Saturday, 22 April 2017

Dewey's Readathon - Preparations

Hello again, dear readers,
today I am here with my TBR list for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, which is happening on next Saturday 29th April. I am so glad I'll have a chance to participate this time around, for I remember I was really upset last year when I had to go to work for whole weekend, and therefore missed the event. Truth to be told, reading is basically all I do during my weekends so next Saturday won't be all that different to the others, but there's just something about knowing that people all around the world are reading along with me that makes this particular weekend special. It surely gets me excited about reading even more. Also, I feel like this upcoming week will be quite challenging in work, so it'll be nice to have something to look forward to at the end of it...

I've been thinking for some time now about what books to choose for this occasion, and I am quite happy with my finished TBR pile. First of all I'll be reading Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin which is a classic novel about an American man living in Paris. I was given this book from Everyman's Library publishing house last year. And I am really looking forward to finally read it. Then I choose War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, which could be considered as a children classic, I guess. I am super excited about this one, too. I got it in a beautiful edition with a new cover design, which I absolutely love. I am also planning on watching the movie after finishing it as to get a nice reading break. The next book is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, which is the only book by her I still haven't read. I am expecting it to be just as lovely and cute as all her other books, so I simply can't wait to read it. And lastly, in case I could still find some time, I would love to read Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty, which is a book I want to go in without knowing anything about it. So I can't tell you what's it about, but I have a feeling that it's going to be great...

So there you have it. These are the books I will be reading next weekend from 2pm on Saturday to 2pm on Sunday. I'll be updating my reading progress here on my blog and also on Instagram, so stay tuned in case you're interested. And definitely let me know if you're about to join in as well. I would like to know what books are on your TBR list...

Friday, 21 April 2017

#FridayReads

Hello dear readers,
so first of all, I would like to thank to all of you for sticking up with me, even though my blog's been quite subdued lately. Your visits and occasional comments really mean a world to me. I've been kind of struggling whether to keep this blog or not for almost a year now. And since I can't seem to picture myself quitting something I've been doing for four years, I decided to stay on a condition of posting only when I truly feel like it. And so far it's really worked. I feel like I've been reading more than I had before. And there are still many ideas for new posts coming. I can't tell if and how much the blog is about to change. Or if it's going to be for the better. But I hope that I'll be able to keep it either way. If you are a blogger, let me know what do you think. Can you foresee yourself continuing on for many years? Or do you sometimes question what are you doing...?

Anyway, back to the books. So yesterday, on my way to Prague, I've started to read my first novel by A. S. King - Ask the Passengers, which I am planning on finishing today. I really like her writing style and I enjoy reading of the book. There are many beautiful thoughts in it that I would like to remember and apply to my own life, if possible. But at the same time, I am not so much blown away by the story itself. So I guess, I will see what I made up from it at the ent. But I still have super high expectations for Everybody Sees the Ants. It's been on my TBR list for ages. Hopefully, it'll be as amazing as I imagine it to be... Definitely let me know what are you reading at the moment. I am always curious to know...

Monday, 17 April 2017

WAIT for ME

Author: Caroline Leech
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing date: 2017
Pages: 384


Lorna's family is in the middle of the World War II. Her two brothers are far away in a military front and her ordinary life on her father's farm in Scotland is formed by hard work and endless chores around the house. Everything changes, though, when a young German soldier Paul, who is a prisoner of war, is sent to help her father on the farm. Lorna feels weird about it, for she always thought about Germas as enemy. Although Paul might be the one to show her that people aren't responsible for their governent, and she soon learns that Paul isn't all that different from herself after all and that they have a lot in common in spite of the whole precarious situation they find themselves in...


I read every day. Sometimes, I don't even think about it. It's become automatic. It's like a part of myself to open a book whenever I can find a spare hour or two. And once in a while I pick up a book that becomes a real reminder of why I read so much. A book that fills me with energy for a long time ahead. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech is one of those precious books with a power to change your life perspective and which you can't forget anytime soon...

I didn't know much about this book before I read it. Except the feeling that the cover was drawing me in, I went to the story completely blind, which I think was a great thing, for I had a chance to fall in love with it as the plot was gradually unroling in front of me. The funny thing is that the main character Lorna wasn't my favourite at the beginning, hence I wasn't enjoying the reading all that much at first, but as the story went on, I quickly started to understand and appreciate her and soon enough I found myself completely tangled into the intricate web of the whole story and fell head over heels in love with it.

I feel like Wait for Me is a book that introduced me to the whole genre of historical fiction because I realized that I really haven't read that many books of the kind so far. And I know now I've been missing a lot. Caroline Leech wrote an absolutely amazing, heartwrenching and achingly beautiful novel that I adored through my entire self. I can't even put my feelings about her book into words. Even though I enjoyed her writing style a whole lot, I thought that the best part of her book were the characters she created. They were so lively described and everyone was different. They struck me as real people and I most sincerely felt for them with my whole heart. So the thing about Lorna which I didn't like at the beginning actually became one of those things that I loved about this book the most. Isn't it amazing how the book can surprise you so much and shatter your own conviction into pieces?

It's hard to believe that this powerful, thought provoking, open-hearted and delicately told story is Caroline Leech's debut novel. I seriously can't wait for all her new books to come. But until then I am going to treasure this piece of perfection within my memory and heart. It is an unforgettable story to which I will gladly come back again in the future. And I would like to encourage all of you to read it as well...

Rating: 5/5


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Books that BookTube Made Me Read

Since I've became a full-time reader four years ago when I started this blog, I've had no problem to find books to read. My TBR pile is an ever growing issue. But I do remember times when it was kind of difficult to decide what to read next. And back then, I discovered BookTube from which I drew a lot of bookish inspiration. So today I am here to share with you some of the amazing books I would've probably never gotten around reading if it weren't for YouTube...

  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - One of the most difficult book to describe. The plot line of this story is just so sad and alarming. But the writing style of Jeffrey Eugenides is so incredibly beautiful that I can't help but think about this book as poetic. I would highly recommend it to you if you haven't read it already...
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I know. The Great Gatsby is a classic so you would think I didn't need YouTube to discover it. But I hadn't had any interest to read this book untill I heard so many amazing things about it from various BookTubers. So I picked it up and fell in love with the story thanks to them all...
  • How I live Now by Meg Rosoff - This book is actually a dystopian novel that takes place during some kind of World War III. It is really frank and raw but incredibly beautiful. I am aware that this book is not for everybody, but I would still encourage you to read it. It's one of my all time favourites. And I am going to re-read it soon...
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - Oh, I love this book entirely. It's hilariously funny and the main character just plain adorable. Both of my parents read it and utterly enjoyed it too. Seriously good one...
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman - If you follow my blog somehow continuously, you'll probably know that Just One Day is one of my all time favourite book. And if it weren't for BookTube I might have never read it. What an idea. I love the story about Allyson and Willem so much. And I like to carry them in my heart wherever I go. I can't imagine not knowing them at all...
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perskins - I had read this book way back before starting my blog. So I guess it was one of the books that showed me an amazing world of contemporary literature. Since then I have discovered many other authors who I now love. But Stephanie Perkins will stay the first for ever...
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I don't think that Rainbow Rowell needs to be recognized by BookTube, awesome as she is. But I actually found out about her books right there. Her stories are cute and honest and I love them to pieces. So I am pretty grateful that people around YouTube discuss her books so much. They are so worth it...
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - With this book I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone. But because one of my favourite BookTubers had mentioned it so many times, I thought that I might as well go and try it, which I am so glad I did. This book really deserves all the hype it gets. It is an amazingly crafted and gorgeously written story that sets you wondering about many important things. Plus it's highly enjoyable read...
  • It by Alexa Chung - I found about this book from Alexa herself, because I have been watching her fashion videos for a long time and enjoyed her personality a lot. It's more like a coffee table kind of book with loads of pictures and short articles that you can flip through while drinking coffee. It's perfect for days that are lacking any inspiration...
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - This book is actually the one that inspired me to write this post. For I was absolutely not interested in picking it up when it came out. But because it got so popular on BookTube, I was curious to find out if it really was as good as everybody said. And I seriously loved it...
  • Stay by Deb Caletti - This book isn't necessarily the most popular on BookTube, even though it's a pity. Nevertheless, BookTube is where I first heard about it. And I am so glad I read it, because Deb Caletti is now one of my favourite contemporary authors. I would definitely encourage you to read this novel, for it tells a poignant story that is both shocking and beautiful...

Friday, 31 March 2017

Reader Problems TAG


1. You have 20 000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?
Well, I don't really have a problem with that. I remember times when I had been committed to read books that were sent to me for review. And I hated having an overflying TBR pile without any chance to pick a book from my shelves randomly. And so I am really happy I can decide what to read next according to my current mood, now that I don't receive review copies anymore. It's the best kind of freedom and I love it. So whenever I finish a book, I take my time to browse through my home library and pick a book that I just feel like reading at the moment. I don't ever get overwhelmed by unread books on my shelves. In fact, I prefer to have plenty of them to choose from. That's what keeps me excited about reading. The endless possibility, I guess...

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?
Well, it really depends on the particular book. If I do not enjoy it just because the time isn't right, I usually put the book down to come back to it later. I know that it might look like I am never going to do that. But I've actually done that before and sometimes I even ended up loving the book. In general speaking, though, I always try to finish the book, for I kind of feel commited...

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?
I had actually never set up a reading challenge on Goodreads before. So I can't really tell. But this year I've challenged myself to read sixty books so I'm going to at least try to finish my goal. In my opinion, the best thing to get on with reading is to read books that are simply your cup of tea. That way you wouldn't feel any preasure to complete your reading challenge, instead it would be a great fun...

4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?
This is a tough one. You see, I usually try to search for books that match my collection. But sometimes it's not that easy. In the Czech Republic publishers don't tend to change the cover team for a series often. And there are no more editions to choose from, either. So there's no problem with that. What publishers tend to do, though, is not publishing the last book in the series. What the heck... Right? So, throughout the years, I ended up with some unfinished series. And if I want to know the ending, I am now forced to buy the last book in English, in which case my books won't match. It's really annoying. That's the reason why I've started to read in English. And I am never going to buy any series in Czech translation ever again. How do I cope? Well, I usually split the unmatched books so that way I don't have to be annoyed by looking at them every time...

5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?
I don't think I need someone to bond with over my hatred feelings. If I really don't like a book, even though everybody else is raving about it, I don't care at all. I read the book. I did everything I could. Now it's time to move on and find something that I would like so I could experince the same excitement as everybody else...

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?
The thing is that I usually can't concentrate on my feelings properly when in public. So I have never gotten into that kind of situation. When I am reading a book that is really emotional, I usually save it for later to get some privacy in which I can thoroughly absorb the whole story and feelings that come with it...

7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!
This is seriously a story of my life. I've never finished a whole series in one time period. Even if all the books were out already. I don't know why but apparently it's unattainable goal for me. What I usually do, though, when there is a sequel of the book I like coming out, is that I re-read the first novel to refresh my memory and also enjoy my favourite book all over again. There's nothing to cry about...

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?
I used to be really strict about lending my precious books to other people. I am not that much now. I don't mind if the book is a little bit worn after reading and so I would gladly lend it to a friend had they asked. But the thing is that they don't ask me. They're probably afraid I would say no according to my previous opinions I shared on my blog, concerning lending out books. But I am still quite misgiving about people not returning my books, which is always a risk. I only lend my books to my parents and Grandmother currently, for I can fully trust them about treating my books carefully. Plus they always give them back to me...

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?
I don't know, really. I sort of think that having a reading slump isn't necessarily a bad thing. I mean, it's okay to do other stuff, too. I always say that being a reader is kind of a lifestyle that we choose. I personally read most when I am having a boring period of my life. But if there are many exciting things going on, I can't read that much, for my mind is floating somewhere else. I would say that a short reading break is the best way to get out of a reading slump, because after it you can rediscover the joy that books bring to you. But sometimes I also push myself out of a reading slump by reading books from my favourite genre. Something light and fluffy. That works for me just as well...

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?
Obviously, it depends on how much money I have in my disposal at the moment. Surely, I would like to buy them all at once, but I usually try to be sober about buying books. So I will wait till I have free finances, and in the meantime, it becomes clearer what books I am genuinely interested in. And little by little I'll buy those eventually...

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?
It really depends... Sometimes I read new books straight away, just like I did it with Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, which I bought and read in one day. But there are also times when I buy a book which then lays on my shelf for three years before I get to it, which was the case of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. But I would like to believe that I'll read every single book I buy no matter when it'll be. Books are patient and I'm sure they'll wait for me till the time is right...

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 second hand 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...