Saturday, 29 April 2017

Dewey's Read-a-Thon (#3)

Hello dear readers,
I hope you all woke up to a beautiful sunny morning just as I did. After so many rainy days, today's weather is just splendid. I know that rainy days are for reading, but to tell the truth, I prefer nice and warm sunny days nonetheless. I love when I have enough light, for my eyes are practicaly blind. Plus it's really nice to have a chance to go outside for a walk and have a little break between reading. That's surely what I'm planning to do anyway...
It's half past nine, which means we still have four and half an hour before today's readathon starts, but I am already super excited about the books I picked. So I am going to make some work and last preparations to make myself comfortable before I start to read. I will be back to upgreade my reading status soon. And I wish a lot of fun to all of you who decided to participate in Dewey's 24 Hour Readthon as well. Good luck with your reading!

13:30 - Uff, so I cleaned up my room, washed my clothes, ate a lunch. And now I am sitting down with a cup of coffee in my hands. My books are at ready. But I still have half an hour before I'll start to read, so I am going to finish watching an epizode of Pretty Little Liars (my new obsession). I know I am a bit late to the party, but what can you do... At last I decided to start with Dear Nobody. And I absolutely can't wait to read it...

15:55 - As planned, at two o'clock I've started to read Dear Nobody and I fell in love with the main character almost immediately. He's just adorable and I really feel for him. I've gotten to page 60 so far and I have a feeling that it's going to be a hearbeaking story. But I still hope for happy ending...

20:00 - I've just finished my first book, Dear Nobody. And it was amazing. I am still processing all the feelings that the story made me feel. It was pretty intense. Sad and beautiful. This book is part of The Originals that are published by Penguin Books. It's a collection of pioneers books of YA genre. I've read a couple of them already. And I am definitely planning on reading more...


"You think you're the only one in the world it's happened to till you go down the pub and talk about it.
Makes you wonder. What's it all about? Love? I don't know what love is.
It's a con trick to keep the human race going, that's all it is."
(Berlie Doherty, Dear Nobody)

21:00 - So I had a nice break from reading and now I am ready to start my second book, War Horse. I am really looking forward to it, even though I have a feeling that it'll be a heartwrenching story, as well. My head is starting to ache, though, so I think I might go to bed early...

22:30 - I have read 50 pages and am already dead tired, so I am just going to have a shower and then go to bed. See you tomorrow...

6:30 - I had a nice long sleep and after my morning cup of coffee I am quite ready to start reading again. I can't wait to see what's going to happen with Joey and Albert...

9:30 - I've just finished War Horse. Oh, such a beautiful book. I couldn't help but cried a little bit during reading it. I am so glad I read it, but now I am really emotionally spent for another tough book. So I guess I will save Giovanni's Room for later, and during the last few hours of readathon, I'll read Attachments. But before I start, I am going to have some breakfast...

11:00 - I ate some scrabled eggs for breakfast and then talked with my parents for a while and forgot about time. But I am back now and ready to start a third book. I know I won't be able to finish it, but that's okay...

13:00 - I've read 60 pages so far and I am absolutely loving it. I really adore Rainbow Rowell. She's amazing. And I would say that I even prefer her adult novels to the YA ones...

14:00 - So the time's up. I can't believe that it's already over. I usually look forward to the readathon for many months and then it just flows by. Just like everything else, I guess. But I am really happy I joined in, for I read a couple of amazing books. Thank you all for your support. I alredy can't wait for the next readathon...

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Dewey's Readathon - Preparations

Hello again, dear readers,
today I am here with my TBR list for Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon, which is happening on next Saturday 29th April. I am so glad I'll have a chance to participate this time around, for I remember I was really upset last year when I had to go to work for whole weekend, and therefore missed the event. Truth be told, reading is basically all I do during my weekends so next Saturday won't be all that different to the others, but there's just something about knowing that people all around the world are reading along with me that makes this particular weekend special. It surely gets me excited about reading even more. Also, I feel like this upcoming week will be quite challenging in terms of work, so I'm sure it'll be nice to have something to look forward to at the end of it...

I've been thinking for some time now about what books to choose for this occasion, and I am quite happy with my finished TBR pile. First of all I'll be reading Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin which is a classic novel about an American man living in Paris. I was given this book from Everyman's Library publishing house last year. And I am really looking forward to finally read it. Then I choose War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, which could be considered as a children classic, I guess. I am super excited about this one, too. I got it in a beautiful edition with a new cover design, which I absolutely love. I am also planning on watching the movie after finishing it as to get a nice reading break. The next book is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, which is actually the only book by her I still haven't read. I am expecting it to be just as lovely and cute as all her other books, so I simply can't wait to read it. And lastly, in case I could still find some time, I would love to read Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty, which is a book I want to go in without knowing anything about it. So I can't tell you what's it about, but I have a feeling that it's going to be great...

So there you have it. These are the books I will be reading next weekend from 2pm on Saturday to 2pm on Sunday. I'll be updating my reading progress here on my blog and also on instagram, so stay tuned in case you're interested. And definitely let me know if you're about to join in as well. I would like to know what books are on your TBR list...

Friday, 21 April 2017

#FridayReads

Hello dear readers,
so first of all, I would like to thank to all of you for sticking up with me, even though my blog's been quite subdued lately. Your visits and occasional comments really mean a world to me. I've been kind of struggling whether to keep this blog or not for almost a year now. And since I can't seem to picture myself quitting something I've been doing for four years, I decided to stay on a condition of posting only when I truly feel like it. And so far it's really worked. I feel like I've been reading more than I had before. And there are still many ideas for new posts coming. I can't tell if and how much the blog is about to change. Or if it's going to be for the better. But I hope that I'll be able to keep it either way. If you are a blogger, let me know what do you think. Can you foresee yourself continuing on for many years? Or do you sometimes question what are you doing...?

Anyway, back to the books. So yesterday, on my way to Prague, I've started to read my first novel by A. S. King - Ask the Passengers, which I am planning on finishing today. I really like her writing style and I enjoy reading of the book. There are many beautiful thoughts in it that I would like to remember and apply to my own life, if possible. But at the same time, I am not so much blown away by the story itself. So I guess, I will see what I made up from it at the ent. But I still have super high expectations for Everybody Sees the Ants. It's been on my TBR list for ages. Hopefully, it'll be as amazing as I imagine it to be... Definitely let me know what are you reading at the moment. I am always curious to know...

Monday, 17 April 2017

WAIT for ME

Author: Caroline Leech
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing date: 2017
Pages: 384


Lorna's family is in the middle of the World War II. Her two brothers are far away in a military front and her ordinary life on her father's farm in Scotland is formed by hard work and endless chores around the house. Everything changes, though, when a young German soldier Paul, who is a prisoner of war, is sent to help her father on the farm. Lorna feels weird about it, for she always thought about Germas as enemy. Although Paul might be the one to show her that people aren't responsible for their governent, and she soon learns that Paul isn't all that different from herself after all and that they have a lot in common in spite of the whole precarious situation they find themselves in...


I read every day. Sometimes, I don't even think about it. It's become automatic. It's like a part of myself to open a book whenever I can find a spare hour or two. And once in a while I pick up a book that becomes a real reminder of why I read so much. A book that fills me with energy for a long time ahead. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech is one of those precious books with a power to change your life perspective and which you can't forget anytime soon...

I didn't know much about this book before I read it. Except the feeling that the cover was drawing me in, I went to the story completely blind, which I think was a great thing, for I had a chance to fall in love with it as the plot was gradually unroling in front of me. The funny thing is that the main character Lorna wasn't my favourite at the beginning, hence I wasn't enjoying the reading all that much at first, but as the story went on, I quickly started to understand and appreciate her and soon enough I found myself completely tangled into the intricate web of the whole story and fell head over heels in love with it.

I feel like Wait for Me is a book that introduced me to the whole genre of historical fiction because I realized that I really haven't read that many books of the kind so far. And I know now I've been missing a lot. Caroline Leech wrote an absolutely amazing, heartwrenching and achingly beautiful novel that I adored through my entire self. I can't even put my feelings about her book into words. Even though I enjoyed her writing style a whole lot, I thought that the best part of her book were the characters she created. They were so lively described and everyone was different. They struck me as real people and I most sincerely felt for them with my whole heart. So the thing about Lorna which I didn't like at the beginning actually became one of those things that I loved about this book the most. Isn't it amazing how the book can surprise you so much and shatter your own conviction into pieces?

It's hard to believe that this powerful, thought provoking, open-hearted and delicately told story is Caroline Leech's debut novel. I seriously can't wait for all her new books to come. But until then I am going to treasure this piece of perfection within my memory and heart. It is an unforgettable story to which I will gladly come back again in the future. And I would like to encourage all of you to read it as well...

Rating: 5/5


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Books that BookTube Made Me Read

Since I've became a full-time reader four years ago when I started this blog, I've had no problem to find books to read. My TBR pile is an ever growing issue. But I do remember times when it was kind of difficult to decide what to read next. And back then, I discovered BookTube from which I drew a lot of bookish inspiration. So today I am here to share with you some of the amazing books I would've probably never gotten around reading if it weren't for YouTube...

  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides - One of the most difficult book to describe. The plot line of this story is just so sad and alarming. But the writing style of Jeffrey Eugenides is so incredibly beautiful that I can't help but think about this book as poetic. I would highly recommend it to you if you haven't read it already...
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - I know. The Great Gatsby is a classic so you would probably think I didn't need YouTube to be able to discover it. But I actually hadn't had any interest in reading this book untill I heard so many amazing things about it from various BookTubers. So I picked it up and fell in love with the story thanks to them all...
  • How I live Now by Meg Rosoff - This book is actually a dystopian novel that takes place during some kind of World War III. It is really frank and raw but incredibly beautiful. I am aware that this book is not for everybody, but I would still encourage you to read it. It's one of my all time favourites. And I am going to re-read it soon...
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion - Oh, I love this book entirely. It's hilariously funny and the main character just plain adorable. Both of my parents read it and utterly enjoyed it too. Seriously good one...
  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman - If you follow my blog somehow continuously, you'll probably know that Just One Day is one of my all time favourite book. And if it weren't for BookTube I might have never read it. What an idea. I love the story about Allyson and Willem so much. And I like to carry them in my heart wherever I go. I can't imagine not knowing them at all...
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perskins - I had read this book way back before starting my blog. So I guess it was one of the books that showed me an amazing world of contemporary literature. Since then I have discovered many other authors who I now love. But Stephanie Perkins will stay the first for ever...
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell - I don't think that Rainbow Rowell needs to be recognized by BookTube, awesome as she is. But I actually found out about her books right there. Her stories are cute and honest and I love them to pieces. So I am pretty grateful that people around YouTube discuss her books so much. They are so worth it...
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - With this book I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone. But because one of my favourite BookTubers had mentioned it so many times, I thought that I might as well go and try it, which I am so glad I did. This book really deserves all the hype it gets. It is an amazingly crafted and gorgeously written story that sets you wondering about many important things. Plus it's highly enjoyable read...
  • It by Alexa Chung - I found about this book from Alexa herself, because I have been watching her fashion videos for a long time and enjoyed her personality a lot. It's more like a coffee table kind of book with loads of pictures and short articles that you can flip through while drinking coffee. It's perfect for days that are lacking any inspiration...
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - This book is actually the one that inspired me to write this post. For I was absolutely not interested in picking it up when it came out. But because it got so popular on BookTube, I was curious to find out if it really was as good as everybody said. And I seriously loved it...
  • Stay by Deb Caletti - This book isn't necessarily the most popular on BookTube, even though it's a pity. Nevertheless, BookTube is where I first heard about it. And I am so glad I read it, because Deb Caletti is now one of my favourite contemporary authors. I would definitely encourage you to read this novel, for it tells a poignant story that is both shocking and beautiful...