Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Classics Book TAG

Hello dear readers,
I don't want to start another post with apologies regarding my absence, but here I am apologising nonetheless. I've come to realise that I actually like to write my blog during colder weather, when I can sit comfortably in my room with a cup of hot beverage by my side, rather than in the summer time, when I am more likely to forget my having a blog to write. It might seem weird but it really is a true. I seriously forget it time to time. Also, my eyes are getting worse and I try to minimalize my time in front of a monitor. A least before I'll be able to get a new glasses. So please be patient with me...
I do have quite a few book reviews to write but honestly I don't feel like it right now. And when I was thinking about what I could post about, I remembered this tag that I've been actually working on in the past but never got around finishing it. And since my answers have changed altogether, I decided to do it over. I love talking about classics, so I thought it could be fun to share some of those with you. I hope you'll enjoy it. And don't hesitate to participate in this tag as well. Or you can share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comment section down below...

1.) An overhyped classic you really didn't like:
I am so sorry to admit that I really didn't like Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal, especially since it is considered such a valued classic in my country. I had to read it in high school and I remember I had been paining throughout the whole book. Even though it's quite short a book, it had seemed so long at the time and I just wanted it to end so badly. It might had been my being quite young to appreciate it back then, but more likely it's just not my type of book regardless of my age. I didn't enjoy the humor and some parts were downright gross. So even though I was going to give the book another try, I haven't been very keen to do that over the past five years since I graduated. Well, someday maybe...

2.) Favourite time period to read about:
That would be the Regency era of Jane Austen's novels and then Victorian England from the books by Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters. Now, when I come to think about it, it's basically any English literature, really. My experince of living in England hadn't been as romantic as the life there appeared to be in my favourite novels, but I still love to visit London and other English cities and towns throughout my reading...

3.) Favourite children's book and fairy tale:
So my favourite children's book is surely Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. I actually read it only recently, but I've been thinking about the story quite often ever since then. It's so lovely and sweet, and though heartbreaking, it also warms me up whenever I remember the friendship of Wilbur and Charlotte. I would like to encourage everyone to read this book. It's never too late... And my favourite fairy tale is definitely The Snow Queen. There's everything in it. Love, family and friendship. It's about a strenght of a character and about the importance of belief and hope. And it's also about the world iself. The nature and changing seasons. It's just perfect...

4.) What is the most embarrased classic you haven't read yet?
Okay, now it woud be good for you to brace yourself for the fact that I have yet to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I know, it's such a shame that I haven't read it. Especially since I've bought three different copies of the book. But don't worry I am going to put it to right as soon as possible...

5.) Top 5 classics you'd like to read soon:
So lets put Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on the first spot here. I would also like to read another beloved children's classic that is Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is, too, very high on my TBR list, since I've heard so many great things about it from Daniel Radcliffe. Okay, that sounds like he recomended the book to me himself. Well, he didn't. But I am very intrigued by his claiming this book his favourite. So I really want to read it soon. Next I would like to finally crack up Middlemarch by George Eliot as well as Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. Obviously, I've got more classics on my list but these five are my priorities at the moment...

6.) Favourite book/series based on a classic:
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler is my ultimate favourite. I love the book and the movie just as well. I watch it, like, every month, and yet I still can't get enough of it. I don't know what this obsession of mine is about. There's just something about the story that I absolutely adore. The characters and their conversations. The book club thing going on. It's just perfect and it always provides me with comfort...

7.) Favourite movie/TV-series based on a classic:
That would be the BBC version of Sense and Sensibility. I love it so much and I could definitely watch it every month just like The Jane Austen Book Club. In my opinion it really does the original novel a justice.

8.) Worst classic to movie adaptation:
To tell the truth I really am not a fan of The Day of the Triffids from 2009. I've tried to watch it a couple of times but never been able to finish it. I actually love the book, but this movie is a big "no" for me. I mean, the actors are really handsome and all that, but otherwise it's absolutely uncomperable with the original novel...

9.) Favorite edition(s) you'd like to collect more of:
I love the new design of Macmillan Collector's Library that my copy of Peter Pan is from, so I would definitely like to collect more of these editions in future. Also, my goal is to complete my collection of John Wyndham's books published by Penguin.

10.) An underhyped classic you'd recommend to everyone:
I would say Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It's such a beautiful, comforting and inspiring story, which people tend to neglect because of more known children's books, but I think it deserves a recognition from every reader...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2)

Author: L. M. Montgomery
Publisher: ALADDIN
Publishing date: 2014 
Pages: 400



"That is one good thing about this world...
there are always sure to be more springs."

Five years have passed since Anne came to the Green Gables to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She is no longer a skinny little girl, constantly getting into troubles. Well, the later might not be completely true, but otherwise Anne has become a beautiful young lady determind to be a teacher in her beloved Avonlea. Devoted to all the children, she hopes to become an inspiration for them and have an impact on their lives. She also wants to take part in making Avonlea even better a place to live in. And all that is she doing while looking after two rather exuberant twins. Will she be successful at reaching of the set goals?

"Fancies are like shadows... you can't cage them,
they're such wayward, dancing things."

It's actually taken me more than a year to finally pick up and read this sequel to Anne of Green Gables. I seriously don't know why I am so uncosistant at reading series. But I guess that I naturaly think of the Anne series as of books that are meant to be read in our garden. And so when I had moved to London right after finishing the first book, I just had to wait untill being back at home again. Trust me, reading about Anne's adventures in London's undergroug really isn't fitting. L. M. Montgomery's words are so sweet and delightful that you just have to find a silent place to be while reading them. Only rustling of the wind in the branches above your head or perhaps singing of the birds might be accepted as a soundtrack to the story...

"I'm sure I shall always feel like a child in the woods.
These walks home from school are almost the only time I have for dreaming..."

I feel like Anne of Green Gables is an iconic read. I fell in love with the whole town of Avonlea with the first book and I grew fond of Anne right from the very beginning. But I've actually started to love the story even more with this second book. I liked the person Anne was becoming to. She was still a day dreamer and a very romantic soul, which is what I liked about her the best in the first book, but she also became more reasonable and genler in her conduct, which I really appreciated. I think my putting the book off might have been caused by my suspecting that the following books in the series won't be as amazing as the first one, but I was totaly wrong. Anne of Avonlea was a beautifully written continuing story full of pleasure and comfort. I adored the new characters of Anne's pupils and the kids she chaperoned. But most importantly, I was glad to find Anne to be still a kindred spirit, absolutely charming and inspiring...

Rating: 5/5

Monday, 19 June 2017

Lately, I've been...

Hello dear friends,
I feel like I always promise to post here more often, but then a whole week flies away without me even noticing it. I have so many half-written articles and reviews in my concepts but not so much of an impeller to finish them. It's especially difficult during summer. I love the season, but I tend to be very melancholic at this time, and so most of the days I am kind of stuck in this weird day dreaming that makes me sad and sort of happy at the same time. I reminisce about the sweet old times when I was but a little girl playing in the garden of our prior house where we don't live anymore. And that makes me remember the people who used to be part of our lives but are no more. And then I realize how I am getting older, which impel me to think about my life and so on. It's like this strange circle of thoughts that comes every year and because of it it's quite difficult for me to read. Soon after opening a book I find myself in another world, without knowing how to get back. I don't know if it's the unbearebly hot weather or the soothing essence of levander which our garden is so full of, but the summer season always makes my life seem quite bizarre. Do you sometimes feel this way, too?
I was about to write a review on Anne of Avonlea today, but since my thoughts weren't gathered enough for that, I thought I would only update you guys a little bit about what I've been doing and reading lately. So I've finished Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit recently, and it was really fantastic book that I am sorry I haven't read earlier. I am definitely planning on writing a book review on it soon, so stay tuned for that. I've been also watching the Gilmore Girls reunion, which I still don't know how I felt about it. I liked it, but at the same time I thought they should've just let it be, you know. But I guess I am glad they filmed it, anyway. Then I also watched a couple of my favourite movies inspired by Nicholas Sparks' novels, just to get to the right summer mode. And I've already picked up the first book from my Summer Reading List, which is Persuasion by Jane Austen. I added some new leather bound books (which you can see in the last picture) to my shelves and bought a new case for my phone that I am absolutely obsessed with. And that's about everything, I think.
Okay guys, I wish you all a beautiful start of the new week. And I'll be back soon with another post. Till then, have a lovely time and let me know what are you doing/reading currently...

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Inheritance

Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publishing date: 1998
Pages: 208


The story follows young Italian girl Edith Adelon whose parents died when she was but a little child. She had endured many sorrows before an English gentleman took mercy on her and gave her home among his family. Edith is very beautiful but for her poor and friendless lot, she often finds herself abandoned by others and her heart suffers from the deficite of love. But one day Edith learns a big secret that could change everything, had she decided to share it with others...

"By gentle words and silent acts of kindness, he had won her reverence and her trust, which now had deepened into woman's truest, purest love."

Do you remember the book that Jo March writes in Little Women? Well, this is the one. I was so excited when I found out about the existence of The Inheritance, and I bought it as soon as possible. Now that I have read it, I have to admit it was a little bit of a dissapointment. Do not get me wrong, it was really nice story and quite well written, considering how young Loisa May Alcott had been when she wrote it. But I just haven't recognize her in the book at all. It was ever so much different from my beloved Little Women. I could see her being influenced by gothic romance novels, and for some reason it just didn't feel natural. I felt like all of the characters were too black and white, and our main heroine was that repentant type of a person who always puts others afore her, whom I really am not the biggest fan of. Also, I was a little bit frustrated about some words that Loisa May Alcott repetitively used, even though it really wasn't necessary. She just kept saying how noble and gentle the heart of Edith was, and at some point is started to feel rather compulsory. I am genuinely sad that I cannot add The Inheritance to my all time favourite books, among which Little Women has the most special a place, but that is how I truly felt about this book. At the same time, though, it was really fascinating to read the very first novel from Louisa May Alcott's quill. And I am really glad I had a chance to see her journey from her debut novel to the bestseller of a book that is Little Women. When I overlook the previously mentioned flaws, I would say The Inheritance is still a sweet little story that I would recommend to all passionate and deeply romantic souls...

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, 11 June 2017

"A library is never complete. That’s the joy of it. We are always seeking one more book to add to our collection."

Hello dear readers,
after quite a long time I am here again with another book haul. In this post I am going to show you all of the books that I've acquired since March. As you may know, I celebrate my birthday at the end of March. Consequently, most of the books were actually given to me as presents or were bought from my birthday money. I have quite a few pretty amazing books here and I am extremely excited to read them all, hopefully soon. I especially adore the new illustrated edition of Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, which is probably my favourite book of his. But without further ado, let's get onto the books...

  • Rilke - This is a collection of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke. It's published by Everyman's Library Pocket Poets. I am in love with the delicate design of these editions and I would like to collect more of them in the future. Their spines look incredibly beautiful when shelved together. These little poetry books are also really comfortable to hold during reading. Plus they are compeling me to read poetry a little bit more, which is just great...
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier - I read this book in Czech translation at the end of the summer last year, but I have to say that I didn't enjoy it as much as I wanted to in my native language. So I bought it in English in hope of enjoying it more in an original language...
  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge - This book was very popular in The Notting Hill Bookshop when I was working there. And I wanted to read it ever since then, so I am glad I finally added it to my collection. Especially in this gorgeous edition with illustartions by Chris Riddell. Hopefully I can soon find time to sit down and devour it...
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman - I absolutely adore Neil Gaiman as an author and as I said Neverwhere is my all time favourite book by him. So of course, I absolutely could not pass this amazing new edition of it when in bookshop. I simply can't wait to re-read the story...
  • Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion by Jane Austen - Both of these books were given to me by my parents. And I absolutely love their intricated design. They are so lovely and feel great in my hands. I especially adore the copy of Persuasion that has an adorable portrait of Jane Austen on the back flap, as you can see in the picture down below. Doesn't she look amazingly cute...?
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber - This was kind of an impulsive buy, for everybody seem to talk about this book at the moment. And since I've heard some really great things about it, I am really excited to read it...
  • Beauty and The Beast and Other Classic Fairy Tales - This book was a present to myself because why not. I love fairy tales, and so this beautifully bound book surely couldn't be missing in my home library...
  • The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo - In the my February book haul I mentioned Six of Crows and how I wanted to read The Grisha trilogy first. So I finally bought it to be able to read the books in a chronological order...