April Book Haul!

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Spring is here, and with it a new will to be more active! Despite the very busy schedule, lately I’ve been trying to make more time for personal time, which means I am trying to get back to my books, be open to new adventures, be more active and do sport, but also to sit down and take time to meditate (or at least try). There have been a few changes in my life that I am slowly getting accustomed to.

To get back to the point of this post, April is the month I return to my love for literature. With so many beautiful finds, I am excited for May’s reads and for any new book discoveries I may come across.

Note that I am including both my boyfriend’s and mine- as we share books! 🙂

First of all, we were lucky to have a little time – an hour to be more precise, to wander around the book fair that took place about a week ago in the central square. I found these two beautiful editions of A room with a view and Foe, but I am new to both authors. It appears that most of the books we got this time are by authors we are not familiar with. But that makes it more fun!

IMG_0055At the same fair, my boyfriend choose the Poe collection, since he loves everything design and the cover caught his eye (we probably already have more Poe books than we should), but he also got Solaris at a local bookstore, a classic that he has been meaning to read for a while now. Continue reading “April Book Haul!”

Summer Reading List & a short update

I am still alive, I promise! Although it doesn’t feel like it. I didn’t leave the house this week, I am stuck at my PC, working on my thesis and other rather annoying work for university. The good news is that on June 10 I will be halfway through with all of this, since that’s the deadline for all the projects. On June 20 is the graduation ceremony, and at the end of June I have my final exams. Long story short, my summer begins on July 3, and I can’t wait for that moment when I will feel free again (until the beginning of September, sigh).

As you may have noticed, I don’t have time to post on my blog and read as much as I want. Even if I try and stay awake a bit longer in order to read (the amazingly beautiful Kafka on the Shore, for example), my brain is too tired and I can’t read more than a few pages. It really takes the pleasure out from it, so I won’t stress over how much I read right now.

My birthday was last week, and I received some pretty cool books and bookish stuff, which I will definitely share with you on my May book haul post at the end of the month. I will probably post a May wrap up post too, but we’ll see.

Until then, I started to make a list for my summer reading, which you can check out below. The selection is quite diverse, but I really want to read these books ASAP. If you have any recommendations, please share them in the comments! I just hope I will succeed in reading so many books in two months haha. Also, I would love to know what your summer reading lists look like 🙂


Summer Reading List 2015

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Thank you everyone for reading my blog and being patient with me! It hurts my heart that I can’t invest as much time as I want in the blog at the moment, but more reviews will be posted once I finish my uni year! Also, hello new followers, thanks for stopping by 🙂
Have a nice day everyone,
Jo

P.S.: I am re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird, as part of the TKAM [re]read by Penguin Random House. For more info, go to the FB page. In short, they are encouraging people to read or re-read Harper Lee’s classic in anticipation of Go Set A Watchman on July 14. I will try to follow along and post daily thoughts on the chapters I read that day.

Bookish Stuff Friday – This week: bookish links

This week on Bookish Stuff Friday I will list a few links that you might find interesting to check out. I certainly do!

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1. Libib is a great way to keep track of your books (and not only). You simply scan the barcode or put in the ISBN and your books are all in one place. You can also make different collections, like “favorite books” or “to read”. If you join/ already have an account, you can find me here.


sddsadsa2. Hellopoetry is the place to find poems! You can find poems by several different users or you can check out the classics. I simply love checking it out from time to time and read some poetry. It’s good for the soul haha.


3. Readership. I think their description says it all:

Readership is a digital book publisher controlled by readers. It was created out of a ddsfsdesire to see more publishers embedding themselves in online culture. We’ve seen what communities across the digital world can achieve – particularly when they’re passionate about something – so we’ve created a space that embraces that passion and gives readers the ultimate say in what gets published.

It’s a rather new platform, so of course there is still place for improvements, but it’s definitely something worth checking out. After all, its success is based on the readers and the writers, it has to be a place of interaction.

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4. I’veReadThat is a site where you interact with other readers, organize books in collections and also find new reads! Another awesome thing about them is that they host giveaways on their twitter profile and you can win some awesome bookish tote bags!


That’s it for this week’s Bookish Stuff Friday. Check this sites out and let me know your opinion in the comments. Or maybe you know them already and have some extra examples of similar sites and you want to share them with us!

Have a great day,

Jo

Bookish Stuff Friday

Let me introduce you to a new segment on my blog, Bookish Stuff Friday. Basically, every week I will show you some awesome book-related things I found on the Internet (or not!). Videos, sites, images, bookshops… Anything.

I hope you enjoy these posts! Here’s the first one:

1. Book cover changes color when touched!

This is such a genuine idea! You can find more info here. Watch the video, it sums up everything you need to know about this.

2. Mike Stilkey’s painted book sculptures

More info here.

3. Weapons of mass instruction

How cool is this?! I want to do this!

More info here.

4. Cute literary tote bags

Gibbs Smith has a cute collection of tote bags with literary disigns. The one above you can buy here. You can find some of their stuff on BookDepository too.

5.Puffin Chalk collection

The Puffin Chalk collection is so beautiful! Someday…someday! Buy it here.

Okay guys, this is it for this week’s bookish awesomeness! Hope you like it and keep your eye out for next week!

As a side note… I am busy this month and will be until the start of July, because it’s my final year of university and I have to prepare my thesis. I haven’t told you about this before, but I have to prepare a short film (documentary in my case) and a paper to accompany it, plus semester assignments and the final exam. I am scheduling some reviews and posts in advance, but I feel like I will only have the time and effort to properly take care of the blog once I am done with all this university stuff. Wish me luck! 🙂

Used Bookstore Secret Cool Gift!

Some months ago I went to a small used bookstore next to my uni, since I had the urge to buy books and to be surrounded by walls of books. I bought, among several others, Tortilla Flat by Steinbeck, since I was into a Steinbeck phase (and still am).
Jumping to several weeks later, I was doing some cleaning and reorganizing of my bookshelves. For some reason, I opened the Steinbeck book and found something. My first gift from a used book! A bookmark. 🙂

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It was both weird and awesome, and then I decided it was pretty cool to find something so random in a book! As you can see, there’s an address on the bookmark but I am not sure it’s a real address of a bookstore. Maybe it’s just a random hand-drawn bookmark, who knows?! I still think it’s cool. Wish I would get gifts from books more often!
So, my question to you, dear readers, is Have you ever found something random in a book, or even in any other second hand object? I would love to hear about it, I love this kind of things. Please share your story with us 🙂

Have a good one,
Jo