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. 



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.)


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


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


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


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!


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?

Currently Reading

Currently Reading

Currently Reading: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

I had to take a break from Elena Ferrante as soon as I got this book. I’m only 50 pages in and it’s already amazing! I love Feyre and Rhys and all the characters in this book so much, and I forgot how much I needed something familiar to read for a bit. I’m so excited for where this story is heading and I can’t wait to read more! (In fact, I’m going to continue reading right now!) 

Book Haul

Book Week Haul!

Wow! I got a lot of books this week. So let’s see what I got:

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

White Cat and Red Glove by Holly Black 

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo 

Three Men in a Boat (to Say Nothing of the Dog) by Jerome K. Jerome

Avatar: The Last Airbender 

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riorden

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

And Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Overall, I’d say this was a pretty successful book week for me. 

What books have you recently bought?

Currently Reading

Currently Reading

Currently Reading: The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante.


Wow. Where do I even begin with this book? It’s the second book of the Nepolitan Novels and it is phenomenal. I am enjoying this series so much I already got myself the third book! 

I love the story, the characters, the themes, everything. I very much recommend this series. It just gets better and better with every book! 

What book are you currently reading?