Shadow & Bone Trilogy | Character Mood Boards

I just recently finished the Shadow & Bone trilogy in anticipation for the upcoming Netflix series based on the books, so I thought it’d be fun commemorate that by creating some character mood boards from the books!

I did this before for Simon vs. The Homosapien’s Agenda as well, which you can find here if you’d like to check that out. πŸ™‚

Alina Starkov:

Alina, otherwise known as Sankta (Saint) Alina, is the protagonist of this series. At the beginning, she is described as a quiet, odd, and pale girl – almost sickly. Once she realizes she has magical Grisha powers, the colour returns to her face as she’s no longer suppressing the power she was born to exhibit, and she really grows into a strong character who sees her worth.

The Darkling:

As the name suggests, The Darkling is the antagonist of the series. I thought he really had potential in the first book to be that evil character that I couldn’t get enough of, but as time went on, he got worse and worse, to the point where I didn’t really like him anymore. He and Alina had that like, one steamy scene in Shadow & Bone, but in the other two books that kind of faded. Part of me wishes that continued though because I found it so thrilling.

Mal Oretzev:

Mal is a childhood friend of Alina’s as they grew up in an orphanage together, and later, he is her love interest. He is also a tracker and Soldier of the First Army. Personally, I didn’t like Mal that much because I found him to be really boring, and at times, possessive. I feel like if they had better communication skills, so many problems in these books could have been avoided!

Overall, I enjoyed the series, though if I am being honest, I think book twitter really hyped it up a lot so I think my expectations were much higher. However, I’m excited for it to become a T.V. show – I’m curious as to what the similarities and differences will be!

Have you read the Shadow & Bone trilogy? Did you enjoy it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

– Catherine

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Light Academia Book Aesthetic | Classic Reads πŸŒΈπŸ°πŸ’—

Light Academia is a term I hadn’t heard of until recently, which is quite shocking considering Dark Academia is a term that I’ve seen everywhere. In contrast, Light Academia is more emotionally positive, brighter, and focuses on self care and appreciating the little things in life. Some common aspects of this aesthetic include: nature, poetry, learning, architecture, and art.

If you are looking for books that exhibit this theme, here are some quintessential classics that just might capture your heart:

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Though I’ve not personally read Little Women, I just had to include it because the cover is so cute and screams Light Academia to me.

Loosely based on the life of the author and her three sisters, this book is about the March sisters – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they learn to navigate the world as young women, each with their own personal moral challenges during and after the Civil War.

Jo is a writer, and Amy studies painting, Beth is described as musical, and Meg is the governess for a wealthy royal family – need I say more?

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The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is another on my list! This book is about an orphan girl, Mary Lennox, who goes to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire Moors (which, if you are like me and don’t know what that is, you can check it out here, it is absolutely stunning!).

There, she finds a magical boy who can talk to animals, and a secret garden that had been forgotten for years. Honestly, this book sounds really cute!

When I went to look it up, a lot of Goodreads reviews were raving about how beautiful the writing is, and how joyous it made them feel. What a perfect book to represent Light Academia! πŸ€—

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Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – definitely a must-read classic!

The synopsis alone touched my heart: Anne Shirley, an orphan girl, goes to live with the Cuthburt’s – Marilla and her brother, Matthew – on the Green Gables Farm in Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. The pair wanted a boy from the orphanage, but eventually, Anne’s charm wins them over. This book is about all the adventures Anne gets up to at Green Gables.

I might be biased, but I love that this book is set in Canada, and Prince Edward Island is such a beautiful province that so deserves the attention this book gives it!

If anyone has any more recommendations, or has read any of these, I’d love to know your thoughts! πŸ₯°

– Catherine

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Book Covers That Remind Me of World Famous Paintings #2 πŸŽ¨

This post was really fun to write and informative for me to research the first time, so I decided I wanted to do it again!

Here are some book covers that remind me of famous paintings. If you missed the first one, you can find my original post here!

The Night Watch by Rembrandt van Rijn

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The Night Watch is an oil painting done in 1642 by Dutch painter, Rembrandt. The title of the painting is misleading, as this scene is not meant to have taken place at night, but rather by the time the title was given to it in the 18th century, so much dirt and varnish covered the artwork that it gave the appearance of having taken place at night. The painting was commissioned by the city of Amsterdam and depicts civic guardsmen whose job was to maintain order in the city. This painting kind of reminds me of the cover of Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. This book is about a man who turns into a beetle over night; I haven’t read it, but it sounds like an interesting concept! πŸ€” There are definitely not as many people on it as in the painting, but I can see parallels between the depiction of light in the middle, the dark colours people are wearing, as well as all the people looking in different directions.

The Ninth Wave by Ivan Aivazovsky

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The Ninth Wave is an oil on canvas painting done in 1850 by Russian marinist painter Ivan Aivazovsky; this was his most famous work. What is known as the ‘ninth wave’ is actually a legend which says that the ninth wave in any storm is the strongest and most dangerous. In the painting, although the ninth, destructive, wave is approaching the sailors who are holding on to what is left of the mast for safety, there is also a depiction of hope through the colour scheme of the bright sky. The dark contrasting the bright reminds me of the cover for Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren. This book is on my TBR and I’m really excited to read it for the slow burn romance. I’ve loved Christina Lauren’s books so far so hopefully this one is no different!

Have you read either of these books? What did you think? I’d love to know!

– Catherine

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Book Covers That Remind Me of World Famous Paintings πŸŽ¨

This post is brought to you in part by My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russel, which I loved. Not to spoil anything major but there is a part in the book where they are comparing books to paintings, and I thought it’d be interesting to do the same, especially because I really am fascinated by art and would love to learn more about famous paintings myself!

The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh

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This oil on canvas painting, which currently resides in the MoMA, was created by Van Gogh in 1889 while he was staying at the mental hospital of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole. Considering that the surrounding area of the hospital does not look anything like the one in the painting, it can be concluded that he painted The Starry Night completely from imagination. This painting really reminds me of the book cover for Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer – the book is about a meteor knocking the moon closer to earth, and as a result causes tidal waves, tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanoes, among other natural disasters that harm the planet. The stars and moon really stand out to me in both works; everything seems calm and peaceful, and I find it interesting that the illusion of calmness is present in both, despite reality being so different.

Creazione di Adamo by Michelangelo

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The Creation of Adam – or Creazione di Adamo – was painted in 1511 by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. This fresco, which only took SIXTEEN DAYS to finish, represents the birth of humanity from the Book of Genesis in the Bible. This painting reminds me of the cover of Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin. This book is the second in a series about a Supervulcano eruption and how the two main characters, Alex and Darla, are surviving it. The hands in both represent new life, and are even positioned in a similar way!

I’d love to continue doing this with more book and painting pairs! Let me know if there are any you want to see. πŸ™‚

-Catherine


3 Specialty Indie Bookstores You Need to Visit πŸ€©πŸ™Œ

I’ve been curious lately as to whether or not there are any specialty, or niche bookstores in the world. After a bit of research, it turns out there are! Here are 3 specialty indie bookstores you just need to visit, and if you can’t visit, you can still support!

Grolier Poetry Bookshop – Cambridge, Massachusetts

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This bookshop sells exclusively poetry books, with 15,000 poetry works in their collection. It is the oldest poetry-specific bookshop in the United States, around since 1927. Many poets and writers throughout the years have frequented Grolier, especially because Harvard University, where most of them had studied, is in Cambridge as well.

https://bookshop.org/shop/grolier

The Ripped Bodice – Culver City, California

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The Ripped Bodice is a Romance-specific bookstore, and the only one in the United States. It was started by sisters Leah and Bea Koch who raised $91,000 on Kickstarter to open the store. Their tagline is β€œSmart girls read romance,” so that people don’t feel ashamed of their love for the genre, and they have a wide array of gifts one can purchase to support independent, female owned businesses.

https://www.therippedbodicela.com/

Atomic Books – Baltimore, Maryland

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Atomic Books has been around since 1992 and specializes in non-super hero comic books and graphic novels. Bonus: there is a bar inside called Eightbar which sells craft beer, wine, ciders, and meads! Atomic Books is doing it right; I think all bookshops should have a bar at the back. πŸ’β€β™€οΈ

https://atomicbooks.com/

If you know about any other specialty Indie bookshops that I can check out, let me know. I’d love to hear about them.

-Catherine