Books to Judge by their Covers

Having (pretty much) finished my literature degree, I decided it was also time to finish my blogging break. There’s a whole world of books still to read! And let’s face it, no one has time for sub-par stories, so here are my top five creative covers to books I probably haven’t read. They look great, though.

  1. Jules Verne – Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Brazilian edition, designed by Carlo Giovani)

[Brazil] Journey to the Centre of the EarthIt’s 3D and beautiful and 3D. And we all thought Jules Verne couldn’t get any better.

2. Ray Bradbury – Farenheit 451 (Design by Elisabeth Perez)

[match] Farenheit 451.pngIt’s a literal matchbook. This design is smart and cool and a little terrifying. (Spoilers just so we’re all on the same page – it’s a Dystopian about burning books)

3. Lauren Beukes – Zoo City (Designed by Joey Hi-Fi)

Zoo CityHow amazing is this typography, though? This blows my mind.

4. Mary Shelley – Frankenstein (Designed by Pol Alert)

[meat] FrankensteinWhy yes, that is real meat. This one is so grim that I nearly didn’t include it…but someone spent all that time sewing slabs of raw meat together, and I think we have to honour that.

5. On Such a Full Sea – Chang-Rae Lee (Designed by Yentus and Markerbot Studios)

[3D] On Such a Full SeaI just can’t get over the 3D stuff. It’s just a slip, so you can take it off and still have a wonderful reading experience, but I guess you’d have to store it by itself rather than on a shelf? It looks cool, but maybe not practical at all?

So there were my top five creative book covers – what books would have made it onto your list? And how are we feeling about 3D covers?

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

Dani

Book of the Month 2014 Summary

Basically, I’ve chosen a favourite book that I read in each month of 2014. Some I wrote posts for, most I really didn’t, but we’re going to let that slide.

JanuaryThe Help by Kathryn Stockett – Five stars and a lot of love from me. It’s about racism and justice and family and…just read it.

February: I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak – Oh look another five stars. The author of The Book Thief, in case you didn’t pick up on it. It’s a contemporary and it’s fantastic.

March: Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – The classic Dystopian about books and ‘firemen’. Beautifully written, and a real thought-provoker.

AprilGone Girl by Gillian Flynn – Five stars for creepy, twisted psychological thriller-iness. Read it before you watch it!

MayThe Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Another one of those classics that I felt pressured into reading. It’s okay though, because this one’s really good.

June: Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson – So much love for this book! It’s a children’s novel about a little British girl who’s sent to live in the Brazilian Amazon. Amazing.

July: The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd – Kind of a cross between The Help, The Secret Garden and The Thief Lord. I liked it.

August: The Protector by Danielle Lenee Davis – I wrote a review here! It’s a detective/crime/mystery novel and I think it’s great.

September: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein – I freaking love this little fantasy novel. It’s a kind of prequel to the Lord of the Rings, and it’s just lovely. I wrote a little post about it here.

October: It Shouldn’t Happen to a Missionary by Alf Cooper – The humourous and really inspiring autobiography of a British Christian who ends up in Chile.

November: The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer – The first non-fiction book on this list, it’s more of a Christian, theological thing. I really loved it!

December: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein – What a book to finish the year with! I love it all.

So these are my twelve favourite books of the year – what are some of your picks? Have you enjoyed any of the books I mentioned?

Happy Almost-New-Year, and thanks for reading!

~Dani

Month in Books: March 2014

Here’s March’s wrap-up! (I’m slowly getting up to date with these posts…SLOWLY)

Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Six Napoleons – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 3 stars This is a short story in which Mr Holmes solves crimes and rights wrongs. I usually really love Sherlock Holmes stories, but I felt like this one was very predictable. It’s short though, so worth it!

Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare – 5 stars The inspiration for ‘She’s the Man’, this brilliant play is genuinely funny and rich and lovely. One of my favourite Shakespeare plays.

Heart to Heart – Ali Martin & Liza Hoeksma – 4 stars Non-fiction talking about the health of the metaphorical heart. It was hard to rate this, because the content and graphology were definite 5 star material, while the writing itself was…not. Worth a read though!

Cinder – Marissa Meyer – 3 stars This YA sci-fi fairytale retelling is clever and exciting, but didn’t quite live up to my high expectations.

The Life of Timon of Athens – William Shakespeare- 2 stars More Shakespeare, I know. After Twelfth Night, I was really disappointed by this one; I didn’t really connect with the plot or characters. The writing is as beautiful as always, but this play just wasn’t for me.

Farenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury – 5 stars This dystopian depicts a future where literature is completely absent. The lovely writing and winning characters made this my favourite book of the month…I didn’t write a post for it though!

What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said Follow Me? – David Platt – 5 stars I feel like the title is self-explanatory. This book is short, free and very practical.

A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String – Joanne Harris – 3 stars This is a collection of short stories. Most of these are sweet and lovely, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as some of her other work.

Paroles – Jacques Prevert – 4 stars An anthology of French surrealist poetry. If you’re not a francophone this is maybe not for you, but do check out some of the musical adaptations!

Champion – Marie Lu – 4 stars The final instalment of YA dystopian trilogy ‘Legend’ is completely heart-breaking. Don’t read it if you’re emotionally unstable. Great story, though.

And that’s it! I didn’t exactly write any reviews for this month – oops!

If you’ve read/would like to read any of these titles, let me know! And as always, I’m open to recommendations.

Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!

~Dani

Book of the Month: April 2014

Observant readers may notice that I completely skipped the ‘Book of the Month’ for March. Here is my explanation: while I did read some really interesting books, my favourite ended up being Farenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury). I genuinely enjoyed it, but it didn’t inspire in me the passion that my other ‘Book of the Month’ nominees did, so I decided not to dedicate an entire post to it. It’s still a very much recommended read, though!

Book of the Month April 2014: Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn – 5 stars

So many people rave about this book! In fact, I’m probably a little late jumping on the band-wagon. Despite all the hype, I wasn’t expecting what I encountered upon opening this book.

Gone Girl is dark, psychological and brilliant. It is gripping and unabashedly twisted and quite unlike everything else I’ve read this year. It’s also one of the few books I think really deserves the massive build-up and publicity it receives.

The characters are gritty and convincing, the writing style confident and fluid, and the plot twists uncomfortable (in the best way possible) and, well, twisted.

(On a side note, please can we ignore the excessive, extortionate, unnecessary use of triadic structure in this post? Thanks.)

Gone Girl also happens to be one of those books that are dangerously easy to trip you into giving other people spoilers, so I’m going to leave the summary at that. Do give this a go though; Gillian Flynn is a brilliant writer.

If you’ve read this too, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!

~Dani