Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The City of Dreaming Books

This is my weekly post where I choose to appreciate a book for its cover art or overall design – to me, a well-designed book is like a piece of art. We all judge book covers to some extent. Personally, it’s usually a title/cover combination that pulls me in when I’m browsing in a bookstore. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers (looking at you, Penguin!) wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese
By Gene Luen Yang

My Edition:
Paperback, 233 pages
2006, Square Fish
ISBN: 9780312384487

“Three very different characters. One simple goal: to fit in.” Jin moves with his family and attends a new middle school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. He makes a few friends along the way, but just wants to be the All-American boy so he can date his dream girl. Danny is the All-American boy who struggles to fit in once his overly-stereotyped Chinese cousin, Chin-kee, comes to visit. The Monkey King has worked hard to master the art of kung fu, only to be laughed out of a party by all the other gods because he’s a monkey. Each character must find a way to work with the others to fix what their lives have become. 

I was very impressed with Boxers & Saints, so when I saw American Born Chinese at a used bookstore (last night) for only $5.00, I couldn’t pass it up!

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Life of a Book Hoarder

Reviews – Read Them, Write Them, Love Them, Hate Them?

I’m just curious what you think about book reviews – I’ll be honest, I started writing them a while back just so I could win free books from LibraryThing. It wasn’t until I started this blog that I really started to think a little more critically about the books I read. In the past, it was like “I loved it!” or “I don’t know, it was okay” or something along those lines. Now and then I still find myself unable to articulate what it is I like or dislike about a book (though I find it easier to pick apart a book than it is to praise it), but for the most part, I can at least write a paragraph or two about my thoughts. I enjoy doing this….

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Book Review

Book Review: Nest

Nest
By Esther Ehrlich

My Edition:
ARC e-book, 336 pages (hardcover)
2014, Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN: 9780385386074 (hardcover)
Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blurb from Netgalley: In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

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Book Review

Book Review: Persepolis

Persepolis
By Marjane Satrapi

My Edition:
Paperback, 153 pages
2003, Pantheon Books
ISBN: 9780375714573

Persepolis is a memoir turned graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her life growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq. From the back of the book: “The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.”

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