Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Along For the Ride

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing date: 2010
Pages: 448

Auden is a hard worker. She has been studying a lot since her parents had divorced, and she practicaly doesn't have a time for anything else. She feels like she's missing something but seeing her mother unable to have a healthy relationship and her dad escaping from all the responsibilities, she doesn't know what to do. But then her brother who's traveling around the world sends her a picture of him in a frame with sign that says: "The Best of Times", and she spontaneously decides to spend her last summer before college in a beach town with her dad and his new family. And that brings her an unique chance to meet new friends and catch up on things she's been avoiding ever since. And one of those may be falling in love...

"It was so easy to disown what you couldn't recognize, to keep yourself apart from things that were foreign and unsettling. The only person you can be sure to control, always, is yourself. Which is a lot to be sure of, but at the same time, not enough."

This year summer season is just so weird. I feel like I am kind of missing it. It's either rainy or windy all the time. And when the sun is finaly shining I am always at work dealing with questions from tourists. So I am not going to tell lies to you about being optimistic. To tell the truth I don't really like this summer and am somehow looking forward to its end. But then again, summer is my favourite season and I don't want to spoil it for myself just because the circumstances aren't the best. Luckily enough I'll always have Sarah Dessen and her fabulous books which I love endlessly. And like that I can at least experience quintessential summer adventures in her stories...

"Because if you were the problem, chances were you could also be the solution. The only way to find out was to take another shot."

Along for the Ride is a book about second chances, or third, or whatever time it takes to make things right because it's never too late to at least try to do that. And I so like this idea because it means that you actually can be the one who decides what's going to happen next. And it just sounds so much better than waiting for it. Sarah Dessen's books always make me think about things and try to understand them a little bit more. I like that her books center the relationship issues as well as family. Her stories are like safe heaven to me. I can read them when I want to be alone but being alone is the least thing I can bear, if you know what I mean...

Ratings: 5/5

Friday, 22 July 2016

#FridayReads

Hi everyone,
hope you're all doing well. We are having an incredibly hot weather in London in these days, and it's really difficult to do pretty much anything because of that. I was absolutely exhausted on my way home the other day, and my hands were sweating since there was practicly no air in the bus so it wasn't possible to pull out a book from my purse. But the way to my home takes usually about one hour which is quite a long time to waste so I pull out my phone, instead, and found an e-book in it that I almost forgot about. I purchased it about a year ago and since then I just haven't had an opportunity to read it. Untill now. I am telling you, no matter how cheesy the cover of The Distance Between Us by Kasie West is, the story is just so terrific. And it's also amazingly written. Definitely recommend this book to you if you haven't read it yet. Love it. It's just dashing... Don't forget to tell me what are you reading currently. And have a really nice weekend.

PS: Please note that I had to activate the use of monitoring of the comments recently. It means that I need to see the comment first before it's gonna be publish. You don't have to be afraid to write me anything, though. I just want to distinguish your comment from spams which there had been an enormous amount of them. And it had stopped being bearable at some point. I hope you understand...

Monday, 11 July 2016

By the Book (Q & A)

1. What book is on your nightstand now?
I always have a couple of more than one book on my nightstand for I usually read more than one book at the same time. I am reading Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer currently so you would find this one at the top of the stack. Then there is Breakfast at Darcy's by Ali McNamara which I need to write a review for. At the bottom of the pile is Unbecoming by Jenny Downham which I haven't finished yet. And then I also keep a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson beside my bed because I like to read her poems before go to sleep sometimes...

2. What was the last truly great book you read?
That would be I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Splendidly written, touching and compeling story about one crumbling but beautiful castle and the family that live in there...

3. If you could meet any writer – dead or alive – who would it be? And what would you want to know?
I was just watching a movie Miss Potter yesterday, and it was so beautiful and heartbreaking and fascinating. I think that Beatrix Potter had been wonderful person, and I admire her work utterly. It would be thrilling to have a chance to spend even a little moment in her presence and listen to her. I wouldn't want to know anything in particular, though. I guess I would just like to see what she saw and do what she did for a little while. That would be amazing experience, I think...

4. Do you have a favourie childhood literary character or hero?
Now I don't really have a character that I used to like when I was a little since I've become a reader later then. But I discovered Anne of Green Gables recently and since then I absolutely grew fond of her. So she is now definitely my most favourite character of children's literature...

5. What books are on your coffee table?
On my coffe table, I usually keep books that I am going to read next as well as magazines I've bought recently. Then some photographic publications along with cook books for drawing inspiration. For now, there is a gorgeous book called Places to Go People to See by Kate Spade and the last issue of UK Harper's Bazaar with Emilia Clarke on the cover (still need to go to see Me Before You).

6. What are your most cherished books, and where do you keep them?
My most cherished books are the ones published by Penguin Clothbound Classics which I keep neat and together in one of the cube of my bookshelf. It's just so pleasant to look at them. I love their delicate design and colorful covers. They are surely the most precious and beautiful books I have in my collection...

7. What's the best love story you've ever read?
Well now, I love love stories and I could name plenty of really great ones I've thoroughly enjoyed. But just one occurred to me when I read this question, and that is One Day by David Nichols. I've read this book more than three years ago but I still remember it very clearly. And whenever I think about the story (which is quite often), I have the same feelings I've experienced while reading it. I don't know. This story about Dexter and Emma (see, I can even remember the names of the main protagonists which I usually forget the next week after reading some book) really strucks the deepest place within my heart. One Day is definitely the most romantic book I've ever read, and still it's not cheesy but unique and so real. I would recommend this book to everyone for it's about life and everything that goes with it. Now I am thinking about that, I really need to re-read this book soon...

8. Which do you prefer, traveling or reading travel books?
I love to travel and I like adventures but just in reasonable quantities. There are places I fell in love with and places which I want to visit again, and there are places I'd love to visit for the first time, also. But there are even some places I lack a required courage to go and visit them. So I would definitely say that I prefer to travel through books. It's so much easier. I mean, you don't have to worry about money and food and accommodation or even about weather. And what is the most important thing, you don't have to find the perfect company to travel with which is not an easy task to do. The older I am getting the more I am content to stay at home for real comfort and do nothing than read...

9. What book changed your life?
I think that every single book I've ever read has had some effect on me. It's just like people you meet during your life. Some of them will stay and some of them would leave but all of them teach you something. It could be but small thing and yet it can help you in the future a lot. I might not have one book in particular that changed my life completely but all of the books I've read contributed to my development. I can't even imagine where I would be now if I wouldn't have them...

10. What do you plan to read next?
Well, I don't know really. Because I am one of those people who always change their minds. So I will probably see what I will be in a mood for. But I would like to read Middlemarch by George Eliot soon. So let's hope that I'll finaly manage to start that one...

PS: I used questions from the title By the Book: Writers on Literature and Literary Life from The New York Times Book Reviews.

Friday, 8 July 2016

#FridayReads

Hello my friends,
after quite a long time, I am here again. It's really hard to keep this blog posted in these days. Living in London is just so exhausting. I feel like I am always at work or asleep. Because that's basicly everything I have a time for. And because of that I am kind of depressed. The only thing that keeps me alive is a vision of my holiday in August. I dream about sleeping in my room, reading in the garden and hanging out with my parents. Fortunately, looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them, like once Anne of Green Gables had said. So I guess that I am really lucky for I have something to look forward to in the near future. Anyways, I am going to have a couple of days off pretty soon, and I will be reading Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer which seems to be a perfect story for escaping from the reality. Hope you guys are having a beautiful Summer. And don't forget to tell me what are you reading currently...

Monday, 27 June 2016

everyday post| Unwind

I had been pretty stressed out couple of weeks ago, and it was kind of hard to find a pleasure in anything - so to say. But then I had had a chance to go home for a few days and that helped me a lot, even though the circumstances that brought me there weren't happy at all. But then again, that's what life is about, I suppose. I just need to get used to deal with it. Anyways, things are just fine now, and I am currently reading an absolutely amazing book Breakfast at Darcy's by Ali McNamara that keeps me in a good mood. It's about a girl called Darcy who works in a women magazine in London but then her aunt dies and Darcy's suddenly about to inherit an island off the west coast of Ireland from her on a condition that she will live there for one whole year. And that's when things start to happen... I will bring a book review to you, guys, pretty soon. So stay tuned. And till then, you can see some pictures I captured during my little holiday...

Friday, 24 June 2016

#FridayReads

Hi everyone,
I hope you're doing well. I've been visiting my family in the Czech Republic this past week and I've had a really great time with them. It was unexpected last minute holiday but I am so glad that I could go home after such a long time. I hadn't seen my city since Christmas, and I didn't realize how much I felt homesick until I went there. It was almost unbearable. I suppose that one just needs to go abroad to finaly find out where they belong. The time with my dearest past very quickly, though, and I had to go back to London on Tuesday. And to make the flight less dismal, I picked up a book called Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith which was just the best decision because Jennifer writes the sweetest and cutest love stories ever. And they are just perfect reads to the plane...