This week’s challenge from Meeghan was to find 5 book covers with people on. I created a smiley face with my books with people on.
The Shelf by Helly Acton. Has a row of women as the title suggests on a ‘shelf’. What the women in the book have in common is that all their boyfriends ha e decided to apply for a tv show where they take their girlfriends to a tv studio where the girls get told they have been dumped. They then get the option to take part in a big brother type reality show; with the carrot being £10thousand if they stay a week then the chance to win 1 million. The women fact wacky and sometimes sexist challenges. It is an interesting way of recovering from a relationship by having time out just to process it. Plus someone who is prepared to humiliate you on tv is not worth it – some lucky escapes!
This week’s challenge from Meehan is books with buildings on.
1. This book has a building’s name in it’s title albeit it in the story not quite a real place. I love this book! The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.
2. Fittingly as the story starts and finishes with mention of the building, it is on the cover. I bought the book second hand and can see my self picking up another second hand book if I find one of the cover’s I prefer! The building is Manderley and the book is Rebecca.
“Last night I dreamed I went to Manderley again”
3. My cover of 1001 nights has Temple icons.
4. The view across the rooftops by by Kelman. Is set in Amsterdam and is about a Jew hiding from the Nazi’s.
5. The illustration of the chocolate factory on my copy of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one of Quentin Blake’s fun illustrations.
This week’s challenge set by http://meeghanreads.comwas to find 5 books with creatures on the cover. I will start the list with books with an actual animal on then finish with a couple of more fantastical ‘creatures’.
What could be more standard than a dog? The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon.
Then on a farm a pig is pretty standard fare. Kiss Kiss is a book of short stories for adults by popular children’s author Roald Dahl.
Slightly more unusual are badgers. Definitely don’t usually get them in the basement as per the title of Badger in the Basement. The book is from a series of alliterative titled children books by Lucy Daniels.
So I think Dracula can not be described as truly as human so creature seems fitting for him. Dracula is by Bram Stoker; I struggled to engage with it.
Similar to Dracula ‘creature’ seems a fitting description for the being on the front of the Whitby Child by Robin Jarvis.
2. I also recently read a book called the Baby Group which has a daisy chain on the cover. It is about a woman who is being blackmailed and trying to hide her past from new baby group of friends … but is it actually one of them?
3. A very twisted book with a flowery title and flowers on the cover is Sweet Pea. The protagonist is a caricatured serial murder.
4. A slightly less sinister book with flowers on is the Foundling by Stacey Hall.
5. The colour Purple by Alice Walker has purple flowers.
I had finished most of the books for the challenge a few months ago. My last book of the challenge was Arabian nights, which was for the beautiful cover category. I have been reading it alongside other books as type of books can only read a few pages at once. At times got distracted and forgot to even read a few pages. This book was a book club surprise secret Santa present. I have loved having it on my bedside table for months and will keep it on my bookshelf. It feels such a luxurious book; it is cloth bound, hard back and has it’s own ribbon bookmark attached … I lose bookmarks in bed all the time so love this feature!
A book with a preposition in the title (e.g. in, on, through, under)
The seven husbands OF Evelyn Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This a story about a movie star Evelyn and her seven husbands from the late 1950s onwards . Themes include; changing position of women, LGBT and race. Evelyn is telling her story to a reporter that she has specifically chosen; one strand of the novel is leading to why this specific reporter was chosen. I enjoyed reading and would like to read another of Taylor Jenkins Read’s books.
It never happens IN the movies 🎥 🍿 by Holly Bourne. A YA book of trauma of teenage love and the realisation love is not like the films portray it!
A book set in Africa
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Centred around charatcters from Nigeria who immigrate to the US and the UK before returning to Nigeria. Discusses different perceptions of people according to their race in different places.
A book with a colour in the title
The BLACK Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.
Cambridge BLUES by Alison Bruce.
I think could also fit Midnight Library by Matt Haig under here As midnight is a shade of blue.
Since thinking I was finished with the challenge bar the last book I have also read the Colour Purple by Alice Walker.
A book with a family member (e.g. brother)in the title
The seven HUSBANDS of Evelyn Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A book with the name of a town or city in the title
CAMBRIDGE blues by Alison Bruce. A book about police investigating a murder in Cambridge UK (I believe there is also an area of Boston MA in the US that is called Cambridge). In particular the book centres around a young eager detective not necessarily always wanting to stick by rules to solve the murder.
A book with a school subject in the title (e.g. English, History…)
The GEOGRAPHY of Friendship by Sally Piper. This was about three women repeating a trek they had done about 20 years earlier . Gradually as they walk there are flashbacks revealing traumatic events of their previous trek. Given on later walk the women are walking all day together it is unbelievable how little conversation they seem to have. There is suspense of waiting to know what happened on the earlier walk albeit know how that all three survived therefore it was a pleasant enough read just not particularly rich layers.
A book about a journey
The Salt Path. A walking journey of 630miles! I put more detail about it in this Post.
A book with a girl’s name in the title
The seven husbands of EVELYN Hugh by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
The Black Eyed SUSAN’s by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.
A book by a local author
I have read two books by Sheffield born Matt Haig: How to Stop Time and the Midnight Library.
A book with a beautiful cover
Arabian nights is a collection of stories told on the ‘1001 nights’. It is not 1001 stories as some stories were told over multiple nights. Stories are of different lengths. I think the basic plot of the stories could be really interesting. I started many stories full of optimism but, then lost interest as found the stories quite wordy and convoluted; unnecessarily long in my opinion. But it may be my imagination failed to engage enough. People with better imagination have taken the stories of Aladdin and Al Baba and the 49 thieves turned them into children’s books, films etc… I did love the ending; not just because it was the ending! At the end you return to the narrater who is introduced as the beginning of the book then does not feature until the end; where you get a glimpse into her life whilst telling the stories and find out her destiny. This beautiful book will be staying on my shelf and I can see myself dipping into read just a little bit in isolation; I think I was a bit over faced by the whole book together!
A book with a type of plant in the title
The BLACK EYED SUSAN’s which are flowers. by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.
A book with a body part in the title
The Black EYEd Susan’s by Julia Heaberlin. A book about a survivor of a serial killer but is the killer the man convicted of the crime who is on death row? Intriguing read.
Heartless by Sara Shepard. I least at this book in a charity shop because it includes heart in the title. I did not realise it was part of a series so missed some of the context! I’m not bothered about reading more of the series as it was very ‘teen girlie’ but as the book was part of a 3 for £1 deal so basically cost virtually nothing then I can not complain about the experience of reading it too much!
I have recently learnt about pocket books also called flipback books or in Holland dwarsligger (the term comes from the Dutch words “dwars,” or crossways, and “liggen,” to lie, and also means a person or thing that stands out as different). I learnt about them because I was looking to add to my collection of One Day covers; SPOILER I succeeded and will share my collection on Instragram on 15 July which is the one day featured in the book, Anyway one of the different vesions I found was a v bhnyynnnpnn so I bought that and have subsequently researched flipback / pocket books
These pocket books are a little larger than a cassette tape. Or to be more modern; their length is a bit shorter than my Iphone 6 (See Instagram Wonderwall360 for pictures). Really thin paper is used in the books to condense the books however, still the book I have is 4 times as thick as my Iphone. Therefore a you would need deep wide pockets to fit it in. Would struggle to shove in slim fitting jean pockets.
The text of the pocket books, is horizontally along the long side of the books. You are meant to be able to read them one hand by flipping the page up, similarly to swiping up a smartphone. Perhaps I’m too much of a luddite but I don’t think I could read this book with one hand. I need to hold it in one hand. Then if trying to swipe with other hand whilst holding in one hand I could not really get the pages to smoothly flip. I think I would have to turn them in a more traditional manner. But that would be fiddly too; as pages are so small, reading horizontially and the pages are so thin. Not really tried to read the book properly in this format as I have so many copies of it but think would be irritating as don’t get usual amount of text on the page so would be constantly turning pages.
This article from the New York times has more information about pocket books including the quote from author John Green
“Young people are still learning how they like to read. It is much closer to a cellphone experience than standard books, but it’s much closer to a book than a cellphone. The whole problem with reading on a phone is that my phone also does so many other things.”
My opinion so far of these books is that they are fun to look at for the novelty. They may be good if some reason really wanted a small book to carry around but as I don’t often carry books around then I do not think this format is for me. I guess it would also allow to fit more books in less space so I would be tempted to buy different books just to see covers rather than keeping full size version of the book.
Have you any experience of pocket books? If so what do you think?
From reading thisare you tempted to read a pocket book, if so why?
I have just read Wild Silence the follow up of The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. I wrote in this post: that the Salt Oarhis about true life story about a couple who upon bring evicted decide to walk the South West coast path which is 630miles. Raynor’s Winn has been told he has a terminal disease although it can only 100% be confirmed at post mortem. It has made me think what terminal means; looking it up it is a disease that can not be cured which will ultimately lead to death. Sometimes the times the term life limiting is used instead of terminal. Walking 630miles do not seem to fit with those terms although some people with a terminal condition will deteriorate faster. The book is also thought provoking as regards homelessness. I definitely recommend!
I was eager to read the Wild Silence, to find out what happened next to the couple. Like the Salt Path, I devoured Wild Silence within a few days. The book answered a lingering question about how the Salt Path was written. I wondered whether Raynor had wrote notes as they went on but was unsure seen as she mentioned everything they packed and she had not packed a notebook. It turns out she wrote Salt Path quite a long time after the end of the walk from her memory and brief notes that Moth had made in the margins of the guide book. I was moved when in Wild Silence Raynor mentioned she had dreamed growing up of ‘writing a book with a penguin on the spine’ to check the books spine and sure Wild Silence does have a penguin, symbolising it was published by penguin
The Wild Silence describes the process of writing the Salt Path originally written to aid Moth’s memory and subsequently the process of it being published; alongside other life events such as Raynor’s Mum dying. Raynor also reminisces about events before their walk including previous walking adventures with Moth and childhood events.
In summary like the Salt Path, the Wild Silence was another enjoyable read.
I’m getting my thoughts in order for a book club discussion later today. I groaned when it was decided it was going to be a sci-fi book. But waited to see which book it was an hoped he would not be too obscure and geeky. Indeed it was well chosen for our girlie group! It was about women developing something called the power that allows them to send bolts of lightening into people. This therefore makes them more powerful than men! It is interesting the mention of parents being told to not let boys out alone at night and the story of three women sending lightening to the base of a man’s spine to make him erect then all having there way with him then leaving him alone, violated; twists to the normal narratives we hear!
The premise of the book is that it has been written as a history book. At the front is a note from the supposed author of the book to a female acquaintance asking her to read his manuscript. The book ends with the letter back from the women with her views then back and forth letter debate about gender.
In conclusion I did not find the book so difficult to read as I feared it may be. There was as mentioned some interesting parts about gender. The book jumped around lots of different characters and found did not really engage with any of them.; perhaps the male journalist being the most memorable amongst, all the female characters. Although there were good bits to read, I felt it got repetitive towards the end and did not really have much momentum. I’am pleased I have read it so that I can enjoy the discussion later. I’m sure the discussion will prompt further from myself and others will have picked up on aspects of the book that I did not.