Reading Recommendations & Some Pictures

I don’t know about you, but as a book lover, I am always eager to read books that revolve around books. I just love to read a story that takes place in a bookshop, a library, a publishing house or to read just a story about a writer or a book lover. These books are very dear to me and they belong to my favorite reads. Unfortunately, I haven’t read too many of these books, as I didn’t found ones that I liked. I only read the following:

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Ex-Libris by Ross King (which I didn’t like)

That’s why I wanted to ask you if you know of similar books that I might enjoy. I know I already have too many books on my wish list (about 200), but I just can’t resist to add more. I am looking for fiction books, because I have already found many non-fiction books. So if you have read or heard about books that centre on libraries, book stores, publishing companies or books that deal with book lovers and writers, then please feel free to share these books with me!

I already found some ‘books about books’ while I was searching the internet and this is what I discovered:

Writing Jane Austen by Elizabeth Aston

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

Blind Submission by Debra Ginsberg

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

Daphne by Justine Picardie (which I own and will read soon)

However, I am sure that there are many others out there that I missed, so please do let me know what else I should add to my list.

Thank you!

P.S. I wanted to apologize to you for not being able to visit your blogs as often as I used to. But my little Emma doesn’t like to sleep during the day. She used to sleep longer in the past, but now I can forget about it. She is very active and always wants to touch things and explore everything. I am physically exhausted because I have no help. I am with her 24/7 and the only ‘me’ time I have during the day is when she sleeps for 30 minutes. And then I like to read because it’s the only way for me to relax. I wish I had more time for your blogs, but I just can’t manage it. I am glad that I can at least manage to write and post my reviews. I wish I could comment more on your blogs and read all the posts, but I can’t always find the time to do so. Therefore, I am really sorry and I hope you understand. I also wanted to thank you for the fact that you come and visit my blog so often, even if I can’t do the same. You have no idea how much it means to me. So thank you very much!

And now, I’ll leave you with a few pictures of Emma. (The pictures are older; she was 4-5 months old. Now she is 6 months old):

 

 

 

 

 

Andreea

ETA: I forgot to say that I also like books that revolve around universities or Literature students (because they often contain literary references and because I am a Literature student myself). And I also wanted to add some books that I discovered through book blogging and that I forgot to mention yesterday:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Possession by A.S. Byatt

Chasing Shakespeares by Sarah Smith

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

The Broken Teaglass by Emily Arsenault

I just thought I would share!

Awards

Yesterday, Jillian at Random Ramblings kindly gave me two awards, the Stylish Blogger Award and the Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you very much, Jillian!

I now have to give these two awards to 15 other bloggers. Since I can’t really decide, I thought I would give them to all of those who follow my blog. I really feel lucky to be part of such a warm and friendly book blogging community! You are all really kind and leave such nice comments and I really enjoy visiting your blogs and hearing about your new reading suggestions! So, if you are reading this post now and you follow my blog, then please feel free to receive these two awards. Pass them on to 15 bloggers or to all of your followers. It’s up to you!

Have a great day everyone! Happy reading!

Sorry for not posting for so long

I’m sorry that I haven’t been able to blog lately, but I had my baby girl in November and she is keeping me quite busy. Emma (named after Jane Austen’s novel) is doing well, but she has a lot of energy and doesn’t like to sleep. She also has reflux, colic and a milk allergy, so she cries a lot. Even though it’s pretty stressful, it’s all worth it in the end, because she is a beautiful healthy baby girl! Besides, things have gotten a little bit better and I finally have the time to write this post. Still, I can’t really say that I have time for myself, therefore I haven’t read any books in the past months.  However, I will try to write some reviews from time to time and to visit your blogs. I really miss hearing your thoughts on books and I am anxious to find out what new books you’ve discovered.

I apologize again for not posting for so long, but I hope to return to the book blogging world soon!

I will soon review The Man in the Picture by Susan Hill. It’s a great ghost story and a quick read!

I also have the following books on my shelves waiting to be read:

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

The Brontes went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

The Illusionist by Jennifer Johnston

Victorian Ghost Stories – An Oxford Anthology

So what are you reading right now? I really want to find new books to add to my wish list (even though I don’t know when I will find the time to read them). I feel like I’ve missed so much in the past months and I really want to catch up with everyone!

P.S. Thanks to all of you who contacted me and asked me how I was doing. I really appreciate it!

Thank you!

I am still new to book blogging, so when I received two awards in the last couple of days, I realized again how lucky I am to be part of this warm and loving community! Book bloggers are so welcoming and friendly! I love to visit other book blogs because I can discover new interesting books and read some excellent reviews. It just feels great to be able to share your passion for books with other book lovers out there!

The awards:

I received the Zombie Chicken Award from Jenny at Take Me Away. I discovered Jenny’s blog via Book Blogs and was glad that I did, because she has a great blog! For those of you who don’t know her, please visit her blog and enjoy reading her thoughts on books!

The Zombie Chicken Award:

The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all.

The five people I award this to are:

Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This

Nymeth at Things Mean A Lot

Jemima at The Reading Journey

Simon at Savidge Reads

Vivienne at Serendipity

I also received the Let’s Be Friends Award from Sandy.

Thank you so much Sandy! It means a lot to me, especially since it’s my first award! The fact that I received this award from you makes it even more special! I would like to pass this award along to Melody at Melody’s Reading Corner. I love reading her blog since I always find such interesting reading ideas!