Bruce’s Shelfies: My Year in Book Titles 2016

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It’s time once again for a cheeky look back on my 2016 – in book titles!  You are welcome to join in with this fun little game that I have been playing since 2014.  Essentially, I have a set of sentence starters and finish them off with the titles of books that I have read this year.  Given that this year I have read more books than ever before, I will be spoiled for choice!

It’s fun.  It’s frivolous.  It’s frivolous fun.  Join in!

So far, I would describe this year as being: Fuzzy

I’m tipping that the next big thing in Reality TV shows will be: Crochet Taxidermy

I could have cried when: The Monster on the Road is Me

I would love to have some respite from: Peril at End House

The most unexpected thing that happened this year involved: Lily and the Octopus

My non-bookish friends would say I’m:  Oddest of All 

My motto for 2017 will be: Don’t Get Caught

I am most looking forward to: The Birth of Kitaro

A recurring dream I’ve had this year features: Summer, Fireworks and My Corpse

If you looked under my couch you would see: The Nose Pixies

If I could no longer blog, I would probably pursue a career in: How Not to Disappear

Something most people don’t know about me is: I Am Princess X

 

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Until next time,

Bruce

 

Utopirama: Book Cover Designs

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It’s been a good long while, but the time has finally come for another Utopirama post!  For those unfamiliar with the concept of my Utopirama posts, the idea is to present some reading options for those times when you just need a book that will inspire feelings of calm and relaxation.  Cosy reads, if you will, in which nothing bad happens and only the good things intrinsic to living in this crazy world are highlighted.  Today’s book is one for all of you, I can just tell: Book Cover Designs by Matthew Goodman.  Yes indeedy, this is a book about book covers.  Brilliant!

We received a copy from the publisher via Netgalley and here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

Browse more than 500 book cover designs and listen to more than 50 of today’s top designers discuss their process for creating the perfect book cover. Award-winning creative professionals fromaround the world have applied astonishingly clever cover concepts that playslyly on titles and themes of international bestsellers, both classic andmodern, adding new dimensions to the books and breathing new lifeinto bright ideas. Literature lovers and graphic illustrators of all types, aswell as book design students and professionals, will relish thisinspiring collection of covers of fiction and nonfiction, history and sciencebooks, novels and short stories, from old favorites to popular 21st-centurytitles. For future designers looking for inspiration, as well as hopeless coverlovers, Book Cover Designs is a must-have design reference for any collection. Feelfree to judge these books by their covers.

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Essentially, this book does what it says on the proverbial tin, providing pages and pages and pages of mesmerising book covers for your viewing pleasure.  The book is divided by designer, with each featured designer having an introductory page in which their background and design approach is listed, followed by a number of pages of their designs.  The perfect coffee table book, Book Cover Designs offers a wonderful selection of covers of which some will be familiar and some will be so fresh and intriguing that you’ll rush off to pop the title on your TBR list.

The only niggle that I could find in these pages is the fact that the majority of the designers featured are young and Caucasian.  This may not be a bother to you in the slightest if you are focusing on the covers themselves, but I thought it a shame that there wasn’t a greater diversity of designers – in age and race particularly – and their work, presented.  Perhaps that could be something for the publishers to consider when signing off on Book Cover Designs: The Second Edition!  Similarly, the books featured here are generally adult titles (with a few YA thrown in) and I would dearly love to see the same concept developed using children’s books.

Whatever though, if you are a fan of reading and you enjoy a good browse, you will definitely derive pleasure from flicking through this tome.

Utopian themes:

Guilt-free judgement

A Reader’s Paradise

Aesthetic Pleasure

Cover Love

Protective Bubble-o-Meter:

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3 out of 5 protective bubbles for the reverent first touch of a brand new book cover

Until next time,

Bruce

My Goodreads To-Read Pile: A Spine Poetry Special…

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Evening friends! Today I am going to dip back into some Spine Poetry.  For those unaware of this extremely complicated and delicately balanced art form, it basically involves using the titles of books (generally found on their spines) to create a piece of poetic brilliance.  Today I thought to myself, “I have approximately 120 books on my “Want to read” list at Goodreads, and over 700 on my Book Depository wishlist.  Why then, should I not use these languising bits of literature to create a poem?”

” No reason at all”, I answered myself.

And so I present to you a Spine-ish bit of poetry using some of the many titles on my Goodreads To-Read pile.  Enjoy.

“Level 2: The Sleepwalker’s Ball”

Into the grey shadows

Ugly beauty queens, texting the underworld

Divine freaks

Rude bitches make me tired.

Poltergeeks, redefining girly, jinxed beyond belief.

The lost boys, unsouled, control nefarious doings;

night vision a pleasure and a calling.

Elizabeth is missing before the full moon rises:

the vanishing season.

We are all completely beside ourselves.

Dead ends drawn.

The girl: breakable.

Unspoken whisper: the river of no return,

the skull in the wood.

The spin, the last word?

Department of Speculation.

For those who want to have a look at any of these titles, here are the covers in an attractive collage format.  You’re welcome!

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Until next time,

Bruce

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A feast for the eyeballs!

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Happy new fleshling year to you all…This is just a quick one for those who are already nostalgic for 2012.  The BookDepository (incidentally my favourite place to buy books) put together an annual composite image of book covers of the 1000 top sellers for that year.  These pictures are enormously entertaining to look at.  Well, I find them enormously entertaining. You may not. Regardless, click on the picture to be taken to this (or rather, last) year’s masterpiece:

2012 top sellers

I’m quite pleased to see that there are quite a few Australian authors represented (a reflection of the awesomosity of Australian authors, or the percentage of Australian customers, I wonder?).  Also happy to see a number of books that have appeared in my musings in there too.  Really, it’s like playing Where’s Wally? (or Waldo, for our North American friends).  Knock yourselves out!

Bruce