24th birthday book haul

12:00 pm

Here we are, half a month into twenty-four, and only just putting up a birthday book haul! The first three books I got from my lovely friend Emily (hey, witch sister!) and pretty much sum up our friendship: magic, fantasy, and books from our childhood. The last book is another by the fantastic Austin Kleon, whose book Steal Like an Artist is basically the staple for any creative slump I find myself in.

Tithe by Holly Black - 'Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms - a struggle that could very well mean her death.' What's not to like?!

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli - I must have seen this about a thousand time during my childhood trips to the public library, but for some reason never picked it up. From what I can tell, this is a story about not having to conform and the troubles of being different in school. It's basically an absolute classic, and apparently will soon be a film. 

East O' The Sun and West O' The Moon by Peter Christen Asbjornsen - Declared by my friend as soon to be my favourite fairy tale, this is a Norwegian folk story about the love between a bewitched prince and determined lady. The art in this looks absolutely stunning and I can't wait to save this for a cosy evening in with a cup of tea and hot water bottle.

Show Your Work by Austin Kleon - I loved Austin's previous book, Steal Like An Artist, and I knew I needed to get my hands on this after hearing how much Ariel loved it. Yes, I've already read the entire thing, and it was just as wonderful and perspective-altering as the previous publication. Being creative is such an exciting thing to experience and we should stop trying to pigeonhole ourselves into being one thing.

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