Christmas means presents and nothing makes me happier than new books (sportswear comes close, real close but books still own my heart). As an ebook and print book reader I spend more and get more print books than ever before – everyone who thought ebooks would kill the publishing industry are so wrong. I hope they are all eating their hats.
(All details about all the books are at the bottom of the post)
I always find it really hard to pick favourites from all my books but Fashionable Selby has to be right up there. It is such a beautiful book, full of these glorious images providing an insight into some of the coolest people out there.
Next is Cary Elwys’ As You Wish. After listening to him talk about the book and meeting him, I had to treat myself. I love the feel of this book – whoever the designer/paper chooser were they did an amazing job. And the whole of the dust jacket turns into a poster.
When I saw that the third book in the Finishing School series, Waistcoats and Weaponry was out I had to get myself a copy. I love everything Gail Carriger writes and this series is one of my favourites. Steampunk, brilliant intelligent characters, and hilariously funny – no way I couldn’t get myself a copy.
Now I didn’t actually plan on buying The Woman I Wanted To Be by wrap-dress queen herself, Diane Von Furstenberg but as is the case with many books I own it was the cover which convinced me to buy it. It has to be one of the most stunning covers I have ever seen. And once again the quality of the paper and dust jacket are amazing. I appreciate textures with book covers and this goes from glossy to matte.
I have very high hopes for Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. She has to be one of the funniest people on TV right now and I have really high hopes her her book too. Though I never what to expect from comedy autobiographies – some of them are brilliant and some of them leave me sad. I wonder which camp this falls into. I expect it’s a bit of both and something sad truths are very hard to read, where as sad fiction is a lot easier.
The last book is definitely an impulse buy in the truest sense of the word – I don’t need it, I just wanted it. I don’t usually read children’s books and there are no children in my near vicinity who would like this read to them. But when I saw that Evangeline Lily had written a book, and after I heard her interview on Empire Magazine’s Podcast I wanted to see The Squickerwonkers for myself.
Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby – Abrams Books As You Wish by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden – Simon & Schuster UK Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger – Atom Books The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg – Simon & Schuster UK Yes Please by Amy Poehler – Picador The Squickerwonkers by Evangeline Lily and Johnny Fraser-Allen – Titan Books