Hello Nerdfighteria! I have not been around much these last few weeks and I don't seem to have the same amount of time as usual to devote to my Tuesday blog posts - All will return to normal in the new year! :) A few people answered my recent poll about the blurbing book club selections. What I've decided to do is go with Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card for January as it's a book that seems to be widely read/loved/available and it's a good start to the year. And for February, we will be reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins in February as I loved the idea that two nerdfighters suggested, that it would be perfect for Valentine's Day.
In the New Year, I plan to write more extensive blog posts for you, discussing favourite non-fiction books, books about food (possibly), poetry, short stories, books involving LGBT issues or body image. I have lots planned for you, I promise! If you have any comments, suggestions or an idea for what you'd like to see in my Tuesday blog posts, please do let me know! I love talking about books with you guys! For now, let's talk about the books that you've bought or been given recently. I said 'Santa' but you don't have to just tell me about your Christmas presents.. if you've bought yourself books or spotted a bargain lateley, whatever. Just let us know. Any books that you didn't have before but have now, I want to hear about them :)
For me, I don't normally get books for Christmas. Does anyone else have the same problem? My family members are never sure which books to buy me, others want to get me something besides books as I only read them once and I'm not fussy about keeping them forever. But there is just the one exception. A few years ago, I came across an absolutely beautiful pop-up book of The Wizard of Oz. I love pop-up books. There was this gorgeous pop-up right in the middle of the book of the Emerald City and I just fell in love with it.
I don't know anything about paper engineering or anything like that, but I still just love staring at really intricate and delicate pop-ups. I love the idea of being that creative with paper. To work out the right colours and shapes and folds to make it a work of art like Sabuda does. The Wizard of Oz pop-up was just the first year, and the next year he came out with something just as pretty and wonderful, I can't remember what now, but I had to get that as well. And the next year. And it's become a Christmas tradition in our house. So much so that I almost never look at Robert Sabuda's website, for fear of spoiling my presents. (In case anyone is wondering, it happened to be Beauty and the Beast this year!)
Robert Sabuda, who also teams up with Matthew Reinhart, make some really incredible pop-up books. Star Wars. Peter Pan. Chronicles of Narnia. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Check them all out here, if you like. On the same website is a bunch of tutorials, so you can make your own simple pop-ups. It's something that I've been meaning to do for absolutely ages. Especially that butterfly. I really haven't found another pop-up artist that can compare and as long as he keeps making pop-up books, I'll keep buying them. Or having my friends and family buy them for me as presents anyway!
So tell me - any interesting books recieved or bought very recently? Also, do you collect anything like my Robert Sabuda pop-up books?