Tuesday, 31 May 2016

everyday post| Reading Update

Hi everyone,
I am so sorry I haven't been updating a whole week. I miss this blog so badly but unfortunately, I don't have as much time as I used to have once. But that doesn't mean that I am going to stop altogether. Absolutely not. I will always keep Bookish Friendship alive for it's so important to me. It just takes some time to get accustomed to my work and new life style. I've gotten my job three months ago which is of course quite a long time but things were changing all the time and it is only now when everything's slowly going to settle down. So I hope I'll be able to figure out how to find time and energy for catching up with reading and writing my blog.

I've got loads of ideas I would like to share with you and there are so many books I would like to write about once I find time to finish them. But for now I would like to at least show you books I am reading currently, books I bought recently and books I am hoping to read soon. To start with, I am reding Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen in the time being, which my parents brought me from my bookshelf in the Czech Republic during the last visit. And after I finish it, I am planning to start Jellicoe Road by Melina Marcheta about which I've heard so many amazing things. Ihave this feeling that this story will be heartbreaking but still, I just can't wait.

In the meantime I am also reading The Letters of Vincent van Gogh because I've wanted to read them ever since. But they've never been translated to Czech language so I haven't had a chance before. And I remembered them when I was thinking about books I wish I could read in the time I hadn't been able to read in English but could read now. And I was lucky enough to find one copy in a bookshop on Trafalgar Square while waiting to meet my friend for coffee. Then I found an old paperback copy of Moby-Dick by Herman Melville in a charity shop which I'd love to read during the Summer but am too afraid of its thickness. Definitely let me know if you read that book and whether you like it.

I also ordered some novels by Deb Caletti since I really adored her book Stay that I read at the beginning of the year and would definitely like to read more of hers. But for some reason her books aren't available in the UK so I purchased them from Book Depository along with a book called Before We Were Strangers by Renée Carlino that I am super excited for. And lastly I would like to mention a book Londoners which was written by many different people about their experiences of living in London. The back cover says: "This is a book to deepen your relationship with London and make you fall in - or out - of love with it all over again," and I genuinely hope for the first choice.

"Admire as much as you can, most people don't admire enough."
~ Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

everyday post| Domesticated

"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort."
(Jane Austen)
It's been one month and four days since I've moved to my current place. And I've finaly started to feel a little bit like home in London. I got used to travel by subway everyday and rushing to work amongst countless turists, and I created little habits that provide me a refuge during these days, like drinking caramel coffee while talking to my parents on the phone in the caffé around the corner before heading to work. I like my life here, and I am extremely grateful for what London offered me, but even though I know I hadn't had that possibilities in Brno, I still inexpressibly miss my city, and I don't expect it ever going to change...
My favourite parts of days are evenings that I spend reading on a bus on my way home and watching Gilmore Girls in my bed till very late hours. And then there are my days off that I usually spend at home surrounded by my books and other favourite things. Although it's really lonely sometimes, I try to enjoy my time in my place the most I can. Well, I don't have pleasure in preparing meal just for myself and sometimes I could feel a little bit bored, but then again, there is nothing like coming home after a long day at work and finding your flat with all the necessities at the exact same place you left them. Of course, living alone isn't perfect but it certainly has some benefits, you know...

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Beautifully Written #17

When everything we felt fails
Then some music, soft and distant sails
But it don't sound like it did before
Then I know I'm left with nothing more
Then my own soul

(Red House Painters, Song For A Blue Guitar)

Friday, 20 May 2016


We are having Summer in London. Seriously. There was really cold weather in April, and then as May came, the sun has started to shine and practically never stopped since then. For which I am of course really happy. Because even though I like Autumn and Winter, Spring and Summer are and always will be my favourite seasons of the year. It's so easier to come with new ideas and stay optimistic when it's all sunny and flowery outside. So yeah, it's really beautiful weather here in London, but still I wish I was somewhere else; on a beach, laying on the warm sand, breathing in a fresh sea air and watching waves. Fortunately I can be there at least through books so I've picked up Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen and am currently reading about Auden who is spending her Summer time in a beach house with her father...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Saint Anything

Author: Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publishing date: 2015
Pages: 417

"When faced with the scariest of things, all you want to do is turn away, hide in your own invisible place. But you can't. That's why it's not only important for us to be seen, but to have someone to look for us, as well."

Sydney has been invisible for her whole life, but since her brother Payton, who has been the favourite of all, ended up in a jail, people in school and even at home start to focus their attention on her. Sydney decides to change the school and tries to build up a new life, though she can't forget the past and what had Payton done. She thinks that somebody needs to feel the responsibility and guilt, and that would be she. But then she meets the family of Chathams and they integrate her to their lives and fill her lonely afternoons. They'll show her what family and friendship is all about and they'll make her feel visible in a requisite way...

"The future was one thing that could never be broken,
because it had not yet had the chance to be anything."

This is certainly not the first time nor the last time I am mentioning Sarah Dessen on my blog. You guys know that I am a huge fan of hers. I love and I will always love her books. They are just like a comfort food you eat when you feel like everything's going wrong, and you need something to reminds you that there are still some nice things about life that make living more beareble and sometimes even amazing.

Saint Anything is a story about second chances, because everyone can screw up sometimes. There's nothing just black and white in Sarah Dessen's books. Every character has his dark and bright side, and that's what I really like about it. It's just so real. I always genuinely care about characters in her books. I am thinking about them even in the moments when I am not reading about them. And they usually stay stuck in my mind long after finishing the book, which I think is something really rare.

What I absolutely adored about this book were the dialogues, especially those ones between the minor characters about fries, band names and lollipops. They were just fantastic and hilarious. Sarah Dessen always equilibrate the dark topic with some light jokes and sweet smiles of mods. What should I say, she knows perfectly well how to treat us girls.

Ratings: 5/5

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

everyday post| Here and There

I've turned twenty four recently, and I feel a little bit bizarre. The older I am the more I feel that the life is such an ungraspable thing. I don't know whether I can express my feelings fairly enough but I can at least try. My blog became something like my diary anyway. So many things were written, some of them way too personal to be shared. That's the thing which every blogger just has to undergo at some point. But for me it works. If I would like to avoid being personal I would have to stop writing it at all for I perceive as personal even the sharing of my thoughts about books I've read... Well now, I don't know. The whole thing about me living in London is still kind of unbelievable. Most of the time I don't even realize it. I wake up every morning, I drink my cup of coffe, I get dressed and then I leave my flat to go to work where I meet my coworkers and we talk about books and our lives and we serve our customers. And sometimes I meet authors of books I read. It was when I was reading Portobello Road that Julian Mash suddenly appeared in our bookshop with his sweet smile on his lips about which me and my colleagues were swooning till the end of the day. Some days are very exciting and some of them are forgotten right the next week. Every day is somehow different, though, and that's what I like about this work the most. But the thing about too much excitement is that sometimes everything feels surreal, you know. These exciting moments remind me where I am and what I am doing and all of it seems past belief. And sometimes I have this feeling that even before I know it I will be somewhere else, looking back at my life in London, and I will ask myself: "Has it really happened or has it been just my imagination?"

Friday, 6 May 2016


I hope you're indulging the sunshine. It's absolutely splendid weather here in London. I am working six days in a row this week but I am catching the sun rays during my long free mornings and also in the park where I am usually having my lunch so I have no reason to complain after all. I've just started to read The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James which is the first book of reading challenge that Everyman's Library holds. I was so excited when they asked to join them, and I am so looking forward to the meeting where we are supposed to discuss our literature choices. It's gonna be fantastic... This is the first time I am reading Henry James and I have to say that I absolutely adore his writing style. He got me right from the beginning and I can't wait to read more... What are you reading in the time being?

Monday, 2 May 2016

everyday post| Sense & Sensibility

"I come with no expectations, only to profess, now that I am at liberty to do so, that my heart is and always will be yours."

We had had a delivery in our bookshop a few days ago. And we had received some of the beautifuly bound books by Penguin Classics, one of which was Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. You guys know that it is my favourite novel of hers. And even though I own a few copies of this book, I just couldn't resist to buy this one as well. I could read about Elinor and Marianne again and again without becoming weary. This story really resonates within my heart. I identify myself with every single sentence Jane Austen wrote here...