Book Haul · Life update

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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Currently Reading · Life update

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.

Life update

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. 

Life update

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. 


 

Recommendations

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.)

Opinion

Favorite Book Covers (Or: How I Do Judge a Book by its Cover)

Book Covers have always interested me. How do they chose the design? Did the person that designed the book cover actually have to read the book?

Let me tell you something about me: I judge books by their covers. All. The. Time. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that a book HAS to have a pretty cover for me to buy it or read it. It means the cover has to match the description and the theme of the book. If I get the same vibe from the book and the cover, it means the cover designer did an A+ job on it.

So here are some of my all time favorite covers (again, not necessarily pretty covers, but just covers I felt were right.)

#1 A Darker Shade of Magic

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A Darker Shade of Magic has an awesome cover. In fact, the entire trilogy has awesome covers. Not just because I think both the UK and the US edition are extremely beautiful, but also because I feel like they capture the feeling of the book so well, and like they match every story and every character they’re based on perfectly.

#2 Furthermore

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Where do I even begin with this cover??? It is perfect! It doesn’t just match the book, with all the quirkiness of it, it is also so so so beautiful. There are so many details in this cover, it basically tells the story all by itself!

#3 Space Case

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I don’t know even how to begin to describe what I like about this cover. The story itself is about a murederer astronaut (well, sort of), so of course the cover is matching. But what I like about this one is how simple the design is, yet how much it catches the eye instantly.

#4 And my favorite book cover of all time (drum roll please)…… 100 Sideways Miles!

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This book has the best cover. It tells the story without throwing too much details on the reader, it captures the eye, but only those who actually read the book will understand how complex this cover is. For me, I feel like this cover gives us details about both the story and the main character’s “vibe”. I just love this cover so much!

 

What is your favorite book cover?