.

Today, Sunday is election day. I already voted a few weeks ago via postal vote or as the US calls it absentee vote. It might take weeks or even months until we know how the new government will look like. But tonight, I guess around midnight, we will at least know which party won.

How was your week? Stay safe and healthy.

Happy reading



  1. It sounds like your garden is coming along nicely. I like lavender.

    I don't know anything about German politics but I did hear some background on Merkle and her legacy on NPR this week. And given our politics here I imagine yours is downright civilized!

    1. Oh yes, chancellor Merkel was one of a kind *smile* I will miss her although I wasn´t ok with everything she did or did not.

  2. I love the cover of Christmas Wishes.

  3. It sounds like you are making progress with the yard and had a nice vacation. I need to get walking daily now that it is cooler. I have so much other work which is tiring I haven't started yet.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. I am almost done with the garden for this year. And am still enjoying my vacation. Three weeks and I am in heaven *smile*

  4. I am sure your garden is appreciating all the attention you are giving it.
    I saw the Centre left party won in Germany but I really have no idea what that means. I am desperately hoping to vote our current govt out ASAP.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Well, I am not a political person, but the SPD is not as centre left as the world news wants you to believe. SPD stands for Social Democratic Party. They have climate change on their agenda, and social equality among some other goals. Well, guess in a few weeks we know more.


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