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!

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Matilda by Roald Dahl

Matilda Wormwood is no ordinary girl – at the age of three she taught herself to read. Since then, she has been devouring books just as other children devour candy. Books fascinate the little girl since she delights in discovering new worlds and meeting new and amazing characters. However, her parents don’t seem to appreciate Matilda’s vocation as they are too preoccupied with watching TV and scamming other people. Thus, when the little girl finally attends school, she is happy to have found a friend in her kind teacher, Miss Honey, who immediately recognizes that Matilda is a special child. But when Miss Honey tries to speak to the headmistress regarding Matilda’s outstanding learning abilities, the cruel and frightening Miss Trunchbull doesn’t believe Miss Honey, since she despises children. As Matilda discovers that she possesses even greater abilities, the little girl is determined to use her extraordinary tricks in order to defend the helpless and to fight for justice.

Matilda is such a wonderful and delightful book about a young girl with amazing abilities and a great sense of justice. This lovely book is packed with charm, intelligence, warmth and magic and I loved everything about it as Matilda delivers some very important messages to everyone out there! Matilda is a brave young girl who is ready to fight for justice at all cost; she is not afraid of anyone and is willing to do everything in order to help those who are weak and who cannot stand up for themselves. That just shows how great this little girl is and others really can learn a lot from her. I loved Matilda’s courage, her enthusiasm for books and her drive for knowledge and I think that she sets a perfect example for other children.

I must admit that I have watched the movie Matilda quite a few times without even knowing that the book existed. But when I checked out Roald Dahl’s books, I discovered Matilda and I was eager to read it, as I love the movie. And I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read this beautiful book, as I think that it’s even better than the movie. Matilda is now one of my favorite books and I can’t wait for my daughter to grow up so we can read this book together.

When I finished reading this book, I was very sad, as I wanted to read more about this little girl and her adventures. Actually, I was so sad that I had to hug this book a few times! Luckily, Roald Dahl has written many books, and I plan to read some of them in the future.

Matilda is a charming story about friendship, courage and justice, and I highly recommend it to everyone book lover out there and to everyone who wants to read a book with a positive and conscious theme.

Note: I would like to thank Puffin Books for giving me the opportunity to read such an amazing book!

Andreea

My Finds

My wish list is long. It’s actually pretty long – it contains over 110 books! But what can I do about it? When I visit your book blogs, I always end up adding books to my wish list. I also find books on Library Thing and Goodreads. But it’s not my fault! There are just too many books out there that just sound amazing and I want to have them all (I know it’s not possible). I am always interested in finding new and engaging books, and yesterday, while I was browsing through Goodreads, I found some really great books! And I just thought I would share with you. Here are my finds: 

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn: I love novels about authors, and I am really interested in this one, as it deals with the life of such a talented poet! 

Astrid and Veronika by Linda Olsson: This is a powerful novel about the unusual and strong friendship between two women, set in Sweden. I liked the sound of this story and I have heard good things about this book! 

The Observations by Jane Harris: This is a novel about an Irish maid that arrives at a Scottish estate only to discover that the owners have many disturbing secrets and skeletons in the closet. I like a good story full of dark secrets and hidden pasts. 

Why Shoot a Butler by Georgette Heyer: I have never read any Georgette Heyer books, but this one just sounded great. The book is about an English country – house murder where the butler is the victim. 

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie: Finally, I have found this book while looking for Hercule Poirot mysteries. I haven’t read this one yet, so I really want to, because I just love Agatha Christie’s Poirot novels! 

I’m relatively new to Goodreads and I didn’t know about their swap program. I just found out about it and thus, I purchased some of the above-mentioned books. I can’t wait to read them! 

So what did you find this week?