November 17, 2016

Books I've Read Lately

Between August and today I started and finished some books, but I have only talked about one of them - Novecento - here on the blog. Since I don't post very often and I'm trying to keep my blog multifaceted and not turn it into a book blog (and I also don't have much to say about every single book I've read), I thought I might update you with one longish post instead.

I don't want to spoil anything for anyone therefore I'll keep my description short and I won't tell too much about the plot.

The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak

I've been wanting to read this book for AGES and I honestly don't know why it took me so long to pick it up. It's one of the best books I've ever read, and there are many things I appreciate about it.

First of all, I like books that find a gentle way to talk about death, because that's a really relevant topic and way too often we're just exposed to the brutality of it and we get too scared to think about it, when in fact it's a really important thing to ponder, I believe. 

Secondly, I'm really into historical fiction, I love to learn things about the past while enjoying a good novel. I'm really into modern history, German history is one of the topics that interests me the most - of course I'm not at all glad about the horrible things that happened, but I'm really intrigued by the human mind and I like to learn how one thing lead to another and I try to document myself as much as I can. 

Lastly, the author writes just so well and makes you love his characters so much, after a while they begin to feel like real people you actually met in real life.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book set in Europe

Lucchetti babbani e medaglioni magici (Muggle padlocks and magical lockets)
by Ilaria Katerinov

I guess this book is only interesting for people who A. understand Italian and B. are keen on translation. Translation is one of my favourite subjects and Harry Potter might be my most favourite thing ever, therefore I HAD to read this. It shows and explains what changes have been made by the official translators who worked to translate JK Rowling's novels into Italian. It explains why some names have been changed, how they made up words when the English ones that the author had made up would have been too hard for Italian readers to understand and it talks about the actual mistakes that were made while translating. The most famous mistake belongs to the Order of the Phoenix, where the translator turned the word 'locket' (RAB's locket) into 'lucchetto', which actually means 'padlock', without knowing that the little 'padlock' would become one of the most relevant objects of the following book. Hence the title of the book Ilaria Katerinov has written.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy

On the Other Side
by Carrie Hope Fletcher

As you might know already, I'm in love with Carrie. I really didn't know what to expect from this book as I'd tried to avoid any spoilers, and I was a bit worried I might end up being disappointed if I set my expectations too high, but I must say I really, really enjoyed the book and I'd definitely read it again soon. I liked to find many Carrie-esque details in the plot and characters, I could definitely see her footprints in the book, and I was really surprised by the ideas she came up with. She tackled many relevant topics - such as death and sexuality and relationships within the family - in a truly beautiful way. I'd 100% recommend this to anyone.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that is published in 2016

Christmas with Billy and Me
by Giovanna Fletcher

This teeny tiny short story by Giovanna Fletcher is just as beautiful and sweet as her other books and I believe it would make the perfect Christmas gift, maybe paired with some biscuits and tea. I managed to find this at Waterstones one of the last times I went there but I wasn't able to get her other Christmas short story, Dream a Little Christmas Dream, so I guess I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A book that's under 150 pages
  • A book you can finish in a day
  • A book with a blue cover 

The Mortal Instruments - The First Trilogy
by Cassandra Clare

I have a passion for brick-like books and I love to read them when I am on holiday. This Summer I read the first trilogy of The Mortal Instruments and I quite enjoyed that, but I must say that I'm not in love with the story and its characters all that much and I'm not sure I'll read the next dozen of books that Cassandra Clare has written and is going to write.

I don't think I'm too old for a plot like that, I've simply read plenty of fantasy/romance/fiction novels when I was younger and that might have influenced my appreciation of this saga, as I already have many other favourites of those genres.

Anyway, out of those three my favourite book was City of Glass, and my favourite character was Simon.

2016 Reading Challenge:
  • A YA bestseller
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A book recommended by someone you just met
  • A book that's more than 600 pages

These are the books I've finished lately. I'm currently reading other books and I think I'll write a similar post once I've finished them as well. Let me know what you think and leave me a comment telling me your favourite books, I'm always open to new authors and titles.

Marti xx

November 15, 2016

Cosy Season

Weeks ago I visited Primark with my mum and brother and picked up some soft pretty things to wear around the house. I opted for autumnal colours and patterns and soon realised that they all looked nice together, so I thought I'd experiment with my camera and try to take some good pictures.

I love Primark's nightwear because it's affordable, soft and comes in all shapes, patterns and sizes. I was looking for jammies made of cotton, because I like it way more than synthetic fabrics, but in the end I also picked up a mixed fabric pyjama bottom and a random synthetic tank top in a matching colour, because I wasn't too keen on the top that was supposed to be paired with those pants.

While looking for some soft socks to match my new jammies I noticed some super cute fluffy cat socks and thought, 'Hey, those look a lot like something from Gabbie's range, but I highly doubt they would sell her range in Italy' but then I looked closer and realised their tag actually mentioned velvetgh0st. I couldn't believe what I saw, especially because her newest range wasn't supposed to be on sale yet, so I bought two pairs and decided to wait for a while before publishing this post, because I didn't want Gabbie to find out that the Italian store had messed up, since she has many more important things to do and think about.

After wearing both jammies and both pairs of socks and having washed them up a few times, I can say they're really good quality for the price and I'll keep wearing them until they fall apart. Either that, or I'll go back to Primark and buy all of their nightwear products. Just kidding, now the only thing I might need it a soft dressing gown like Gabbie's new one - the one with cat ears that is part of the new range as well.

Where do you buy your nightwear? 
Have you ever bought anything from Gabbie's Primark range?
Also, do you like my pictures? I think I did quite a decent job this time, I'm pretty proud of myself.

Marti xx