Monday, 27 March 2017

Sarah Dessen Book Club #3| What Happened to Goodbye

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing date: 2011
Pages: 402


Mclean is practicaly on a constant move since her parents had divorced. On each place she lived as someone else until this last place where she suddenly finds herself stuck with her real name. Almost as if it chosen her by itself. She has had a rule of not making any connections to avoid hurt feelings when the time of another moving will come around. But then she gets acquinted with a whole bunch of new friends. And suddenly, it's not that easy for her to picture herself going away...

"Home wasn't a set house, or a single town on a map. It was wherever the people who loved you were, whenever you were together. Not a place, but a moment, and then another, building on each other like bricks to create a solid shelter that you take with you for your entire life, wherever you may go."

It was my first time of reading this book. And even though I've heard Sarah Dessen confessing many times that it was one of the hardest books for her to write, it became one of my absolute favourites of hers nonetheless. The story was really complex and coherent, full of beautiful and colourful characters whom I found a lot of in common with. And I loved that I had a chance to meet some of the characters from her older novels as well. I think it's awesome that in Sarah Dessen's novels even the side characters are just as important as the main ones. That in her books everybody has a story. An interesting story that's worth of being told. It makes all of her novels unique and real...

I think this book is partially different from her other ones for its slightly melancholic feel, which I actually really enjoyed. I mean, there's just something about an abidance in your melancholy as long as it won't exceed to a depression. It's nice to live in your own world, completely immersed in a story of a book. But the reason why I loved this book so much is because it showed how important it is to step out of your inner world at some point, and interact with people around you. By reading it, I realized that sometimes I don't give people enough credit. If I did, though, I might be surprised how much they actually care. It's so easy expect the worst from them just for the sake of not being disappointed. But that way you never get a chance to get to know someone who might be worth it...

"Once you love something, you always love it in some way.
You have to. It's, like, part of you for good."

What Happened to Goodbye is a story about finding your own personality, about importance of a family and friendship. It's about finding your place in this huge world full of people, waiting for their chance to do what they love the most. It's also about learning to understand to each other and forgiving people we love their faults. I would highly encourage you to read this book. Either for finding an inspiration in it or simply for the pure pleasure of reading of a good story.

Rating: 5/5

Friday, 24 March 2017

What I Read Lately

Hello everybody,
I hope you're doing well and are having a great reading time. I am sorry I haven't been around much lately. But even though I haven't blogged, I have been reading. So I decided to share my thoughts about some books I haven't reviewed but enjoyed a lot. There are some interesting posts coming up so stay tuned for those. And have a lovely weekend...

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders - This was definitely one of the best books I've read so far this year. The story was brilliantly crafted and beautifully told. I loved all of the characters. They were absolutely unique. It was immensely funny and touching to read about them all. I've heard people describing this book as "weird", but I don't think it is. It's just really different, kind of raw and utterly honest. It's visible that the author has a really expanded imagination, which makes her story unforgettable. I would encouraged all of you to read it...
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - Another absolutely amazing book. To tell the truth, I wasn't planning on reading this one at first. It just didn't seem as something I would normaly go for. But because everybody was raving about it, I decided to give it a try. And I am so happy now that I did, for this book definitely desrves all the hype. I loved the voice of the main character. I grew fond of him practically immediately. And from then on I was investigated to the story with my whole heart. Such a lovely coming-off-age story that made me kind of miss my high school years...
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer - This is a sequel to Between the Lines which is a book that tells a story about a prince who would do anything for a chance of escaping the fairy tale he is forced to live in. In this novel we follow his escapades once his wish comes true. And I have to say that I loved Off the Page even more than the first book. It was really entertaining throughout the whole time. And as sweet as ever...
  • Life and Death (Twilight Reimagined) by Stephenie Meyer - I'd wanted to read this book ever since it came out, but I waited till it came in paperback because I really didn't like the huge bind up copy with the original Twilight in it. So I finally read it and really enjoyed it. I thought the story worked very well even with the swap of genders of the main characters. But I couldn't really separate this book from the original. And sometimes I found myself confused, for somewhere in the middle of the dialog I automatically started to think about Bella and Edward. So I don't know. I guess I am too connected to them to suddenly try to applicate their story on someone else. But over all it was highly enjoyable read...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

The Little Prince

Original title: Le Petit Prince
Author: Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
Translators: Ros and Chloe Schwartz
Publisher: Macmillan Collector's Library
Publishing date: 2016
Pages: 135


Considering how much I love this book now, it's actually kind of a funny story that The Little Prince was the only book I never wanted to read. I remember it was one of the first books I've ever picked up to read for school when I was very little. But I couldn't get into it and I didn't like the first two drawings at all, for drawing was, like, my second self and I was craving for something different by that time. And so I just never finished the book and also never intended to do it. And the fact that everybody was raving about it made it even worse. It just struck me that the book was too difficult to understand and everybody was lying about reading it just to make themselves look cool. But when I had been working in a bookshop in London, some girl stopped before a little stuck of The Little Princes and, without knowing she was being observed, said to herself: "Oh, this book. It's such a beautiful story..." And then she nodded her head, as if it hadn't been her who just said it, but completely agreed with the statement. I guess, this was the first impulse that made me finaly overcome my impenitence regarding this book and challenged me to read it.

"To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world...”

I am so glad I did it, for this book really deserves all the hype it gets. If you pay attention to the story, you'll be able to find what you're looking for in it. It was so beautifully written, and this time I even loved the illustrations. I din't expect it at all, but I actually cried a little bit when I came upon the quote which you can see above. In the concept of the story, it was very touching. Something about it just make my heart ache. The whole book made me feel a little bit of hope in the world around me, which is actually why I think it's more of a book for grown-ups than for children. When I was trying to read this book as a child, I didn't need such a reminder. Back then I saw hope everywhere. The funny thing is that things haven't really changed since then, only the way I see them has changed. So I guess that the hope I felt back then is still here waiting for me to see it. The Little Prince is one of those precious things which help me to find the way to it...

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens
Publisher: SPLINTER
Publishing date: 2012
Pages: 571


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade."

The story follows Philip Pirrip - Pip for short - who is in his infancy forced to steal some food and a file for a fugitive who threatens to kill him otherwise. And this deed haunts him from then on. When Pip falls in love with a rich and cold-hearted young lady, Estella, to which guardian Mis Havisham he keeps company time to time, Pip begins to hanker for being a genteman who would be worthy a beautiful Estella. When his wish comes true, he doesn't realize where his sudden wealthiness might lead him to...

"Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape."

Great Expectations was the third book I've read by Charles Dickens (the previous ones being A Christmas Carol and Oliver Twist), so I believe that I have been acquinted with his work quite properly, although I have yet to cope with some of his largest tomes. As you may know, I am a huge fan of A Christmas Carol. It's one of my all time favourite books, for sure. Oliver Twist I also love, but Great Expectations is undoubtedly the best of all. It's quite possibly the most beautifully written book I've ever read, yet it's surprisingly easy to read and understand. Charles Dickens is such an quotable author. His sentences are in my opinion ones of the finest and most truthful in whole literature. I admire his work utterly. And Great Expectations is the one book of his I've connected with the most. I honestly found myself between the pages of this book. And I related to Pip entirely. I mean, he is certainly quite difficult character to like, since he does so many mistakes that lead him to all sorts of unfortunate affairs. But I am able to understand his wishes and dreams, for I've had them too. He just feels real to me, and the whole book seems like his most sincere confession. And it's not a reader's business to judge, only listen.

"So throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise."

Charles Dickens is a master when it comes to the characters. They are so precisely crafted. And I couldn't help feeling for them. I was scared by them, also touched and amused, I feared for them too, and often felt allied to them. Some of them were so nice and the others rather horrid or downright weird. Either way, I just loved reading about them all. I also enjoyed the settings of this novel. It was highly interesting to visit London in Victorian era. Even though the skyline of the city wouldn't be recognizable at all for Charles Dickens nowadays, I think that some of the things about the place haven't really changed since his age. And I absoltely adored his description of the main city od England. It was stunning and mesmerizing. Just like the book itself. Even if I knew the basic storyline beforehand, there were many things which took me by surprise. Great Expectations is surely an amazing classic to read for anybody who yearns for beautiful language and thrilling plot at the same time...

Ratings: 5/5

Friday, 3 March 2017

Sarah Dessen Book Club #2| Just Listen

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing date: 2016
Pages: 371


Annabel seems to have it all. Everybody imagines her to be perfect and having an amazing life full of loving people and exciting events. But there are things that Annabel keeps deep down in herself and even, or especially, her own mom doesn't know. Some kind of serendipity throws her together with Owen, whom she always expected to be scary and reclusive. But she soon learns that nobody is what you first suspect them to be. Owen will share his love for music with Annabel. And step by step Annabel will learn how important it is to open herself to the people she loves...

"Don't think or judge, just listen."

This is not the first time I am writing about this book on my blog. I had actually written a review on it already, but it was many years ago, so I might as well go ahaed and try to do my best to express my feelings about this book again. If you follow me continously, it won't be surprising for you to hear that I freaking love this book. In fact, I consider it as one of the most influental books in my whole life, if that says something. I think that because it came to me in the most important time, it had a really great impact on me. In this book Sarah Dessen helped me to see many things differently. I stopped being so immersed in my own problems after reading it. I also realized that I was not the only one person having issues. And I learnt that it's okay to have flaws because nobody expects from you to be perfect. And just as Kirsten found comfort in taking care of herbs and Annabel in listening to music, I started to think about what I could do with my free time. And so I established this blog which has become a big part of my life since then. So I've really gained a lot since reading Just Listen for the first time five years ago...

"No matter how much time has passed, these things still affect us and the world we live in. If you don't pay attention to the past, you'll never understand the future. It's all linked together."

It was amazing to re-read this book after such a long time. I was so surprised by how many things I forgot about it. I think I needed some reminders of the important things in life, therefore I am really glad I had a chance to pick this book up again. I found the main characters highly inspiring and I loved reading about them. Sarah Dessen writes about people willing to change themselves. They are still full of hope and optimism, even if they experienced really bad things. And I admire that about them a lot. That's the reason why I like reading Young Adult novels, even though I am not a teenager anymore. It's so easy to lose your ideals when you're getting older. And it's really not that hard to conceive hatred for people in general, once you've experienced some kind of betrayal. But to see these young people being so passionate and open, is something that makes me want to be like them. Therefore I adore Sarah Dessen for her writing. She created these characters which means she herself believes in better of the world...

I can't recommend Sarah Dessen's books enough. I would like to encourage everybody to read them, for I am convinced you'll find something in them that will resonate with you. Whether you need a little bit of hope, love or faith, you can find it in her novels. There's plenty for everyone. And if there'll come some time in your life when you'll need some more, you can always come back and find what you need in her books again...

Ratings: 5/5

Saturday, 25 February 2017

everyday post| Little Escapes

I haven't shared my random thoughts and pictures in a while. And since it's been quite subdued here on my blog lately, I've thought that I might as well collect my photos and write something today. I feel like I've been on a little escape from reality for some time now. I don't feel like associating with people lately. The only thing I really want to do these days is just reading. It's the only thing that keeps me sane, really. I am looking out of my window while writing this. And there's sun after such a long time in our garden, which makes me excited for the months to come. So I believe that things are about to get better, now that spring is around corner. I've been doing some spring cleaning the other week. And I am slowly working on re-organizing my bookshelves now, which is one of my favourite things to do. For it helps me keep track of all of my books and stuff, which is great. Plus it's such a satisfying process. I just love it. On a different note, I'm turning twenty-five in a month, which is absolutely crazy. I don't even know how it happened. I remember my younger self, looking forward to being older, for I thought it meant becoming wiser and more confident. But getting older is nothing like that. I actually haven't figured out any of the things I was supposed to have figured out by now. But whatever. Maybe none of those things is as important as it seems to be at the first sight. Anyway, back to the books. So I've finished Just Listen by Sarah Dessen recently, which I still need to review for the Book Club. And then I've read All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders which was a very unique book that I enjoyed. So I am planning on writing a review on that one, too. And now I am thinking about starting the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy because I really need to know what is going to happen next...

Let me know what have you been doing lately and what books have you read. And I will keep up with you soon...

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...