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Cover Roulette: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I did my first cover roulette post a while ago for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and it was so fun I wanted to do another! Luckily I found another popular book that has had many different editions made, and I wondered…

What other awesome covers have I missed?

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz was one I enjoyed at the time and have now mostly forgotten. Honestly, that’s the fate of most of what I read — hence why I started writing more about what I read! What I usually remember about this book is that it had gay characters and it had an amazing cover. Since it became quite popular, I’m sure it has other cover renditions now, as well! So I investigated and was not disappointed. 😁


The Cover I Know

It’s mostly the scripted font and the line designs around the title that I loved most about this. I had no idea there was an old pickup truck on the cover, too, and I definitely thought there were more stars. Still, a quiet and wondrous image befitting the characters’ names and the story.

2017 Bulgarian: Even better!?

I… actually like this even more than the one I know! It has more stars, and a dramatic nightscape, which is more of how I remembered the other one. The silhouettes are working for me here, too.

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Posted in Book Talk

Spine poetry – life of a refugee

I’ve seen this wonderful idea on instagram, that I don’t have enough physical books to participate in myself anymore. The idea is to take a look through your books and create a poem from the titles you have. I LOVE that, but alas, moving so often means I’ve had to cut down my physical collection.

But I’m adaptable! So instead, I’ve pored through some of the book I have listed on Goodreads to create a poem. It actually ended up holding a good deal of meaning for me, so here’s what I got on my first attempt!

They called us enemy
Run away
New kid
This is my America
A love hate thing


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Posted in A Picture's Worth

A Picture’s Worth: Curses and Gaming

Words have always carried more weight with me than images – give me a book over its movie any day – but I do love to see the beautiful images other people create when they’re in love with a book. That’s not my strength, but I can certainly appreciate it in others! So here’s a few of my faves based on what I’ve been reading recently.


Don’t Date Rosa Santos

I saw this on Hoopla over the summer and had it earmarked for when I was looking for a quickly available light read, and that time has finally come! The details of it have given me a lot of laughs so far, and the story and cover were pretty much perfectly designed for gorgeous photos.

I feel like she captures the flowing, free spirit of Rosa very well here; and the iconic yellow dress!

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A Picture’s Worth: Corpses and Young Love

Words have always carried more weight with me than images – give me a book over its movie any day – but I do love to see the beautiful images other people create when they’re in love with a book. That’s not my strength, but I can certainly appreciate it in others! So here’s a few of my faves based on what I’ve been reading recently.


If you’ve read either of these and loved them too, vote for them in the Goodreads Choice Awards!

If you haven’t read either, you should definitely do so!


Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs

I’m a huge fan of quirky science-based nonfiction (like What If by Randall Munroe) so this was a perfect addition to my collection. I love Doughty’s humour throughout, and the fact that she doesn’t shy away from being really really honest about some of the more grisly or cringey aspects of life after death. See my full review of her book here!

They’re considering it… you can tell…

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A picture’s worth: Vampires & Hell

Words have always carried more weight with me than images – give me a book over its movie any day – but I do love to see the beautiful images other people create when they’re in love with a book. That’s not my strength, but I can certainly appreciate it in others! So here’s a few of my faves based on what I’ve been reading recently.


Noblesse

Courtesy of Batusawa on DeviantArt


This had been on my list for a while and for whatever reason it popped up as a recommended item on Webtoon. I happened to be in the market for a new webcomic to start, so I dove right in! Biggest issue: frickin’ Shinwu’s nose is never going to heal. Frankly if I had seen this fan art earlier, I probably would have started this series a lot sooner. It’s dark and has a beautiful art style, but is also absolutely hilarious at times!

I seem to have a thing with Frankenstein lately, and I’m not mad that the trend is continuing.

Courtesy of Chel-9 on DeviantArt

Even M-21 is looking like a hero now! Love that character development, though M-24 breaks my poor little heart.

Courtesy of KseniaK on DeviantArt

The Library of the Unwritten

I had been looking forward to this for a while before it finally released, and though it’s a little different than I had expected, I’m really enjoying it! I’ve rarely been more interested in going to Hell, especially if Heaven is absent all books. That’s not my kind of paradise, thank you. This book has heroes crawling out of the pages, trips to other realms of belief, and the Devil’s Bible threatening to unleash a new war between aspects of the afterlife. What’s not to like?

I’m pretty sad I missed this sweet author swag. I’m not big on tote bags, but I promise this would have become a regular rotation item for me because IT’S AMAZING.

Posted in Reviews

The Art of Looking Up by Catherine McCormack

The Art of Looking Up by Catherine McCormack – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
First: points for the deeply clever name. Also, the deeply clever everything-else.

Recommended: yes!
For an interesting look at civilizations around the world past and present, for an interesting subset of art that can fuel your travel plans, for art and/or history buffs

Summary:
From the floating women and lotus flowers of the Senso-ji Temple in Japan, to the religious iconography that adorns places of worship from Vienna to Istanbul, all the way to bold displays like the Chihuly glass flora suspended from the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas: this book takes you on a tour of the extraordinary artworks that demand an alternative viewpoint. History of art expert Catherine McCormack guides you through the stories behind the artworks – their conception, execution, and the artists that visualized them. In many cases, these artworks also make bold but controlled political, religious or cultural statements, revealing much about the society and times in which they were created. Divided by these social themes into four sections – Religion, Culture, Power and Politics – and pictured from various viewpoints in glorious color photography, tour the astounding ceilings of many remarkable locations around the world.

Thoughts:
The whole reason I wanted to read this is because I am constantly looking up (figuratively and literally) and I tend to notice interesting things and then think to myself, “I bet so many people never look up at see this interesting thing.” This is a whole book written by someone who likely does the same thing, but can blend that passing curiosity with detailed historical and artistic notes with a writing style that anyone can enjoy and get a laugh out of.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
This whole illustrated series has been amazing. Can’t wait to re-live it for the trials. 😍

Recommended: of course!!!
For anyone reading for the first for fiftieth time, for everyone because the power of the art is incredible in this, adding drama without taking away from imagination

The whole thing is gorgeous, I promise

Summary:
Harry Potter wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn’t happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he’s not normal – even by wizarding standards. And in this case, different can be deadly.

Thoughts:
It feels weird to review a Harry Potter book, because what could I possibly say that isn’t already widely known already? So instead of a focus on the plot so much, I’ll focus on the fact that this is the illustrated version. I knew this one would be a beast, since book four is significantly longer than the ones up to this point, and sure enough it took Jim Kay, the illustrator, two years to complete rather than the one year schedule I’d grown accustomed to. I know better than to rush him or grow impatient though, because what was delivered is incredible!

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