First, I just finished reading the Young Adult novel, The Revelation of Louisa May Alcott. It's the first I've read by this author and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It has some interesting details about Alcott's family and life as a teen, even though it's written in novel form. The author tells more about the timeline and accuracy of the details in her story.
One on my shelf right now is A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller. It's another YA historical fiction book...I like me some historical fiction. It was when I found good historical fiction that I then started liking history. Now I watch the PBS shows and other documentaries about history...when I was a teen that was not interesting to me at all. I like how good fiction can transport you and make you understand other times, other people and other points of view. It has always been what I love about reading...that magical feeling of being elsewhere while being cozy in your own house.
Hmmm, I'm seeing a pattern in the covers...faceless young woman in her setting in history with lots of scenery. Interesting.
I just finished a creepy YA novel phase where I read about ouija boards and scary dolls, so I guess that phase is over for now. I am definitely pulled in by the covers of books, and while this one isn't nearly creepy enough, I did really enjoy reading The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by Katie Alender. I think the girl isn't sufficiently scary enough for the asylum background and scary font. Maybe if we couldn't see her face like the above covers...lol!
Now that we've discussed what I'm reading and the cover art, how about some book crafts? I absolutely hated the idea of tearing up books for crafts, but then I got some free books (because they were damaged and not selling probably) from 2nd and Charles and decided that instead of tossing them into a landfill, creating art with them was a better choice. I don't find it as painful as I did.
Ok, this is just too cute and looks super easy...and it's very timely if you're looking to decorate for Halloween, click here to go to BHG for more.
This one is clever because I know that there are tons of books where the spines fall off, so if you remember to look out for those books at yard sales and library sales, you can make these great bookmarks.
And this craft would be fab for an art journal, scrapbook page or card. I can even see this as a pin to wear or a fridge magnet if you were to seal the paper and adhere the text to some stronger cardstock.
I'll leave you on National Read a Book Day with a little bookish food. I'm not sure I have the time to make my mini ham sandwiches look like books, but if you do, I'll be impressed!