I Spied With My Bookish Eye – Colored Page Edges

Books are a form of entertainment.

 

Book covers are a form of art.

 

And when you´re surprised with neat little decorative book additions then you suddenly feel like all major holidays were shoved into one moment.

I don´t know about you but I get excited when I discover these decorative additions on books. Something as simple as a shiny raised font or glitter specks on a book cover can make my day. But what makes my literary heart melt is when I spot colored page edges.

 

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During my last book cover hunt, I discovered these colorful gems.

On the left, we have `All These Beautiful Strangers` by author Elizabeth Klehfoth 

This 2018 published Young Adult Mystery has received praises up the ying-yang. The cover looks fun. The faded rainbow filter gives the rather mundane cover image of a girl floating in the water a nice touch. I´m sure you can´t tell but there are also finely raised glossy water droplets scattered over the image. When the lights hit the cover the whole thing looks really eye-catchy. When I picked this one up I saw the colored edge. YES, BABY! Makes me want to send the publisher a letter that says: “I saw what you did there, Hombres. Nice move.”All These Beautiful Strangers

I´m still arguing with myself over the compatibility of all the details. Each on their own is awesome. All together though- Not so sure. This, sort of, feels like an over-kill. No doubt – A stunner at first glance. On closer inspection, it does take you a hot minute to take in the neat features. For me, the colored page edges look like they belong to a different book. Maybe this was intentional. Maybe not.

I ended up not purchasing `All These Beautiful Strangers` because the story didn´t sound like something I´d enjoy.

 

The book on the right side of the image is a 2019 Young Adult Romance titled `The Places I´ve Cried In Public` by author Holly Bourne. The cover art is beautiful. I love the color theme. Purple and white with a splash of mint. This one hit me in a positive way.The Places I´ve Cried In Public

This feels like the whole package deal. The title is great- It sounds so dramatic. The synopsis sounds like something that´s right up my alley… I had to calm my inner cheerleader down when I saw the colored page edges. That purple! Guuurl…

This book won me over in seconds. I didn´t waste another thought and made a beeline towards the register.

 

 

Funnily enough, on my way out I spotted another book with colored page edges. This is a German Romance Fantasy time travel novel titled `TausendMalSchon` by author Marah Woolf that´s been recently published.

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Although the cover is cute and pretty with all the tiny detail images and pastel colors,  it´s not something I´m immediately drawn to. The colored page edges, though… Perfect! The color matches the cover and the dragonflies look adorable. This is what I call a book decoration surprise done well. I found out earlier that a good friend of mine is currently reading this gem so I´m eager to find out if she thinks the story fits the visible package.

 

Do I find these colored page edges necessary? Not really. But I do think they help with sales. For me, this little addition gives that last push before purchasing a book. Say you´re 70% sure about buying a book and you see something as simple as a colored page edge. That has the potential to seal the deal. We tend to take things that bring us pleasure home. “I´d like to have that on my bookshelf“. A colored page edge can most definitely get conversations going.

Do I find colored page edges eye-catchy? Absolutely. You´ll stop and look. You might even smile or think ” this looks neat.” It´s always about grabbing someone´s attention.

It´s funny how the little things in life can have such an impact on us.

From all the books featured in this post, I have purchased only one.


 

What are your thoughts on colored page edges? Are they a YAY or a NAY for you? What book details bring you the most joy? Drop a comment below. I´d love to chat. ❤

 

Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this week´s I Spied With My Bookish Eye post.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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10 Most Breathtaking Book Sculptures & Book Art

If you think you´ve seen ´em all then you´re very wrong.

The internet offers many beautiful book related items but nothing can ever be compared to the book art and book sculptures from the many fabulous book carving and book shaving artists out there.

 

We´ve tackled the 10 Most Amazing Book Sculptures & Book Art before… It´s time to present the 10 Most Breathtaking Book Sculptures & Book Art.

 

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  1. Magical

On closer inspection- This looks like a scene from The Little Match Girl, which makes this  book art even more  beautiful but in a chilling kind of way. A bonus: The added light.

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2. Inside The Book Room

It´s a doll house. No. It´s a study. No. Whatever this awesome work of art is… it´s perfect. Bless the person who took their time to fold, glue and cut all the tiny pieces for the world to see and appreciate.

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3. A Paper Romance

How utterly romantic and hauntingly detailed. The only thing missing would be for the paper figures to fall into each others arms. Stunning.

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4. The Paper Tower With A Rose Garden

And this is where the romantic paper couple would life, if it were up to me. In an enchanted area with paper roses and a paper tower. ❤

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5. Paper Town

This is unbelievable. Like a paper version of one of those spectacular cities that are located on a cliff in romantic Italy.

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6. Peter, Wendy & The Croc

Wow. Just wow.

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7. A Book Invasion

While this isn´t necessarily a book sculpture it´s definitely book art. Sure, anyone can cut out uneven holes in book pages and add a few insects. But… it´s an art to place the insects in the right positions. Easy to copy and still has a great effect!

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8. A Magical Palace

Seriously, who is the person who created this impressive piece of work? And those lights and the gold trimming? I want to give them a hug.

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9. A Royal Paper Dinner

I love this. It´s simple and so cute. The artist even included a chandelier!

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10. DA BOMB, AGAIN.

A have a new appreciation for this artist. The passion is visible. The details are stunning. I really don´t know what else to say other than PERFECT.

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Which book sculpture or book art is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. Let´s discuss book art! 

 

Hope you have a lovely day,

Much book love,

Morgana ❤ ❤

Cursive Writing- Teaching my child the art of penmanship

 

It all started when my 10 year old daughter, Eve, came to me the other day and asked if I could order a book for her on Amazon.

My heart always swells with pride when my kids show interest in books. I mean- an avid reader would love nothing more than to share some book love with their kids, right?

But this time- my heart stuttered and I felt my forehead wrinkle. Eve didn´t ask me to buy her ANOTHER book on horses or other animals. This time she asked if I could buy a book on cursive handwriting. Imagine the look on my face.

At first, I thought she was interested in the history of cursive handwriting. Could have been possible. Some kids like to ride their bikes and some want to learn about cursive writing. Kids are odd that way. To each is their own. But, no. Eve didn´t want to learn about the origins of the delicate hand motions. She wanted to learn how write cursive.

This stopped me dead in my tracks. Wasn´t my child going to learn how to do that in School? I was confused. After calling all kinds of people ( including my daughter´s teacher ) I quickly learned that my daughter will never learn the art of cursive writing in School.

Cursive writing is dead.

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I find this alarming. You can find cursive written words all over the place. How was my daughter ever going to be able to read cursive writing without my help or the help of anyone older?

I see a small problem forming.

The closest thing she will ever come to writing cursive will be by connecting certain letters in a word. Not all letters. Just a few. The rest will be in bold letters. Let´s take the word `Letter` as an example.

The `Le` would be connected together in a cursive manner and the `tter` in print.

I can see adults writing that way. Young adults eventually develop their own personal writing style…  But to teach children that kind of style? That doesn´t make any sense. It´s lazy and sloppy. Half-assed technique. ( Okay…I´m getting mad here. * breath in – breath out * )

I´ve noticed my daughter writing in that odd 1/3 cursive style when she does her homework. But I thought it was a new way of learning the skill ( because with every new generation the system comes up with some new crap to try out on the kids ). Little did I know that the school system would go so far as wipe out a style of penmanship. Why?

I´ve searched high and low, combed through countless websites and articles, trying to find an explanation or at least an answer that made sense. I´m just as clever as I was before. Every article I came across looked like they were written by the adults from the cartoon Peanuts. „Warp woooaarp woah woah, wooom warp.“

I´m 35 years old. So, technically- I haven´t been out of school for forever. It´s only been a few years. I belong to the generation where we learned how to connect our letters with loops and curves. All the letters of a word together. Remember?

So, yeah. I bought her a book on how to learn the basics of cursive handwriting. I actually bought 2 books and I´ve invested hours, sitting beside my kid, teaching her how to hold her pen, swinging letters, etc. I can´t say it was easy, though. Do I feel more appreciation for teachers now that I´ve taught my daughter how to write? No. It´s their chosen profession. They get paid to do their job. I feel litle sympathy. ( I´m pissed. Can you tell?)

I didn´t know this as a child but learning to write in cursive is an important tool for cognitive development. As an adult and a mother of 2, I can see the importance of cursive writing. I see the positive effects it has for a childs concentration, for their motoric skills. And believe it or not- cursive writing even has an effect on reading skills as well. I have living proof snoring two rooms down the hall!

I´m talking about our future, here. Young minds who are learning to type with their 10 fingers instead of learning the art of swinging a pen over paper in a graceful manner. I find that sad. This has nothing to do with old fashioned thinking. It has to do with letting something important die because a group of people / some institution find it unnecessary. Which is the stupidest reason I´ve ever came across.

Will it be an issue if this generation is not able to read a book title that is printed in cursive writing?

What about logos, slogans and what not? Some fonts are cursive.

We´re living in a time where technology has the upper hand and time is our enemy. It´s natural that some things my generation enjoyed will soon be a fun-to-laugh-at-memory or completely forgotten. But to let something as important as a handwriting style die is inexcusable.

The end of the story- My daughter is now happy she can write in a different style. And a happy daughter equals a happy mommy.

Here are the books I´ve purchased that have helped my daughter learn the art of cursive handwriting. She still has a long way to go but that´s okay. If the School system doesn´t support it, I definitely will. ( Both books are available on Amazon.com )cursive writing 3

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