Jan 28, 2015

Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami

Oto-san is down and out. Life has conspired against him and nothing is coming together the way he wished - so he sets out with his car to get away from it all. All the people around Oto-san have abandoned him in indifference but as readers discover along with him, the one he can count on utterly and completely is his adopted dog. His dog follows him blindly and faithfully to the end - lightening up his new adventure into the unknown.


Happie has been with the same family for a long time and Daddy takes him for a walk each day. When everyone abandons him Daddy only has his dog left and he is his most loyal companion. Happie travels through the country with him on his way to a better life. While they're on the road several unfortunate events are taking place, but Daddy and Happie are always together. Happie will stay with Daddy till the end and he will never leaves his side.
Stargazing Job is a very impressive manga. I loved the story, it's beautiful. Happie is such a loyal dog, he's giving his love to people who don't always deserve it. Daddy walks him every day and tries to feed him as well as he can. When Daddy loses everything the bond with his dog becomes stronger. Happie can't talk and he might not know exactly what's going on in his boss's life, but he's always there to play and to be a loyal and loving pet. There's so much more to this story than only the relationship between a dog and his boss. I was angry about the horrible way some people can treat others. The drawings in this book sometimes said more than words could ever say. This is such a moving and emotional story and it's actually really philosophical. While I was reading the final pages I had tears in my eyes. I highly recommend Stargazing Dog, it's got so many layers and hidden depths. The writer didn't need a lot of words to say something meaningful, which is quite an achievement. I loved this book and will certainly read it again and again.

Romantic Giveaway

Today I've put together a romantic happy mail giveaway, which I hope you will like.

    I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international. 

Sign-Up: February New Release Giveaway Hop

This giveaway hop is especially for books that will be released in February 2015. 

- The prize has to be a book that has been published in January 2015, both ebooks and paperbacks are allowed.
- You can also give away additional items like bookmarks, gift cards, etc. as an extra prize.
- Don't use too many entries. I won't be really strict, but keep it easy for people to enter.
- Please be clear if you will be sending worldwide or not. Put it in the linky, so people will know. As you can send books via the Bookdepository for free, it would be great if you could send worldwide.
- Add the linky to your blog post ( I will send all the necessary information to you by email a few days before the start of the hop ).
- Please keep this hop family friendly.

The Dandelion Years by Erica James

Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl. A rambling pink cottage on the edge of the Suffolk village of Melbury Green, its enchanting garden provided a fairy-tale playground of seclusion, a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood.

Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and as a book restorer devotes her days tending to the broken, battered books that find their way to her, daydreaming about the people who had once turned their pages. When she discovers a notebook carefully concealed in an old Bible - and realising someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to hide a story of their own - Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love...

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After a family tragedy Saskia moves into Ashcombe together with her father and two grandfathers. They try to rebuild their lives and to find as much happiness as they can. When Saskia was still a child this solution was absolutely perfect, but now she's in her thirties and she's still living with her family. She even works from home. She's a book restorer and she helps her father who has a second hand bookshop. He's an expert when it comes to valuable and precious books. When he gives Saskia an old bible to restore she finds a hidden diary inside. She starts reading and discovers a beautiful love story about a man who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II. Soon she finds out that the diary belongs to someone her age. She's only just met him and she doesn't know what to think of him. Will she be able to find out what happened to the writer of the diary and what will come of her own life? She can't live with her family forever, or can she?
 I enjoyed reading The Dandelion Years very much. There are two stories. One is about Saskia and the people around her and the other is about Jacob, the man who has written the diary. His story is a beautiful love story. I could imagine why Saskia couldn't stay away from it, I wanted to keep on reading as well. Saskia is an unusual woman. She isn't outgoing and social and lives a life in relative solitude. There have been friends and boyfriends, but she likes being on her own. It takes a while before she lets anyone in. The same goes for her father. They're kind and heartwarming people and that was what made this story so perfect. Something has to change for both of them as nobody will live forever and the grandfathers are already quite old. I liked the combination of old and young people as the main characters of the book and it worked so well. I love Erica James's books and have read quite a few. This one is my absolute favorite, it's brilliant. 

Jan 27, 2015

Tea Natura Lara Crema Mani Protettiva

I've bought this Lara Tea Natura Cosmesi hand cream from Ecco-Verde. I have dry skin and especially during the colder months I need a good hand cream to keep my hands soft and smooth. I've tried this hand cream for a few days and really like it. It has a lovely, fresh herbal scent and it does what it promises to do. 
As this is a 50 grams package the tube is pretty small, but I think it will last quite a while. My skin absorbs the cream really quickly and it doesn't leave a fat layer like some creams do. This means Tea Natura hand cream is perfect to use during the day, even while using a phone or tablet with a touch screen. I'm actually very much in love with that aspect. 
The packaging is really simple and I like the colors and fonts that have been used. The brand has a serious look and feel which is pretty at the same time. I'm certainly going to try more Tea Natura products. I hope they'll be just as good as the hand cream.

Blog Anniversary Giveaway 20: Pink and cute

I love pink and have some more pink items to share. One winner will receive the items on the photo. Good luck!

  I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international. 

Jan 26, 2015

Blog Anniversary Giveaway 19: Exoal Wrap Bracelet

Win a great leather Exoal wrap bracelet. 

   I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international. 
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