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Big Kids’ Table: Books Equal the Best Accessories

 

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It’s Monday so I’m feeling rebellious. That’s right. I chose books by their covers. NO ONE THROW THINGS AT ME. Basically, I was in the bookstore last week, checking out the New Fiction table, and stumbled upon some beautiful looking books. Not just beautiful but bright and eye-catching. When it comes to summer, I am about bright sundresses, nail colors, lips, sunglasses… everything! I love love color. So today I want you think of these books as some gorgeous piece of clothing in a shop window or even the best looking umbrella on the beach…

Because regardless of what we are taught, a good cover is a HUGE reason why we pick up a book in the first place, right?

Let’s see what we have today…

For Once in my Life by Marianne Kavanagh

This image doesn’t do the book cover justice. It’s so so so bright!

Description from GoodreadsMeet Tess.  A vintage clothes–obsessive, she’s trapped in a frighteningly grown-up customer relations job she loathes. Still, she’s been dating the gorgeous accountant Dominic since university, and has a perfectly lovely flat, which she shares with her best friend, Kirsty. But if her life is so perfect, why does she tear up whenever anyone mentions her future?

Meet George. He’s a brilliant jazz musician who spends almost as much time breaking up fights between his bickering band mates as he does worrying about his ailing father and living up to his stockbroker girlfriend’s very high expectations. For a guy who has always believed in romance, the grim practicalities of twenty-something life have come as something of a shock. Seemingly always on the verge of a big break, he’s looking for something more…something special.

They just might be two halves of one perfect whole. Now, if only they could manage to cross paths…

(I actually chatted about this book in my Shelve It from this weekend.)

Em and the Big Hoom by Jerry Pinto

Great font and colors, right?

Description from Goodreads: In a one-bedroom-hall-kitchen in Mahim, Bombay, through the last decades of the twentieth century, lived four love-battered Mendeses: mother, father, son and daughter. Between Em, the mother, driven frequently to hospital after her failed suicide attempts, and The Big Hoom, the father, trying to hold things together as best he could, they tried to be a family.

Bonus: I’m seeing a ton of 5-star ratings on Goodreads.

Mood Indigo by Boris Vian

Oh gosh. I realized I was so blinded by these colors that I fell for a movie tie-in cover. Can you blame me? As soon as I saw that sky, I imagined doing a NAILED IT based on it. Anyway…

Description from B&NFirst published in 1947, Mood Indigo perfectly captures the feverishly creative, melancholy romance of mid-century Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Recently voted number ten on Le Monde’s list of the 100 Books of the Century (the top ten also included works by Camus, Proust, Kafka, Hemingway, and Steinbeck), Boris Vian’s novel has been an icon of French literature for fifty years—the avant-garde, populist masterpiece by one of twentieth-century Paris’s most intriguing cultural figures, a touchstone for generations of revolutionary young people, a jazz-fueled, science-fiction-infused, sexy, fantastical, nouveau-decadent tear-jerker that has charmed and beguiled hundreds of thousands of readers around the world. With the help of Michel Gondry and Audrey Tautou, it is set to seduce many, many more.

A Girl Walks Into a Wedding by Helena S. Paige

Not only is this cover fun but this book is one of those “choose your own adventure” books…

Abbreviated description from B&NYour best friend is getting married and she’s asked you to be a bridesmaid. You have so many decisions to make. . . .  You also have to navigate through the bachelorette party, the bride’s wedding jitters, the dress from hell, and more. Perhaps the most tempting option is to flee the entire affair with a tall, dark stranger . . . or maybe an old friend who could surprise you with a sizzling encounter. You make the decisions—a wild ride is guaranteed.

Ten Things I

It’s interesting how many of these book started out with a toned-down cover and released a second, more vibrant one!

Description from GoodreadsAbout to turn thirty, Alice is the youngest of three daughters, and the black sheep of her family.  Drawn to traveling in far-flung and often dangerous countries, she has never enjoyed the closeness with her father that her two older sisters have and has eschewed their more conventional career paths.  She has left behind a failed relationship in London with the man she thought she might marry and is late to hear the news that her father is dying.  She returns to the family home only just in time to say good-bye.

Daniel is called many things—”tramp”, “bum”, “lost.”  He hasn’t had a roof over his head for almost thirty years, but he once had a steady job and a passionate love affair with a woman he’s never forgotten.  To him, the city of London has come to be like home in a way that no bricks and mortar dwelling ever was.  He makes sculptures out of the objects he finds on his walks throughout the city—bits of string and scraps of paper, a child’s hair tie, and a lost earring—and experiences synesthesia, a neurological condition which causes him to see words and individual letters of the alphabet as colors.  But as he approaches his sixties his health is faltering, and he is kept alive by the knowledge of one thing—that he has a daughter somewhere in the world whom he has never been able to find.

So what do we think any keepers in this group? Four out of the 5 books are strong contenders for me. (Not sure “choose your own adventure” is something I want to try again.)

What about you? What’s the last book you picked based on a cover? 🙂

Thanks for checking out this month’s Big Kids’ Table! ♥

July 3, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Alexa S. - I’ll admit to being suckered in by pretty covers! My favorite of this post is For Once in My Life, because the cover is so bright and has the same (ish) color scheme as my blog. Plus, the story sounds fantastic 😉

July 1, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I have never been ashamed about judging books on their cover! I support this! It only rarely bites me in the butt!

I love these covers so much. I love that they are bright and colorful and cohesive. They would have drawn my eye too! (:

July 1, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Casee Marie - I could definitely go for more tie-in editions if they looked like Mood Indigo! It’s so pretty. I haven’t read the book, but I want to. And the film has me excited – LOVE Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris. 🙂

June 30, 2014 - 5:33 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I really love that cover for For Once in My Life. And it’s better in person? Amazing.

I’m always picking books up because their covers interest me.

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