...from a BookLover

Friday, 30 August 2013

Would you like a cup of tea?

Tea, travels and cats - this movie kind of reminds me of Alice in Wonderland!

A scene from "The Cat Returns"

Wednesday, 28 August 2013



Somewhere between
asleep and
years ago and
memories and my

I miss you

by Charles Kerr 
                                                                   at DeviantArt.com

I do.

Sunday, 25 August 2013

The Butterfly Ball

...and the Grasshopper's Feast

Alluring colours and shapes!

This is a children's book that is all about rhyme. It tells the story of different insects and critters with curious names that gathers for a ball. They are all quite dressed up in their finest - and whether it is elegant, pretty or scary, they all have a role to play.

This might come across as a girl's book, but rest assured - there are quite a few of these mysterious creatures that are just as fitting for a little boy. The rhymes are witty and rolls off the tongue with ease. You might even say they are marching away of their own accord!

You want an invitation?
Here you go!
"The pleasure of your company is requested"

The teaser I am giving you today comes from the first page:

"As night turns to dimness and draws back its curtain, 
Stars, those bright sequins, now all disappear,           
As dimness grows radiant, dawn makes it certain      
That butterfly weather, quite perfect, is here;"               
Look at Mr. Grasshopper with his top hat and cane - dashing, indeed!

If you want to know the rest of the story - and how the party goes - run and get a copy for yourself. This book, written by Alan Aldridge and William Plomer, is a peculiar and most wonderful addition to your collection!

More teasers?
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

Friday, 23 August 2013

Yep, I know I have done just that... What about you?

(...and I believe my boyfriend may just possibly have some issues with the results of this inner dialogue from time to time as well...hehe..)

Thursday, 22 August 2013

The most intriguing purse, yes?!

This shop is amazing - I NEED to get one (or more) of these purses!

Have you ever seen a better-looking purse? If you have, do tell me where.
The Black Widow Shop

Or perhaps this one? Love the colour!
Handmade Book Purse - Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird - Click Image to Close
The Black Widow Shop

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

How to forget..?

Today is not my best day.

It is funny how some days just do not turn out so well. Some days you just remember all the bad things - however old, however small or insignificant. Nothing hurts quite the same way as an old wound never truly healed does. A story half-forgotten, a friend lost in the haphazardness of life - perhaps that of a certain date when something went wrong. A year might turn just to remind you of it all once again. Sometimes the break of day is cruel.

How does one escape from such memories?

Apparently time helps. And in its own way I guess it does. Things grow out of distance, out of memory range. New memories are made - a lot of good ones, too.

Yesterday is gone by. There is nothing you can do about that. Today is but a fleeting presence.

Tomorrow, on the other hand.

Tomorrow grants you a promise - the promise of hope, of possible greatness. Tomorrow may be a good day. It may change your life for the better. It may see you embark on your most important journey yet.

I choose to believe that things will always get better. That I can mold tomorrow into everything I want. Take advantage of and cherish those tiny sparks of happiness wherever I may find them.

I hope you have happiness in your life tomorrow.

Caz xxx

Sunny behind the clouds

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

A bookstore to remember ❤

Let me take you to this tiny bookstore in North Shields, Newcastle. If you are in the area, it is definitely worth stopping by. Remember those amazing books I found when I last crossed "the pond" to England? Well, most of them were found here, in The Keel Row Bookshop. The most amazing place! I cannot wait to visit it again. I even left a list over books I would like to buy if they ever crossed the threshold into the store.

Do visit if you can. They will be most accommodating to you and do their very best to help you.

A most wonderful place!
...and more stairs!

And aaaallllll of these fantasy!
One very happy girl...
...happily browsing for hours...

Book haul Newcastle

I found this little secondhand bookstore in North Shields, England, where they had a magnificent copy of Alice in Wonderland that I just had to have. I also found Peter Pan and Wendy and The Borrowers there. I got Uncle Remus from a seller when we visited a market in Tynemouth - he hated to see that one go. I did well, I think - and my new treasures fit nicely into my collection!

My latest additions!

A drawing of Alice by Arthur Rackham

A signed copy of Uncle Remus

A close-up from Uncle Remus

Monday, 19 August 2013

Mr Toppit

I found this book interesting when I saw it in the store. The cover caught my eye, and the sentence on the front saying "Once upon a time a book broke a family" really got me curious. What was this book that broke a family? And how can a book break a family in the first place? Questions needed answers, so I brought it with me home.

Now, I have to say that it has taken me a small forever to read this book. Somehow it did not draw me in as well as I expected, although I quite like the writing and the story in themselves. It is simply a slow-paced book, I think. I have not read it through just yet, so I am very excited to see where it all ends. I can tell the story is building up for something revealing - it drops hints now and then, and more so lately.

Here is my teaser - albeit it is a little late (I did not quite make it for it being a Sunday teaser this time):
"After the first book, she needed me less and less. She had created the template and she spun Luke Hayseed off in a direction of her own, taking him away from me (taking me away from me) and creating the likeness of a boy who would stride manfully up the path to the Darkwood. He would always be eager to return to his quest to find Mr Toppit, to flush him out, even though - as Luke knew to his cost - Mr Toppit could be cruel and capricious, and never really did, despite the last sentence of the book, reveal himself, and even though the Darkwood, every leaf and branch and stone of which Mr T inhabited, was a dank, terrifying place. 
You wouldn't have caught me dead doing that."
Mr Toppit, p. 6

Mr Toppit by Charles Elton

I trust you all had a wonderful Sunday!

More teasers:
Flukten fra virkeligheten
Should Be Reading

Friday, 9 August 2013

Book portrait

What do you think of this? I am rather impressed. I wonder if it really is possible to make such intricate pictures out of books, and nothing but books? Maybe that is an idea for how to sort our book collections!


Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Summer, sun & festival

Strawberries and Mr. Toppit

Visitors - which postponed our swimming just a little..
Love the name of that boat - so clever!

Amazing concerts...

...and light shows!

Do you not just LOVE it being summer?

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