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Do You Read Me? – Bookstores Around The World (Gestalten, Berlin 2020) I really like books and, of course, bookstores. In fact, I like books about bookstores. I’ve already written about bookstores on BogiWrites before and now I’d like to share a very nice collection with you again. The German Gestalten Publishing House released the album Do You Read Me? in 2020, which featured beautiful bookstores from all over the world. In addition to the well-known shops such as the Strand in New York and the Shakespeare & Company in Paris, specialties such as the headliner Do You Read Me? bookstore in Berlin focus on international magazines, Powell’s Books, the largest independent bookstore in the world (the largest bookstore is a Barnes & Noble store in New York) or the El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, which was formed in an old theatre. The book also shows that there…

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Judit Berki: Sitting on the Mattress* (Scholar Kiadó 2013) Have you ever broken up with someone who really seemed to be perfect for you? The protagonist of our story is just getting over such an experience and once again turns to the group of friends from high school and to the movies. Of course, everyone has an idea about why this happened the way it did, and what should be done now. However, none of them are reliable advisors, as they all have their own problems. Our heroine is therefore asks for help from matchmakers, fortune tellers, clairvoyants and psychologists for answer to the question why she can’t be normal ? The book disguises with humor that it seeks answers to such important questions as what it means to be normal and whether we should deal with the demands placed on us by the society. The story’s nameless protagonist narrates…

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Melissa Castrillón is an English and Colombian illustrator who studied illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and currently lives in Cambridge with her husband. She spends most of her days illustrating and writing children’s picture books, as well as illustrating and designing book covers for all ages. She has already illustrated more than ten picture books and written three, which have been translated to more than 20 languages worldwide. Her motivations are striking color combinations, imaginative compositions and unusual patterns. She has won numerous awards and in 2019 was awarded a gold medal by the Society of Illustrators in New York for her wordless book entitled The Balcony. Plants and nature play an important role in her works. In Hungarian, we can see her illustrations in The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson, The Marvellous Land of Snergs by Veronica Cossanteli and the first two volumes of The…

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David Koenig: Shooting Columbo: The Lives & Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective (Bonaventure Press 2021) The Columbo series probably needs no introduction. Even those who don’t like it, have probably met him on TV. I belong to the group who like it: I can watch an episode at any time and watch my favorites as many times as I want. I was afraid of the book at first, because I didn’t want to find out details about the series that would make me love it less, but luckily that wasn’t the case and I read very interesting things about it. The very first episode was broadcast in the United States in 1967, but the story was previously written for stage and was performed in one season. The last investigation took place in 2002. What the stories had in common was that they were reverse crime stories: we know who the…

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No bookworm needs an introduction to the IKEA BILLY bookcase. The bookcase was designed by Gillis Lundgren in 1979. First, he sketched the plan on the back of a napkin. As with many other IKEA products, the focus was on functionality and flexibility. During the design, they also kept in mind that people might want to expand their book collection later, so this is also possible, since it can be extended, several shelves can be inserted and the BILLYs bought at different times fit together perfectly, so you can create unique compositions from them, considering that different homes have different needs and space requirements. The design is so simple that it won’t fall out of fashion. The shelf takes its name from IKEA advertising manager Billy Liljedahl, who wanted to create a proper bookshelf just for books. Initially, the shelves were 90 cm wide, but this was changed to 80…

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James Ponti: City Spies 3. – Forbidden City (Aladdin 2022) The teenage agents also start their summer vacation at school, but they can’t rest, because they’re going on a new mission. Except for Brooklyn, who has to attend summer school to make up for her shortcomings. Meanwhile, the others are sent to Moscow and Beijing to take part in a chess tournament and accompany a millionaire’s daughter. However, the task contains more dangers than they expected. One of the most important points of the book for me was that home is the place that always awaits us and welcomes us, no matter how long we are away from it. We were able to read important things about the search for oneself and about writing itself too. We hear from one of the characters that the key to good storytelling is to develop the characters as the readers can relate to…

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L.D. Lapinski: Jamie (Orion 2023) Jamie had a big secret. A secret that has affected their entire life. Until they told their secret: They are neither a boy nor a girl. They are non-binary. When they shared this secret with their friends and family, everyone in their closer environment accepted them and their life became much easier. Until it was time to choose the secondary school. There are only two schools in the town: one for boys and one for girls. Jamie is faced with a choice… Ashley Herring Blake: The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James (Little, Brown & Company 2020) When Sunny St. James gets a new heart, she decides that her life will be different from this moment on. She makes a plan: 1) she will do amazing things she never dared to or could not do before; 2) find a new best friend; and 3) she…

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James Ponti: City Spies 3. – Forbidden City (Aladdin 2022) The teenage agents also start their summer vacation at school, but they can’t rest, because they’re going on a new mission. Except for Brooklyn, who has to attend summer school to make up for her shortcomings. Meanwhile, the others are sent to Moscow and Beijing to take part in a chess tournament and accompany a millionaire’s daughter. Rafal Kosik: Felix, Net and Nika and the Gang of Invisible People* In the Polish author’s book, we can follow the adventures of the inventor Félix, the computer genius Net and the bookworm Nika. This is an impossible story about friendship, treasures, ghosts, crazy inventions, artificial intelligence, robots, UFOs and, last but not least, the fantastic everyday life of three teenagers. Natalie Lloyd: A Snicker of Magic (Turtleback Books 2015) Felicity has a special ability: she can see words. Sometimes they have wings,…

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Tuutikki Tolonen: Agnes and the Garden of Dreams (first published by WSOY in 2020 under the title Agnes ja unien avain) Agnes and her mother arrive one summer day in their new home, Harmala, a small country town where they don’t know a single person. Agnes’ parents had just divorced, so her mother had to look for a new house and a new job. Although there are moving boxes piled up everywhere in the apartment, Agnes at least has the opportunity to get to know the town, while she walks an elderly dog of an elderly neighbor. During one of their walks, they wander into the cemetery, where the girl finds a strange tombstone. At the same time, she begins to see a recurring dream about walking in a garden. In his work, the Finnish author aims to tackle the questions of whether ghosts really exist and if prophecies may…

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James Ponti: City Spies 2. – Golden Gate (Aladdin 2021) After the successful mission in Paris, Brooklyn and Sydney are already completing another operation and have joined the passengers of an ocean biology research ship, which is meant to popularize science among young girls. Their job is to look after the daughters of two high-ranking people. MI6’s caution was not unfounded as they were attacked by pirates during the journey to kidnap the girls. However, they did not count on the two teenage spies, who will protect them at all costs. The case is mysteriously intertwined with an investigation within MI6 and a family matter. But what is the relationship between these cases, dodos and magpies? The book was also very fast-paced and exciting this time, although we don’t know what we are up against until the end of the story. In the volumes, we find flashbacks, during which we…

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