Judge a Book By Its Cover – A Response to the Guardian Article

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Source: my bookstagram @izzybooks

I was going to post a different photo today, but with the recent drama in the bookish world, I thought I would post a photo of one of my most beautiful books, Caraval by Stephanie Garber. These “secret covers” were only available for the UK editions of Caraval, and only for the first print run (I believe). They’ve become increasingly rare and coveted (a few signed copies are available on Abebooks for $160), and I was absolutely thrilled to get my hands on a copy of my own, because I adored Caraval the first time I read it. This wasn’t the first time I went out of my way to get a special edition, and it certainly won’t be the last. I adore my UK editions of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Circe, and I love the worlds inside just as much as the beautiful covers.

 

If you haven’t been keeping up with the drama in the bookish world (what a phrase to type!), the Guardian recently published an article titled “Is social media influencing book cover design?” At best, it was a shallow depiction of the world of bookstagram; at worst, it was an indictment, decrying the millennial generation for being too obsessed with aesthetics. But more infuriating than just the bad journalism are the comments of the article — filled with vitriol and judgmental critique of “fucking millenials” and “tasteless hipsters.” The high-and-mighty commenters accuse our community of buying pretty things, only to photograph them and never read them. (Where is the evidence of that?! Aside from our overflowing TBRs – because we have too many books to read!) This article has become less of a report on the current state of cover design, than a battleground of the merits and supposed blasphemous vapidity of the bookstagram community.

Bookstagram is a place where we celebrate books – both beautiful and ugly, riveting and mind-achingly dull. We’ve sparked conversations about classics and new releases, and more than anything, we’re a community that appreciates books and literature! And just because we appreciate the beauty of a cover does not make us more vain than any other reader. Why is it perfectly acceptable to invest in a nice couch for a living room as opposed to a ratty, cheap thing, yet if we seek out pretty editions of books we like, we’re labelled as shallow? We pay more for quality, and in doing so, we’re supporting authors and the publishing industry. We have been slowly shaping the world of literature, and publishers have taken note: it is not uncommon for publishers to release “collector’s editions” of well-loved contemporary books.

It’s time to redefine what it means to “judge a book by its cover” – loving the cover and appreciating the words inside are not mutually exclusive!


And to the lovely commenter “happydays12345,” who posted the oh-so-insightful comment below:

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Kindly bugger off, because how I arrange my shelves are none of your fucking business. 🙂 I may arrange my books inside out, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less loved – I can tell you exactly which book it is without even having to look at the cover!

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Timeless Minimalist Watches for Spring

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Spring in Scotland is a rare and fleeting thing. With temperatures rarely reaching above 50°F (10°C), it’s been quite dreary and cold most of the semester. But the flowers have started to bloom, and the birds have begun to sing, and my allergies have made an appearance, which means one thing — spring is coming!

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With the entrance of spring comes an itch for change (and no, it’s not allergies this time). I was so excited when JORD watches reached out to me to collaborate for their spring campaign, because their wooden watches are so unique and the perfect complement to any outfit. Keep reading to see how you can win one of your own watches!

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My 2018 Reading Resolutions

Hello readers and hello 2018!

It’s been a bit over a year since I’ve posted on this blog, but some of my friends on bookstagram have inspired me to start posting again. I love writing — I’m majoring in English, after all — but I’ve found myself not spending time writing for myself. Most of the writing I’ve done in the past few months has been purely academic, yet I always jump on the opportunity to do creative writing in my classes. It seems dumb to not spend time doing something I love, so I’m challenging myself to write more. I want to journal more, blog more, and write more. But I don’t want to post for the sake of posting: I want to create content that I am proud of and want to share with the world.

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from my instagram: @izzybooks

I typically make New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the year in order to provide a framework for how I want my year to be, but aside from the personal resolutions, I also create reading resolutions!

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My Favorite Books of 2016!

Sorry for being so inactive these past few months. I’ve been much more active on my youtube, and I just posted my favorite books of 2016! Watch the video below to see what some of my favorite reads this year were!

Comment below with what some of your favorite reads were this year and I’ll be sure to add them to my TBR! If you wanna follow my reading adventures, you can follow my instagram, tumblr, and goodreads.

I hope you guys had a great 2016 (despite the dumpster fire) and have an even better 2017! Happy new year! 🙂

Love from, Isabel

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Premiere!

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Happy premiere day to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children! Keep reading for a movie synopsis as well as my review of the book!

The highly-anticipated movie-adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ novel by the same name comes out today in theatres across the world! Miss Peregrine’s follows the story of Jacob, a seemingly ordinary boy discovers a centuries-old mystery that spans different worlds and times. But darkness is lurking and all is not as it seems in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Watch the trailer below!

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Advice to Incoming Freshmen

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It’s that time of year again when newly minted high school grads don the brightly-colored lanyards and spirited school t-shirts before heading off to their new home for the next four years: college. It’s an equally exciting and nerve-wracking experience, simply because it’s new! Having survived my first year of university, I thought it might be nice if I shared some of the things I wish I knew as an incoming first-year.

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Back to School Haul and Giveaway!

I was recently on vacation in Europe, London and Paris to be specific. While I was there, I visited MUJI and HEMA because it was obviously necessary to feed my stationery addiction. I picked up a bunch of cute stationery for the upcoming school year! And you can actually win some of the items I bought!

You can win the following items and more! Some of the prizes aren’t pictured (there are also other pens in the pencil case!) but everything in the photo below will be included in the prize.

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Click the link below to enter!
lovefromisabel Back to School giveaway!

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