Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, 20th Anniversary Hufflepuff edition
After weeks wracked with indecision about which of the Harry Potter 20th-anniversary editions I should get, I bought the Hufflepuff one because it’s in my favorite color, yellow. Blue is another of my favorite colors and I am a Ravenclaw, but I didn’t like the shade of blue that the Ravenclaw editions were published in. It was too dark. However, this bright yellow suits me well. I paired it with a postcard I bought when I visited the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn museum.
The Golden Fool
I also bought this beautiful edition of Robin Hobb’s Tawney Man trilogy and paired it with the bookmarks that came with them from Book Depository. I’m reading through Robin Hobb’s books with Emily at Embuhlee liest and we’re currently on Ship of Magic, the last novel in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So much has happened since the Farseer books and I’m still curious to see how the Farseer books connect with the Liveship Traders ones. I can see some connection with the serpents and all, but there must be more and I have a theory on how and would like to know if I’m right. Anyway, I’m hooked on this story and the world and can’t wait to read the Tawney Man books.
Ramayana: Divine Loophole by Sanjay Patel
As I mentioned in a recent post, Chronicle Books, a San Francisco-based publisher of books and stationary, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary by offering 25% off its books and free shipping. I used the deal to get Ramayana by Sanjay Patel, a Pixar animator and storyboard artist, because I love the illustrations I’ve seen of it. I was first drawn to Patel’s work when I saw this video floating around Facebook:
Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
Language by Xiaolu Guo
I took myself to New York City for the weekend and bought these at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore chain. This was my second time visiting the store but my first time purchasing something there, which I was glad to do because I’ve wanted to revisit the store since my first brief visit last year. I picked up Ico at random and bought it because I liked the cover and the synopsis sounds like my sort of story; and I got Language because I’ve wanted to get one of the Penguin Vintage Minis since I first heard of them.
The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Hickman, illus. by Tomm Coker
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
July 4th was Independence Day in the U.S. I spent it in bookstores, where I purchased The Black Monday Murders, Vol. 1, which the cashier in the comic book shop said is about cults and Wall Street and murders, which made me go “Hmm… that’s weirdly interesting to me.” I then bought Down Among the Sticks and Bones at Barnes & Noble because I had a coupon. (Yeah me!)