Stacking The Shelves *01/01/14*

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

First of all, happy New Year everybody !

I’m going to start my new year with a book haul blog, as you can see 🙂
Before the year turned 2014 me an my parents went on a little road trip in England. We visited the area of east Kent, lots of little towns like Margate, Faversham, Rochester,…
The fun thing about these little towns is that they’re loaded with second-hand shops, charity shops,… So I did get a substantial amount of books for very little money. Here’s what i got.

IMG_1234_2From top to bottom.
The Sonnets – The penguin Shakespeare  Boule De Suif – Guy De Maupassant
One Of Our Submarines – Edward Young
The Body In The Library – Agatha Christie
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
The Innocence Of Father Brown – G.K. Chesterton
The Woman Of Andres – Thornton Wilder
Mrs Croddock – W. Somerset Maugham
Rocannon’s World – Ursula Le Guin

Most of these books I bought because they are part of the Penguin series I’m collecting. Basicly all of them. Except Ursula Le Guin, which i bought because i once saw a movie about a book club where they read only Jane Austen, and one of the people there also read Ursula Le Guin, so I wanted to give it a go.
I’ll post some pictures of my entire Vintage Penguin collection soon, it hasn’t reached 3000 copies yet but I’m still pretty proud of it.

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From top to bottom.
The poetical works of Keats
Short stories – Guy De Maupassant
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë
Vilette – Charlotte Brontë

The are the more vintage looking books I bought, I really like the “old” editions of these classics. So yes I am aware I bought Wuthering Heights twice in one trip, and if it wasn’t for the money, I would probably have bought 2 more copies.
The books I adore the most of all the books I bought is without a doubt Keats. Again I once saw a movie about his life, and I’ve been listening to poems ( on youtube ) ever since.
The other two I haven’t actually read they’re a nice addition to the collection.

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The empty bookcase

daily post: source of anxiety

My biggest noise that i fear will grow silent far to soon in the noise of the emptiness.
I fear to become the empty bookcase.
To not have any memories or extreme emotions, like those possessed in the pages of the books that should have stood proud in the now empty bookcase. 
The fear of not having anybody remembering me, like i remember the smell of my dearest books.

It’s not the desire to be a full on library, just to be that little vintage bookcase in someone’s home.

The anxiety of not having a full life, and knowing it’s all up to me.

emptiness

 

 

Stacking The Shelves *10/03/13*

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I’ve always been intrigued by old books for so many reasons; they are mostly cheap, they smell old and musty and one way or another these books turn out to be so very different from the books that are written today. So when I last bought my books (see previous stacking the shelves post) I did some research into vintage penguin books. And of course that’s where i found my new collection to be :p I’ll sketch the context a bit.
During the period that Allen Lane ( founder of penguin books) was still alive, they published the penguin main series. This series contains 3000 books all numbered by publication date ( this was all before isbn numbers came out). The series consists of orange, blue, purple,pink, green & yellow books, the colors obviously meaning a different genre of book and the orange being the most frequent of all.

So i’ve started my collection with these 2 books. not first editions, but i will be looking out for those in the future. There are some great bloggers out there who already have a lot of them, there even is a blog which holds a catalogue of all the ones that belong in the series. And when I collect something I do it the proper way, so I joined the Penguin Collectors Society.

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Stacking The Shelves *16/02/13*

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

Long time no post you guys !

Anyways i’m back with another load of awesome books i bought in London.
This time i didn’t buy all new books, but i bought some 2nd hand penguin books. Like i said in an other post when the books i buy are 2nd hand they need to be old, well they are 🙂 so here’s my list.

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Anne Brontë- Agnes Grey
Shakespeare – Macbeth
Hans Andersen’s Fairy tales
Thomas Hardy – Far from the madding crowd
Jojo Moyes – The girls you left behind
Sylvia Day – reflected in you
Kresley Cole – Dark desires after dusk
Isaac Marion – Warm bodies
Neil Gaiman – The graveyard book

I have books from the other 2 sister but i didn’t have one from Anne Brontë so that was a nice purchase 🙂 shakespeare and hardy were simply beause i wanted some well know classics that i haven’t read yet. Hand andersen was the first Puffin(childrens book section from penguin) book i ever saw, and it’s a nice addition to my childrens book collection for when i actually have kids :p All the other books are bought because i read some good reviews on them. Sylvia day i bought because i read the first book, and i have to say these erotica novels are so addicting !

And i just realized there is a book missing in the picture and the list (is next to my pillow hence why i forgot it). If i stay – Gayle forman. I wanted to buy this book last time i was in london but they were out of stock 😦 but i was lucky that they had it now 🙂

this was it for 🙂
Happy reading !

 

Book cover design

In function of one of my classes i have to write a paper about a subject that interests me, but it had to have a link to architecture of design. The choice was difficult, would i go for vintage design or antiques, the geisha or something with books. My greatest passion that has anything remotely connected to design is books so i went with that. I have to do a small research about that subject, so now i would like to ask all you writers out there or writer to be to share me some of your thoughts.

mysterybookI’m researching the what,when,why and the how of book cover design so i would really appreciate it if you guys could help me out here just by answering some qtions 🙂 If you answer the qtions (which i hope you will) please mention wether your are a writer/writer to be/reader

Do you like the idea of book covers ?
Did you design the book covers for the books you wrote ?
Did you have an image of what the book cover should be like before you wrote the story ?
If you didn’t design them yourself, who did it for you ? was there a collaboration or was it designed without your input ?
How important do you think book covers are in means of promoting/selling the book ?
Would a book cover influence you to read or not read a specific book ?
Is there a special book cover that stands out of all the books you ever read ?

Thanks in advance for helping me out you guys ! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves *26/11/12*

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, it’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

 

So this is my first stacking the shelves post ! 🙂
I”m a really picky girl when it comes to books. I like to buy my books in a store where i can see and hold them so no online buying for me (unless i have no other option). And i always buy them new, and if i can’t buy new books i’ll go for the really really old vintage ones, the ones that smell like old memories 🙂 And last but not least i’m from Belgium and the books here are EXPENSIVE !! so i always buy a lot of books when we go on holiday to England. In Belgium it would be around 13 euro’s more for the same book so that’s really ridiculous.

These are the books i bought on my trip to Brighton this weekend.

Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
Bared To You – Silvia Day
You Against Me – Jenny Downham
Beautiful Disaster – Jamie McGuire
The Woman Who Went To Bed For A Year – Sue Townsend
The Vintage Teacup Club – Vanessa Greene
Still Alice – Lisa Genova
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
Someone Like You – Roald Dahl
The Sense Of An Ending – Julian Barnes

 

 

I’ve read my fair share of teen vampire stories for now so i decided to go back to some old familiars. I picked up the new Sue Townsend book because i really liked what she has done before so i couldn’t go wrong with that. Roald Dahl … well i guess everybody has read the children’s books but this one is an adult stories, one of the few he wrote so i really wanted to read that to ( it’s not a new book btw). Then Jane Austen well it’s just a classic that everybody has to right am i right or what 🙂 ?
All the other books are just books i read reviews about here on WordPress and they all seemed so very promising ! And yes i know Silvia Day is in there to, and i’m gonna be honest yes I’ve read the Fifty Shades trilogy and yes i liked it, so yes i bought Silvia Day because (almost) all the reviews says this series is even better so i couldn’t resist  😀