You say: don’t judge a book by its cover, and I don’t! (Not really anyways) I judge it on so much MORE than just its cover!
There is so much to consider when picking up a book based on how it looks: the cover yes, but also the spine details, the back cover, the pages (are they deckled?! are they sprayed?!), the title pages, the chapter headers, the naked spine, the naked hardcover, and I could go on and on because I just love all of the aspects and characteristics that go into making a book beautiful and unique.
Based on all of these factors, I thought it would be fun to start a blog meme, which I am so fondly calling, “It’s All in the De-Tales”. This is not necessarily a book ‘review’, although you could say its a review based on physical properties and has nothing to do with what is on the inside!
When I pulled out the hardback UK edition of Strange the Dreamer from FairyLoot last month, I knew that this book had to be my next book featured in “It’s All in the De-tales”. Just sitting on my shelf inconspicuously, it catches my eye.
Opening it up, I was blown away by how gorgeous the title page is. AND IT WAS SIGNED! The lips were lost on me the first few times I glanced at the page, but now that I am studying it, I just love all the details so much. And, to make the inside even better, all of the chapters have names! I love when books include chapter names, I think it is a feature that I used to see in all the books that I read, but is becoming increasingly rare; yet it’s one of my favorite aspect of a book.
To make Strange the Dreamer even more unique, it has sprayed blue pages. I still cannot get over how amazing they are. (Although I guess I have to admit that you can more readily see where I dog-eared pages because of the blue I’M A MONSTER I’M SORRY!)
I mentioned earlier that when this book is just on my shelf, it catches my eye. Well, that is because the spine is intoxicatingly beautiful! First, naked. Second picture is the book adorned in all its jacket glory. Good God. It’s perfect.
While the jacket wasn’t hiding too much of an intricate naked hardcover, the back of this book is almost as beautiful as the front. BEHOLD! PREPARE YOUR PEEPERS!
“You’re a storyteller. Dream up something wild and improbable,” she pleaded. “Something beautiful and full of monsters.”
“Beautiful and full of monsters?”
“All the best stories are.”
I have actually finished reading Strange the Dreamer recently and plan on tackling a review for that soon, but in the meantime, just continue ogling this book because DAYUM.
Anyways, that wraps up this edition of de-tales! I would love for anyone and everyone to join in on posting It’s All in the De-Tales in the future, for who doesn’t love just looking at pretty pictures of books? There are no “rules” for this meme, but I am going to try to highlight a beautiful book every other week. If you decide to join in, just link back to me, and if you want to use my De-Tales deer picture, go for it. That’s it!
Until next time book friends!