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.
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!
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.
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.