An Update on Coronavirus Life

Hi guys!

These past few days have been lovely! Spring has finally arrived in Germany and the weather outside is absolutely beautiful. Yesterday I saw the first bee in our garden (I have a childhood trauma from bees and wasps), and I think it’s also the season for ladybug mating because I see so many ladybugs these days!

Here is a little update on my current state. On Wednesday, I was finally tested on corona and the results came in…


Such a surprise! Before that, my brother was tested positive too, just like my mum, so it wasn’t much of a shocker at all. I finally decided it was about time to really get tested (if you didn’t read my previous post: The local health authorities didn’t want to test me and the rest of my family because we weren’t showing any symptoms on the grounds of “no medical indication”, which I highly doubt…) because uni starts in less than 2 weeks and I really had to know if I could “go back” by then (also I wanted to know if I could tell my children one day I was corona positive and that it was so bad and everything).

Anyways, the day I was tested (Tuesday), I was without symptoms, but I think I might’ve developed some? The thing is, I never know if it’s coronavirus or just my pollen allergy. Take my headache for example, which I had the day after my test results came in: I still don’t know if it was from corona/sitting outside in the sun for too long/my pollen allergy/watching too much TV. My sinuses are constantly swollen because of my pollen allergy which would explain why I got a headache in the first place because there’s such a huge pressure in my face area. It could also explain why I’m also slowly losing my senses of taste and smell because my nose is constantly stuffed-up. For example, I wasn’t able to taste/smell ginger today which my dad added into our meals. It’s so weird! Apparently, the coronavirus is able to affect the taste buds which is really fascinating. I asked my brother (who has definitely developed these symptoms) how he felt about it and he said, “I feel great about it! Now I never have to worry about opening the windows to air my room!” I love his way of thinking.

This was a super short summary of how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m currently reading War and Peace (when I picked up the book 4 weeks ago, I was joking that I only read it because I was hoping that by the time I finished it, this whole madness might be over but turns out the joke was on me) and I’m loving this book so much. It connects to my soul in a way I didn’t expect, even though I was never a big classics reader and I don’t find it necessarily easy to connect with them either. Also I started reading Serpent and Dove (so far I think this book is totally overhyped) as well as Yes No Maybe So (funny story: I totally forgot I received an arc of the book last year (I’m so sorry Balzer+Bray) and I actually had to have it resent to me from my uni flat. Yeah I suck).

I hope your week has been treating you well!

Weekly Wrap Up #1


Okay, so I’m going to cheat a little bit on this post since I will summarize both the first and the second week since I created this blog. As you might well know now, Cosmic Book Love is a heart project and I’ve experimented a few times with the design since then until I finally settled with the current one. Honestly, I think it’s the best design I’ve ever had since it’s sparky, in vogue and so much me. I had so much fun drafting it and it’s the love child of my imagination and books.

On Wednesday I finally received my very first bookish mail for Cosmic Book Love. 


It’s a paperback copy of Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini! I couldn’t be more excited to finally read TTS since I’ve ogled the book since its release back in 2013. Yup, you read it correctly. 3 years since my glance collided with the book cover.
Kim also left me some sweet messages inside the book, including some bookmarks and a paper origami dove (at least I think that’s one). Cute, isn’t it? Yeah, that was my first thought too, but then I realized there are also some doves on the book cover, which in turn means the paper origami is an allusion to the story!!! (Please tell me I’m correct.)

In addition, I won a copy of rock star romance This One Moment by Stina Lindenblatt in a giveaway that was hosted by author Melissa West. Woot! I know rock star romances can be so cheesy but I trust Melissa West’s words so I hope this one will be good.

Then, in case you haven’t noticed already, I participated in the 24h readathon yesterday for the very first time. Yay!! I had so many things to do, so just like I expected I didn’t manage to read too many books. But, I did manage to pick up two books, one that left me crying at night and one that left me enchanted in the morning:


  • The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander and
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

I even tweeted about my feels when I finished TAONB and guess how surprised I was when Sarah Alexander retweeted my tweet:Bildschirmfoto 2016-04-24 um 15.35.29.pngLike wuuuuuuut!

So that’s my weekly wrap up! Oh, and I’m currently hosting a mini giveaway where you can win a copy of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. 

Current song: New Romantics by Taylor Swift

Current snack: Blueberry ice cream (I know it technically doesn’t count as a snack which however doesn’t mean it makes it less exciting having at least one of it per day)

Current giveaways: Aktion “Blogger schenken Lesefreude”

Happy Sunday!



Heute ist ein super beschäftigter Tag für mich – so werde ich beim 24h-Readathon teilnehmen und muss viele Sachen erledigen, die in Zusammenhang mit Protonen und Kernspaltung stehen – dennoch wollte ich mir die Chance nicht entgehen lassen, beim Welttag des Buches 2016 mitzumachen! Darum habe ich beschlossen, mich ebenfalls der Aktion Blogger schenken Lesefreude anzuschließen und werde zum heutigen Ehrentag (herzlichen Glückwunsch, Bücher!) ein Buch verlosen. Um am Gewinnspiel teilzunehmen, müsst ihr folgende Frage beantworten:

Welche Bücher haben euch in der Kindheit am meisten geprägt?

(Einen Extrapunkt bekommt ihr, wenn ihr mir auf Bloglovin oder auf einer meiner Social Media Seiten folgt sowie das Gewinnspiel teilt.)

Um die Frage meinerseits zu beantworten: Märchen, Enid Blyton und Charlie Bone. Es gibt wahrscheinlich hunderte von Büchern, die ich aufzählen könnte, jedoch sind dies die ersten Bücher, die mir eingefallen sind. Als Kind habe ich Märchen verschlungen, Märchen und Legenden verschiedener Kulturen gelesen und war jedes Mal verzaubert von der Welt (jetzt im Nachhinein fällt mir natürlich auf, wie brutal die meisten Märchenwelten waren — von kinderfressenden Hexen, zu Königen, die ihre Kinder opfern, weil sie beleidigt sind oder keinen anderen Ausweg finden). Die Charaktere in Enid Blytons Büchern wiederum waren meine absoluten Idole! Meine Lieblingsserien waren die Dolly-Reihe und 5 Freunde natürlich. Die Bücher haben wesentlich an meiner Abenteuerlust seit der Kindheit beigetragen. Und zu guter letzt empfand ich Charlie Bone von Jenny Nimmo immer als gute Alternative zu den Harry Potter-Büchern. Wie ich mir immer gewünscht habe, selber ein Kind des Roten Königs zu sein!

Aber genug von mir, ich will eure Antworten haben. Schreibt eure Antwort einfach bis zum 4. Mai 2016 in die Kommentare und ihr landet automatisch im Lostopf! Zu gewinnen gibt es eins der beiden Bücher: IMG_7255.jpg

Fangirl von Rainbow Rowell (Englisch) oder Obsidian – Schattendunkel von JL Armentrout (signiert). Die Tasse gibt es leider nicht, da sie meine besondere Teetasse zum Lesen ist.

  • Mitmachen können weltweit alle Leser, die älter als 18 Jahre alt sind oder die Einverständniserklärung der Eltern besitzen. Ich bin nicht verantwortlich für Bücher, die auf dem Postweg verloren gehen. Der Rechtsweg ist ausgeschlossen.
  • Die Gewinner werden spätestens am 5. Mai 2016 schriftlich per Email benachrichtigt, die Namen werden auch hier auf dem Blog bekannt gegeben.
  • Die Gewinne werden innerhalb eines Monats nach der Bekanntgabe der Gewinne versendet.
  • Über die Gewinner entscheidet

Toitoitoi und vergesst nicht, den heutigen Tag mit Büchern zu genießen! xo-tessi



Today is going to be the first time that I participate in the 24h-readathon, brought to you by Dewey! I’ve ogled with the idea to take part in this bi-annual event ever since I joined the book blogging community two years ago or so but I always thought I was too unorganised to stay up the whole day and night reading books. But then I realised that taking part in the 24h-readathon is only for the sake of having fun while reading and since I haven’t really committed to reading good novels in a while, I believe it’s a good day to start today! By the time I’m uploading this post it’s already 1 hour past the starting time but it’s never too late to join the Pre-Event Zero Hour meme, hosted by Heather @ Capricious Reader.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?


aka Germany. My starting time in Germany is 2pm by the way!

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

Touching the Surface, hands down. I’ve meant to read the book ever since I saw the beautiful cover and even more intriguing blurb back in 2013, and when I finally had the opportunity to get my hands on the book, I hopped on that chance and never looked back.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Blueberry ice cream. I absolutely love ice cream and I bought enough blueberry ice for the whole weekend today in the morning.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

After I saw the movie Interstellar, my plan was to become an astrophysicist one day even though I didn’t even really take physics in high school. I still don’t understand quantum physics, though, so I guess that was a crackpot idea.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

This is my first time participating, so what I’m definitely looking forward to is just sharing my love for books and seeing others being passionate about books too!

This is the book pile that I hope I’ll be able to tackle this Saturday:


  • Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
  • The Art of Not Breathing by Sarah Alexander
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Well, as you can see I clearly don’t have a real book pile since I have dozens of things to do today which are mostly related to school but I’m nonetheless so excited! Also, I don’t think I’ve ever read three books within 24 hours yet so today is going to be a day full of firsts! Funnily enough, I ended up with YA contemporary books only (more or less) but I swear this wasn’t intentional. Make sure to follow me on Twitter since this is the place where I’ll post all my updates!

Let me know if you participate in the Readathon so we can cheer each other! And don’t forget to have fun!!



Hi!! I’m so glad you found your way to my blog. If you’re here, you’re probably

  • my brother or
  • my sister or
  • a blogger friend who wants to follow my blogging journey after Bookraptured or
  • someone who randomly googled something and was led to this site by Google
  • a book lover
  • a world wanderer and dreamer like me
  • a w e s o m e

I’m Tessi. Gryffindor. Book hoarder. Piano ballerina. Lover of all things beautiful.

This is my venture back into the book blogging world.

Cosmic Book Love is not the same as Bookraptured. Like the rating system. That’s something that bothered me on my old blog because I feel like my thoughts on a book were narrowed down to a maximum of five stars. So, instead of stars, I’m going to rate books in percentages now. Also, I hope I’ll be able to share some stories and photos of my daily life or trips to new places. Okay? Okay.

Cosmic Book Love is an experiment and a love story about books. I hope you’ll follow me.



waiting on wednesday


Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that spotlights our most anticipated upcoming releases. It’s hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.SirensSong

SirenSongJule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren’s blood running through her veins. Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.

Publication date: March 25, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press

Why I’m waiting: I’ve never read a book about sirens and it sounds a bit like Sophie Jordan’s Firelight, so I’m really excited to read this book!