Little Book of Book Making: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Beautiful Handmade Books
by Charlotte Rivers
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.
R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)
Give it Time (It’ll grow on you.)
- Easy to read layout with informational text and photographic examples
- Multiple examples from all over the world
- Great hands-on, step-by-step projects
- Ability to lay the book flat while working on your projects
- Written without too much unexplained jargon
- The title led me to believe the book would focus more on making your own projects
Overall, I really enjoyed both the layout and subject matter. Having recently completed a college course in bookbinding, I would highly recommend this book to anyone taking a similar class or who is interested in learning about bookbinding across the globe. Public and school libraries would find this title to be a useful addition to their craft section.
As promised, I’ve found another read-a-thon challenge to participate in; however, this one might be more my speed as I can choose how many books I want for my goal. I think I’ll make two goals. A more conservative goal, which will be easier to attain. And an extended goal with extra titles I would love to finish. Wishful Endings is the host for this read-a-thon, so check out the introductory post here to check out the rules and to sign up.
Paperback, 751 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Roc (first published September 29th 2015)
You may recall that I’m participating in the AceRocStars street team program, and this book was one of the earlier galleys they sent out. I’ve really wanted to read it ever since I finished reading the prologue, which introduced Gwen as she battled her mother in a flurry of words and gauntlet blasts. What a way to introduce a character! But then we shifted gears to Captain Grimm, and it took me a little while to warm up to him. When I start a new series, they usually seem a little slow at the beginning until the author finds his/her rhythm.
It’s time to post this reading challenge’s wrap-up, and I can’t believe that 3 weeks have already passed! This was my first reading challenge, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, and it definitely shows in my final tally. Unfortunately, I was plagued with two issues which affected my reading. One, I had family and traveling stuff the first half of the challenge. Two, the first book I picked up, And the Trees Crept In, was one of those books that interfered with my desire to continue reading. You’ll see why if you follow the link above and read my review.
I also switched out a few titles based on availability and reading desires. The Aeronaut’s Windlass replaced The Way of Kings for the Pewter Badge (first book in a series), and since I got my hands on an early copy of Empire of Storms, I swapped it in the the Thunder Badge (thunderous hype) to replace my previously chosen Mistborn, which I still plan on reading soon.
I had fun with this challenge and am looking forward to participating in more in the future. Thanks Read at Midnight for hosting something so creative!!
Here are my final tallies.
Blog: Redd’s Reads
Pokemon Used: Dratini (evolved into Dragonair)
Pewter Badge: The Aeronaut’s Windlass = 75 CP Points + 20CP completion bonus
Cascade Badge: And the Trees Crept In = 35 CP Points + 20CP completion bonus
Thunder Badge: Empire of Storms = 17 CP Points
Rainbow Badge: 0 CP Points
Marsh Badge: 0 CP Points
Soul Badge: 0 CP Points
Flame Badge: Sign of the Crescent = 1 CP Point
Earth Badge: 0 CP Points
Review Points: 1 review = 20 CP, posted between 14/8-4/9.
Social Media Points: 10 tweets = 20 CP
Evolution Bonus: +50 CP for dratini to dragonair evolution
Extra Books Read Bonus: Didn’t even make it through the challenge 😦
Did you participate? What books did you finish? How far did your Pokemon level?
R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!)
Creative Must (Does something different really well.)
I had to stay up last night just to finish this book. While the beginning was a little slow with world-building, the pace quickly grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go. As a humorous breakdown of horror stereotypes in a MG novel, the characters really came to life. Majordomo-the Frankenstein monster, Cook and her son Angus-minotaurs, Serenissima-she’s completely unique, and Pins-a voodoo doll come to life. Here’s what you need to know about this book!
Great characterization and well-rounded cast
Main character had to confront a bully, but she had great support from friends
Catch more flies with honey not vinegar trope well-used
Twisted horror tropes
Firm conclusion with space for a sequel (NOT a cliff-hanger ending)
Fun art throughout
Enjoyable for all ages
Beginning was a little slow to set the stage
The tasks and Board of Magic were a bit confusing at times
This is definitely a title every library should have, and it should be added to bully prevention lists for its portrayal of support.
Reviewed from an uncorrected proof.