It began snowing late last night, and by the time I woke up this morning, the view out of my halls window was one of Liverpool as a white, peaceful, slow little world. Woke my boyfriend up in a fit of excitement and we had a lovely breakfast and then headed out, throwing snowballs at each other on the way.
Headed towards the cathedral to start off with, and took some lovely pictures which I might put up later of Liverpool in the snow.
It’s my birthday tomorrow, and my lovely boyfriend took me to Waterstones and I chose two books, which I’ll read and review a bit on here once I’m done with ‘The Casual Vacancy’.
The first: ‘The Hundred Year Old Who Climbed out of The Window and Disappeared’ by Jonas Jonasson.On first impressions, I love this book. It has a great opening chapter (quickly read perched on the edge of a Waterstones bookshelf) and seems just up my street.
I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but you can only stick to that to a certain extent. If we were to ignore a book’s cover, firstly and most obviously, how would we differentiate books, and secondly, what would make us pick the book off the shelf? I love books, and beautiful books are ones that appeal to me even more (see the latest edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novels)
The cover of ‘The Hundred Year Old Man…’ is cool, for lack of a better word. It’s not beautiful, like the cover above, but it’s interesting to the eye and it’s quite graphic. I like the division into four sections, and the various blues juxtaposed against each other. Take a look.
The book immediately has a sense of humour about it, which I love. Covers like this are great for the simple reason that they give a book its identity before it is even read. Another great example of this is ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ by Mark Haddon, where the cover artist has introduced humour through the way the dogs little arms comically stick up from the strange image on the front.
The other book bought for me today was ‘Londoners’ by Craig Taylor. This book I had scouted out whilst doing my Christmas shopping but I couldn’t think of anyone to buy it for. I usually do this – choose presents based upon what I like, hoping against hope that the person receiving it will enjoy it too. This book presents London from the point of view of people from many different backgrounds, and I can’t wait to read it. Books like this interest me, and with London as a subject matter I just couldn’t turn it down. London is one of my favourite cities. I try to get down there whenever I can, but it can be difficult sometimes what with studying, working, etc, things get in the way, as things do. So I can’t wait to read this book, and get my little taste of London. My London fix.