Inside & Out #22: Monica from Tomes Project

Posted January 11, 2016 / Features, Inside and Out / 2 Comments

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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.

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Monica from Tomes Project

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Tell me a little about yourself: I am a freshman in college who drinks way too much coffee and buys way too many books (something I am trying to remedy). I am also an avid believer in libraries (literally it’s free books!) and spending too much time watching book videos (+ Zoella) on YouTube. Thirty second dance parties and Grey’s Anatomy have been essential to my mental health throughout the years, and I am learning to not be ashamed that I love Doctor Who. I think post-it notes and to-do lists are the two things that have saved me the most stress in my life. Current obsession in life: Halsey.

Talk about your blog (what you blog about/kinds of books, features, etc.):  I mostly blog about YA books, but I also try and dip my toes into adult fiction–something I have been doing a lot more as of recent–and middle grade. Since I am still a tiny little blogger, I don’t do reviews for publishers, but reviews are some of my favorite posts to write out! I try and make my reviews a little different and will often do lists of my thoughts and things that I liked about the book. I also do quite a few Top 5 Wednesday and Top 10 Tuesday posts along with doing a Stacking the Shelves on an almost weekly basis. Some of my favorite unique posts are where I go to local bookstores and talk about my experiences there as well as my “Etsy Spotlight” posts where I showcase different bookish etsy stores.

Favorite genre: I’m a sucker for some Historical Fiction. It doesn’t matter what “age range” it falls into, but some good historical fiction will always put me in a good mood.

Three books you recommend most often and why:

  • The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux: This book is one of my two favorite “classics” I have ever read. It is so creepy, but it’s a super quick read. I will always recommend this to anyone who has seen the Phantom of the Opera movie or play and thinks they know the story. It’s so thrilling and is an all-time favorite that I don’t think enough people have read.
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab: This is one I will rave about for a while, and it’s one that I actually will always tell real-life friends about as well. Even though Victoria Schwab splits her time between England and Nashville, TN and I actually live about an hour away from Nashville, I like to claim her as a local author. I love superheroes, and I love origin stories, and I love morally grey characters. This has all three, and it is such an interesting and unique read!
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon: This book isn’t any one genre, and I think that is why it is one that I love so much. It’s a mix of dystopian and science fiction and paranormal and fantasy, and our main character is able to jump into other people’s minds. It’s a story of survival, and even though it quite a big book with a lot of information, it is really fantastic story with really fantastic characters and friendships.

Anything else to share? Personal plug for something coming up? My self-proclaimed (because I can’t actually find it anywhere) one year anniversary as “Tomes Project” is coming up on January 23rd! There might be a giveaway involved, but I just have to get all the kinks worked out first!

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What book do we have here?  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Have you read it yet? If so, how was it?  Yes! I read it in January of 2015–which seems so long ago!–and I absolutely loved it! It took me a while to read as I was dealing with a very stressful senior year of high school, but it was definitely worth it! It was a very different and beautiful look at World War II.

What makes this cover a favorite? I love the simplicity of this cover and how a the simple typography contrasts with the gorgeous picture of France below, which is the setting of the story, and the shades of blue just make it the most beautiful book I own!

What kind/style of covers do you usually pine over (script fonts, bright colors, realistic, etc.)?  I love simple covers and beautiful typography! Covers that might seem a little bit understated but are beautiful in a very simple way are my absolute favorite.

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What bookmark did you chose?  This is my “Marauder’s Map” bookmark that says “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” on one side and says “Mischief Managed” on the other.

What makes this one special to you? Like I said above, I love typography and pretty colors. I also love Harry Potter. Basically, this is the perfect bookmark for me. I also love that this is made of a canvas-y type material that makes it more durable and less likely to be ripped–something I am very prone to doing.

Where’s it from? SkinnyHues on Etsy! She has so many different bookish fandoms represented in her shop with customizable watercolor backgrounds. I definitely have more than one bookmark from her!

What kind of bookmarks do you prefer (paper, magnetic, quotes, etc.)? Honestly, I am not picky about bookmarks. Half the time I use receipts, but I go through phases of  which I like better. Currently, I am using my craft’ed magnetic bookmarks!

Thanks so much for joining Inside & Out, Monica! I’ve been staring at those bookmarks on Etsy for SO long… I really should just order one!

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Sign-ups are temporarily CLOSED. I want to work through the remaining people who have already signed up and then take a bit of a hiatus towards the middle of 2016. Hope you understand! Stay tuned for when sign-ups re-open for later next year.

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