Behold the Pretty Books!

Behold the Pretty Books!
Here are the books I received or bought over the past month:

Venetia by Georgette Heyer
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O’Porter
Angelfall by Susan Eee
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick (ebook)

I’m currently reading Paper Aeroplanes, which I received for review purposes, and I’m noticing just how different UK YA contemporary is to US YA contemporary – it’s much more realistic and gritty. I also received Angelfall for review. I actually bought the self-published book over a year ago, but just hadn’t gotten round to reading it. I rarely read self-published novels but Angelfall had so much buzz that I became curious. I’ve been told that the manuscript has not been altered for the published edition. I was also given Venetia by a friend for my birthday. She was so shocked when I told her I had not heard of Georgette Heyer!

The Silving Linings Playbook

I received two more DVDs for my birthday last month: Pitch Perfect and Silver Linings Playbook. I’ve only watched Silver Linings Playbook so far, but I loved it and it’s the reason I purchased the book. I think I’ll just have to watch every movie that Jennifer Lawrence is in because she’s brilliant (although I quite suspect that she was playing herself a little bit in this film…). I also received the two lovely notebooks shown above. I’m using the larger one for book reviews and the little one for taking notes at bookish events. I also bought a pretty teacup, which is of course extremely necessary.

Business Cards

I’m also super excited because my sample business cards from Moo arrived and I’ve ordered a further 100. I thought I’d finally print some after being apprehensive for over a year (I know Pretty Books isn’t a job!) because they’re an easy way to keep in touch with people I meet at bookish events. Moo also gave me a ‘refer a friend’ link so if you were thinking of ordering some of your own, use this link to get 10% off! You can also see a sneak peek of what Pretty Books will look like (cat & books designed by Leena) over the coming weeks… 🙂

Behold the Pretty Books!

And lastly, I participated in World Book Night on 23rd April. I used to get the tube/train to work and saw people reading daily, but then I started getting the bus and now rarely see someone with a book. I’m more likely to see people on their phone or not doing anything at all, so I decided to leave copies of The Knife of Never Letting Go on buses and at bus stops for people to pick up. I’m planning to write a little post about my experience of participating in World Book Night, which should go up soon.

25 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books!

  1. We’ve been talking about the UK and US differences in YA in one of my graduate classes. We find it interesting that the US, which advocates guns and violence and supposedly tolerates religions, constantly bans books with “too much violence/sex/magic.” Yet we in the US see the UK has “old-fashioned.” Those of us who have been to Europe constantly point out that Europe is far more forward-thinking than the US, more with the times, and less frequently ban something (ads, movies, games, books, shows) for its explicitness.

    One of the biggest differences I’ve noticed is the language in Lucy Christopher’s “Stolen.” There’s a phrase in there at the end where in the UK, it’s ambiguous: did she and her captor kiss on the lips or the cheek or was it just her kissing him? While in the US, where everything needs to be wrapped up neat and tight, ends concretely: they briefly touch lips. A few simple words were eliminated or added, and the two books end differently. It’s really neat.

    • That is so interesting! I’m not too surprised, although I read many more American YA contemporary novels than British, and so I really only noticed now. Except, and I just said in a different post, I turned on the Now Is Good/Before I Die DVD adaptation, with certain expectations, and the whole way through I couldn’t help thinking that it was very British, and that an American film (and I’m guessing the book, which I’ve not yet read) would’ve been very different.

      • The 2005 Pride and Prejudice DVD US edition ends with a kiss, yet I hear the UK edition ends with the father laughing. Joe Wright said it was to market to the US audience, since apparently we like those happily ever after endings.

    • Oh dear, now I’m worried which edition of Stolen I have! I hope it’s the original. I don’t like it when other countries change things like that… (You’ve reminded me I really must read that soon!)

      • Oooo, they were published at the same time! Both are originals. Sort of. I was at a talk with Lucy Christopher and she said what her editor did was completely change her actual lines into something marketable for UK and for US. Christopher wouldn’t tell us what she intended the ending to be: a kiss or no kiss. It’s very subtle, these differences, yet it satisfies both audiences. If anything, you should try to get both editions!

  2. I got the knife of never letting go to give away too! I have about three copies left to give away, living in the countryside means fewer buses to leave things on!

  3. I can’t believe you’d never heard of Georgette Heyer! My mum had one old edition of Beauvallet which I read when I was young, and it got me addicted to her. I’ve got copies of nearly every historical romance and historical fiction book she wrote (and have read the couple I don’t have), some multiple times – though not for years. I went through a real phase of reading her books when I was a teen – that and fantasy!

    I love your business cards. Having just “found” your blog via your pingback, I’m excited to see your new look.

    I can’t read on buses, makes me terribly carsick, but I read on the subway. I love seeing what other people are reading, I get so curious! Love seeing dapper 30-something businessmen in smart suits reading books like Twilight, always makes me smile!

  4. I can’t wait to hear about your experience with World Book Night! I wish I could have participated, but I almost never use public transportation.

    • Oh you definitely don’t need to leave them on public transport! It’s about getting books to people who do not usually read and you can choose how you do that 🙂

  5. I hadn’t heard of world book night before I read your post, will definitely be getting involved in it next year! I love the idea that you have been leaving books on buses, it sounds so romantic 🙂

    I know that it is not books but one thing that I noticed about UK and US differences was the reaction to teen TV programme Skins. We English people loved it (for the most part) and although it did cause controversy as it was meant to I heard on the radio that the US were outraged and called for it to be banned immediately.

    Great post 🙂
    p.s you’re not the only one, I’ve never heard of Georgette Heyer either so we can both hang our heads in shame together, hehe! x

    • Yes, Skins is also an excellent example! I remember the adverts for it – the fact that it was a little bit more explicit than other shows for teenagers was flaunted.

  6. Love the new business cards! They are brilliant! Let me know what you think of Angelfall. I’ve love to discuss! xx

  7. Love your business cards! I still haven’t read Georgette Heyer though I heard about her during a short creative writing course a few years ago…and when I said I didn’t know who she was back then, there were a lot of raised eyebrows. Hey, we can’t all know everything right? Lol.
    I’m from the UK and agree, UK YA is usually far grittier.

  8. Hiya, I just wanted to let you know that I love your blog. It is so fresh and you always have such great recommendations. I have nominated you for the blog Sunshine Award. Here’s the details 🙂 🙂 x

  9. Pitch Perfect was filmed on my campus! A few of my friends are extras in the film. I hope you enjoy!

  10. I love silver linings playbook it is such a good film!
    Please check out my book blog if you are interested

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