Five Favorite: Book Art

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

There are some super crafty people out there, and some of them make super cute book-themed art. Here are five of my favorite pieces.

IHeartBooks

I Heart Books by renduh, $15.00+

LiteraryMapLondon

Literary Map of Britain by The Literary Gift Company, £12.00

LiteraryMapUSA

Literary Map of the USA by The Literary Gift Company, £12.00

PencilMeAmpersand

Pencil Me In by Popglory, n/a

SherlockModernDesign

Sherlock modern design by Jeff Langevin, $15.00+

I also love the 8-Bit prints by Adam Lister and Mike Wrobel’s work, especially his Game of Thrones series.

Have your own five favorite book art? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

New to the Queue #1

Jamie of Perpetual Page Turner started this and I love it so I’m (politely) stealing it!

I add a lot of stuff to my TBR list, my Netflix queue, and my library holds list. Here’s stuff I want to actually seek out and consume right now.

Stuff I Want to Read

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Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen (Amazon)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (Amazon)

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston (Amazon)

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (a.k.a. #HamilTome) (Amazon)

I Will Find You: A Reporter Investigates the Life of the Man Who Raped Her by Joanna Connors (Amazon)

Stuff I Want to Watch

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Ghostbusters

The Night Of

The Secret Life of Pets

Star Trek Beyond

Zootopia

Stuff I Want to Listen To

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2 Dope Queens

In the Heights Original Broadway Cast Recording

Love Make the World Go Round” by Jennifer Lopez and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Waitress Original Broadway Cast Recording

What’s Inside: Songs from Waitress by Sara Bareilles

What did YOU add to your queue?? Let me know!

Five Favorite: Book Home Accessories

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Can you tell that I like book-themed things??? (Because I adore them.) Pretending that I own a house and get to decorate it from top to bottom means I have plenty of bookish home accessories to match. Here are my five favorite.

YellowFloorLamp

Giant Yellow floor lamp by Edited, $139.99 for gold/chrome

Lampersand

Lampersand by ModCloth, $89.99

NoShitSherlockMist

No Shit Sherlock lavatory mist by Blue Q, $11.99

PunctuationMarkPillows

Punctuation Mark pillows by PBteen, n/a

StackedPaperbackWallpaper

Stacked paperback wallpaper by Anthropologie, $248.00

Have your own five favorite book home accesories? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Genres I Skip in Review Journals

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was a freebie!

As a librarian, I have access to a lot of book review journals – but I use them mainly to see what’s being published and add titles to my ever expanding TBR list. I mostly look at everything, too – well… except for the following genres & subject groupings. Those, I skip right over. 😝

HorribleCookChristian/inspirational

Cooking

Health & fitness

Hobbies & crafts

Home & garden

PusheenSherlockMiddle grade/picture books

Mystery/thriller

Poetry

Romance/erotica

Short stories

Thoughts On: Book Adaptations

“Thoughts On” is a monthly feature on thewasofshall where I give my (often rambling) thoughts on a topic relevant to reading, literature, or the book business. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

Done right, book adaptations are one of my favorite things to read. What’s not to love about revisiting favorite characters in a different setting, or with different life experiences, or even just at different ages? Although breathing life into original characters is hard work, tweaking well-loved fictional characters so that the source material’s fandom doesn’t come at you with torches and pitchforks is just as difficult. An author has to expand the established canon without destroying it, upsetting fans, or pushing the story that much outside of what’s expected that it’s no longer really an adaptation. (Hi, Fifty Shades of Grey.) Sherlock is one of my favorite shows and Joe Wright’s Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite films – which is why I was actually quite excited about reading both A Study in Charlotte and Eligible.

AStudyInCharlotteUntil I stopped reading Brittany Cavallaro’s YA novel 28% of the way through and reluctantly finished Curtis Sittenfeld’s modern retelling and was like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. For both novels, there were too many annoyances that took me out of the story and straight into some variation of “why????” For instance, in only a couple of chapters of A Study in Charlotte, I already had a list of questions: Why does Jamie Watson suddenly have Hulk level anger fifteen pages into the story? (Because that anger needs to move the plot forward??) Why do Jamie and Charlotte call each other Watson and Sherlock at sixteen years old? (Because we need our main characters to??) Why did Cavallaro set her novel in a boarding school? Why sixteen and not eighteen? Why high school and not college??

EligibleAnd Eligible… #groan. Why did Sittenfeld change Charles to Chip but keep Fitzwilliam? Why does everyone call Bingley Chip but call Darcy Darcy? Why does William Collins still kiss Lizzy and propose marriage even though they’re step-cousins? (It’s still weird, okay, even if they’re technically not related.) Why does Charlotte move to California to live with Collins when they’re practically strangers? (Because Lizzy has to visit someone in order to meet-cute Darcy at Pemberley??) Why is Mrs. Bennet such a homophobic racist and Mr. Bennet such a stick in the mud about single parenthood? Why is Lydia’s marriage such a horrible awful thing???[1]

I don’t consider myself a capital-F fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I am one toward Pride and Prejudice. The push and pull relationship between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy is akin to a sacred text. Get it right (I’m looking at you, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries) and I’m in a fangirl puddle over what’s going to happen and are Lizzy and Darcy going to get together and how is everything going to work out??? But get that dance wrong? Change just enough details in the wrong way? Suddenly it’s an affront to all things good and pure.

I understand that both Sherlock Holmes and Pride and Prejudice are in the public domain and so authors can do with it what they will, but, to me, neither A Study in Charlotte nor Eligible succeeded as a “modern retelling” of nineteenth- and eighteenth-century novels, respectively. In some instances, Cavallaro and Sittenfeld took the overarching themes of Conan Doyle’s and Austen’s novels and reworked them to make sense in the twenty-teens… and then, in other instances, they simply rehashed plot points to fit within the narratives even when they didn’t make sense. (For example, why make Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson direct ancestors of Holmes and Watson? Why not just make these new iterations the only Holmes and Watson? We already know they’re supposed to be facsimiles. Why not have plot points come naturally to the characters instead of forcing the characters to work around pre-determined plot points?)

I gave up on A Study in Charlotte, but I did power through Eligible. With every Pride and Prejudice retelling, a familiar reader will basically know in what situation the Bennet sisters will find themselves by the end of the story. But I was wholly underwhelmed with Sittenfeld’s specifics, and my takeaway was: would I have kept giving her novel unlimited chances to get better if it wasn’t a Pride and Prejudice retelling? The answer, unfortunately, turned out to be no, no I wouldn’t have.

[1] SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

Sittenfeld turns Wickham into Jasper Wick and makes him a total cad toward Lizzy only. The big blowup that spurs Darcy into white-knighting Lydia’s hush-hush marriage deals with her boyfriend Ham’s transgender status. My annoyance came not with Ham being transgender but with how many times Sittenfeld used the word in the span of two pages. After this “big reveal,” I just wanted the story to move forward. Like, I understand that Ham is trans… but, so what? He loves Lydia and she loves him. They are adults. They can legally get married. Why are you making such a big deal out of this????

Have your own thoughts on book adaptations? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!

Top Ten: Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2016

logo-TopTenTuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme was my most anticipated releases for the second half (July through December) of 2016.

Yay new books! I am also very excited about Roxane Gay’s new memoir, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, and Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors.

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July

5: Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson

12: Lumberjanes, Vol. 4: Out of Time by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

26: The Unseen World by Liz Moore

August

2: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race by Jesmyn Ward

9: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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16: The Gentleman by Forrest Leo / The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

September

27: Black Panther, Vol. 1: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates / Time Travel by James Gleick

December

16: Lumberjanes, Vol. 5: Band Together by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, and Brooke Allen

Five Favorite: Book Jewelry

“Five Favorite” is a feature on thewasofshall where I lay out my five favorite “x”. Sometimes they’re relevant to a season or holiday, mostly they’re not. It’s an all-around fun excuse to give my 100% amazingly awesome opinion. To see previous (and future) topics, click here. To participate, scroll all the way down.

I’m in a sparkly mood today, and what better way to celebrate the impending summer months than with adorably cute book-inspired jewelry??

AmpersandEarrings-FreshTangerine

Ampersand earrings by Fresh Tangerine, $23.00

AmpersandRing-WireWrap

Ampersand ring by WireWrap, $22.00+

 

HPRing-HotTopic

Harry Potter ring by Hot Topic, n/a

QuoteCoutureEarrings-ModCloth

Quote Couture earrings by ModCloth, $9.99

QuoteMeRing-ModCloth

Quote Me ring by ModCloth, n/a

& this one, because it was a written fairy tale before it was a movie!!!

CinderellaCarriageNecklace-DisneyCouture

Cinderella Carriage necklace by Disney Couture, $99.20

Have your own five favorite bookish jewelry? Share them! Post them to your blog, link back to this post, and then comment letting me know!