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Life Update: Moving Out, Meeting Friends and New Books

I moved out. I moved out of my house and out of my Kibbutz for the first time in my life, and I have to be honest, after my cat, the hardest goodbye was to my books (sorry mom and dad). 

Leaving behind over 200 books, I packed eight into my backpack, put some clothes in it too, and left home. 

On August 27 I got to the Green Village – a boarding school/day school/anything you can think about. I don’t have many friends here, so my mom’s former coworker suggested her family adopt me. I was a bit confused when my real mom announced I have a new sister, but whatever. 

So Monday evening I went to visit them for the first time. They were super nice and made me feel like I really am from the family. And the best part is- they are all readers. Both my new sisters were glad to lend me some of their books to make me feel more at home.

Enough babbling. Here are the books they lent me:

1. The F*** It List by Julie Halpern 

2. Audry, Wait! By Robin Benway 

3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

4. The Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman

5. Sipu (Unfinished Story) by Yuval Elbashan

6. Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus by Udi Aharoni 

So I wanna say thank you to the family that so kindly adopted me, and to my sisters for lending me all these books. I truly love you. 

And I’m gonna quickly add in the three books I bought myself: 

And.. that’s it!

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A Special Book Recommendation…

As you know, I recently visited England, specifically Wales. At the end of the vacation in Wales, I left my family for a night to spend it with my best friends: Izzy and Hannah.
Me, Izzy and Hannah have been friends for years now, but I have only met Hannah before. Now that I got to meet Izzy, I got to learn about her love for books and how similar our taste in books is. So Iz, these are a few books (or a specific author, if you’d like) that really make me think of you.

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Those of you who have been reading my blog for long enough know about my love for Andrew Smith, and you now might be wondering why his books make me think of Izzy.

Iz is a very funny person, first of all (which is something she and Andrew Smith books have in common…) and she is kind of quirky. Andrew Smith himself is a very quirky author. His books are always weird in some way, but they’re always relateable. They also have very good representation of the LGBTQ+ community, which I think would make Iz happy as she is a lesbian.

Iz, the specific book I recommend to you is 100 Sideways Miles. It’s one of my favorite books in the world and I am connected to it in so many ways. It’s such a funny and strange book and it reminds me of you in it’s weirdness (in a good way oc).

Anyway, this was a short and shitty recommendation post inspired by one of my best friends. Love you.

 

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Wales Book Haul! (Also, books I’m taking with me when I leave home)

Here’s the deal: books in Wales are freaking cheap. Like, a book in Israel can cost between 80-90 shekels, while a book in Wales cost me about 40 to 50 shekels. That’s a big difference. 

So of course I had to buy a ton of books. 

So these are all the books I got in my nine days in Wales and London. I was so happy with all the cute bookstores in Wales because in Israel we only have two kinds of bookstores.

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From the Pyrenees to Barcelona, all of us in one boat

So here I am, now after nine days of the craziest, scariest and most exciting trip in my life.

As I told you, I went on a trip with my entire class from the Kibbutz and three other Kibbutzs to Spain.

We had… I’d call it a spacial week. We had hikes and we had mountains, we had cities and villages, we had highs, and we had lows. But there was not one moment I want to forget.

You may remember I wrote about taking the book Three in a Boat with me but let me tell you what happened to it:

We took the longest hike, to the top of a mountain, to sleep in a cabin, all 45 of us in one room. The way up was fantastic. Beautiful, magical, even romantic for some of us.

(This is the view from the cabin)

And then, on the next day we start going down. Now, of course I had a book with me cause what is a book lover without a book? But then, I feel the drizzle start. And then, I feel it get stronger. It ended up being the biggest and longest thunder storm I had ever seen. It caught us all by surprise. No one was ready. We hiked down 700 meters in the freezing rain, drenched down to our bones.

(morning in the cabin)

We got down finally, but my book was completely ruined. Drenched, torn spine and the pages stuck together. I knew I couldn’t continue reading it.

So the first thing I did when we got to Andorra la Vella was find myself a book store.

And that’s how I ended up reading Sleeping Giants. Of course that the fact that it says on the front that it’s “this year’s The Martian” only helps.

This is a picture from my last morning in Barcelona. A morning full of sad and happy tears. I can’t wait to finish this book and hold it close to my heart for all the memories I created with it on my trip to Spain.

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17 In A Boat in the Pyrenees

I have been absent lately. But believe me, I got a GREAT excuse. I am taking a trip with my entire class to Spain. 

We are travelling in the Pyrenees, Andorra and Barcelona. 

How’s it been so far? Incredible. We are becoming even better friends than we were before (and believe me, it’s hard when you’re together for 18 years.) 

This is our breaking apart vacation. It’s all organized by our youth leaders. 

Why am I telling you all of that? Well, besides the fact that I wanna share with you everything I can about my life, I wanna tell you what book I took with me. 

I wanted a book about traveling with friends. So I chose the book Three in a boat. 

So far it’s pretty helarious, and very relatable for me. 

Anyways, I’ll try writing some more soon, but I’ll be travelling so much for the next couple of weeks, I can’t promise much. 

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A Horse Walks into a Bar (or A Woman Walks into a Store by Reut Goldman)

So here’s the story: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman just won the Man Booker award. And I was working while it happened. 

As you remember, I just started working at the bookstore that week, and I wasn’t allowed to use the phone while at work. 

And then, this woman walks into the store and tells me, “I am looking for the book by David Grossman that won the Man Booker award.” 

I stare at her. I didn’t know about any award, but there was another book by David Grossman that was highly acclaimed at the time, called Hug. I figured, Hug must be the book that won the award, for I heard so many great things about it lately. 

I give the woman the book and she leaves and never comes back. 

I wonder how she’s doing when all her friends are talking about A Horse Walks into a Bar and she’s talking about the great pictures in Hug. 


 

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Traveling and Books

Next month and the first parts of August are gonna be all about traveling for me. At the end of July I am going to Barcelona with my friends, and as soon as I get back I am flying to Wales with my family. The biggest debate when traveling, especially abroad, is what book to take with you. So I made a list of 4 books, one for each genre, that I would take with me traveling. 

Fantasy: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Passenger is a great book to take traveling because it is about traveling. It’s also a very fun book to read. It’s not so addicting that you feel like you can’t put it down, so it doesn’t bother your traveling, but it progresses in a steady enough way for you to both enjoy the book and the trip. 

Contemporary: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson 

Since You’ve Been Gone is the best for a fun and spontaneous trip. It’s fun and spontaneous itself, and it’s really exciting. It makes you wanna go out and do things, which is exactly what you need when you’re traveling. 

Dystopian: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven is great for traveling because it’s also a book about traveling. Not only traveling, but road tripping. It’s so fun to read while on a road trip because it’s exciting and you don’t have to concentrate too much on the book, you just get to enjoy both the road and the reading. 

Science Fiction: The Next Together by Lauren James

The Next Together is a very special book as it is about time travel, and danger and people breaking the law. It is perfect for a long flight to another country. It is fast paced and a bit addicting, but not too much, and is very easy to read. 

(Yes, my cat, Nox, is featured in all the pictures for I will miss him very much while traveling and I felt it fitting.)