Friday, 30 September 2016


Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Publishing date: 2014
Pages: 459

Cath is living in her own world, more specifically the world of Simon Snow. She's writing a fan-fiction about him and is totaly devoted to it. She is determined to finish her stories before an actual last book of the series comes out. But when her twin sister Wren tells her that she wants to experience the college life on her own, Cath is devastated and has to struggle with real people that are nothing like the ones from her fan-fiction. But then she meets Levi whose smile can make everything a little bit less horrid. If only he wouldn't date her roommate who somehow happened to be her only friend in the whole school...

"To really be a nerd, she'd decided,
you had to prefere fictional worlds to the real one."
Since I have read Eleanor & Park, I became a really huge fan of Rainbow Rowell. And I seriously don't know why it took me so long to finally read Fangirl which is probably the most popular book of hers. Well, never mind because eventually, I've got the chance anyway. And I really adored the story, though not as much as I loved Eleanor & Park. I think it was beautifully written, and it was all about literature, love and friendship. Plus the Rainbow Rowell's clever wit was everywhere, not to mention Levi, the cutest guy ever. I also liked Cath and her family, but she was sometimes a little bit too much like me. I recognized myself in most of her bad qualities. At times, she was like a really big loner and I just didn't like it about her. I mean, I understood her because I am just like that. But that's probably why I didn't sympathize with her at this point. But do not get me wrong, I still liked her very much. Especially her passion about writing a fan-fiction. I think it was great that she would just stand for her beloved characters no matter what. And I also appreciated her for that she remained herself throughout the whole story...

Rainbow Rowell is really an absolutely amazing author. Her books are so sweet, colourful and funny as well as profound and highly inspirational. I would recommend them to everyone, for I think that everyone can find something in them that would speak to their heart.

Ratings: 4/5

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Beautifully Written #18

"The next room was a library, and she saw everything she had ever wanted to read, as well as everything she had read, and it seemed to her that a whole lifetime would not be enough to even read the names of the books, there were so many."

(Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book)

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

The Booklover's TAG

1. Do you prefer hardbacks or paperbacks?
I've always thought that I prefered hardbacks but that was probably just because there barely were any paperbacks in the Czech bookshops before. When I've started to read in English, I realized that paperbacks are so much more useful and comfortable, and I love to read them ever since. It's true, though, that I adore hardbacks for their beautiful design. And if I like some book very much, I usually end up buying a hardback copy as well...

2. What do you drink while reading?
It's very simple. Coffee or tea. My favourite is Spicy Chai Tea by Twinings with a spoon of brown sugar and a little bit of milk.

3. Old books or new books. Which ones do you like better?
Well, it's hard to say because I love them both. But it obviously depends in which quality the old book is. I own loads of really old books that I have found in second hand and/or charity bookshops, and I cherish them the most, for they are so lovely with their yellowish papers and a smell of history. Like, for example my little copy of The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith that I have bought in an antiquarian bookshop called Quinto on Leicester Square in London for only one pound. It's not in a perfect condition but none of the newest editions could ever replace it. Nevertheless, I also like new books, for I know that nobody but me read them yet...

4. Do you rather read in public or in privacy?
I would say that I rather read at home where I can put on some pyjama pants and old T-shirt and sit in my comfortable chair or bed. But sometimes I also read in public places, such as train or coffee shop, when I find a few spare minutes and want to use them...

5. Can you name at least three classics you adore?
I think you probably know what my favourite classics are. But I might as well name them again. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen. Those are the books that I carry around in my mind and my heart everywhere...

6. What is your favourite children book?
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. There is no other book that I would love as much. It contains everything that you need to know about world and life in it. It's my all time favourite story that I am looking forward to read to my own children. One day...

7. Do you keep a book journal?
Yes, I do. But I am not as persistent about it as I'd wish to be. But this blog certainly works as a book journal in some way, and I hope I shall never stop writing it...

8. Where do you find an inspiration for what to read?
Mostly on instagram. I follow so many readers and bloggers there, and they are definitely my biggest inspiration. But then I also search books on Goodreads or Book Depository. And time to time, I go to a local bookshop and browse among the shelves in there...

9. Do you have any particular system of organizing your bookshelf?
Basicly none. I think that my bookshelf wouldn't make any sense to other people. It's practically very well organized mess of so many kind of books that are put together according to my mood. But it certainly makes sense to me. My parents could testify that I know where I keep every single book of mine. When I was living in London, I always gave a quick instructions throughout the phone about a book my mom was looking for, and she always found it there...

10. What is your favourite literary movie?
Matilda based on book by Roald Dahl. It's the sweetest story about a reader. It just speaks from my heart. So funny and lovely...

Saturday, 24 September 2016

everyday post| Farewell to London

There is always something melancholic about going back to home. I remember that every year I was leaving Italy after a little holiday that I spent there with my family, I was somehow sad even though I was looking forward to our beloved dog as well as to my friends and my lovely room with all of my favourite things. It was like the camp that we were living in somehow became my home, too. And it was difficult to part with that even though I knew that I will be back again the next year...

When I was leaving London it was a little bit different because I spent there a whole year. And in the begining, I hadn't even known whether I was ever going back home. I moved there on my own to start there a new life. I wanted to be independent, speak English, work with books and find my own place to stay. And I did that. I had had everything I wanted but I wasn't happy. Because after a while, I realized that home is something irreplacable. And I have one already...

One thing I know for sure. Before I moved abroad, I always wanted more and more, but London made me want less. Not that I would have lost my ambitions. No, I still have loads of plans and wishes for the future. It's just that I finaly became content and satisfied with what I've got. I just don't need anything more to be happy in my life. And I think that this is actually the reason people have to go abroad - to try firsthand how difficult it is to live there to be able to see how amazing a place their home is.

I don't think I am going to miss something about London in particular. I mean, of course, I will always miss all of those awesome bookshops and antiquarian shops as well as some of the beautiful places like Waterloo and so on. But I will definitely not be missing London altogether, you know. I am and always will be very greatful for all experiences and chances that living in there provided to me, but then again I don't think that London and I had ever belonged together...

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Persuade Me

Author: Juliet Archer
Publisher: Choc Lit Limited
Publishing date: 2011
Pages: 341

When Anna and Rick encountered and fell in love with each other for the first time they were really young and their fates were moving in different directions. Anna let her aunt persuade her to leave Rick and go to the university, and so she did. But even after many years she can't forget her only soul mate. And neither can he even though he moved so far away to start a new life. When the chance of meeting each other again appears both their lives suddenly collide...

"I'm listening to you - I can hear every word, however softly you speak - and I'm half-agony, half-hope. You're saying that men are realists - that, when the woman they love is no longer available, they move on. Well, believe me, I tried - and I thought I had. But seeing you again, after so many years, just proved how little I knew..."

Juliet Archer's book Persuade Me was the second modern re-telling of Persuasion by Jane Austen that I have read during a year. And even though one would expect something similar, it was actually very different. And I have enjoyed this book as much as the first one. I love to read my favourite stories again and again in different versions. It's a completely new experience from reading. Sometimes I am able to understand the originals even more after reading insights of the new authors in their fan-fictions. It's like having a book club and discussing the stories from totally different points of view.

What I liked about this book in particular, was the way Juliet Archer conceive the whole relationship between Anna and Rick. Of course that the main thing about that was inherited from Persuasion, but I would say that Juliet Archer also created a completely new love story that the reader could read with thrilling expectations, and yet with some familiarity as well. I adored her beautiful and witty writing style as well as her description of the ambience. I also appreciated an apperance of some new characters that somehow enriched the whole story. I would definitely recommend this book to all the fans of beloved Jane Austen as well as to the readers that weren't acquainted with her work yet.

Ratings: 5/5