A literary take on fashion part 29

Happy 2016! I thought a literary related post would be the best way to begin the year – especially since I haven’t done one of these in ages!

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

I was shocked and awed that I had NEVER done a post on Harry Potter yet! I’m definitely a late comer to the HP world, but I fell in love with it. I’m contemplating reading the series a second time now. Poor Harry goes from being an abused orphan to a pretty cool wizarding student by the end of that first book. I’m definitely team Gryffindor over here.

I’ve been making a bigger effort to finally read the original books of movies I love. So Matilda was one of them. It’s not my first Roald Dahl book, so the hilarity was just as expected. But it was just enough different than the movie that I still loved it. Matilda grows up with some rotten and tacky parents, that are more into watching TV and eating TV dinners than nurturing her. It’s not until she discovers books, and eventually Ms. Honey at school that she begins to bloom. Only that mean Trunchbull is in the way.

Have you (or not) read these books before? Did you love them just as much as I did?! :)

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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

So I knew I hadn’t done one of these collages in a long time, but I didn’t realize how long it had been – until I saw a blog out there that basically stole the idea. I knew I had to ressurect it!

Because I have several book series going on here I’ll break it down again

Books into Fashion
Covers into Fashion
Best, Last, Longest reads

And here we go! My newest books into fashion is my latest read, it took me just about FOREVER to get through Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. I’d been reading it for several months now, because I was never able to finish it during the three week library checkout. Not only that, it took many, many, many pages in for me to even get hooked! There are SO many details – many necessary, other details you can just gloss over. It can be a very frustrating read at some points! But the good parts are really good. I made this collage just out of some of the details, there is no way to allude to all! From the Barbour jacket, because of the family that takes Theo in, the ring that brings Theo to Hobie, his terrible pill addiction, a puppy cup for Popper! An antique table, the Ozma book he leaves Pippa, to Kitsey’s pink coat, his mother’s emerald earrings, and a memento to the wild and crazy times in Vegas.

As a San Francisco transplant, I knew sooner or later I would have to read Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin. It was worth it. A very easy read that follows the lives of several people that have ended up in SF by different fates. Their stories intertwine in funny ways – through friendships, with the landlady, at work, at Safeway, and avoiding explaining things to their family. It’s funny to me that the book was written so long ago, but could very well be about young people this day.

What do you guys think, have you ever read either of these before?!