Monday, 16 January 2017

The Secret Paris Cinema Club

Original title: Eines Abends in Paris
Author: Nicolas Barreau
Publisher: Quercus
Publishing date: 2014
Pages: 278


Alain Bonnard who has quite recently inherited a small cinema in Paris, which he cherishes many nostalgic memories about, lives a very quiet life untill everything changes when Hollywood stars approach him with request of filming a new movie in his little cinema. But this exciting news almost causes his loosing a woman who might be the love of his life...

"Isn't it simply incredible that, after all the millennia this world has been turning on its axis, love is still the most wonderful thing that can happen to two people? Again and again it's that feeling that enables us to start anew in expectations of great things."

This was such a lovely story that warmed my heart during this incredibly cold winter. It's been a really long time since I've read some book that took place in Paris, and so I was very glad when I came upon this one. I found it in one of the bookshop branches where I'd been working in London, and I just couldn't resist to buy it, for it sounded like exactly my cup of tea. The back cover described The Secret Paris Cinema Club as "a Parisian Notting Hill with all the charm of Chocolat". I mean, what more did I need to be sold on the spot for it...?

I have to say that this book really lived up to my expectations. It was beautifully written, very funny and charming. I adored the main character Alain Bonnard. He indeed reminded me of William Thacker from Notting Hill. And I wished him luck throughout the whole book. The love story in this book was of instant kind, but I didn't really mind it. As long as it's believable, I might as well enjoy it. And this was definitely the case. Over all it was a very sweet novel with a few surprises as well. I would definitely recommend this book to every hopeless romantic. I'm sure, you'll love it just as I did...

Ratings: 5/5

Saturday, 14 January 2017

January Book Photo Challenge - Part II

Happy Saturday to everyone.
I am here again with the second part of January Book Photo Challenge. I am really glad I joined in this month, for it's such a fun to take pictures of books and discuss them with you. In this post you'll see one of my bookshelves and will learn about my favourite literary couple. So without further ado, let's get started...

8. Cozy in Bed
Bed is my favourite place to read, for rooms in our old house are so cold in winter. I always try to make myself as comfortable as possible. And I love to have a cup of tea as well as some snack (preferably fruit and/or chocolate) by my side...
 
9. Quote to Live By
I absolutely love this quote from Emma by Jane Austen. I think it's so true, for every other charm will fade away eventually, but the tenderness of heart will make you beautiful in spite of your age...

10. Favourite Genre
I should think I like to read every genre. But the true is that the vast majority of my reading consists of contemporary Yong Adult with a few fantasy books and a little bit more classics. So YA it is, I guess...

11. Shelfie
Here is one of my bookshelves that my Daddy made for me. It contains most of my translated books. It's positioned above my desk and the chest of drawers so it's really high. The highest shelf is actually just under the ceiling so whenever I want to pull out some book, I have to bring a big stool from the kitchen to reach it. It's very complicated but I love that it kind of dominates to my room. Sometimes I like to stand down below the shelves and just stare at them, for they are so pretty...

12. Black & White
I was rather surprised of how few books with black and white covers I actually own. In fact, I found only two in my bookshelf, because the other ones always had another colour in them too. The second black and white book was a paperback copy of The Princess Bride, but I chose The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. For I think the cover is very sophisticated and lovely, plus it also corresponds with the story line perfectly...

13. Literary OTP
I didn't really have to think twice about this one, for my favourite literary couple is Allyson and Willem from Just One Day. I don't think I've ever read about other two people I wished so badly for them to be together. They just clicked, you know. I still haven't read the sequel Just One Year, though, for I was overwhelmed with feelings when I started it and I just had to put it down. But I will read it, I am sure, even if it should be just for the sake of Gayle Forman's writing, which is just beautiful. Oh, the feelings...

14. Page Saver
I love these British Writers bookmarks which I bought in London. I don't think they are necessarily handy, and therefore I don't really use them, but they are really beautiful so I can forgive the lack of practicality to them...

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Visiting Host

Hello, dear readers!
So today I am finally going to share with you some of the pictures I've taken in the Czech publishing house Host on Saturday. They invited me along with my fellow bloggers to come to their office and talk about books, Blogosphere, BookTube and other stuff like that. I am very pleased to be part of the team they've decided to build up a few years ago. And it was really nice to meet all of the people again. So thank you very much for this experience and also for all the new books. You're amazing...

Saturday, 7 January 2017

January Book Photo Challenge - Part I

Hi everyone,
today I am here to share with you a bunch of photos that I have taken to Book Photo Challenge, which I decided to join in this month. I thought I would show you my pictures weekly instead of every day, for I have some other posts coming up, and I don't want to glut my blog with too many things at once. I hope it's okay with you...

1. Reading Resolution
My reading resolution for 2017 would be to finally finish Harry Potter series. Plus I really would like to read more series in general, for I have read only stand-alones during the last year...

2. New Year. New Book 
The newest book in my bookshelf is actually a series The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I bought it because of my New Year's resolution and also because I absolutely adored Marie Lu's Legend trilogy...

3. Currently Reading
The book I am reading at the moment is called The Secret Paris Cinema Club by Nicolas Barreau. And I am absolutely loving it. It's a very sweet story about Alain Bonnard who inherited a cinema after his Uncle passed away, and then he falls in love with a woman in a red coat who always comes to watch romantic movies on Wednesday nights. But just after they meet, they loose contact, so Alain have to unite all forces possible to find her...

4. Inspiration
These are some of my favourite Coffe Table Books, which I like to draw inspiration from whenever I have the need. I keep them within my reach at the side of my desk so I can easily pull one out and browse through it...

5. January Joy
I love to drink black tea with milk from my blue tin mug, for it keeps my hands warm while I read a book. And the only reason I like winter is because I can wear comfy sweaters...

6. Frosty Window
This is an illustration from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Not just that it has a frosty window in it, I also love it for the amazing atmosphere. Jim Kay is a genius...

7. Book in a Bag
I absolutely adore this little edition of The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides that has been published by Picador Modern Classics. The cover is very sophisticated and resonates with the story beautifully. Plus it's a perfect size to carry in a little handbag...

Friday, 6 January 2017

Top 10 Books of 2016

Hi everyone,
today I decided to share with you, guys, my favourite books I have read during the last year. I have to admit that it wasn't a particularly good year in terms of reading. I hadn't had as much time for books as I would wish for. But I still managed somehow, for reading was the only thing which kept me sane at times. Over all I have read about forty books which is slightly less than I usually read per year, but I suppose it isn't that bad considering my living in London, working in bookshop and all those crazy things that had happened. Moreover, some of the books I've read were really great, and that's what counts, right?

1. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
This was the first time I've read Charlotte's Web and I was totally blown away. I am a huge fan of children's literature and the story of a little pig named Wilbur, who finds a true friend in a fragile spider Charlotte, really warmed my heart. If you still haven't read it, just do it...

2. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Another children's classic I've read this past year for the first time is Bridge to Terabithia. And it also became my favourite straight away. It's beautifully written, all the characters are very lively and the story line so captivating...

3. Forbiden by Tabitha Suzuma
I have read Forbidden just recently, and the story of the book is still throbbing within my heart. It was so devastating a book but I am glad I read it, and I would definitely recommend it. It is unforgettable and really unique story of love...

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
I haven't read anything else by Marissa Meyer, and I kind of picked up Heartless on a whim, but it was absolutely worth it. Such a great book that kept me gripped the whole time. It was beautifully written as well as amazingly imagined. I loved the whole world and characters in it. If you're a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, you should not miss this one...

5. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork
My love for books by Francisco X. Stork has started with Marcelo in the Real World and continued with Irises that I have read in 2015. In the past year I have read The Last Summer of the Death Warriors as well as his newest novel The Memory of Light. It was hard to choose between these two, for they were equaly great, but I think that I connected with the characters of the first one a little bit more so I chose that one. It was a heartwarming and inspirational story that I would simply recommend to everybody...

6. Stay by Deb Caletti
I chose Stay to this list for I was surprised how much of an impact this book had on me. It is a Young Adult novel about a girl who has fallen in love with a guy that became obsessed about her. And it's about her trying to find way out of this twisted relationship. I absolutely adored this novel and I am definitely going to read more books by Deb Caletti in the future because I really enjoy her writing style...

7. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Saint Anything is the latest novel of Sarah Dessen and it became one of my favourites. I simply adore Sarah Dessen's books and I shall never stop reading them. This one tells a story about Sydney who is trying to step out of the shadow of her brother and find her own way. It is really poignant and compelling novel that not only fans of Sarah Dessen should read. PS: I have a Sarah Dessen Book Club going on. Join in if you want to read all of her books along with me (see more info here).

8. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Novels by Kasie West have really taken me by surprise. I fell in love with stories of hers right from the beginning. I also read The Distance Between Us but The Fill-In Boyfriend was definitely my favourite. It was such a sweet and lovely story that pulled me out of a reading slump and I utterly enjoyed it...

9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I've read Landline during the Christmas time and it was so magical. Even though I was slightly bored at the beginning, I was totally blown away from then on. I loved the dialog in this book so much as well as the love story behind it. Rainbow Rowell is just awesome...

10. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
My love for Nicholas Sparks is getting even bigger with every new book I read. The Choice is definitely another favourite of mine. I enjoyed that there were dogs in the story, and I really related to the characters. They were so passionate and enthusiastic about life which I found very inspirational. And I am giving another points for the beautiful ending which is quite rare in Nicholas Sparks's books...

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

#Bookstagram

Hi everyone,
today I am here with a bunch of pictures from 2016 to my #bookstagram series. I selected some of my latest favorites for those of you who don't use Instagram, and hence don't have a chance to see them otherwise. Enjoy!