Dress the Part is a monthly feature in which I use my past life as a costume designer and personal stylist to help the ladies of YA express themselves visually. This month we’re looking at Heather from Lauren Oliver’s Panic, a book about a young woman whose life falls apart the summer after she graduates from high school, leading her to behave recklessly and enter a weird contest that… I’m actually not sure how to finish that sentence, guys. It’s like this crazy daredevil game they play in her shitty little town. It totally sounds like something my friends and I would have participated in (the kids do some stupid, stupid, scary things), but the winner somehow wins tens of thousands of dollars, and I just can’t wrap my mind around where the money comes from. I kept flipping back through, trying to make sense of it, but I just couldn’t…. Read more »
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Are you finished with your holiday wrapping? I bet you’ve been too busy reading, my little chickadees! ;) I always give a lot of book presents, and this year is no exception. Inspired by Book Riot’s post on cute ways to wrap book presents, I thought I’d share a few bookish present photos of my own! I’m a big believer in packaging being an important part of the gifting experience, so I love making presents feel special. And few gifts are more meaningful than a book you’ve chosen especially for a friend. Here are some ideas from presents I’ve sent that might be useful as you head into the weekend. Some wrapping tips are listed below, too. Sequin ribbon + jingle bell and hand-glittered pine cone + vintage velvet ribbon (contains A Monster Calls and Liesl & Po) handmade pipe cleaner present toppers paper printed from Reprodepo’s Pattern Book +… Read more »
Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Lauren Oliver It’s only natural that we turn to Lauren Oliver when we’re talking love stories as part of our Literary Swoon series, especially since Lauren describes herself as an “avid reader.” Delirium explored a world in which love is a disease and the young couple at its center have to overcome great odds to be together, so it comes as no surprise that the author herself seems drawn to stories where love doesn’t necessarily come easily. Beware the spoiler below if you haven’t read the book. Lauren Oliver’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene Cindy Ferguson papercut I was super into Jane Austen as a young adult! I think I’ve read Pride and Prejudice about 87 times, no lie. My favorite romantic scene in a book is DEFINITELY when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth FINALLY get on the same page about their feelings for… Read more »
My friend sent me a fun package today, filled with all kinds of goodies! Among the loot were ARCs of Pandemonium and The Selection which she’s loaning me, as well as an adorable book of paper toys, some paper pretties, and library pockets. How did she know I’d been wanting those old-fashioned library pockets? I have no idea, but sometimes I think she is monitoring my online activities from hundreds of miles away. The lovely Nomes over at Inkcrush also sent along a beautiful Aussie book I’ve been lusting after, Sue Saliba’s Alaska, which is of course impossible to get here. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a long time, and to actually have my own copy is such an amazing treat! I also got tons of Australian candy to try out, which is super fun. My dentist is going to be really happy about that. Speaking of… Read more »
If you haven’t already been persuaded by my tearful gushing over Liesl & Po and A Monster Calls, perhaps you will be even more excited after seeing these two incredible book trailers. I haven’t always been a big fan of this marketing tool, but some of the newer ones are finally truer to the spirit of the stories…which is what’s most persuasive and most important to me. Plus they use many of the illustrations from the books, too! Have a look: Liesl & Po Book Trailer A Monster Calls Book Trailer These are two of my favorite books from this year, so I hope many people will find them. And don’t they make you long to see the stories come to life on the big screen, too? They’re both just incredibly moody and beautiful.
Liesl & Poby Lauren Oliver Every once in awhile, a children’s book comes along that whisks you away to another world–and if you’re very lucky, at the end of the story, it’s one that also illuminates your own. Liesl & Po extends a delightful invitation to wizardry and adventure, but it’s also a gentle and poignant rumination on love and loss. Liesl has been locked away in her stepmother’s attic for a very long time, ever since her beloved father got sick. One night, a pensive ghost named Po appears in her room and lifts the veil between the everyday world and the one Beyond. What follows is a wonderful journey overflowing with heart and hope and humor. I was thoroughly charmed by Liesl, whose plucky courage and ingenuity are matched by the thoughtful, drifting Po and the hopelessly smitten Will, a young alchemist’s apprentice who accidentally sets off a troublesome chain of… Read more »