A literary take on fashion part 28

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

It’s been quite a few months since I’ve done a books post! And while I’ve read lots of books in between, it’s hard to think of one that will translate well into a collage. It works best with characters that are described very vividly by authors, this is translated particularly well with juvenile books! Good thing I love tween/teen fiction!

Nudged after seeing A Little Princess film for the billionth time, I realized I should finally read it! Since I loved the Secret Garden, I knew A Little Princess would not disappoint either. Sarah Crewe grows up in India with her beloved father, spoiled by his riches, but unaware of her special lifestyle or circumstances until her father has to leave for war and she’s put in a girls school with the terrible Miss Minchin. There, she’s ridiculed for her intelligence by many, but Sarah is unfazed and continues to live lavishly but also humbly, making friends with unexpected characters. In a sad twist of fate, her papa dies, and all their money lost in the diamond mines. Sarah is left with no one, and nothing to her name after Miss Minchin takes everything away – that is, except her doll and a dress she quickly grows out of. Sarah gets to stay at the school as a charity case, where Miss Minchin more or less tortures her everyday and the only solace Sarah finds is making up stories, being friends with a rat, and continuing to believe that all girls (including her) are princesses. It was a great, and timeless story.

A little princess

Coraline by Neil Gaiman, was one of those books that seemed to get stuck in my to-read list. When I finally read it last year, I was pleasantly surprised by the adorably dark story. Coraline is in a slump after moving to a new flat – her parents are distracted and aren’t giving her the attention she needs/wants. So she begins to poke around her new home and meeting the odd fellows living upstairs and downstairs. Some of which are curating a circus of mice, others that talk to themselves. She’s given a stone with a hole and doesn’t know what to do with it. But when she suspects the neighborhood cat is more than a cat, things start getting weird. She finds a door that leads to nowhere in her home, but at night that door opens into another dimension in which there’s a bizarro mother and father that treat her much better – the only caveat is that they have buttons for eyes. Coraline quickly learns things aren’t what they seem and has to fight to get back what she had before. It’s the perfectly untypical kid story, no fairy tales, no princesses here!

Coraline

Have you read either of these books before? If not, you must!

Teen Vogue Handbook giveaway

Hello everyone, I’m trying something new! I’m giving away the copy of Teen Vogue I reviewed for the previous post to one lucky US resident. Leave a comment on this Instagram photo for a chance to win the book itself, but what’s really cool is that it comes with a free one year subscription! Perfect for yourself or a Christmas gift! You have until this upcoming Saturday (12/20/14) to leave a comment with your favorite Vogue moment. No need to like or subscribe. Just a comment! Easy peasy :)

The Teen Vogue Handbook

I grew up with Vogue magazine around me, in a home and family where the women would buy issues to sew their own copycat outfits inspired from its pages. In my late teens, when Teen Vogue came out, I was on board right away and I continued to purchase it for years and years (until I began working at the library and had issues at an arms length at all times).

I was given a copy of the NEW Teen Vogue Handbook to preview and share with you guys. The original book was published in 2009, so this new issue now has updated advice that corresponds to our current landscapes with new feature profiles. You know I love books, and fashion books are my ultimate pairing (see my past post about my must have fashion books!) This handbook features great magazine editor, fashion designer, fashion guru, model, blogger, photograher profiles plus many more! Along with tips on how to break through in the industry.

Who would want to read this book? Fashion and fashion book lovers, students interested working in the fashion field, entrepreneurs who like to read profiles on successful people, aspiring photographers, fashion loving teens, or those curious about how these jobs work, just to name a few.

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Teen Vogue Handbook

Where can you buy it? Right now, look for it on Amazon.com and your local bookstores.

A literary take on fashion part 27

If you’re new to this books into fashion series, you can catch up with the others HERE.

The past month for me has been one of devouring best sellers that I’ve had a hard time getting my hands on until recently! Both books had 200+ holds at the library, so patience is a virtue, even as a librarian.

Reading teen dystopian trilogies is my guilty pleasure. So finally indulging in Divergent by Veronica Roth has been the cherry on the top (I’m currently waiting for my copy of Allegiant to arrive). In a future where society has collapsed, people are divided by factions of societal values. All teens must then pass a virtual simulation initiation ritual that helps them decide if they stay in their faction or belong in another. Tris is unhappy in hers, but her simulation only uncovers that she is not like others. Things only begin to unravel from there.

Divergent

I’m also days off of just having finished Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. I’m not a big reader of mysteries, but wow, the twists and turns about this had me hooked! I’m totally ready to see the movie now. Amy, wife to Nick, has gone missing. The intertwining chapters are the story from both of their views. It more or less is about how people in relationships can know so little about their significant other and the depths they’ll go for revenge.

Gone Girl

How late am I to the party? Tell me you loved these books as much as I did!!

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