Saturday, 30 April 2016

#FridayReads

Hello my lovely readers,
after three weeks, I am back with Friday Reads. I hadn't had a time to read and prepare posts for my blog in the past weeks since my parents were visiting me. Besides I was preoccupied with concerns regarding moving into a new flat. You wouldn't believe how many books I've heaped up since I've moved to London. But my parents helped me to move my stuff whilst I was at work. And now I have a nice and peaceful place to live, where I can come after work and take a rest, listen to a music, read poetry or just sit by the window and look at the street below... 
I've arranged my own independent life in London, and I absolutely love it. It wouldn't be possible, though, without help of my dearest folk and people I've met here at work. I feel really lucky for everything that has happened since November. Well, of course there were many hard moments and even more obstacles but everything has turned okay eventually for which I feel extremely grateful...
Anyway, this weekend I am going to read Essays in Love by Alain de Botton that I bought in our bookshop. I've already read a few essays, and since I've really enjoyed them, I am now looking forward to delve into more of them. I don't know whether I will be capable to continue with Friday Reads every single week because I don't have so much time to read anymore. But I will try to share my current reads with you at least twice a month. Tell me, what are you reading at the moment?

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Breakfast with Everyman's Library

I know that for some people it might be quite strange reason to move abroad, but it was actually my passion for beautiful editions that brought me to London. Well, of course it wasn't the only reason for that but certainly one of those. You can't find such beautiful books in Czechia, and it can be really difficult to buy them online since some were designed just to be sell in local bookshops. So yes, I came to London because of that. I've just dreamed about visiting bookshops and browsing through shelves filled with these beautifully bound books. And my dream came true eventually. I was just having my lunch break in the back room of our bookshop a couple of weeks ago when I received an invitation for breakfast with Everyman's Library at Heal's. I was so surprised and excited that I wasn't able to response straight away. I mean, there's so many original and inspirational people in London and yet they decided to invite me. I just couldn't believe it. And I am so glad I've had an opportunity to accept because it was just splendid. The place, the food, the company of people, and of course the books. Everything was just amazing. And I feel extremely grateful that I could be part of it...

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Beautifully Written #16

"We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence."

(Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre)

Friday, 8 April 2016

#FridayReads

Lovely Friday to everyone,
I've had quite a hectic week, consequently I haven't found so much time for my blog but I've read a lot while traveling by subway. Oh, I am getting so tired of that long traveling to work and then back home every day, but hopefully it won't last long and I will move closer enough to be able to take a walk to work. That is just a splendid view of future days. Things aren't perfect now. It's great, though, that I still have something to look forward to, isn't it? Well now, this weekend I'm gonna read Just Kids by Patti Smith. Everybody seems to love this book and I am really glad that I finally have an opportunity to give it a try as well. I've already read a foreword, and it was very beautifully written... Have you read this book or are you planning to read it?

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Memory of Light

Author: Francisco X. Stork
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Inc.
Publication date: 2016
Pages: 325

The Story begins when Vicky wakes up after trying to kill herself. She can't find anything worth living for in her life and so she is determined to commit the suicide again. But then she meets Mona, Gabriel, E.M. and Dr. Desai at Lakeview hospital where she is supposed to stay until she feels better. These people will share with her about their hardships and will offer a friendly hand to her. And Vicky may eventually be able to see the values of her life...

"There were moments of light in the past three weeks when I could see a future, moments of laughter and belonging and courage. But all I can feel right now is that someone turned on a light just long enough for me to see what I could never have, so that it would hurt me even more than if I had never seen it."

I have been looking forward to this book a whole year before it has been published. And it was such a great feeling to finally had it in my hands. I just couldn't wait to read it so I delved myself into this book even before finishing the one I had been reading by that time I'd gotten it. There is certainly something about Francisco X. Stork's writing style that makes me covet after his words. I've found the greatest pleasure at reading his books. They are so powerful, profound and beautiful. And I've learnt so much from them...


"The rocks are everywhere. You have to dig around them without getting pissed at them. I expect the rocks to be there. Sometimes I think they're put there on purpose so I can learn not to be angry about them."

There are days when I am very emotional about life and sometimes I am upset or mad about things I can't change. But books by Francisco X. Stork always return the lost harmony and tranquility to me for which I am extremely grateful. He usually writes about serious topics and The Memory of Light is kind of a really sad story but it's written in such a gentle way that I've found it somehow romantic. It's just like that with all of his books, they are like the life itself - harsh things are happening inside of them but they are still incredibly beautiful.

In this book Francisco X. Stork says that if someone goes through some struggles during his life, then he is more sensitive and empathetic about which I really agree with him. And while I feel extremely sorry for the things he had to go through, I think it's absolutely amazing that he decided to share his experiences and views with others even though it had to be really hard to write about it. His books really give you feeling that you are not alone and you can always find hope in them which is just the most precious thing you can receive from a literature...

PS: In case you've missed it on my blog, here you can read an interview with Francisco X. Stork and learn a little bit more about him. Because he's not just a talented author but also a really nice and inspirational person...

Ratings: 5/5