Guest Post – Beauty (100% healthy for human eyeballs) and the Book

IT’S ALL ABOUT #AESTHETICS, PEEPS.

Okay, maybe not all BUT it’s a well-known fact that all bookworms love a good book cover! I mean who can resist the books resue-like call’ NEVER fear! Book covers are here! (to save your precious bookshelf from dying of ugliness)’. I MEAN I CANNOT.

Book covers are the first point of contact (EYEBALLS = SEE = COVER = FAINT) with a potential reader. An eyeball-catching piece of art will set a book apart from the thousands of other titles on the shelf in a bookstore or public library and draw the reader in.

#EVIDENCE –>

  • Bookstagram (well obviously)
  • 80% of bookworms SAID BOOK COVERS MATTER (The Book Smugglers, 2010,)
  • 62% perceived them as “the artistic embodiment of a book”, which “should be accurately representative of a book’s genre, tone, and/or characters”.
  • Some readers admit that they have bought a book solely based on how pretty the cover looks. (#everyone)

BASICALLY, cover love is such a widespread idea that ardent fans don’t hesitate to buy different editions of the same book published in different countries just for the difference in book covers. People blogging and vlogging about books display beautiful bookshelves with covers having every shade of the rainbow imaginable on their bookish posts or videos.
However, one must remember that there aren’t hard and fast rules to cover designing because beauty is perceived differently by each individual.

Beauty and The Book

most #obviously elements –>

  • The title
  • author’s name.
  • logo of the publishing house (mostly on the spine these days or absent).
  • OTHER STUFF

Beyond that, however, is left to the cover artist’s imagination.

AIM FOR YOUR COVER TO–>

  • accurately give a mental image of what to expect from the book
  • leave an element of mystery that the reader should feel inclined to discover by opening the book.
  • NOT fall into the trap of being cliché or tastelessly overdone.

EXAMPLE

piracy
minimalistic
villian
It begs one to turn the pages to discover the identity of the victims as well the murderer.
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white theme
a rose inside a snow globe= romance

 

 

fairytale
filled every inch with gorgeous details
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shown by half the face of a young girl.
The eye-catching design of stars make it
charming &
unforgettable

Now that you’ve feasted your eyes on these striking covers, you might be curious as to how the authors got these done or how you can get one for your precious novel you want to see published someday. Here are some helpful links:

Book Design Services

Book Cover Artists

DIY Book Cover Design

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR (of this fabulous guest post)

Nandini Bharadwaj, a 21-year-old from Bangalore, India, is an expert at dabbling in a bit of everything. She graduated as a Telecommunication Engineer in May 2017 and wants to earn a PhD someday.When she’s not typing up posts for her blogs, Pages That Rustle and Unputdownable Books, one can find her stuck in a book, watching a movie or marathoning a TV show. She also likes to cook and her favourite flavour is chocolate. Her biggest dream is to have a packed and organised floor-to-ceiling bookshelf in her bedroom. She can be found online on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Goodreads.

 

 

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WINNER OF TASK #3

I’m really not going to ramble too much, but let me just say this WAS SO SO TOUGH. I received such creative entries for this one and nearly all of them basically won.

However, in THIRD PLACE, is Lee @ Golden Pink Journal, who created a stunning slideshow (on Prezi) surrounding her wonderful idea complementing a very AESTHETIC title –>  Lilies & Roses in The Ocean.

And in second place, WHO WAS UNBELIEVABLY CLOSE, was…the guest poster herself, Nandini @ Pages That Rustle! This is such a huge coincidence and I ABSOLUTELY ADORED HER PIECE. The amount of effort put in, how well thought out it was, GOSH, was I stunned or what? She actually sent me a video, but for your sake, I’m attaching a mini slideshow summarising the idea. (Which doesn’t include the fabulous music, sadly)

 

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LIA @ LOST IN A STORY

Title: Our Shattered Minds
Behind The Scenes:

  • a person who lives different lives, they have 4 different lives, kind of like multiple personality disorder (bit different though)
  • they end up splitting their soul/mind into those four different persons.
  • Somehow this messes up the magic in the universe and they kind of have to go fix it.
  • It’s a mix of Six of Crows, sense8, One Day and Red Queen vibes
  • Our Shattered Minds because it represents the struggle of the main character and how their mind is basically shattered into four different lives.
  • Shattered means both breaking as well as hurting someone, which plays quite an important role in the story. All of the characters have or are going to hurt people they care about, which is also referred to this way.
  • Sequel: These Fractured Shadows
  • Fractured refers to the brokenness of the characters, the shadows are because of the magic. Due to the messed up magic, the world is covered in shadows and mist.

Something about Lia’s work just had me hooked, enthralled and most of all EXCITED! The idea was something unique and imaginative and I thoroughly enjoyed looking at her journey and being in awe of her inspiration! It was truly breath-taking. She definitely took this round by storm! Not only was I blown away by the beautiful mood boards put together, I JUST COULDN’T STOP THINKING about how wonderful this idea was? What is this competition doing to me? ALL CHEERS FOR LIA!

VIEW ALL ENTRIES HERE

Mini runners up who just deserve to be mentioned: May & Daisy & Sasha.

 

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TASK #4

TASK –>

Design a book cover

TYPE –>

GROUP Round

HOW IT WILL WORK –>

Well, since it’s a group round, there will be 4 people in each group

  • Person 1 will be team leader and will confirm blog name, and assign roles and submit entry
  • Person 2 will be the graphic designer who will ultimately design the book cover.
  • Person 3  & 4 will be submitting ideas, coming up with a title, an author name and input their creativity.

Those are the basic roles. Start discussing what you want do VIA EMAIL (or if you coincidentally all have the same social media or something) and input your name idea as well other things! I don’t mind how you do it, just make sure it’s submitted to me by the deadline. Good luck, teamwork IS VERY KEY.

I will give you the emails of the people you are working with and you can start from there.

DEADLINE –>

24th June 2017

GUIDELINES –>

  • Be REALLY creative with your cover
  • Submit your cover with your group name, who is in the group (with blog NAMES).
  • Must be submitted in time and a group effort.

THE BEST COVER WILL HAVE  –> 

  • #AESTHETIC
  • A good message
  • Something CREATIVE

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BOOK COVERS are AESTHETICALLY PLEASING, RIGHT? (well, they are supposed to be?!) What are some your favourite covers? How do you think you’ll do on this challenge? What did you think of the WINNERS entry? Excited for the first group round – I AM *Waves hands frantically* Type something new!

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Review – Ink And Bone by Rachel Caine – Another Fantasy Favourite

Ink and Bone is a BOOK about BOOKS (!!!) – does it get any better?

I rarely give 5 stars out (well, that’s a lie) but this book TOTALY deserved it. I mean nearly every aspect of this book was literal PERFECTION. I AM IN LOVE because fantasy mixed with dystopia with a love for words and a magical library mixed in! I mean, who could ask for a better book?

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synopsis-my-bookish-life

Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.

In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.

Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar . . . but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.

Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. . . .
(Goodreads)

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I’ve never read anything by ‘Rachel Caine’ before, so I didn’t have much to go on. After Cait ( Paper Fury)  and May (Forever and Everly) going on about how awesome it was, I knew I had to read it. I put it on my TBR about 2 months ago, and by sheer luck, I found it in my library. Yes, I do like that unoriginal (because 3 other books are called this) title and COVER. Like first, it looked pretty UGLY to me, but now I can’t hep but staring at it – it’s just wonderful.

 

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I feel like this book was PLOT AND CHARACTER driven but I still loved the plot.There was magic, I think? I mean you could make books disappear straight to the Archive. You could practically teleport (with some down-sides) I mean how much more magical does it get? There’s no spells or whatnot but it’s definitely got that fantasy element which I loved.
AND IT WAS BASED AROUND BOOKS! They have blanks which are like e-readers? And the Codex is kinda like their online library. IT WAS SO DIFFERENT AND ORIGINAL. I loved the whole getting into the Great Library and having this whole test thing. It reminded me so much of HP, the friendships and experiences and the nightly escapes – it just added to THE FEELS and the magic

AND THE POLITICS! I mean the Burners and Ink Lickers JUST CREEPED ME OUT A LITTLE but that extra evil in the story made it so much juicier! I mean who else comes up with such genius ideas? The political side to this story shows how the Burners were like these ‘terrorists’ and The Great Library this dystopian government. I LIVE FOR THIS. Morgan’s dad, The Smugglers, all these acts of rebellion, it was so FREAKIN’ COOL!

“When you steal a book, you steal from the world”

The premise is essentially GREAT. Knowledge is freely available but original copies of books are really valuable and you’re not allowed to own your own books (GASP). You’re only allowed Blanks which allow you to read ANY book from the ‘Codex’ (this like catalogue of books) which the Obscurists ‘mirror’ for you. Basically, the premise is what really made me get sucked into this world. It took a while for me to understand how things worked, but Caine manages to balance world-building and characters and plot and EVERYTHING!!! Even the pace was adorable, okay??? It’s set in 2025 and gosh that’s scary because that’s close. But of course, nothing like this would ever happen?

“There are three parts to learning: information, knowledge and wisdom, A mere accumulation of information is not knowledge, and a treasure of knowledge is not in itself, wisdom.”

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They were all so diverse and well-developed and WONDERFUL. And they all grow up and mature near the end which is sad but also wonderful to see. And they all had their own secrets and history which just added more depth to them.
I am so glad that we had a good main character, Jess. I’m sick and tired of reading these heroes who are the ‘chosen one’s and are really perfect and ‘sassy’. It’s just getting annoying now and SO JESS WAS WONDERFUL He wasn’t ‘the chosen one’ though he had rare qualities about him. He made mistakes and he had flaws like the rest of the characters.

I LOVE Khalila, she’s Muslim and represented so well! She’s clever and smart, and yes, a little ‘sassy’ but not your typical character.
Dario was really rude and snobby at first (though I couldn’t help loving his character), but he grew out of his posh upbringing and became an awesome character.

Glain was also great! Some people might have found her boring but THAT WAS HER PERSONALITY and she was very realistic. She didn’t sugar coat anything and just because she wasn’t every socially able, DOESN’T MEAN SHE WASN’T AWESOME. Like she tried and that was the best.

AND THOMAS, HE WAS SO SWEET AND WONDERFULL

Morgan was the only one I struggled with, to be honest. I didn’t expect much from her at the beginning and she ended up being ‘the chosen one’ But i started to love her too! Mainly because of Jess, but she was still quite great and I FELT SO BAD FOR HER AT THE END.

I can’t leave out Dario’s constant ongoing battle with Jess, was hilarious and a wonderful addition to the story.

“Jess extended his right hand. It hurt but he managed to hold it up, and after a moment, Dario got to his feet and walked over to grasp it. ‘We’re still not friends.’ Jess said. ‘Thank God.’
‘Imagine my relief.’ Dario went back to his bunk”

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I loved it! It wasn’t this OVER DRAMATIC SHORT SENTENCE EVERY SECOND rubbish, it was real. It wasn’t too complex, but there were some parts I loved, like quotes I remember and perfectly perfect scenes that made laugh, hold my breath, or smile.

Not to mention the format. I loved how between every chapter there was an EPHEMERA (which I’m not sure means) but there was basically this WHOLE backstory with Wolfe and Artifex and Obscurists which JUST ADDED TO THE WORLDBUILDING.
Did I mention I LOVE WOLFE?! His character development WAS REAL and he was so kind and good and HE HAD A HISTORY, and probably my favourite character. And Santi was also LIKE GREAT because he just was there for Wolfe and I really liked his personality.

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“He pulled out his personal journal and pen. Jess understood the impulse, all too well, to spill out the bile and hurt into ink, where no one could see it.”

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Basically, I loved it and you must read it now. THE PLOT TWISTS MAKE SENSE and you don’t see them coming, There are diverse characters not just added in FOR NO REASON because of they awesome personalities as well, and it’s a BOOK ABOUT BOOKS, so you’ll be sure to love it! I had no doubt to give this one 5 stars, because yes, IT WAS AWESOME AND I MAY BE FANGIRLING OVER IT FOREVER.
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Do you love fantasy books? What are your thoughts on books about books? Have you read Ink and Bone – what did you think? Adding this to your TBR right now – because you should be?! Have you read a book similar to this – dystopia and fantasy mixed together? What did you think of this book review?

 

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The Book Blogger Life – burdens, consequences and personal warnings

Book bloggers lead very ‘unique’ lives.

In fact, they lead many lives – in books. We risk our lives by becoming book bloggers many a time and you may be thinking, ‘book blogging is a piece of cake’ (OHH CAKE) and something to do in your ‘spare time’ but I guess I should warn you (As I am so kind and have your health in my priorities) being a book blogger could be life-threatening. But, let’s be real, it could also mean the food is off your to-do lists. Not that you have a to-do list, of course! *laughs nervously* OBVIOUSLY, I don’t make those. Anyways, back to the topic at hand.

The Book blogger life is a very ‘dismissed’ topic and I think, we should finally reveal the 7 main dangers of book blogging.
BOOK BLOGGER LIFE

1. You have to talk type about books

You have to type about books BECAUSE you have a book blog. You can’t keep on going on hiatus and doing introduction posts to get away from the fact. Book bloggers HAVE to talk a little about books otherwise, are you really a book blogger?

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

What if someone calls you out on a mistake you made in a discussion or review? What If someone says something horrible about your opinion? What if you say the wrong thing and the whole of the internet turn against you? WHAT IF???

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

Even if it’s online, the feeling of talking about books IS JUST THE BEST because HAVING OTHER PEOPLE saying ‘ You’re not alone ‘ and saying they share the same emotion about a book with you is surprisingly awesome. You realise, that everyone else is suffering with you.And gushing and rambling are just SO SATISFYING. I mean you get to

  • RAMBLE, BABBLE, GUSH
  • Get you all your feelings out and OVERFLOW
  • Get over your book hangover
  • Excercise
  • Have other people admire your talking skills
  • Persuade other peeps to read the book
  • GO ON FOREVER

2. Reading books begin to affect your mood

I don’t know about you but when I read a book with an amazing character and then finish the book, I immediately just start acting like them. if it’s a sassy, confident character, I start making everything dramatic in my brain and pretend I AM them. Same goes for a bubbly characters, my personality and thoughts BECOME the character. Perhaps, if I’ve just cried over a book, I become silent and thoughtful. Basically, reading changes my mood especially if the books is powerful and good. This doesn’t happen with every book but usually in book hangovers.

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

People start to think you’re a little crazy and question your sanity. It’s not like you can control it so very awkward conversations can occur and you can actually SCARE someone with your weird attitude. AND, it’s even more strange and cringe-worthy when someone realises what character you’re being. BASICALLY, if you wanna be in a sticky and scary situation, start reading.

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

Well, if you’re in a bad mood, and then read a book with a GREAT character, the energy and happiness you feel are THE BEST EVER so that’s a great bonus. It also helps you get past the writer’s block and helps you write something really creative and different because your whole mindset is re-wiring.

3. You spend more time blogging than reading

Before starting a book blog, you probably may be thinking ‘this will motivate me to read more’

haha funny.

Blogging takes up so much time and book blogging takes up even more. I read a lot fewer books than I did when I first started and spend more time reviewing and writing posts. Maybe the tea part isn’t so true – gotta have that caffeine to keep you going. Blogging requires time and so do books. Book blogging is strangely addictive and so it’s very hard to find a balance between reading and blogging.

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

Firstly, your caps lock key could also start to become damaged, and if you’re not careful, then, your whole keyboard might die from fangirling and the amount of typing you do. This is scary because watching your keyboard die is very traumatising. You become very behind on books and begin to weep for more time. You become busy WHICH IS SAD because free time has gone down the drain.

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

Blogging IS FUN, and you love it and people love it AND YAY! You get to talk about books and be bookish and BE MORE BOOKWORMY and do other stuff besides reading!

4. You find it hard to make sense

This is probably just a bookworm problem in general, but writing a review is probably the hardest thing in the bookdom. I mean, how do you sum your incoherent thoughts INTO A BOOK REVIEW??? How do i justify the book’s greatness? How do I rant about what I loved? Do I even remember anything? It’s JUST SO HARD to string words together using the limited alphabet and write something that humans can actually understand AND nod to!

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

It’s very embarrassing when your reviews still don’t make sense and your book hangover is just starting to show through your posts. People start thinking you’re slightly crazy and this is very concerning. You also start question your ability to write, and eventually, your ability to do anything in life. You also start feeling bad because you haven’t explained your thoughts properly and THIS IS FRUSTARTING. And no-one is safe with a frustrated book blogger around. *runs*

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

Umm….I don’t think it is. Maybe it shows how much you love it when you don’t make sense?

5. You have book blogger guilt

This has been a topic that has been discussed widely across the biosphere but we all have it. That decline of a review request, that missed guest post. that lack of commenting back, the rush of posts, the overly big TBR. we get guilty because blogging is one heck of a load, and its super hard to not feel bad about things you haven’t done when really you should be focusing on the things YOU HAVE done.

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

It just is. Becoming guilty causes stress and stress = not good. It’s scary to be guilty because WE SHOULDN’T be and just adds to our overloaded plate of life.

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

It’s really not. I guess you can empathise the book blogger guilt with others and it’s relatable and also makes a great post. I mean I love when Cait @ Paper Fury talked about it!

http://paperfury.com/book-bloggers-should-not-guilty/

6. You become broke because your TBR is about to eat you

I think these two points go hand in hand. When you are introduced to the blogosphere, you are introduced to just so many books! SO MANY, literally your TBR becomes HUUUUGGGGEEEE. You’re kind of running from your to be read list because of this discovery and are also broke from stupidly attempting to eat your TBR, instead of the other way round. Book blogging comes with a price, just like anything…and books.

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

Ummm….being broke means NOT BUYING ANY MORE BOOKS. And the lack of food and literally money. I mean, how do you survive? Also, it’s very life-threatening when your TBR begins to eat you because it will result in inevitable death.

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

You are introduced to SO Much MORE BOOKS. And they are beautiful and wonderful and you want to hug them and look after them forever. You discover new authors, new diverse reads, and your reading mind is expanded so much. You discover a genre you never knew you like, an author you will fangirl over forever – it’s AMAZING.

7. You meet book blogger friends

You see,pre-blog, you think the internet is full of these hateful trolls and spammers and things.

You’re right. BUT, very big BUT, there are still so many wonderful people out there, and book bloggers are those people. They are JUST SO KINd and supportive and ready to listen to your opinion, discuss with you and just generally be awesome! I’ve made so many blogger friends so you’ve got to be well, prepared, to chat discuss and SOCIALISE. NOO, not with book characters but with real people.

WHY THIS IS SCARY –>

You gotta know how to not be killed and murdered by their kindness and survive in the wild. You get very fat on eating compliments and this could be dangerous for your health. Compliments are very high in sugar and eating them could cause heart attacks.

WHY THIS IS ALSO AWESOME –>

Because FRENS are the best. I mean, book bloggers, in general, are awesome human beings, right? I mean who else is always there for you when you

  • are in a book hangover
  • are crying over a book that has literally ripped you to pieces
  • want to fangirl about a book
  • want to buddy read
  • you need empathy
  • want to share bookish theories
  • need recommendations
  • want to laugh
  • need a comment on a post to not feel #lonely

They’re just THE BEST!!!

 

 

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Did you relate to any of these risks? Have any more to add to the list? Do you agree that book bloggers are generally awesome? Do you find writing reviews hard? Do you think book blogging is dangerous? Why do you risk your life for book blogging? TELL ME EVERY RISK YOU’VE TAKEN!Sign Off

Guest Post – The Difficulties Of Naming A Book + Finding The Perfect Title + Task #3

Titles are undoubtedly one of the most daunting parts of a writing a book.

I can already see the author population running away and taking cover. Perhaps one of the most daunting and difficult parts of writing a book is coming up with something so genius and original to hook your readers in the first instance. Something impactful and easy on the tongue. You want something that stands out from the crowd and even though you’ve written a whole book, coming up with a title is just so HARD

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A Bookish Wrap-Up May – Beginning Of Exciting Things (!!!)

May was full of exciting, wonderful chances and opportunities.

May was the beginning of BEAUTIFUL weather, the Typewriter project (as well as other projects), Ramadan, beginning and end of exams, beginning of HOLIDAYS, and many other exciting things!

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