Thursday, April 17, 2014

Links and Stuff: April 17, 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why I Love... Judging a Book By Its Cover

Raise your hand if you've ever picked a book up because the cover was pretty. Me! Raise you're hand if you've ever picked a book up because the title made you giggle. Me! Raise you're hand if you've ever noticed a book out of the corner of your eye because the dust jacket was shiny. Me!

I have done all of these things and I regret none of them. I judge books by covers all of the time. It's the cover that often first attracts me to new titles and authors. When I peruse a bookstore, I am more often than not drawn to fun titles and beautiful dust jackets. I love attractive, eyeing-catching design. I'm also a fan of repurposed artwork and maps. And typography. And minimalism. Essentially, if there is a book that is "nice" to look at, I'm likely a fan. It's these style choices that makes book jump out from all the others.

Even when I've picked up a book to laugh at it (coughRideTheFirecough), I always give the blurb a read. (Ride The Fire turned out to be a most excellent romance novel.) It's the cover that draws me in, the blurb that gets me to buy or check-out, and the actual writing to keep me coming back to an author.

Judging a book by its cover is simply the first step in my love affair with a given book.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

What I Read This Week: April 13, 2014

Sleep! Blessed sleep! This is the first weekend in three weeks where I haven't had to leave town - overnight - to do something related to a wedding. As much as I love weddings (and Lady C's was stunning and a great time), I was in desperate need for a weekend at home.

Also, I need to time to write up a post that covered two weeks worth reading... as minimal as it turned out to be.
  • Work
    • I perused the Spring/Summer 2014 catalog for ALA Editions. I pinned a few titles to check out later. My TBR pile continues to grow.
  • Magazines
    • The Atlantic, April 2014 - This was the perfect bus magazine. I read it cover-to-cover and flagged a few pieces for The Fiance whilst I was flipping through the issue. I loved the article on the overprotected kid. I kept nodding my head at the author's points and saying, "Yes! This!" The pieces on the monogamy trap, strong mayors, and stop and frisk were also well done.
    • National Geographic, April 2014 - This issue didn't really do it for me. The coal article was meh for me. I did enjoy the stories on the massive telescope and atolls, but I wish they had been longer.
  • Books 
    • The Fiance and I have decided to cap our before sleep TV viewing to 1 hour worth of episodes. I missed reading and we found this to be a wonderful way to decompress. The limited length means I managed to get at least 15 to 30 minutes of reading in before my eyes start fighting me. Thus, I have managed to put a sizeable chunk of Pope Joan behind me. The books started out slow, but now I find that I can't wait to sit down to read it.
  • Other
    • At some point after our engagement, I subscribed to every major wedding website ever. This week I took a few minutes to scan some of their e-magazines. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Friday Find: Wear It

I'm not a huge wearer of jewelry. I do, however, tend to pop-in a pair of earrings on a daily basis. I have a rather large collection of stud earrings and simple dangles. While I was trolling Etsy for wedding things the other day, I came across this pair of bookish earrings that just might have to be mine soon.

You can beat me too them here.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Links and Stuff: April 10, 2014

Sunday, April 06, 2014

What I Read This Week: April 6, 2014

No wrap up this week. It's Lady C's wedding day! I'll be back next week with a review of everything I've read since March 30th.

Friday, April 04, 2014

The Friday Find: Rebound

Not all books are destined to remain books forever. What's a book to do when it's days as a reading thing are numbered? Why, fall into the hands of a Etsy designer of course!

The Aeneid never looked so good.

Rebound Designs takes old books and gives them new life as purses and clutches. There are several other designers on Etsy who breath new life into books. Just search "book purse" to see all of your options.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Book 3: The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings

TITLE: The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings: The Ultimate Source of Ideas, Advice, and Relief for the Bride and Groom and Those Who Love Them
AUTHOR: Carley Rooney
STARTED: September 18, 2013
FINISHED: March 18, 2014
PAGES: 434
GENRE: Wedding

FIRST SENTENCE: If you're reading this book, you probably have a ring sparkling on the fourth finger of your left hand.

SUMMARY: [From] From the #1 wedding website, this completely revised and updated edition of the classic wedding planning bible answers all of your questions, with all the latest information and tools a bride could want.  Overwhelmed by the countless questions and details your wedding entails? Don't despair! The Knot Complete Guide to Weddings takes you step-by-step from your engagement to the big day, from the reception to the honeymoon. Inside you'll find checklists, worksheets, insider advice, and in-depth sections on: How to personalize your wedding, Updated wedding etiquette, Creating a realistic budget, Sneaky cost-cutting tips, Dress shopping advice, Tips for working with florists, caterers, officiants, and others, Invitation wording, Vows and ceremony details, and Unique Wedding customs. ALL NEW SECTIONS ON: Planning Online and Destination Weddings, and a color-coded section with over 100 vibrant photographs

THOUGHTS: It took me six months to read this book because it kept giving me panic attacks. That said, I am going to hang on to and reference this sucker until my wedding day. It's well written, covers a shload of material, and provides a create framework for wedding planning. It might have caused some nightmares, but I'm glad I read it.

RATING: For the book itself, 9/10 [Excellent!. For the stress it caused me, 2/10[Awful].