Monday, 28 March 2016

Don't Think. Don't Judge. Just Take a Photograph.

I have always been a perfectionist (which is not as good quality as it might seem) and that was the reason why I quitted drawing and painting I used to do until graduation on high school. Since I had never been content with the result of my efforts, it hadn't made me particularly happy. And I think that it shouldn't be like that. Making art is supposed to fill your soul with beauty and renewal and especially happiness. Otherwise it's pointless. At least for me. So I've stopped drawing but fortunately I've discovered photographing after a little while. And that makes me really happy because I don't need to create something beautiful. I just need to find it and capture it. If something, photographing taught me to like imperfect things. Flaws make things interesting. And the most beautiful pictures are the spontaneous ones. They might be a little unfocused, grainy, under/overexposed or without a proper composition but they still could be impressive, meaningful and somehow beautiful... I was browsing through my pictures lately and I found some I've overlooked initially for they're not flawless. But then I've learnt to like them and grew fond of them eventually. And I hope you like them, too...

Friday, 25 March 2016

#FridayReads

Happy Friday to everyone,
I am so glad that the Spring is finally here. I've never been able to decide which season is my most favourite one but I think that it's gonna be Spring for the happiness that it causes in my mind and heart. I just can't help myself and have to smile every day. So for celebrating this beautiful period of the year I've decided to read Saint Anything which is the newest novel by Sarah Dessen because she's just like the Spring. Her books make me feel in love with life...

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

13 Bookish Facts About Me

I've posted something like that in the past here. And I remember that it reaped some success by then. So I've decided to write down another bookish confessions about me. I've been always admitting that I am an odd kind of reader, and I think you will agree after reading this. Anyways, I hope you enjoy. And don't forget to disclose something about you in the comment section below. We can be odd together...

  1. The first book review I've ever posted on this blog was for Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork and the first book I've ever read in English was Irises by the same author.
  2. I am willing to spend money for a desirable book instead of buying a lunch even if it means that I'll be starving till the supper.
  3. I own four copies of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë in English, three copies in Czech and one in Slovak language.
  4. I've tried to read Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling many times in Czech language but I've never been able to finish even the first book. But since I've started to read it in English, I fell in love with the whole series.
  5. My aunt had a dream about me working in a bookshop four years ago. And now I really have a job in a bookshop.
  6. I moved to London because I wanted to live in a city with hundreds of bookshops, in other words - in a city of books.
  7. I watch The Jane Austen Book Club every single month. And even though I've seen that movie countless times, I still laugh at the same parts.
  8. Reading books helped me to heal my soul after struggling with anorexia.
  9. I intend to read every single book in Top 200 BBC Book List.
  10. I have a playlist full of piano songs on my YouTube chanel that I listen to when I feel lonely while reading books.
  11. Whether it sounds really silly - sometimes, when I am selling a book, it's really hard for me to part with it.
  12. This is very embarrassing, but I've got to admit that I've never read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, although I've tried to do that when I was a little.
  13. Another very embarrassing confession is that until recently I've thought that "Hamlet" is a name of the main character of the same named work by William Shakespeare. Oh yes, it means that I haven't read this one, either.

Friday, 18 March 2016

#FridayReads

Hello lovely people,
another Friday is here. I can't believe how fast the time is running. I know I say it every week. But I really am surprised when it comes to the fact that I am living in London for the fifth consecutive month. Also, my twenty-fourth birthday is approaching inexorably. Sometimes I feel really old but not wise, unfortunately. Anyway, I still have lots and lots of books ahead of me and that is particularly nice prospect of future days. I am working this weekend but I hope that I can find some moments for reading The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork which I've just started. You know, how much I love this author, and this copy of the newest novel of his I received from him as a gift. Which makes this book especially precious... Tell me, what are you, guys, reading currently?

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Portobello Scented Candles


"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
(Marcus Tullius Cicero)

I love books because I love to read. But I also adore books for they can somehow create a piece of art in your home and make you feel comfortable there. I totally agree with the quotation above. Books have always made my home. For example, when I moved to London, the first furniture I bought was a bookshelf. I hadn't known whether I would stay here for I needed to find a job and so on, but I knew that I had to start with my books in the first place...

Bookshelf has always been a dominant piece of furniture in my place. And I always make sure to have my books organized and arranged to look pleasant and welcoming. To promote a beautiful look of my bookshelves even more, I like to add some flowers and other little decorations that can help to build some layers and levels. And some of the best decorations are definitely candles. The Notting Hill Bookshop on Blenheim Crescent produced especially gorgeous scented candles in two different variations. One in black colour with deep spicy fragrance named Library and one in white colour with tender smell of levander and citrus named Portobello. They can add an unique touch into your home library or they can make happy your friends if you will decide to devoted them...

Saturday, 12 March 2016

everyday post| Becoming Bookseller

As you can say from the title of this post, my longtime dream came true. Yes, I am a bookseller now. And I still can't really believe that this is actually happening. I have this silly smile on my lips every single minute I remember that exciting fact. Seriously, I am telling you it's even better than being in love with someone. Or at least it makes me equally happy.
Well now, there's so many things I need to learn and improve myself in it but that is one of the things I love about this work. I've always thought that the best thing about working in bookshop was to be surrounded by books. And it really is absolutely awesome, but the best thing ever about being a bookseller is to be surrounded by people who love books as well as me.
I feel so lucky and grateful to be part of that amazing team that forms our bookshop. And the feeling which cause the fact that I have an aim every day in this enormous city of London makes me incredibly happy. I wouldn't think I could be so fortunate to do what I love the most for living but now I really can and I am so grateful for it every day...

Friday, 11 March 2016

#FridayReads

Happy Friday to everyone!
This past week has been really exciting but also a bit hectic so I haven't had so much time for reading. Anyway, I met a lot of nice people and new co-workers. And one of them recommended this book called Watching the English to me. It was written by Kate Fox who observed behavior of English people and wrote it down. I think it'll be very funny read and hopefully it'll help me to understand to English temperament somewhat more...

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Beautifully Written #15

"When I read a book, I put in all the imagination I can, so that it is almost like writing the book as well as reading it - or rather, it is like living it. It makes reading so much more exciting, but I don't suppose many people try to do it."

(Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle)

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics

I have been buying loads of books for many years but I have never considered myself as a book collector until I have actually bought a second (not to mention third or even fourth) copy of a book I have already had at home. So now I am not only a reader but also a book collector. I think that it's an inevitable process. If you like some book so much to read it for many times, you obviously would like to own this book in many different editions as well. At least, so it is with me. I just can't resist to buy my favourite book(s) for multiple times. I always find some reasonable argument to do it. For example, I need a paperback copy to travel with, then I need a harback version to take some relevant place in my bookshelf, and if there is a beautiful detailed edition, I need it simply for celebration this beautiful piece of literature. Well now, I have never denied that I might be addicted.

I am sure that most of you have already seen books from gorgeous edition by Mr. Boddington's Classics about which I would like to write in today's post. They are everything every reader's heart has ever throbbed for. They are colourful yet very elegant and stylish. They are durable but still very fine. And their splendid paper covers are smooth and delicate so it's really nice to feel them. You can find six of them out there (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Little Women and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland). But the thing is that they are exclusive limited edition and unfortunately, most of them already have been sold out. But I fortuitously encountered two of them in some local bookshops. So there is still some possibility to find them if you would keep your eyes open. Good luck.