Friday, 18 August 2017

Tuck Everlasting

Author: Natalie Babbitt
Publisher: Square Fish
Publishing date: 2015
Pages: 180


It's August and the weather is unbeareby hot. Winnie Foster is playing in the garden from where she can see a forbidden forest, that has been in possesion of her family for many a generation. She doesn't know the story behind it and is not much interested to learn it. Until she meets this family of Tuck's, which seems to be connected to this forest. They are the most peculiar people who tell her amzing stories. She quckly starts to feel attached to them and therefore wants to protect them, when they finally share their secret with her. The Tuck family is immortal and they could make her to be dethless as well, had she decided she wanted to live with them. But it's much more complicated a decision to make than it could seem...

"You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living,
what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road."

I remember exactly the first time I've come to realize that all people, even I and my Daddy who was sitting in a driver's seat beside me, once expire. I was about the same age as Winnie and I felt shocked. Obviously, I knew by that time that people die, but somehow it wasn't something that I would take personally. Until that moment in a car. Had I been able to read this novel in that age, I'm sure it would have helped me a lot. Another moment came when I was living in London far from my family, when I suddenly wasn't able to stop thinking about death. I was reminded about it by pretty much everything. Especially books. Because I knew I wouldn't have a chance to read as many as I would like to before my time is up. Death is a natuaral part of our lives, but surely thinking about it all the time isn't natural. In fact, I think it's some kind of a depression. And I certainly was battling with it quite a lot...

"Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life.
You don't have to live forever, you just have to live."

Tuck Everlasting is a book that helped me to look at the matter from a different perspective. Natalie Babbitt had written a story about a family who is left alone because of their inability to die. And it was the saddest thing of all. To fear death when you have many loving people around you is certainly something entirely different than to face it all alone. Perhaps, in that case, to die would be a relieve. For who would want to live a lonely life for ever. But even though this book was discussing death, mostly it was about the life itself. Natalie Babbitt described the scenery of one hot summer with the most delightful words. She also captured the feelings of every character most precisely. She made me fall in love with them and feel for them very passionately. Tuck Everlasting is a beautiful and compelling story, which one simply cannot forget...

Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

everyday post| A Delicate Package

It's no secret that I'm a sucker for beautiful bounding of books. I love when the book is as beautiful as object as it is for what it contains. When you collect books and your room starts to resemble a library, it's only inevitable for you to start using books as some kind of decorations. You can no longer hide them in a dark bookshelf because they are everywhere and therefore practicly the only thing you see when you enter your room. At least for me this is the truth. I literally live among rows and piles of books. And I absolutely love that...

Folio Society is a unique publishing house, spicializing in beautiful design of books. They publish primarily classical literature and modern classics. When I was living in London, I often came to their little shop in The Clove Building and spent some time browsing through the shelves, housing all of the great literature. I only bought there one book for my friend, but never treated myself with one. Untill now. One week ago, I've finally made my first order, and I received the package today. 

The book I bought was A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley, which I've wanted to read for quite some time now. And I am so happy to finally have it in my hands. The book comes with a protective slipcase and the cover is of a nice green colour with an illustration made in silver. The pages are of a high quality paper, printed with a neat font. There are also colourful illustrations scattered throughout the book, which bestow even more unique a character to the actual story. The love with which this book had been done is almost palpable when you carefully turn the pages and smell the pure scent of a paper, glue and ink. It's one of those book that can adorn your bookshelf for many a generation...

Friday, 11 August 2017

everyday post| Little Pleasures

Wild roses in our garden.
New edition of my beloved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
Gorgeous hibiscus from our garden.
A beautiful dreamcatcher I got from my lovely Mum.
A little book about books I've read.
Sunny flowers in the bedroom window.
Lazy mornings in bed, spent reading and thinking about autumn...
Some of my ultimate summer essentials...
An Italian appetizer - peppers filled with tuna. Yummy!
The most gorgeous colour in our garden...
Organizing new books in my bookshelf...
My current read and a favourite mug at the moment.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

My Favourite Summer Reads

Hello guys!
Long time no see. I know, I know. Believe me, I am still here, planning on blogging but perhaps more spontaneously than I used to. I just found myself home alone and so I thought I could share with you some of my favourite books, perfect to read during the summer. The season is surely slowly approching to its end. But hey, we still have some pretty hot days ahead of us, so why not spend them with a good book or two by the edge of a water...

I might have not read all of these books in summer, but for some reason or another I associate them with this season. There are some beautiful stories that I absolutely love and would like to recommend to you. I trust that most of them you already know from my previous posts, but I put them in here nonetheless, for I realized that I actually never composed a purely summery reading list and I wanted to have all of the following titles on it, so here we go...

  1. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith - This is just such a dear novel, telling a story about one family, living in charming though dilapidated castle. It's a book full of vivid characters with ups and downs in ther lives. The story itself is amazingly written and very atmospheric. Definitely number one on my list.
  2. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech - I've read this book back in April and since then, I haven't stopped thinking about it. The story just resonated very deeply with my heart. It's surely the best book I've read so far this year. And I can't wait to read it again.
  3. Persuasion by Jane Austen - I was mentioning this book on my blog a couple of times lately, but I simply couldn't exclude it from this list. You can read any novel by Jane Austen in any season. But the melancholy tone of Persuasion just fits to summer perfectly. You can read it while breathing fresh air and remembering your early loves...
  4. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham - I can't even count the times I'd been reminded of this book throughout the years, but I think about the story during summer season the most. It's a great timeless story about human versus nature. I really think there's something for everybody to enjoy about this book.
  5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson - This book is so touching and beautiful. It's about epic children's adventure, about friendship and family. One of the most enchanting children's book ever written, I shoud think...
  6. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery - I already recommended this book in my Autumn Reading List, but honestly, is there any time not suitable for this book at all? I don't think so. Anne as a character will make you love the whole world regardless the weather...
  7. Heidi by Johanna Spyri - Ah, Heidi, another of my beloved stories. If there is a quintessential summer book, this is the one. It's full of beautiful flowers and expanding fields with sweet animals scattered around. But for the most part, it's a story about people and their hearts. Everybody should read this one.
  8. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted by Bridget Asher - Every summer calls for a chic-lit. And this one is absolutely perfect for those of you, who want to travel all the way to Provence and seek a refuge for your soul. I would also recommed to try some of the delicious recipes at the end of the book. Magnific!
  9. Atonement by Ian McEwan - This book is so unbearebly tragic, but I still love it to pieces. It's immensely beautiful. You will not be able to put it down till you reach the very end. I would higly recommend you to read it, if you haven't already.
  10. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - Another tragic one, but in a different way. Even though the story is about what the title suggests, it didn't leave me devastated. The book actually feels splendidly romantic and elegant. If you're looking for a beautiful literature, look no more...

Friday, 28 July 2017

Persuasion

Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Publishing date: 2014
Pages: 320


"She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older: the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning."

Persuasion is the last finished novel by Jane Austen, published posthumously by her brother in 1817. It tells a story about Anne Elliot of 27 years, who has lost all her prospects of love when she'd turned down the marrige offer from Frederick Wenthworth eight years ago. Her family didn't approve of him, for his not being wealthy enough. Anne has never forgotten him, although she completely lost contact with him. She cannot open her heart about her suffering to others and bears all her pains in silence. But when she learns about Frederick coming to live nearby, she knows that all her prospects of living at rest are lost altogether. The situation has changed for both of them from what it had been back then. Because of not being reasonable in his expenditure, Anne's father is now forced to rent their mension and lose some of their respect in society. Whereas Frederick earned a great possession and respect in the Navy. Could their feelings remain the same even if their circumstances and personalities altered so very much...?


"I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives."

In this book Jane Austen created a character of Anne Alliot whom anybody who once suffered from love can relate to. She hurts from the decidions of her yonger self, she knows what she lost and cannot have again. And she is now forced to watch as the only love of her life courtships with others. But even under such circumstances, she remains calm and content. She does not blame herself or the other ones that had persuaded her to give up her soul mate many years ago. She has learned her lesson without becoming resentful. And that is exactly the reason why I love Anne as a character so much. I find her very amiable and inspiring in her attitude. I am now almost as old as she is when she meets with captain Wentworth again, so I belive I can understand what she's going through. But I couldn't say that I would act in such virtuous a way had I been in her situation. I mean, it's hard to keep your spirits when you're becoming older without any prospect of happiness in love. Anne, however, keeps the freshness of her mind and remains sympathetic and understanding to others. Which I admire utterly about her...

"When pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure."

Even though Persuasion is written in the third person just as any other novel of Jane Austen's, I would say that Anne's inner voice makes this particular novel the most personal. During the reading, I felt like I knew exactly how she felt. I knew her wishes and heard her thoughs and I found her to be a kindered spirtit. There is surely a melancholic tone in between the pages of Persuasion, but it is also a story of hope and new chances. Anne Elliot lives her life in the shadows of what could have been if she made up her mind differently, but in the dullest moment of her life everything changes and she suddenly sees the brighter side of the things. In Persuasion Jane Austen also shows us that there is only one person who can make us happy in our lives. And the person is simply us. We are the ones who make the choices and speaks for our hearts. It's only in the moment when we allow ourselves to be open to the opportunities, that we finally find what we are looking for. And I like that, for it means that everybody has equal chances for happiness...

Rating: 5/5

Sunday, 9 July 2017

The Classics Book TAG

Hello dear readers,
I don't want to start another post with apologies regarding my absence, but here I am apologising nonetheless. I've come to realise that I actually like to write my blog during colder weather, when I can sit comfortably in my room with a cup of hot beverage by my side, rather than in the summer time, when I am more likely to forget my having a blog to write. It might seem weird but it really is a true. I seriously forget it time to time. Also, my eyes are getting worse and I try to minimalize my time in front of a monitor. A least before I'll be able to get a new glasses. So please be patient with me...
I do have quite a few book reviews to write but honestly I don't feel like it right now. And when I was thinking about what I could post about, I remembered this tag that I've been actually working on in the past but never got around finishing it. And since my answers have changed altogether, I decided to do it over. I love talking about classics, so I thought it could be fun to share some of those with you. I hope you'll enjoy it. And don't hesitate to participate in this tag as well. Or you can share your thoughts and opinions with me in the comment section down below...

1.) An overhyped classic you really didn't like:
I am so sorry to admit that I really didn't like Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal, especially since it is considered such a valued classic in my country. I had to read it in high school and I remember I had been paining throughout the whole book. Even though it's quite short a book, it had seemed so long at the time and I just wanted it to end so badly. It might had been my being quite young to appreciate it back then, but more likely it's just not my type of book regardless of my age. I didn't enjoy the humor and some parts were downright gross. So even though I was going to give the book another try, I haven't been very keen to do that over the past five years since I graduated. Well, someday maybe...

2.) Favourite time period to read about:
That would be the Regency era of Jane Austen's novels and then Victorian England from the books by Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters. Now, when I come to think about it, it's basically any English literature, really. My experince of living in England hadn't been as romantic as the life there appeared to be in my favourite novels, but I still love to visit London and other English cities and towns throughout my reading...

3.) Favourite children's book and fairy tale:
So my favourite children's book is surely Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. I actually read it only recently, but I've been thinking about the story quite often ever since then. It's so lovely and sweet, and though heartbreaking, it also warms me up whenever I remember the friendship of Wilbur and Charlotte. I would like to encourage everyone to read this book. It's never too late... And my favourite fairy tale is definitely The Snow Queen. There's everything in it. Love, family and friendship. It's about a strenght of a character and about the importance of belief and hope. And it's also about the world iself. The nature and changing seasons. It's just perfect...

4.) What is the classic you're the most embarrassed about having not read yet?
Okay, now it woud be good for you to brace yourself for the fact that I have yet to read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I know, it's such a shame that I haven't read it. Especially since I've bought three different copies of the book. But don't worry I am going to put it to right as soon as possible...

5.) Top 5 classics you'd like to read soon:
So let's put Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on the first spot here. I would also like to read another beloved children's classic that is Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov is, too, very high on my TBR list, since I've heard so many great things about it from Daniel Radcliffe. That sounds like he recomended the book to me himself, doesn't it? Well, he didn't. But I am very intrigued by his claiming this book his favourite. So I really want to read it soon. Next I would like to finally crack up Middlemarch by George Eliot as well as Shirley by Charlotte Brontë. Obviously I've got more classics on my list, but these five are my priorities at the moment...

6.) Favourite book/series based on a classic:
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler is my ultimate favourite. I love the book and the movie just as well. I watch it, like, every month, and yet I still can't get enough of it. I don't know what this obsession of mine is about. There's just something about the story that I absolutely adore. The characters and their conversations. The book club thing going on. It's just perfect and it always provides me with comfort...

7.) Favourite movie/TV-series based on a classic:
That would be the BBC version of Sense and Sensibility. I love it so much and I could definitely watch it every month just like The Jane Austen Book Club. In my opinion it really does the original novel a justice.

8.) Worst classic to movie adaptation:
To tell the truth I really am not a fan of The Day of the Triffids from 2009. I've tried to watch it a couple of times but never been able to finish it. I actually love the book, but this movie is a big "no" for me. I mean, the actors are really handsome and all that, but otherwise it's absolutely uncomperable with the original novel...

9.) Favorite edition(s) you'd like to collect more of:
I love the new design of Macmillan Collector's Library that my copy of Peter Pan is from, so I would definitely like to collect more of these editions in future. Also, my goal is to complete my collection of John Wyndham's books published by Penguin.

10.) An underhyped classic you'd recommend to everyone:
I would say Heidi by Johanna Spyri. It's such a beautiful, comforting and inspiring story, which people tend to neglect because of more known children's books, but I think it deserves a recognition from every reader...

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables #2)

Author: L. M. Montgomery
Publisher: ALADDIN
Publishing date: 2014 
Pages: 400



"That is one good thing about this world...
there are always sure to be more springs."

Five years have passed since Anne came to the Green Gables to live with Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. She is no longer a skinny little girl, constantly getting into troubles. Well, the later might not be completely true, but otherwise Anne has become a beautiful young lady determind to be a teacher in her beloved Avonlea. Devoted to all the children, she hopes to become an inspiration for them and have an impact on their lives. She also wants to take part in making Avonlea even better a place to live in. And all that is she doing while looking after two rather exuberant twins. Will she be successful at reaching of the set goals?

"Fancies are like shadows... you can't cage them,
they're such wayward, dancing things."

It's actually taken me more than a year to finally pick up and read this sequel to Anne of Green Gables. I seriously don't know why I am so uncosistant at reading series. But I guess that I naturaly think of the Anne series as of books that are meant to be read in our garden. And so when I had moved to London right after finishing the first book, I just had to wait untill being back at home again. Trust me, reading about Anne's adventures in London's undergroug really isn't fitting. L. M. Montgomery's words are so sweet and delightful that you just have to find a silent place to be while reading them. Only rustling of the wind in the branches above your head or perhaps singing of the birds might be accepted as a soundtrack to the story...

"I'm sure I shall always feel like a child in the woods.
These walks home from school are almost the only time I have for dreaming..."

I feel like Anne of Green Gables is an iconic read. I fell in love with the whole town of Avonlea with the first book and I grew fond of Anne right from the very beginning. But I've actually started to love the story even more with this second book. I liked the person Anne was becoming to. She was still a day dreamer and a very romantic soul, which is what I liked about her the best in the first book, but she also became more reasonable and genler in her conduct, which I really appreciated. I think my putting the book off might have been caused by my suspecting that the following books in the series won't be as amazing as the first one, but I was totaly wrong. Anne of Avonlea was a beautifully written continuing story full of pleasure and comfort. I adored the new characters of Anne's pupils and the kids she chaperoned. But most importantly, I was glad to find Anne to be still a kindred spirit, absolutely charming and inspiring...

Rating: 5/5

Monday, 19 June 2017

Lately, I've been...

Hello dear friends,
I feel like I always promise to post here more often, but then a whole week flies away without me even noticing it. I have so many half-written articles and reviews in my concepts but not so much of an impeller to finish them. It's especially difficult during summer. I love the season, but I tend to be very melancholic at this time, and so most of the days I am kind of stuck in this weird day dreaming that makes me sad and sort of happy at the same time. I reminisce about the sweet old times when I was but a little girl playing in the garden of our prior house where we don't live anymore. And that makes me remember the people who used to be part of our lives but are no more. And then I realize how I am getting older, which impel me to think about my life and so on. It's like this strange circle of thoughts that comes every year and because of it it's quite difficult for me to read. Soon after opening a book I find myself in another world, without knowing how to get back. I don't know if it's the unbearebly hot weather or the soothing essence of levander which our garden is so full of, but the summer season always makes my life seem quite bizarre. Do you sometimes feel this way, too?
I was about to write a review on Anne of Avonlea today, but since my thoughts weren't gathered enough for that, I thought I would only update you guys a little bit about what I've been doing and reading lately. So I've finished Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit recently, and it was really fantastic book that I am sorry I haven't read earlier. I am definitely planning on writing a book review on it soon, so stay tuned for that. I've been also watching the Gilmore Girls reunion, which I still don't know how I felt about it. I liked it, but at the same time I thought they should've just let it be, you know. But I guess I am glad they filmed it, anyway. Then I also watched a couple of my favourite movies inspired by Nicholas Sparks' novels, just to get to the right summer mode. And I've already picked up the first book from my Summer Reading List, which is Persuasion by Jane Austen. I added some new leather bound books (which you can see in the last picture) to my shelves and bought a new case for my phone that I am absolutely obsessed with. And that's about everything, I think.
Okay guys, I wish you all a beautiful start of the new week. And I'll be back soon with another post. Till then, have a lovely time and let me know what are you doing/reading currently...

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Inheritance

Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publishing date: 1998
Pages: 208


The story follows young Italian girl Edith Adelon whose parents died when she was but a little child. She had endured many sorrows before an English gentleman took mercy on her and gave her home among his family. Edith is very beautiful but for her poor and friendless lot, she often finds herself abandoned by others and her heart suffers from the deficite of love. But one day Edith learns a big secret that could change everything, had she decided to share it with others...

"By gentle words and silent acts of kindness, he had won her reverence and her trust, which now had deepened into woman's truest, purest love."

Do you remember the book that Jo March writes in Little Women? Well, this is the one. I was so excited when I found out about the existence of The Inheritance, and I bought it as soon as possible. Now that I have read it, I have to admit it was a little bit of a dissapointment. Do not get me wrong, it was really nice story and quite well written, considering how young Loisa May Alcott had been when she wrote it. But I just haven't recognize her in the book at all. It was ever so much different from my beloved Little Women. I could see her being influenced by gothic romance novels, and for some reason it just didn't feel natural. I felt like all of the characters were too black and white, and our main heroine was that repentant type of a person who always puts others afore her, whom I really am not the biggest fan of. Also, I was a little bit frustrated about some words that Loisa May Alcott repetitively used, even though it really wasn't necessary. She just kept saying how noble and gentle the heart of Edith was, and at some point is started to feel rather compulsory. I am genuinely sad that I cannot add The Inheritance to my all time favourite books, among which Little Women has the most special a place, but that is how I truly felt about this book. At the same time, though, it was really fascinating to read the very first novel from Louisa May Alcott's quill. And I am really glad I had a chance to see her journey from her debut novel to the bestseller of a book that is Little Women. When I overlook the previously mentioned flaws, I would say The Inheritance is still a sweet little story that I would recommend to all passionate and deeply romantic souls...

Rating: 3/5