Wednesday, 22 February 2017

"There is no such thing as too many books. However, there is such a thing as not enough room."

Hello dear readers,
today I am here to share with you all of the books I have bought since the beginning of December. Some of them you might have seen in my pictures already, but I am going to show them regardless. I am excited about pretty much every single book in this haul, for I've heard nothing but great things about them all. In case you've read some book mentioned in this post, definitely let me know what did you think about it. We can chat in the comment section down bellow. Okay, so let's get started...

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders - I am currently reading this book and I am completely in love with the story. I've heard mixed things about it, and so I wasn't expecting much from it. But this is simply my cup of tea, so I am glad I decided to give it a chance and see for myself if I like it or not...
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - I bought this book because everybody is raving about it, but I haven't read The Grisha trilogy yet, and some people say that it's better to read that one first. So I will have to buy that series before picking up Six of Crows. Oh, well...
  • Life & Death by Stephenie Meyer - This is a Twilight reimagined. I've already read it and really enjoyed it. I'll probably write a review on it at some point...
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer - I am really curious about this newest book by Stephenie Meyer. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to get into it soon...
  • The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen - I love fairytales, and so I wanted some beautiful bind up edition to my collection. I found this one. And I love the cover of it, but I have to say that the font is quite small and hence not so easy to read. But I'll manage somehow, I am sure...
  • The Young Elites, The Rose Society and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu - I absolutely adored Legend by Marie Lu so I am super excited about her newest trilogy. According to some people, it might be even better so I can't wait to start the first book soon...

  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven - I don't know much about this book except that it's about some girl that is having issues with her body shape. I am really intrigued by this theme so I can't wait to read it. Plus the cover is beautiful...
  • How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry - How cute is the title of this novel. I mean, there has to be a smile emerging on the face of every reader...
  • Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty - This book was recently published in The Originals series by Penguin Books. It's a debut novel that has become a classic really quickly. I am super excited to read it...
  • Wildflower by Drew Barrymore - I love Drew Barrymore. She's one of my all time favourite actresses. There's just something about her that I absolutely adore. And I've heard that her autobiography is very inspiring and uplifting, so I can't wait to read it and learn a little bit more about Drew and her life...
  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone - I am dying for summer so I've started to collect books to my summery TPR pile. And Wanderlost is one of them...
  • This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - I feel like I have to read this book immediately or I am about to miss something really important. I am not kidding. I've been seeing this book around on Tumblr and Instagram for many years now, and everybody seems to love it. So I finally bought it, too...
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham - This book is pretty much self-explanatory. I love Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham, so of course, I had to have the newest book of hers...
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie - I wanted to read this one during Christmas but that didn't happen. And so I am going to save it for the next year. I love the title as well as the cute cover of this book...
  • A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo Devito - This is a really beautifully bound book about Jane Austen and her traditions. Fans of hers can learn a little bit more about her daily life from this book. Definitely a perfect piece to your collection...

  • Krysař/The Ratcatcher by Viktor Dyk - I've always wanted to read this book but for some reason, I just never have, even though it's one of those books you could read during one sitting. So I hope I'll have a chance to read it soon, now that I have it in my collection...
  • Ptáci v trní/The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough - Another book I've been meaning to read for a long time. The cover is so beautiful that I just couldn't leave it when I came upon it in a bookshop. So hopefully, I'll get to this one soon as well...
  • Dám ti slunce/I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - I've heard so many amazing things about Jandy Nelson's books, so I am really curious to find out what's in them for myself...
  • Sůl moře/Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - I am so glad I've added this book to my little collection of Ruta Sepetys' novels. She's an amazing author and I can't wait to read another of her books...
  • Američtí bohové/American Gods by Neil Gaiman - I am so excited to finally have this book that I've been missing to be able to read Anansi Boys which is the second book in the series. Now my collection of Neil Gaiman's books is almost complete...

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Janeite Book Photo Challenge - Part I

Hello dear readers,
so I decided to participate in the Janeite Book Photo Challenge which is happening during February. The author of this challenge is Alina from Tea-Books-Lover. Basically, there's twenty things inspired by Jane Austen and her novels, and we are supposed to find different books that feature those things. I decided to split the challenge into two parts. Today I am going to show you the first ten photos and at the end of the month, I'll be sharing the remaining ones. Hope you like them...

1. First Line 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
I am a huge sucker for the first sentences. And for many years, the one from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is my most favourite...

2. Best Friends 
(inspired by Emma)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is one of the most beautiful stories about friendship. Every girl from the sisterhood is totally different, but they still make the best friends to each other. I love this series by Ann Brashares...

3. Bromance 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
I don't think I have ever read of any other so tight and loyal friendship between two boys than the one of Harry and Ron...

4. In the Army 
(inspired by Persuasion)
I haven't read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult yet. But I am planning to do it soon. The only thing I know about the plot is that it takes place during the war...

5. Dresses 
(inspired by Northanger Abbey)
The main character from the novel A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff is an owner of a newly opened Secondhand shop in London which specializes on really expensive and precious vintage pieces of clothing. I very enjoyed reading this novel. It's full of drama and surprises. A really good one...

6. Hate to Love 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe really didn't have the best beginning in terms of the first impressions. But their relationship is so sweet as it progresses throughout the books. Oh, I adore them...

7. Sisters 
(inspired by Persuasion)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. You guys know how much I love this book. I really enjoy reading about March sisters and their different paths that lead them to the adulthood and their personal happiness. It's simply one of my all time favourite books...

8. Bad Mother 
(inspired by Lady Susan)
Cath and Wren really didn't have much luck with their mother. She neglected them from when they were little, and kind of messed up their lives when she left. So I think she was a really bad mother...

9. Horse Riding 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
I haven't read The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans yet, but I've seen the movie couple years ago and I loved it. So I am really looking forward to read the book, hopefully soon...

10. Friends to Lovers
(inspired by Mansfield Park)
Lola and Cricket were always friends until one day they weren't...

Friday, 10 February 2017

Wild Roses

Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing date: 2009
Pages: 296

"Sometimes you build up these walls, you build and you build and you build up these walls and you think they’re so strong, but then someone can come along and tip them over with only his fingers, or the weight of his breath."

Cassie Morgan is a seventeen-year-old girl who, except other usual problems of every teenager, has to deal with her stepfather, Dino Cavalli. He is a world-renowned violin player and composer, but behind closed door, he is but whimsical, depressed and selfish rapist. He starts to teach this promising guy Ian Waters who Cassie falls in love with. For the very first time in her life. But Dino disapprove with any kind of relationship between them. And since he's getting more and more paranoid and obsessed, Cassie begins to feel afraid...

Last year, I've read an amazing book called Stay by Deb Caletti. It was such a powerfull story and it opened my eyes in many ways. And since I also loved her writing style, I decided to pick another book by Deb Caletti. She usually writes kind of summery type of stories, but Wild Roses has got a wintry cover, so I tought it might be the right one to read during the cold months. Now, I really enjoyed it, but sadly enough, I didn't love it as much as Stay.

"Love seems to be something to approach with caution, as if you'd come across a wrapped box in the middle of the street and have no idea what it contains."

I think my main problem with the story was Dino. He really pissed me off. And since he took quite a considerable amount of the plot, I couldn't relate to the book entirely. I know that the author tried to use him as a symbolism of what might happen to atristic people when they get lost in their work. And I actually really liked how she described what was going on in the heads of such people. I have some experiences with similar kind of troublesome thoughts myself. But like I said, I just personally didn't like reading about this particular character, Dino.

What I like about this book, though, were the other characters and their stories. I enjoyed their journey and was really interested to see where they were going with their lives. I wished for them to be able to turn things right. And thanks to Deb Caletti's peaceful and beautiful writing style, I enjoyed reading of this book quite a lot regardless the above mentioned issue with it. Over all it was a really interesting novel that many readers might wholeheartedly enjoy. And so I would encourage you to read it...

Ratings: 4/5

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Top 10 Books for Nerdy Girls to Read on Valentine's Day


"Reading a great novel gives the same feeling
you have when you fall in love."
(Luigina Sgarro)

Hello lovely readers,
so today I am here with a list of books to read on Valentine's Day. Now, even though I am single for who-cares-how-long, I love Valentine's Day. I don't think it's pathetic like many other people. And I am really happy for all of you who have someone to celebrate with. Go you! But it doesn't mean that us singles can't have a little bit of fun as well. I am sure that everybody has a different idea of a fun evening. But for me - very unsurprisingly - it means staying in pyjama in my quiet room, listening to a good music and painting my nails red. And all that with a good book and some hot tea or chocolate by my side. If you feel like celebrating love by reading too, I made a list of really amazing books full of romance that you can choose from in case you're still wondering about what to read...

  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman - You guys must be really bored by my repeating myself again and again and saying that I love this book. But I really, truly do. So in case you haven't read it yet, please give it a try. It's such a wonderful story about self discovery, importance of traveling and of course about love. If you're a romantic who enjoy a little bit of melancholy, you're gonna fall head over heels with this story just like I have...
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen - If you're in a mood for something more classical but by no means less melancholic, Persuasion is the right book for you. The story about Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot is perfect for everybody who need a reassurance that love can last forever if it's entrusted into the right hands...
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Well, I would recommend to read every book by Rainbow Rowell, but if I had to choose just one, then it had to be Eleanor & Park. It's one of the greatest love stories I've ever read. But it's not at all cheesy. I don't care what other people say. It is not a fiction, okay? I really believe that this kind of love does exist because otherwise, well, it wouldn't be a true love...
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - This book is really special to me. I remember I went into it without any expectations, but it turned out to be one of my all time favorite books. Do you know how you recognize a really special book? When you can remember it after many years with the same heartwarming feeling you felt for the first time. I've read many books that I truly enjoyed while reading them, but about which I forgot after a little while. This one, however, stayed with me for more than four years...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Alexandra Potter - This book I've read even more years ago, and just like the one mentioned above, it stayed with me regardless. I love Alexandra Potter, her books remind me of Bridget Jones's Diaries a little bit. So if you like that kind of humor, definitely try her books. I am always laughing out loud when I read Alexandra Potter, but she also makes me feel in love. Every of her books is as if meant for reading on Valentine's Day, but Be Careful What You Wish For is my absolute favourite...
  • So Bright and Delicate (Love Letters and Poems to Fanny Brawne) by John Keats - In case you feel like reading poetry while thinking about your own love life, I would recommend a collection of poems and love letters that John Keats had written to Fanny Brawne. It's one of the most beautiful poetry I've read so far. And if you would like to spend your evening immersed even more into a romance, you can also watch Bright Star and learn a little bit more about this epic love story...
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - If you don't feel like reading lovey dovey stories at all, you might want to try Forbidden, which is a love story between brother and sister who are brought together by conjoint passionate feelings and tragic conditions of their family situation. I have goosebumps whenever I remember this book. It's very unconventional but rather compelling love story...
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen - This list wouldn't be complete hadn't I mentioned at least one book by Sarah Dessen. She's the queen of contemporary YA genre in my opinion. And I love her books entirely. You might know that I've established Sarah Dessen Book Club this year, which you're more than welcome to join in. The book for this month is Just Listen, which is really amazing and powerful story. But for this occasion I would recommend my possibly favourite book by her, which is The Truth About Forever. It's such a sweet story full of so many beautiful thoughts and truths. Oh, I can't wait to re-read it...
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer - I've just finished this book. It's a sequel to Between the Lines, but you can read it as a stand alone, if you want. It tells a story about Delilah who falls in love with a prince Oliver from a fairy tale book. She helps him escape his prison behind the pages, but can he really survive in her world? And even more importantly, is their love strong enough for that? Well, read this awesomely funny and sweet book and find out for yourself...
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Another really special book to me is Delirium. I think it's a very unique story about love and what would our world look like without it. I've never read anything like that before. And even though it's been, like, five years since I've read it, I still remember every detail of the story because, well, I can't forget it. I am sure that most of you, guys, have read it already. But if not, definitely pick it up. You won't regret it, I trust...

"I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.
Books were safer than other people anyway."
(Neil Gaiman)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January Book Photo Challenge - Part IV

Hello my dear readers,
so I am finally here with the last part of the January Book Photo Challenge. I know it was actually due to be posted yeasterday. But when I make such promises, I am almost always bond to break them. I apologize for the delay, but without further ado, lets get started...

22. Debut Novel
This one was pretty easy because the debut novel called How I Live Now and written by the amazing Meg Rosoff is actually one of my all time favourite books. Oh, such a great story. I have goosebumps just thinking about it now. How I Live Now is a perfect proof that debut novels can be just as fabulous as any other books that come after that. I love everything about this book - the setting, the whole idea, all the main characters, the atmosphere and the writing style. It's just blown my mind. I can't recommend it enough to you, guys. Simply awesome!

23. Satire
I love Austenland by Shannon Hale. It's not just a retelling of Jane Austen. It's also, like, an overlook at fandom as it is. This book is simply hilarious. I was laughing out loud practically all the time I was reading it. But I found myself in it, too. There was also this kind of cheesy love story going on behind the whole charade of Austenland, which I actually adored. Definitely one of the best fanfictions I've ever read...

24. Old Fave
I've read One Day by David Nichols more than four years ago, so I could consider it as my old favourite, I suppose. But even though it's kind of a long time now, I still remember every detail from this book. I love it entirely. It's one of the greatest and most beautiful love stories I've read so far. I am planning on re-reading it soon and am ready to have my heart broken all over again...

25. Diverse
Between the Lines by Jodi Picould and Samatha Van Leer is surely one of the most diverse books that sit on my shelves. For it tells story about this girl who falls in love with a prince about whom she reads in her favourite book. And it's about them trying to find a way to be together. So along with the story of the main character, you also read chapters from the book in which the prince is living. It's kind of complicated. It'd be better if you just went and read it. It's such a funny and lovely book. Definitely one of my favourites...

26. New Adult
I am not that much of a fan of New Adult books, but I love those written by Colleen Hoover. She writes such amazing stories that usually stay with me longer than any other New Adult novels, or Young Adult for that matter. She's just great. Definitely give her books a go, if you haven't already. I am pretty sure, you won't be disappointed...

27. Stereotype
These covers with kissing couples, that we so often see on Nicholas Sparks' books, are pretty stereotyped, if  you ask me. I really don't like them at all. And I think it's actually for the worst that they still use them nowadays. If I wouldn't know that Nicholas Sparks' novels are so much more than that, I would probably pass his books when in bookshop. Seriously, can't they come up with something else...?

28. Sequel
I absolutely loved The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It's been three years since I've read it, and I still haven't gotten to the sequel called The Rosie Effect. I am planning to remedy that soon, though, for I belive it's going to be just as good...

29. One Word Title
I am not gonna lie, guys, Wanderlost by Jen Malone was totally a cover buy, but I am really interested to see what it is about, too. I've been kind of saving it for warmer days, so hopefully the winter won't be long, for I can't wait to read this book...

30. Freebie
Since I've had the liberty of taking a picture of whatever I wanted, I decided to share with you one of the colouring plates, showing Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet on a walk, from the Jane Austen Colouring Book that I've been working on time to time. It's fun and I absolutely adore the pictures in this book...

31. Read This Month
I have had a pretty good reading month, I should think. I fell into a reading slump throughout the second part of January, but I still managed to read five books in total, so I am satisfied. And the books were amazing too, which is what makes me happy the most...

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sarah Dessen Book Club #1| DREAMLAND

The end of the month is quickly approaching and so I am here with the review on Dreamland, which is the first book picked to read in Sarah Dessen Book Club that I have started this year. Sarah Dessen is definitely my favourite author of contemporary YA genre. I love her books so much, as you might guess from all my previous posts about them. I think she's great at what she's doing. She knows perfectly well what is happening in head and heart of every girl, and in her books, she lets them know they are not alone. Small as it may seem, it's actually the greatest thing she can offer to her readers in time of need. I still remember my first time reading her books. I had been struggling with anorexia for three years at that time, and then I picked up her book called Just Listen (which is the book we will be reading next month). And believe it or not, reading that book was the first impulse that led to my healing. Shortly after that I have established this blog and now I am here, five years later as a completely different person. I owe Sarah Dessen a lot and I will never forget about her books...

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: SPEAK
Publishing date: 2011
Pages: 250


Caitlin's older sister, who has always been considered perfect by everyone in their family, suddenly left home, leaving her parents perplexed and worried beyond themselves. Since her sister's missing, Caitlin finds herself somehow loosing her balance and doesn't know what to do. But then she meets Rogerson and he's nothing like other boys she knows. He represents new possibilities for her. She feels like she can start to make her own decisions that are not at all based on her sister. She can finally find her own self. But what if Rogerson changes her in a totally different way...?

"It's so easy to get caught up in what people expect of you.
Sometimes, you can just lose yourself."

Dreamland was surely different from all other books by Sarah Dessen. It showed the dark side of love. What can become from the person who we choose to be with. Not only the person can change but they can change us to the point we don't even recognize ourselves anymore, which is scary but true. This book was kind of hard to read for me because it gave me pain and it was pretty obvious that the relationship between the main characters could only end up in a bad way. It was inevitable but I still didn't know what was going to happen in the end, and that kept me at the edge of my seat. I was feeling very uncomfortable throughout the whole book because of all the thing that were happening, and I have to admit I was really missing that kind of seed of hope that Sarah Dassen always implants to every book of hers. This one, though, was pretty depressing but it felt acutely important to read nonetheless.

"Behind the camera, I was invisible. When I lifted it up to my eye it was like I crawled into the lens,
losing myself there. and everything else fell away."

Even though Dreamland is one of Sarah Dessen's first books, I recognized her beautiful writing style in every single carefully crafted sentence of hers. I love the way she writes so much. It always makes me relate to the main character right from the beginning. Her novels are really easy to read, yet there is something very profound in the way they're told. Plus they are highly quotable. Dreamland isn't necessarily my favourite book of hers but it's definitely a book that should be read, for it's important to talk about the things that are mentioned in here. Sarah Dessen has written an open-hearted and honest story that deserves attention not only from teenagers but also adult readers. Although it discusses a heavy topic about dysfunctional family and ill-natured relationships, there is some room left for readers imagination of an happy ending. Sometimes there could be someone worthwhile very near if we could just open our eyes and see them...

Ratings: 4/5

Monday, 23 January 2017

Sense & Sensibility

Autor: Jane Austen
Nakladatel: Penguin Classics
Rok vydání: 2011
Počet stran: 448


Sense & Sensibility is Jane Austen's first published novel from 1811. It tells a story about the Dashwood sisters, Elinor and Marianne (well, there's also Margaret, but she's a bit too young for the dramas of adulthood), and it's about them falling in love with two different men whose difficult situations are not without resemblance. And so the reader follows Elinor and Marianne experiencing happiness as well as hardships of life and dealing with them in their own ways...

"There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind,
that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions."

The reason why I love reading so much is because I can abandon myself for a little while and just devour a good book with a fair amount of amusing characters with their interesting lifes. I love being able to forget my own afflictions and being connected with the main protagonists of the story throughout their own problems. And this is what I can do so easily with Jane Austen. She pulls me into the story immediately, and I can do nothing else but concentrate on her words and the meaning behind them...


"I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy;
but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way."

Sense & Sensibility is my favourite Jane Austen's novel, for I love to read about the family knot that distingushes this particular book from all her others. I think that our siblings, if we are lucky enough to have one, are the most important people in our lives. For our parents certainly won't be here for uf forever, and our relationships aren't always as steady as we would like them to be. Consequently, it's simply great to have someone whom you can count on in the times of need, and vice versa. And Jane Austen really captures the message in this story perfectly. I mean, the Dashwood sisters are not at all alike, but they love each other nonetheless, and they try to understand and even learn from the other, even if it's not always that easy. Whenever I read Sense & Sensibility, I always find myself in Elinor and am trying to draw some romanticism from Marianne to overcome my cynicism that I have charged throughout the recent years. I love this book entirely. I feel like it speaks right from my heart, you know. There's something extremely familiar about the story that it feels like home when I am reading it. And this feeling increases with every re-reading. I have only a few books which I think are worth to read again, Sense & Sensibility is definitely one of them...

"Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it."

Jane Austen's writing style surely needs some time to get used to at the beginning, but trust me, once you get into it, she won't let you go. I personaly find it very difficult to put her books down when it's time to go to sleep. I love her words thoroughly. She plays with them in such a way you wouldn't think possible, but it actually works perfectly well. It astonishes me every time. I Also love when author leaves some room for my own imagination. I don't like to go through every detail of every action if it's not necessary for the plot line. And Jane Austen really knows the subtle balance between saying too much or too little. But except of her being an incredibly talented writer, she's also one of the best storytellers ever. I know that there might be some people who wouldn't agree with me, which is totally fine. (As to quote Jane Austen, I would say: "One man's ways may be as good as another's, but we all like our own best.") But I myself genuinely think her stories amazingly fabricated. Every little thing in her novels is precisely studied, nothing is happening without meaning. Some of the details you wouldn't even be able to see at the first time (that's exactly why one should re-read her books). And that's what makes her a genius in my eyes...

Hodnocení: 5/5

Saturday, 21 January 2017

January Book Photo Challenge - Part III

Hi everyone,
I am bringing you another part of January Book Photo Challenge. The next one I am going to post on the last day of January which will be on Tuesday, so this is the last Saturday's post. I think I am going to miss it so I am considering taking part in February Book Photo Challenge, too. Let me know if you'd like me to...

15. Love Letter
I think that the most beautiful love letter I've ever read in the literature is the one which Captain Wentworth writes to Anne Elliot during the last scenes of Persuasion by Jane Austen. One cannot read it without tears in their eyes...

16. Out of Print
These gorgeous editions of works by Brontë sisters are out of print, unfortunatelly. There are six books published in this collection of Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics, but I only managed to find these two when in London. And I treasure them the most, for they are some of my favourite books of all time, plus they look so pretty with these covers...

17. 400+ Pages
I've recently added this beautiful copy of The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen to my collection. And I am looking forward to read bits and pieces of it every night, if possible. It has got 948 pages...

18. Retelling
If you're not visiting my blog for the first time, you probably know that I am a huge fan of fanfiction. I just like revisiting my favourite classic stories in new reimaginings. I think that the best retelling I've read so far is Persuade Me by Juliet Archer. It is a retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen, as you may guess from its title, and it's really amazing. You can read it even without knowing the original, but if you're a fan of Jane Austen, it will have something more into it for you. I am also planning to read The Importance of Being Emma soon...

19. Set in NYC
I've heard about The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath so many times, and I knew that I would read it eventually, but I wasn't intrigued to do it immediately. But then I came upon it during an idle hour in the bookshop where I had been working in London, and I read the back cover which made me buy it. Basicly, it is about this girl who moves to New York and gets a depression there. I feel like I will understand to this novel after moving to London and going through the biggest depression I've experienced in my whole life. But I still haven't read it, for I needed some time to get out of a tangle of the toxic thoughts in my head, first. But I think that now is the perfect time to finally read it...

20. Snowy Cover
I am reading Wild Roses by Deb Caletti currently and it has the loveliest snowy cover ever. I am just at the beginning but I like it so far, even though I don't love it as much as Stay, which I read in January last year, but I am hoping that I will eventually...

21. Autobiography
I bought Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham in the post Christmas sales, and I still haven't gotten into it. I've read a couple of chapters at the beginning of the month, though, and I really enjoyed Lauren Graham voice. So I would like to get to it soon...

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...