Six for Sunday: Bookish Loves
Welcome back to another week of #SixForSunday
This week the theme is ‘bookish loves‘ so I’m going to talk about a few things which I adore in books, both in their content and their presentation.
Some of these are weirdly specific, but I imagine that we all have our favourite things in books, just as we all have favourite foods.
Here are six of my bookish loves:
- If the title has the words ‘shadow‘ or ‘stars‘ in it, I will definitely pick it up for a closer look! I’m not entirely sure why, but something about either of these words in a title makes me want to read a book!
- Any story that mentions folklore or fairy tales is pretty much an auto-read for me, whether it is a retelling of a fairy tale or set in a society where folklore and superstition are given high status.
- Something about stories set on islands appeals to me. Island communities can develop their own idiosyncrasies and the boundary between the island and the rest of the world is very clearly demarcated. Lots of my favourite stories have been set on islands!
- Overall, I prefer stories that are character-driven rather than plot-driven so I can forgive a lot if I like the characters. In particular, I love strong sibling relationships, the ‘found family’ trope and understated romance, where every little action means a lot. I also have a bit of guilty love of the ‘fake relationship’ and ‘hate-to-love’ tropes.
- I love it when hardcovers have something on the book underneath the dust jacket, eg. a hidden design or detail. One of the first things I do when I buy a hardback is take off the dust jacket to have a look! For example, The Cruel Prince has a cool hidden design and The Surface Breaks is just as pretty without the dust jacket as it is with it on.
- I love beautiful end papers in a book, particularly the kind found in many older books where the end papers are marbled, or in some picture books where the end papers contain clues about the story to come.
There are so many things that I love about books that I could probably keep on going with this list for a while!
What are some of your bookish loves?
What makes you pick up a book?
What aesthetic details do you like in books?
Let me know in the comments!
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