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...