Sometimes you can read a single book by an author and it has such an impact that you know you’ll always check out the rest of his work, regardless of subject or style. That’s how I felt after sobbing my way through the poignant book A Monster Calls, and after reading his weirdly dreamy scifi novel More Than This, that feeling has only intensified. The latter is a terrific blend of I Am Legend + Twilight Zone + The Matrix, but tinged with a thoughtful, still moodiness that I really liked. It’s a bit of a cautionary tale re: technology, and I loved the story structure, characters, and writing. Young Thomasz has particularly great speech patterns and dialogue, and the story never feels cliche or boring–no small feat when the first 30% consists almost entirely of Seth on his own. It asks more questions than it answers, but then again,… 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 »
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.
A Monster Callsby Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd In the dark of night, when the house is still, what fears creep into your heart? For Conor O’Malley, his nightmares take the shape of a very old and very dangerous monster who visits him every night at seven minutes past midnight. He’s half-convinced that these must be dreams of his fevered mind. But how can they be, when the visits are so vivid and when he finds physical evidence of the monster’s existence the next day? Conor’s nightmares begin shortly after his mother began her treatments for cancer. He’s also dealing with a father who lives far away and is engrossed with his new family, a brisk and determined grandma who doesn’t understand him, and schoolmates who don’t seem to see him anymore. As readers learn more and more about Conor’s story and the terrible monster who… Read more »