Book Covers That Remind Me of World Famous Paintings 🎨

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. 🙂

-Catherine


Dark Academia Book Aesthetics 💀☕️ | Read and TBR

As described by Wikipedia, dark academia is an aesthetic centered on higher education, writing, the arts, and classic Greek and Gothic architecture, as well as romantic longing and death — think 19th and early 20th century at private schools in England; bitter black coffee; blazers; vintage jewelry; and dark colours.

Today I will be talking about some books I’ve read with this theme, as well as books I want to read.

If We Were Villans by M.L. Rio

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If this cover does not scream dark academia, I don’t know what does; that skull is making me think that this book will be eerie and mysterious. I haven’t read this one yet, but it has a really good rating on Goodreads and the plot sounds intriguing. The protagonist, Oliver, is an actor studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college. One of the actors in the play ends up dying, an the other actors have to convince the police that they didn’t do it. However, Oliver had gone to jail for 10 years for the crime, so it sounds like we as the reader have to figure out if he actually did it or not.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Whoa, skulls on the cover again. I guess skulls are a thing for dark academia, which would make sense if death is part of it. I have read this book, and I feel like this might be a controversial opinion, but personally, I wasn’t a fan. However, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that it exudes allll the dark academia vibes. This is the story of college roommates, Victor and Eli, who in their senior year start conducting experiments surrounding near death experiences. Victor goes to jail, and when he gets out, tries to find Eli, who is now his enemy. I guess jail is another dark academia thing, because both this book and If We Were Villans seem to have that going for them. 🤷‍♀️

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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So this book is one I started ~ a year ago, haven’t finished, but plan to start over and complete. From what I’d read, it was really good! I think the intimidating part is that I own an e-copy but don’t own a kindle, so I had to read it on my phone, and given the fact that it is 771 pages in paperback, it was a little daunting to read on such a tiny screen 😬 but anyway, that’s besides the point! This book is about a boy named Theo who survives a tragedy that kills his mother. Theo clings to a small painting that reminds him of his mother, and that draws him in to the world of art. Ultimately, this book is about love, identity, and art – all at the forefront of dark academia.

Has anyone read any other good books with a dark academia vibe? Have you read any of the ones I mentioned? I’d love to know your thoughts 🙂

-Catherine


Blogger Aesthetics Tag

I saw this tag over at Book Orbit and decided to give it a go. I have created a mood board for characters before which you can find here, so I thought why not do one for myself!?

The Rules

  1. Collect any number of images that you feel represent you as a person—your personality, aspirations, favourite things, anything at all that makes you you.
  2. Put your chosen images together into a collage of whatever size and shape you find pleasing.
  3. Share your masterpiece with everyone, in all the places.
  4. Maybe nominate other bloggers as a way to tell them, “Hey, you, I think you’re awesome, and we should celebrate that awesome being”.

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Bookshops– If I could, I would live in a bookshop. I can’t ever pass one by without going into it to browse, even if I never end up buying anything. There’s just something about being there that makes me feel so at peace.

Art– I love going to art galleries and museums to look at the exhibits. To me, art is someone’s heart on display. Is there anything more beautiful than that?

Travelling– I love to travel but I enjoy going on road trips especially! I find it so fun to watch from the window as city and nature pass you by.

Friends– Of course I love my friends, but this image represents my favourite TV show as well. I am really bad with keeping up with shows, so the fact that I got through it all tells you a lot. I live and breathe for Rachel’s outfit choices in the earlier seasons!

Flowers– Spring is my favourite season and I always wear floral- not just in spring (I’m looking at you, Meryl Streep). Also, flowers represent growth to me. Just when you think you’re merely a seed, with a little time and nourishment, you will bloom just like a flower 🙂

Sunsets– I have always been a sunset over sunrise kind of girl. Definitely a night owl through and through, so I appreciate the sunsets a lot more. Plus, how can you not love all those pretty colours?

I Tag

Amanda @ The Beewitched Reader

Kelly @ Struggling Bookaholic

Amy @ Bookish Heights

Bree @ Bookishly Bree

Cassandra @ The Bibliophagist

+ Anyone else who wants to do it!

Thank you for reading and I hope you got to know a little more about me through this tag. Happy reading!

-Catherine


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Aesthetically Pleasing Character Mood Boards | Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda

In order to celebrate the theatrical release of Love, Simon—a movie based on Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda—I thought I would do something fun and creative. What better way to take a trip down memory lane (since I read the book almost a year ago) than to create mood boards based on some of my favourite characters? A mood board serves as a visual tool in order to convey the overall feel of something. The characters I chose to create mood boards for are: Simon, Blue, Leah, and Abby.

Simon:

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Simon is our lovable protagonist. Simon carries a secret which is that he is gay. For the majority of the book, he is in an online relationship with a boy at his school named Blue whom he met on a chat within the school’s Tumblr page. Simon doesn’t know who Blue is in real life, and we spend the majority of the book trying to guess who he is. Simon loves Oreos, music, and his dog named Beiber.

Blue:

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Blue is the pseudonym for Simon’s love interest. He and Simon share a very deep connection and begin to frequently exchange emails after Blue shares a relatable post on the Tumblr page about being gay. Technically, he is the first person Simon comes out to, and their relationship blossoms from there.

Leah:

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Leah is one of Simon’s best friends. She is extremely insecure about her looks, often putting herself down. She’s also in a band with Simon’s sister called Emoji. I did like Leah for the most part, especially because she was very sarcastic and I can relate to that. However, she is also extremely possessive and jealous of another girl, Abby, which I didn’t really like.

Abby:

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Abby is a new girl that moved to town from Washington, DC; she also quickly becomes one of Simon’s best friends. Abby is the first person Simon tells he is gay in real life and she is so supportive of it, it made me really happy. People gravitate towards Abby because she is an extremely sweet and attractive girl with a huge heart. I enjoyed reading The Upside of Unrequited which is also by Becky Albertalli and features Abby as well.

I really enjoyed making these mood boards, I may even do it again with other favourites. This is a really amazing book that I finished in about a day, I loved it so much! If you haven’t read it yet or are debating whether or not you should read it before seeing the movie, do it! I can’t recommend it enough.


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