Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Giver Quartet

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

After the release of Son (which I still haven’t read, to nobody’s surprise), I saw this awesome Giver Quartet box set and immediately wanted it. Considering I previously only owned the lovely, but unwieldy omnibus, I also wanted this set so I could read the series without holding a ten-pound wrist-breaker of a book. Anyway, this lovely set was published by HMH books in 2014, ISBN: 9780544340626.

And a couple bonus pictures of Lilu investigating my photoshoot.

Book Review

Book Review: The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick
By various authors
Illustrated by Chris VanAllsburg

My Edition:
Hardcover, 196 pages
2011, Houghton Mifflin
ISBN: 9780547548104

Who is Harris Burdick? In his intro, Lemony Snicket tells us that Burdick dropped off fourteen beautiful illustrations, each with their own title and caption, to a stranger, promising he’d return with more illustrations and stories to match. But he never returned, and so fourteen writers have done their best to put a story behind each picture (or perhaps, as Snicket theorizes, these fourteen were contacted by Burdick in secret and given the stories to match, or had them hidden in their homes for safe-keeping).

This book was recommended to me by my friend Mel, but even if she hadn’t pointed it out, the list of authors would have drawn me in.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Giver Quartet

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. 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 wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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