‘The Diary Of A Nobody’ – the title caught my attention almost as much as the cover, which I spotted on Wikipedia’s homepage today:
First published by Arrowsmith in 1892, with the above cover, it’s a comic novel written by George and Weedon Grossmith- and it’s also illustrated.
I really love the colours of this cover, not to mention the little banner at the bottom! If this excerpt from the preface is anything to go by, it sounds like my kind of book:
“Why should I not publish my diary? I have often seen reminiscences of people I have never even heard of, and I fail to see—because I do not happen to be a ‘Somebody’—why my diary should not be interesting.”
I was lost in Forbidden Planet, searching for a new comic book. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted, but boy did I know it when I saw it! Pink, skulls, eye patch, roller skates and guns? Yes please!
I haven’t actually read Carpe Diem, which is what this cover’s taken from (there are three stories in there), but visually it looks good and I’m looking forward to it.
Now, the first thing you come to is The Weirding Willows, which I instantly fell in love with! It’s a complete mash up of well known, well loved stories and tales. Centred on Alice- you know, The Alice. I will definitely continue buying this series.
Picked up a great little paperback copy of ‘War Of The Worlds’ at lunch!
I love the illustration on the cover – and the font! Everything, in fact. This particular edition is from 1967. I found the image here, a fabulous page dedicated to War Of The Worlds covers dating back from 1898.
It’s a 21st Century Bestiary. “Ranging from the depths of the ocean to the most arid corners of the earth, Caspar Henderson captures the beauty and bizarreness of the many living forms we thought we knew and some we could never have contemplated, and invites us to better imagine the world around us.”
You can take a sneeky peek at the introduction on Amazon – you won’t regret it.
First visit to the charity shop this year and I visually stumbled upon ‘The Book Of Madness And Cures’ by Regina O’Melveny:
The title is as intriguing as the cover, and a quick scan of the blurb on the back cover (in short – a female doctor in Renaissance Venice is compelled to cross Europe in search of her father) confirmed my gut feeling- that I should buy the book immediately!
For the first time, Amazon sent me a recommendation that was appropriate. Even though I’ve never purchased a Philip Pullman book from the site, they emailed me to let me know he had a new book out- Grimm Tales: For Old And Young. The hardback cover is just perfect:
I’ve put it on my Christmas list, but I’m not sure I can wait that long!
The Penguin Great Journeys series is a fabulous collection to own. Not only do the covers make for an extremely pleasing shelf display, but the titles are excellent to boot; not to mention the fact that they are great reads!
Travel back to the time when there were Snakes With Wings And Gold-Digging Ants:
Read about William Dampier’s sea adventures in Piracy, Turtles And Flying Foxes:
Learn how Ernest Shackleton faired in his Escape From The Antarctic:
Or tour Europe with Mark Twain in Can-cans, Cats And Cities Of Ash:
“Great Journeys allows readers to travel both around the planet and back through the centuries – but also back into ideas and worlds frightening, ruthless and cruel in different ways from our own. Few reading experiences can begin to match that of engaging with writers who saw astounding things: Great civilisations, walls of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flowers new to science. Reading these books is to see the world afresh, to rediscover a time when many cultures were quite strange to each other, where legends and stories were treated as facts and in which so much was still to be discovered.”
This. Book. Is. Awesome. Ok, yes, I’m slightly biased as it’s my book, but still- you have to admit, it’s pretty damn awesome.
When preparing for my (I mean ‘our’, of course) wedding last year freezer_girl got me hooked on the Rock ‘n Roll Bride site. I found it endlessly inspiring and thoroughly refreshing, in a “Oh! Of course, it’s our day, we can do what we want” kind of a way.
Working as I do for a sheet music publisher, I got to thinking how yawn-worthy all the wedding music books we print are- in fact, all wedding music books. They’re full of stiff, traditional music, hymn suggestions and a few token utterly puke-some pop songs.
Ho hum, thought I. What the world needs is a wedding music book that ROCKS. What the world needs is a wedding music book version of the Rock ‘n Roll Bride site; something that people can look through and feel inspired and go “Oh!” at and then go off and plan their own wedding, their own way.
And here it is!
I emailed the lovely Kat, AKA The Rock ‘N Roll Bride, who wrote me a kick-ass intro and was generally great with input and advice. I filled the book with as wide a variety of musical styles as I could- Missy Higgins, The Buzzcocks, Portishead, The Beach Boys, Muse, Alice Cooper… It also contains some fab photos (oh, is that me?! How did that get in there…) and some casual but informative… um… information.