Today’s awesome cover belongs to Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. Thanks to blogger S.Z.W.ordsmith for giving me the idea!
Here’s a summary:
Thirteen-year-old Ava Bigtree has lived her entire life at Swamplandia!, her family’s island home and gator-wrestling theme park in the Florida Everglades. But when illness fells Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, the family is plunged into chaos; her father withdraws, her sister falls in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, and her brilliant big brother, Kiwi, defects to a rival park called The World of Darkness. As Ava sets out on a mission through the magical swamps to save them all, we are drawn into a lush and bravely imagined debut that takes us to the shimmering edge of reality.
Which cover is your favorite?
Karen Russell seems pretty chill. Check out this article on Sun Sentinel for an interview with the Florida-born author and more on her background. She’s written other awesomely titled books, like St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves.
Today’s pick is dedicated to Rad Bradbury, who passed away at age 91 on Tuesday, June 5.
Fahrenheit 451 is one of my all-time favorite books, and I keep this one—with this exact cover—sitting in plain view on my shelf.
Happy Friday! This week’s pick is Black Beauty, published in 1877 and written by Anna Sewell. This Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition is sleek and beautiful.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Today’s pick is 8: All True: Unbelievable, a memoir by Amy Fusselman about childhood, marriage, and motherhood.
I think the cover is soft and elegant. What about you?
I absolutely adore this Everyman’s Library edition of the His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman.
What’s your favorite book in the trilogy?
Note the slight differences in color and titles.
This week’s selection is The Warded Man (also called The Painted Man) by Peter V. Brett, part one in a fantasy series and first published in 2008.
Brett’s series features some cool international covers. Check out the ones for the US, Germany, Portugal, and Estonia below.
Which one is your favorite? I love the German design, but I can’t get over how awesome Portugal’s is!
This week’s featured cover is Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev, the second book in her Theatre Illuminata series.
It’s a teen book for ages 12 and up that tells a story of “romance, magic, adventure, and fairies.”
I love illustrated covers, how about you?
It’s time for one of my favorites: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
This Friday’s pick is The House That Stood Still, a science fiction book published in 1960 and written by American author A. E. van Vogt.
Vintage covers are the best. What do you think?
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite stories: Le Petit Prince, or The Little Prince, by Antoine De Saint-Exupery. My amazing boyfriend introduced me to this book, and I’ll always cherish it for that reason. Plus, it’s a great read! That helps, too.
You can find the French version (with almost the same cover pictured below) or the English version on Amazon or Barnes & Noble (where it’s also available in both languages).
De Saint-Exupéry first published the book in 1943, only one year before he and his Lockheed P-38 aircraft disappeared over the Mediterranean. He’s been nicknamed the “Winged Poet” and also wrote Wind, Sand and Stars, Night Flight, Southern Mail, and Airman’s Odyssey.
This cover looks so wonderfully childlike in its design. What do you think?