Book rainbow: Blue Books Stack Part 1
The fashion for rainbow bookshelves is still going strong, which makes the pedant in me want to design a book with a multi-coloured spine and see where it ends up!
Anyway, I haven’t done one of these posts in a while but found it a fun way to take a tour of some of the books on my bookshelves, make me realise just how many books I have that i have not yet read and realise just how fast I am acquiring new books….oh dear! Since I first took this picture, I could probably make another stack of blue books with those I have since added to the bookshelves!
Here is my pile of blue books (sorry that the photo is poor quality!):
The first few books on this pile are listed below:
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (illustrated edition) by Newt Scamander/J.K. Rowling and Olivia Lomenech Gill
Famed Magizoologist Newt Scamander’s years of adventure and exploration have yielded a work of unparalleled importance, admired by scholars, devoured by young witches and wizards, and even made available to Muggles in the early years of this century. With this dazzling illustrated edition, readers can explore the magical fauna of five continents from the comfort of their own armchairs. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is essential reading at Hogwarts.
This new edition features the fully updated 2017 text includes new profiles of six magnificent beasts that inhabit North America and a new foreword by J.K. Rowling, writing as Newt Scamander.
Loved this when it was just a teeny-tiny book and love the illustrated edition ever more – you really could get lost in this for days! This was my birthday present to myself last year! Each magical beast is lovingly illustrated and the tidbits of facts are fascinating.
Sea of Whispers by Tim Bowler
Hetty’s always been a bit of a loner, preferring to keep to the outer edges of the close-knit island community. But when a strange woman is washed up on the shore, Hetty finds herself under increasing scrutiny from the islanders. There’s a connection between Hetty and the woman that makes people suspicious, so when death comes to the community the woman is branded a bad omen and Hetty has no choice but to take matters into her own hands.
As she heads out to sea, a storm is breaking and the whispers that she’s heard before are louder than ever. Voices from the very depths of the sea . . . and they’re calling her name.
This is one that my sister gave me a few years ago but I have yet to read. Reviews on Goodreads are mixed, yet the premise sounds interesting so I will give this a go at some point.
Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
In her inspired re-working of the fairy-tale Snow White and Rose Red Margo Lanagan has created characters that are vivid, passionate, flawed and fiercely devoted to their hearts’ desires, whether these desires are good or evil. It is the story of two worlds – one real, one magical – and how, despite the safe haven her magical world offers to those who have suffered, her characters can never turn their backs on the real world, with all its beauty and brutality.
Tender Morsels is an astonishing novel, fraught with the tension between love and horror, violence and tenderness, despair and hope.
I sought this out because I love fairytale retellings and had heard lots of good things about this book, but I’m ashamed to admit that I have yet to read it! This looks like a good book for reading in the winter whilst snuggled up against the cold so will add it to my TBR -pile for then!
The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford Smith
The Fox and the Star is the story of a friendship between a lonely Fox and the Star who guides him through the frightfully dark forest. Illuminated by Star’s rays, Fox forages for food, runs with the rabbits, and dances in the rain—until Star suddenly goes out and life changes, leaving Fox huddling for warmth in the unfamiliar dark. To find his missing Star, Fox must embark on a wondrous journey beyond the world he knows—a journey lit by courage, newfound friends, and just maybe, a star-filled new sky.
Inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement and the art of William Blake, The Fox and the Star is a heartwarming, hopeful tale which comes alive through Bickford-Smith’s beloved illustrations, guiding readers both young and grown to “look up beyond your ears.”
I picked this up because of the illustrator (love her covers for the Penguin Hardcover Classics) and because it’s about a fox and I have a rapidly-growing collection of books and more with foxes on/in them! It is a gorgeous book, which has a good heft and feels lovely to handle. The illustrations almost burst off the page as they;re so vibrant and colourful and the message is lovely too. Highly recommended!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Are there any which have caught your attention?
Which blue books would you recommend?
Thanks for reading!