Admiring book covers and bookmarks, shared by you!
Welcome to INSIDE AND OUT. This feature includes two of my absolute favorite book-related things: bookmarks (inside) and book covers (out)! I’ve invited guest posters to share their favorite book covers and bookmarks here on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Sign-ups are always open (see bottom of post)! Check out past posts here.
Laura from Scribbles & Wanderlust
Twitter: @LECrockett| Instagram: @lauraecrock| Goodreads
Tell me a little about yourself: I’m a literary agent and bookseller by day, and blogger by night. Whenever my life isn’t consumed with books, music takes over. Also, if I meet someone who’s the least bit interested in Victorian literature, I chat their ears off for days.
Talk about your blog (what you blog about/kinds of books, features, etc.): Scribbles & Wanderlust mostly has book reviews, but I also participate in Top Ten Tuesday, A to Z book survey, End of Year book survey, #ReRead2015, Seasonal Rewind (my own take on the monthly recap), Advance Excitement at a Glance (a glimpse at ARC reviews coming up for the month), and the occasional discussion/observation post on book and reading preferences.
Favorite genre: All genres within Young Adult, though I also read and review whimsical Middle Grade and Adult historical fiction. I realize I mentioned categories more so than genres, but I’m across the board!
Three books you recommend most often and why: Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (because it has everything),Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (it’s that perfect upper-YA that even younger YA readers can appreciate and enjoy. Also, I think it’s easy for the Potter generation to connect to this book), The Likeness by Tana French (an undercover detective with a strange case in Dublin, full of subtle psychological shifts and ugh, I love the Dublin Murder Squad mysteries and this is the best)
What book do we have here? Paula Brackston’s The Winter Witch
Have you read it yet? If so, how was it? I did read it! It was the first Brackston novel I ever read, and now I gravitate to her books — or at least the ones with Welsh settings. It’s historical fiction first and foremost, with a dash of fantasy. The magic is very earth-based, kind of like Juliet Marillier’s work (which I also adore). Read my full review here!
What makes this cover a favorite? The cover matches the title. It’s cool, blue and white, whispery, hushed. It’s bold without having flashing colors. The typeface is wintery as well, with spidery, stick-like text. Overall, it’s simply seamless.
What kind/style of covers do you usually pine over (script fonts, bright colors, realistic, etc.)? Honestly, it depends on the genre and category. I love contemporary YA covers that look sketched, mystical or otherworldly fantasy YA covers (likeSeraphina or Snow Like Ashes). Adult covers tend to have a faceless woman on them or an object (teacups, an estate, foliage), but the typeface is usually what grabs my attention on those. MG books that I enjoy are more gothic or have a dash of sparkle in them (Flights and Chimes and Mysterious Times comes to mind). While flashy colors and big dresses are certainly eye-catching, I’m drawn to the covers that can also tell the story with that cohesive art + typeface look.
What bookmark did you chose? A wooden quote bookmark.
What makes this one special to you? This bookmark was given to me by my Secret Santa last year. Not only was it a Harry Potter bookmark (without it blatantly appearing like a Potter bookmark), but the quote on it was directly from my favorite book of the series. Whether or not she knew that, I’ll never know — but it is perfect.
What kind of bookmarks do you prefer (paper, magnetic, quotes, etc.)? I love off-the-wall bookmarks. Magnetic ones are cute and I do use them, but another favorite is a typewriter pin (MARIE), a stretchy strap bookmark (NANA), a ribbon clip bookmark (HANNAH), and a set of Hogwarts Houses clip bookmarks (although I never use these, haha). Anything that does as little damage to the paper or spine as possible is the bookmark for me.
Thanks so much for joining Inside & Out, Laura! I think I’ve had that bookmark on my wishlist for a long time. I love it. Great picks!
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