Tuesday, 16 May 2017

War Horse

Author: Michael Morpurgo
Cover design: Rae Smith
Publisher: Egmond UK Limited
Publishing date: 2014
Pages: 180


The story begins when a beautiful young horse named Joye is parted from his beloved mother and is sold to a farmer who buys him simply on a whim. The farmer brings him home where his son Albert gets to take care of him. And from then on the two of them become life friends. But then the war comes in their path and Joey is forced to say goodbye to Albert and join the cavalry. Neither of them is able to forget their best friend, though, and they both believe that one day they'll meet each other again...

"I can hate you more, but I'll never love you less."

This was the first book by Michael Morpurgo that I've read so far. But now I know that I'll definitely pick some more in the future. War Horse is a beautifully written touching story about friendship and loyality as well as the importance of family. The story is told from the Joye's perspective, which makes it even more unique, for the reader has a chance to see things from unbiased point of view of an innocent animal. I would highly recommend this book to all of you, for I think everybody can find something appealing in it...

Rating: 5/5
 

Thursday, 11 May 2017

14 Facts About My Bookshelf

My collection of books from Macmillan Collector's Library and Everyman's Library.
All of my copies of Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
My collection of Penguin Clothbound Classics.
One of my favourite shelves, featuring a picture from London.

  1. Before I started to collect fiction and non-fiction books, I had been a collector of art and cook books. I don't buy them anymore but I still keep the old ones.
  2. The first novel I ever bought for myself was The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks in Czech translation. I still have the same copy on my shelf.
  3. I have started collecting books in 2012 and haven't stoped ever since.
  4. I own 680 books in Czech language and 460 in English, which makes 1208 of books in total.
  5. Authors I own the most books of are Jane Austen (37 books), Cecelia Ahern (11 books), Sarah Dessen (14 books), Charles Dickens (12 books), J. K. Rowling (22 books), Nicholas Sparks (14 books), L. M. Montgomery (10 books) and Neil Gaiman (9 books). I am counting duplicates too, in case you're wondering...
  6. When I moved from London back to the Czech Republic, I brought 115kg of books with me, all of which I collected during my strolls through local bookshops there.
  7. I do have six bookshelves in my room, which contain all of my books. One I bought in Ikea. The rest five were made by my Dad.
  8. I own six different editions of my favourite Jane Austen's novel, Sense and Sensibility.
  9. I also own one book in Italian language, even though I don't speak Italian. But I've read the book in Czech, and for the record, I loved it so much more than The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. In English, the book is called White Like Milk, Red Like Blood by Alessandro D'Avenia.
  10. I own 8 signed books. But then, only two of them I really care for. They being Irises and The memory of Light by Fancisco X. Stork. I love all of his books entirely.
  11. Some of my favourite books I own in Czech as well as in English language.
  12. The oldest book on my shelf is a Czech book called Psohlavci by Alois Jirásek. My copy is from 1917. 
  13. I wish I had someone to whom I could bequeath all of my books one day.
  14. Unfortunatelly, the vast majority of books on my shelves have never been read by me. But I solemnly swear I do intend to read every single one of them.

Here I keep my Anne of Green Gables series as well as some books by Noel Streatfeild, Daphne Du Maurier and the Brontë sisters.
A stack of my current favourite coffee table books.
A copy of Pride and Prejudice with a stamp of The Notting Hill Bookshop in it.
A pile of Parisian-ish books that I keep on my bureau.
Bookshelves above my desk, which contain most of my translated books.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Dear Nobody

Author: Berlie Doherty
Publisher: Penguin Books
Edition: The Originals
Publishing date: 2016
Pages: 234


Dear Nobody was originaly published in 1991 and has become considered as a classic since then. The copy I read was published by Penguin Books and is a part of collection called The Originals, which contain books by authors who basically created Young Adult genre as we know it today. I have only read a few of them, but am definitely going to check out more in the future. For I find really interesting to read about young people living in a different time than me. I can see that lot of things have change but the really important ones stayed the same, actually. Like, figuring out what to do with your life, falling in love for the first time, learning how to deal with difficulties at school and at home and so on...

"It seemed as if you never had to make up your mind about things.
They just happen, anyway, just tick into place."

This book could be considerated as an epistoral novel, I supose. Because one of the main characters, Helen, writes letters to her unborn baby. And it's about her journey from the beginning of her pregnancy, when she's rejecting the idea of being a mum, to the phase when she comes to terms with it and even begins to be happy about it. The rest of the story is told from Chris's perspective and so the reader can attain a complex look on the whole situation of theirs. And seeing how both of the characters were dealing with it, really had me thinking what would I do had I ever happened to be in their position. The book had me questioning many things that I probably would have not realized otherwise.

"Telephones are such alien things. They make fools and liars of us.
How can you tell the truth when you're not looking people in the face?"

Dear Nobody is a beutifully written book about love in its most genuine form but it's also about the consequences we have to deal with, and the choices we are forced to make afterwards. It's a poignant story about family and friendship, too. I loved the main characters and I really empathized with them throughout the whole book. And I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all of you. If you're a big fan of YA literature, Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty is simply a must read. And once you've finished it, give it to your parents, because I am sure they could take a lot from it, as well...

Rating: 5/5