Blog Birthday – One Year Of All That Magic

Hello there,

It’s our birthday today!

A year ago I started this little blog and I had no idea what it would turn out to be. And here it is, ready for toddler’s group 😀

I’m reading a lot more than I used to read which is time well spent I think. I’m also spending way too much time reading tweets. Something I didn’t do before I started blogging. So this is something that I probably shouldn’t do. I’m still not writing as many culinary blog posts as I want to, simply because they are very time-consuming, just like university is right now. (kudos to all those food bloggers out there) So I try to combine things that easily match: Reading and writing for pleasure and reading and writing for university. 😉

birthday balloons

I have two birthday presents for you, my loyal readers!

The first one is the book-related questionnaire down below. (I got tagged by Sandra a couple of weeks ago).

The second present is actually more than one. On World Book Day (April 23), you’ll get the chance to win one of three books. This is part of a huge blogger giveaway called Blogger Schenken Lesefreude (unofficial translation: Bloggers Give Books) and is organized by Christina and Dagmar. But more about that at a later date.

And now, let’s be merry 😀 I hope you enjoy this little tag. I won’t tag anyone. If you, however, insist to be tagged, I can do that. Just drop me a line.

Either – Or
Slim book or weighty tome?

I love books with lots of pages to get lost in. 🙂

Second-hand or new?

That depends. Of course, who doesn’t love a new book, fresh out of the press? I do! But I don’t mind a clean second-hand copy if I know I’ll just read it once and bring it back to the open book exchange.

Historical fiction or fantasy?

Can I please have a mix of both genres?

Hardback or paperback?

Paperbacks are so convenient if you have a low-budget (like I do) and if you want to take them with you everywhere you go! I love them. But I also don’t say no to beautiful and special hardcover editions of great books I’ve read.

Funny or sad?

I love drama. I love to read books that hurt. So if I have to choose, I’ll choose sad. Nevertheless, books with the right amount of humor are great!

Summer or winter reader?

I think I read as much in winter as I read in summer. I don’t have any preferences concerning the right reading temperature or weather. Imagine that: “Oh it’s way too hot outside. I don’t read when it’s hot,” or “Did you hear the news? They issued a storm warning. You can’t read during a storm!”

Classics or contemporary fiction?

It all depends on how you define classics…

Self-help books or novels?

If I’m in a situation that requires a self-help book, I’ll go for that. They can come in very handy sometimes! Other than that, I prefer novels.

Crime fiction or thrillers?

Neither! I’m easily scared.

Ebook or print book?

Same answer as for paperbacks vs hardbacks.

Hoarding or throwing out?

Hoarding. I admit it. I’m a book hoarder. And so is my dad. There is no denying who I got that from. Although he started putting some of his read books into the open book exchange.

Online bookshops or traditional bookstores?

I love to browse traditional bookstores. Unfortunately, over here many of them have hardly any English books for sale. Forget browsing. And the few books they have are irrationally expensive. This is why I have to buy most of the books I read from online stores.

Bestseller or shelf warmer?

I read what I like. No matter if it’s a bestseller or not.

Cook book or baking book?

As many cook books include baking recipes, I’ll choose the cook book. Clever, eh?

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Giveaway – Canada Day Blog Hop 2013

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Canada Day Blog Hop which runs from June 27th to July 1st 2013
and is Co-hosted by Chrystal of Snowdrop Dreams of Books, Aislynn of Stitch Read Cook & Carmel of Rabid Reads!


In honour of Canada‘s birthday we are having a Canada Day Blog Hop extravaganza!
Each blog will host their own giveaway – Canada themed of course!
Giveaway’s will run from June 27th to July 1st

This is my first giveaway and I am very excited about it. I love Canada and when I read about this blog hop, I thought “This is it!”

In honour of my Canadian family (Hi Grandma, Grandpa, aunties, uncles and cousins! *wave*) I’m giving away one of my favourite books about Canada and which one will be a surprise 🙂 I will tell you about it as soon as the winner has it!


  • You have to be 16 or older to participate
  • You can participate as long as The Book Depository ships to your country for free
  • I am not responsible for lost or damaged items
  • There will be one winner who will receive an English language book of my choosing
  • You you have to enter through the Rafflecopter
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, another winner will be drawn.

If you understand and agree to these rules please click this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

And now head over to all the other sites offering more great giveaways (I cannot get this code to work so just head over to Rabid Reads to see all the other participating pages):

Win – The Book Depository

About a month ago, I won something so big, I still cannot believe it. The Book Depository often has so-called competitions where you can books and other stuff. And as I buy most of my books there, I always enter these competitions. I never thought I’d win something at The Book Depository because there’s probably hundreds of thousands of people entering their competitions BUT one day I had an e-mail from them and I almost thought it was a promo e-mail. Still, I gave it a second look and it said that I won a competition and that I will receive 15 different books. How awesome is that? Two weeks later, they were in the mail and as you can see, it was a very nice mix. Even my dad is happy about this win. He picked 5 books to read too 🙂


Many thanks again to The Book Depository!

Lovelybooks Win – Audio Books by Frieda Runge

So today I got something fun for you and unfortunately, it’s something probably only German speaking people will understand.

I entered a contest on Lovelybooks to win two audio books by Frieda Runge. They are called Die ehrlose Wildbacherin (The Dishonorable Wildbacherin) and Föhn über Brauneck (Foehn Wind over Brauneck). To enter I had to write a short story with a similar sound to it than the descriptions of the audio books. The short story should also be written in our local dialect.

Here’s my short story:

Es woa an an Nochmittog um hoib drei, do is da Hias, da Bua vom Metzga, wieda spechtln gonga. Wia imma is a ummi zua Magdalena, da Pfoarraskechin. De Kich vom Pfoarra is untn im Kella und hod a recht praktisch’s Fensta bei dem da Hias von da Strossn oba eini schaun ko. Wiara do an dem Dog so schaut (und niagnds die Magdalena siagt), haut eam auf oamoi wea oadntlich ane aufn Hintan. Da Hias draht si um und so schnö ko a goaned schaun, hod a an Opfikuchn im Gsicht pickn. Wia a si den Kuchn ausm Gsicht wischt, siagt a die Magdalena vua eam steh. De schaut fuxdeifiswüd aus. Grod wia da Hias weglaufn wü fliagt a auf die Pappn. Die Magdalena hod eam s’Haxl glegt. Wia a zum rean ofonga wü, fongt die Magdalena o zum lochn und sogt: “Schea di zum Deifi Hias. Wennst mi wiaklich gean host, donn bringst ma des nexte Moi a poa Wiascht und kimmst bei da Eingongstia eina!” Draht si um. Und geht.

And today I got the message that I really won both audio books. I heard that they should be real fun to listen to. 🙂

Milford sweepstake – another win

I’m so very sorry, but there’s so much going on right now, I barely got time to breathe. Still, I got some posts for you in the pipeline ’cause things have been happening in the world of giveaways, sweepstakes, movies AND I’m even trying to finish a book right now, so you might get a book review soon.

Now back to today’s topic. A few days ago, I entered a Milford sweepstake, forgot about it and found a little package at my doorstep today. In it, there was a package of tea that I chose in case I won, a pen, post its and four cute magnets.


Salzburger Landwirtschaft – I won a book


I recently won a cook book in a sweepstake and this is it:


Neue Cuisine was written by Kurt Gutenbrunner, who was born in Austria and moved to the United States. There, he became a famous chef. He wrote a cook book in English called Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Tastes of Vienna and it became a hit. Now, it was translated into German and there it is, lying on my table – isn’t it funny?!

In the cook book, there are many classical Austrian recipes like “Wiener Schnitzel” but also others I haven’t heard of before, using typical Austrian ingredients. Neue Cuisine sure looks interesting!

Many thanks to Salzburger Landwirtschaft!