Saturday, 25 February 2017

everyday post| Little Escapes

I haven't shared my random thoughts and pictures in a while. And since it's been quite subdued here on my blog lately, I've thought that I might as well collect my photos and write something today. I feel like I've been on a little escape from reality for some time now. I don't feel like associating with people lately. The only thing I really want to do these days is just reading. It's the only thing that keeps me sane, really. I am looking out of my window while writing this. And there's sun after such a long time in our garden, which makes me excited for the months to come. So I believe that things are about to get better, now that spring is around corner. I've been doing some spring cleaning the other week. And I am slowly working on re-organizing my bookshelves now, which is one of my favourite things to do. For it helps me keep track of all of my books and stuff, which is great. Plus it's such a satisfying process. I just love it. On a different note, I'm turning twenty-five in a month, which is absolutely crazy. I don't even know how it happened. I remember my younger self, looking forward to being older, for I thought it meant becoming wiser and more confident. But getting older is nothing like that. I actually haven't figured out any of the things I was supposed to have figured out by now. But whatever. Maybe none of those things is as important as it seems to be at the first sight. Anyway, back to the books. So I've finished Just Listen by Sarah Dessen recently, which I still need to review for the Book Club. And then I've read All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders which was a very unique book that I enjoyed. So I am planning on writing a review on that one, too. And now I am thinking about starting the second book in the Chaos Walking trilogy because I really need to know what is going to happen next...

Let me know what have you been doing lately and what books have you read. And I will keep up with you soon...

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

"There is no such thing as too many books. However, there is such a thing as not enough room."

Hello dear readers,
today I am here to share with you all of the books I have bought since the beginning of December. Some of them you might have seen in my pictures already, but I am going to show them regardless. I am excited about pretty much every single book in this haul, for I've heard nothing but great things about them all. In case you've read some book mentioned in this post, definitely let me know what did you think about it. We can chat in the comment section down bellow. Okay, so let's get started...

  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders - I am currently reading this book and I am completely in love with the story. I've heard mixed things about it, and so I wasn't expecting much from it. But this is simply my cup of tea, so I am glad I decided to give it a chance and see for myself if I like it or not...
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - I bought this book because everybody is raving about it, but I haven't read The Grisha trilogy yet, and some people say that it's better to read that one first. So I will have to buy that series before picking up Six of Crows. Oh, well...
  • Life & Death by Stephenie Meyer - This is a Twilight reimagined. I've already read it and really enjoyed it. I'll probably write a review on it at some point...
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer - I am really curious about this newest book by Stephenie Meyer. Hopefully, I'll have a chance to get into it soon...
  • The Complete Illustrated Works of Hans Christian Andersen - I love fairytales, and so I wanted some beautiful bind up edition to my collection. I found this one. And I love the cover of it, but I have to say that the font is quite small and hence not so easy to read. But I'll manage somehow, I am sure...
  • The Young Elites, The Rose Society and The Midnight Star by Marie Lu - I absolutely adored Legend by Marie Lu so I am super excited about her newest trilogy. According to some people, it might be even better so I can't wait to start the first book soon...

  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven - I don't know much about this book except that it's about some girl that is having issues with her body shape. I am really intrigued by this theme so I can't wait to read it. Plus the cover is beautiful...
  • How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry - How cute is the title of this novel. I mean, there has to be a smile emerging on the face of every reader...
  • Dear Nobody by Berlie Doherty - This book was recently published in The Originals series by Penguin Books. It's a debut novel that has become a classic really quickly. I am super excited to read it...
  • Wildflower by Drew Barrymore - I love Drew Barrymore. She's one of my all time favourite actresses. There's just something about her that I absolutely adore. And I've heard that her autobiography is very inspiring and uplifting, so I can't wait to read it and learn a little bit more about Drew and her life...
  • Wanderlost by Jen Malone - I am dying for summer so I've started to collect books to my summery TPR pile. And Wanderlost is one of them...
  • This is Not a Test by Courtney Summers - I feel like I have to read this book immediately or I am about to miss something really important. I am not kidding. I've been seeing this book around on Tumblr and Instagram for many years now, and everybody seems to love it. So I finally bought it, too...
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham - This book is pretty much self-explanatory. I love Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham, so of course, I had to have the newest book of hers...
  • The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding by Agatha Christie - I wanted to read this one during Christmas but that didn't happen. And so I am going to save it for the next year. I love the title as well as the cute cover of this book...
  • A Jane Austen Christmas by Carlo Devito - This is a really beautifully bound book about Jane Austen and her traditions. Fans of hers can learn a little bit more about her daily life from this book. Definitely a perfect piece to your collection...

  • Krysař/The Ratcatcher by Viktor Dyk - I've always wanted to read this book but for some reason, I just never have, even though it's one of those books you could read during one sitting. So I hope I'll have a chance to read it soon, now that I have it in my collection...
  • Ptáci v trní/The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough - Another book I've been meaning to read for a long time. The cover is so beautiful that I just couldn't leave it when I came upon it in a bookshop. So hopefully, I'll get to this one soon as well...
  • Dám ti slunce/I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - I've heard so many amazing things about Jandy Nelson's books, so I am really curious to find out what's in them for myself...
  • Sůl moře/Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys - I am so glad I've added this book to my little collection of Ruta Sepetys' novels. She's an amazing author and I can't wait to read another of her books...
  • Američtí bohové/American Gods by Neil Gaiman - I am so excited to finally have this book that I've been missing to be able to read Anansi Boys which is the second book in the series. Now my collection of Neil Gaiman's books is almost complete...

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Janeite Book Photo Challenge - Part I

Hello dear readers,
so I decided to participate in the Janeite Book Photo Challenge which is happening during February. The author of this challenge is Alina from Tea-Books-Lover. Basically, there's twenty things inspired by Jane Austen and her novels, and we are supposed to find different books that feature those things. I decided to split the challenge into two parts. Today I am going to show you the first ten photos and at the end of the month, I'll be sharing the remaining ones. Hope you like them...

1. First Line 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
I am a huge sucker for the first sentences. And for many years, the one from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy is my most favourite...

2. Best Friends 
(inspired by Emma)
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is one of the most beautiful stories about friendship. Every girl from the sisterhood is totally different, but they still make the best friends to each other. I love this series by Ann Brashares...

3. Bromance 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
I don't think I have ever read of any other so tight and loyal friendship between two boys than the one of Harry and Ron...

4. In the Army 
(inspired by Persuasion)
I haven't read The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult yet. But I am planning to do it soon. The only thing I know about the plot is that it takes place during the war...

5. Dresses 
(inspired by Northanger Abbey)
The main character from the novel A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff is an owner of a newly opened Secondhand shop in London which specializes on really expensive and precious vintage pieces of clothing. I very enjoyed reading this novel. It's full of drama and surprises. A really good one...

6. Hate to Love 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe really didn't have the best beginning in terms of the first impressions. But their relationship is so sweet as it progresses throughout the books. Oh, I adore them...

7. Sisters 
(inspired by Persuasion)
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. You guys know how much I love this book. I really enjoy reading about March sisters and their different paths that lead them to the adulthood and their personal happiness. It's simply one of my all time favourite books...

8. Bad Mother 
(inspired by Lady Susan)
Cath and Wren really didn't have much luck with their mother. She neglected them from when they were little, and kind of messed up their lives when she left. So I think she was a really bad mother...

9. Horse Riding 
(inspired by Pride & Prejudice)
I haven't read The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans yet, but I've seen the movie couple years ago and I loved it. So I am really looking forward to read the book, hopefully soon...

10. Friends to Lovers
(inspired by Mansfield Park)
Lola and Cricket were always friends until one day they weren't...

Friday, 10 February 2017

Wild Roses

Author: Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publishing date: 2009
Pages: 296

"Sometimes you build up these walls, you build and you build and you build up these walls and you think they’re so strong, but then someone can come along and tip them over with only his fingers, or the weight of his breath."

Cassie Morgan is a seventeen-year-old girl who, except other usual problems of every teenager, has to deal with her stepfather, Dino Cavalli. He is a world-renowned violin player and composer, but behind closed door, he is but whimsical, depressed and selfish rapist. He starts to teach this promising guy Ian Waters who Cassie falls in love with. For the very first time in her life. But Dino disapprove with any kind of relationship between them. And since he's getting more and more paranoid and obsessed, Cassie begins to feel afraid...

Last year, I've read an amazing book called Stay by Deb Caletti. It was such a powerfull story and it opened my eyes in many ways. And since I also loved her writing style, I decided to pick another book by Deb Caletti. She usually writes kind of summery type of stories, but Wild Roses has got a wintry cover, so I tought it might be the right one to read during the cold months. Now, I really enjoyed it, but sadly enough, I didn't love it as much as Stay.

"Love seems to be something to approach with caution, as if you'd come across a wrapped box in the middle of the street and have no idea what it contains."

I think my main problem with the story was Dino. He really pissed me off. And since he took quite a considerable amount of the plot, I couldn't relate to the book entirely. I know that the author tried to use him as a symbolism of what might happen to atristic people when they get lost in their work. And I actually really liked how she described what was going on in the heads of such people. I have some experiences with similar kind of troublesome thoughts myself. But like I said, I just personally didn't like reading about this particular character, Dino.

What I like about this book, though, were the other characters and their stories. I enjoyed their journey and was really interested to see where they were going with their lives. I wished for them to be able to turn things right. And thanks to Deb Caletti's peaceful and beautiful writing style, I enjoyed reading of this book quite a lot regardless the above mentioned issue with it. Over all it was a really interesting novel that many readers might wholeheartedly enjoy. And so I would encourage you to read it...

Ratings: 4/5

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Top 10 Books for Nerdy Girls to Read on Valentine's Day


"Reading a great novel gives the same feeling
you have when you fall in love."
(Luigina Sgarro)

Hello lovely readers,
so today I am here with a list of books to read on Valentine's Day. Now, even though I am single for who-cares-how-long, I love Valentine's Day. I don't think it's pathetic like many other people. And I am really happy for all of you who have someone to celebrate with. Go you! But it doesn't mean that us singles can't have a little bit of fun as well. I am sure that everybody has a different idea of a fun evening. But for me - very unsurprisingly - it means staying in pyjama in my quiet room, listening to a good music and painting my nails red. And all that with a good book and some hot tea or chocolate by my side. If you feel like celebrating love by reading too, I made a list of really amazing books full of romance that you can choose from in case you're still wondering about what to read...

  • Just One Day by Gayle Forman - You guys must be really bored by my repeating myself again and again and saying that I love this book. But I really, truly do. So in case you haven't read it yet, please give it a try. It's such a wonderful story about self discovery, importance of traveling and of course about love. If you're a romantic who enjoy a little bit of melancholy, you're gonna fall head over heels with this story just like I have...
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen - If you're in a mood for something more classical but by no means less melancholic, Persuasion is the right book for you. The story about Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot is perfect for everybody who need a reassurance that love can last forever if it's entrusted into the right hands...
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - Well, I would recommend to read every book by Rainbow Rowell, but if I had to choose just one, then it had to be Eleanor & Park. It's one of the greatest love stories I've ever read. But it's not at all cheesy. I don't care what other people say. It is not a fiction, okay? I really believe that this kind of love does exist because otherwise, well, it wouldn't be a true love...
  • The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith - This book is really special to me. I remember I went into it without any expectations, but it turned out to be one of my all time favorite books. Do you know how you recognize a really special book? When you can remember it after many years with the same heartwarming feeling you felt for the first time. I've read many books that I truly enjoyed while reading them, but about which I forgot after a little while. This one, however, stayed with me for more than four years...
  • Be Careful What You Wish For by Alexandra Potter - This book I've read even more years ago, and just like the one mentioned above, it stayed with me regardless. I love Alexandra Potter, her books remind me of Bridget Jones's Diaries a little bit. So if you like that kind of humor, definitely try her books. I am always laughing out loud when I read Alexandra Potter, but she also makes me feel in love. Every of her books is as if meant for reading on Valentine's Day, but Be Careful What You Wish For is my absolute favourite...
  • So Bright and Delicate (Love Letters and Poems to Fanny Brawne) by John Keats - In case you feel like reading poetry while thinking about your own love life, I would recommend a collection of poems and love letters that John Keats had written to Fanny Brawne. It's one of the most beautiful poetry I've read so far. And if you would like to spend your evening immersed even more into a romance, you can also watch Bright Star and learn a little bit more about this epic love story...
  • Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma - If you don't feel like reading lovey dovey stories at all, you might want to try Forbidden, which is a love story between brother and sister who are brought together by conjoint passionate feelings and tragic conditions of their family situation. I have goosebumps whenever I remember this book. It's very unconventional but rather compelling love story...
  • The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen - This list wouldn't be complete hadn't I mentioned at least one book by Sarah Dessen. She's the queen of contemporary YA genre in my opinion. And I love her books entirely. You might know that I've established Sarah Dessen Book Club this year, which you're more than welcome to join in. The book for this month is Just Listen, which is really amazing and powerful story. But for this occasion I would recommend my possibly favourite book by her, which is The Truth About Forever. It's such a sweet story full of so many beautiful thoughts and truths. Oh, I can't wait to re-read it...
  • Off the Page by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer - I've just finished this book. It's a sequel to Between the Lines, but you can read it as a stand alone, if you want. It tells a story about Delilah who falls in love with a prince Oliver from a fairy tale book. She helps him escape his prison behind the pages, but can he really survive in her world? And even more importantly, is their love strong enough for that? Well, read this awesomely funny and sweet book and find out for yourself...
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver - Another really special book to me is Delirium. I think it's a very unique story about love and what would our world look like without it. I've never read anything like that before. And even though it's been, like, five years since I've read it, I still remember every detail of the story because, well, I can't forget it. I am sure that most of you, guys, have read it already. But if not, definitely pick it up. You won't regret it, I trust...

"I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories.
Books were safer than other people anyway."
(Neil Gaiman)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January Book Photo Challenge - Part IV

Hello my dear readers,
so I am finally here with the last part of the January Book Photo Challenge. I know it was actually due to be posted yeasterday. But when I make such promises, I am almost always bond to break them. I apologize for the delay, but without further ado, lets get started...

22. Debut Novel
This one was pretty easy because the debut novel called How I Live Now and written by the amazing Meg Rosoff is actually one of my all time favourite books. Oh, such a great story. I have goosebumps just thinking about it now. How I Live Now is a perfect proof that debut novels can be just as fabulous as any other books that come after that. I love everything about this book - the setting, the whole idea, all the main characters, the atmosphere and the writing style. It's just blown my mind. I can't recommend it enough to you, guys. Simply awesome!

23. Satire
I love Austenland by Shannon Hale. It's not just a retelling of Jane Austen. It's also, like, an overlook at fandom as it is. This book is simply hilarious. I was laughing out loud practically all the time I was reading it. But I found myself in it, too. There was also this kind of cheesy love story going on behind the whole charade of Austenland, which I actually adored. Definitely one of the best fanfictions I've ever read...

24. Old Fave
I've read One Day by David Nichols more than four years ago, so I could consider it as my old favourite, I suppose. But even though it's kind of a long time now, I still remember every detail from this book. I love it entirely. It's one of the greatest and most beautiful love stories I've read so far. I am planning on re-reading it soon and am ready to have my heart broken all over again...

25. Diverse
Between the Lines by Jodi Picould and Samatha Van Leer is surely one of the most diverse books that sit on my shelves. For it tells story about this girl who falls in love with a prince about whom she reads in her favourite book. And it's about them trying to find a way to be together. So along with the story of the main character, you also read chapters from the book in which the prince is living. It's kind of complicated. It'd be better if you just went and read it. It's such a funny and lovely book. Definitely one of my favourites...

26. New Adult
I am not that much of a fan of New Adult books, but I love those written by Colleen Hoover. She writes such amazing stories that usually stay with me longer than any other New Adult novels, or Young Adult for that matter. She's just great. Definitely give her books a go, if you haven't already. I am pretty sure, you won't be disappointed...

27. Stereotype
These covers with kissing couples, that we so often see on Nicholas Sparks' books, are pretty stereotyped, if  you ask me. I really don't like them at all. And I think it's actually for the worst that they still use them nowadays. If I wouldn't know that Nicholas Sparks' novels are so much more than that, I would probably pass his books when in bookshop. Seriously, can't they come up with something else...?

28. Sequel
I absolutely loved The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. It's been three years since I've read it, and I still haven't gotten to the sequel called The Rosie Effect. I am planning to remedy that soon, though, for I belive it's going to be just as good...

29. One Word Title
I am not gonna lie, guys, Wanderlost by Jen Malone was totally a cover buy, but I am really interested to see what it is about, too. I've been kind of saving it for warmer days, so hopefully the winter won't be long, for I can't wait to read this book...

30. Freebie
Since I've had the liberty of taking a picture of whatever I wanted, I decided to share with you one of the colouring plates, showing Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet on a walk, from the Jane Austen Colouring Book that I've been working on time to time. It's fun and I absolutely adore the pictures in this book...

31. Read This Month
I have had a pretty good reading month, I should think. I fell into a reading slump throughout the second part of January, but I still managed to read five books in total, so I am satisfied. And the books were amazing too, which is what makes me happy the most...