What are you reading this weekend?
For the past few days I’ve been laying in my grandma’s guest room, barely able to move a muscle, super-dead sick.
I caught the flu, and I am too far from home to go back, so I had to settle for going to my grandma (which is super fun, I promise.)
But what do you do when you’re dead sick and not at home? Well, you read.
So here are five books I think would be great for anybody who’s too sick to get out to the sun and breathe some fresh air, or basically, to anyone who is in my current condition.
1. Any Brandon Sanderson Book
For the picture I did go with the Mistborn Trilogy, as it is my favorite series Sanderson has written so far, but I think any Brandon Sanderson would be good for someone who feels to sick to do anything. His books are so good you devour them, and they can make you feel better in any situation. Even when you’re laying in bed with a box of tissues beside you!
2. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This book is one of my favorites, as you all know. But I think it’s really good for a sick day because it is so easy to read. It is quick paced, and I’ll be honest, you don’t have to give much thought for the first book. You can read it very quickly and without even noticing, you’re already healthy and done with the whole trilogy.
3. The Martian by Andy Weir
I love The Martian. Everyone who knows me, knows it’s my all time favorite book. I’ll admit, you do need to be a little sober for this book, so if you’re way too sick to concentrate on the science sad this book might not be the best for you, but on the other hand, it is so funny and thrilling, you can be in any condition and still enjoy the book.
4. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The reason I think this book is good for a sick day is because it is super hard to get into this book. You need to take time when you read this book, and really get into it. You need to give it a chance. And when is a better time to take time to get into a book than when you’re dead sick and have nothing else to do?
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
When I’m sick, it tends to also make me sad. And Fangirl is the happiest book I know. It warms your heart, and it makes you happy. You can be sick, but you just can’t be sad while reading this book.
These are some books I think are super fun to read when you’re sick like I am this week. I hope you guys take time and try reading these. And I hope, if any of you are sick, that you’ll get well soon!
What’s a holiday without Sinai? For me it is definitely not a holiday.
When I was a kid, until I was five, my parent would take us to Sinai every year for Shavuot. Now, years later, we finally got back here for Rosh Hashanah.
It brings back many memories. But mostly it brings back memories or hunting crabs every night until we got tired. Yesterday my cousin took my younger sister and they caught a big one together. She was very scared of it and I was laughing my ass off.
At the age of five I wasn’t old enough to appreciate just relaxing on the beach with a book, but now I’m old enough and smart enough to understand that Sinai is the perfect place to finish one or five books in two days.
The beach is beautiful, the sun is warm but it’s not too hot outside, and after an afternoon nap, you can take out a book and read for hours on end at the beach.
I missed Sinai so much, and I love it here as much as I missed it here.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.