BOOKS - December / January / February / March

Wow. I haven't done a reading / watching post in an age, so this is going to be a LONG ONE. 

Also - I've decided to remove the watching aspect of these posts and just focus on the books from now on. 

Go here to see my last reading / watching post and find links to all the others.

Let's start with some of the books I enjoyed reading over the course of the last few months.

First off - I finally read Cold Comfort Farm. Also - Turn, Magic Wheel and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (for the first time - somehow I never got around to reading them as a child).
I read three books of essays - I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron, Sleepwalk with Me by Mike Birbiglia and How Did You Get This Number by Sloane Crosley.
THIS! I got A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke for my birthday and it is just as cute as you imagine it would be.

(Very, very, very cute.)
Finally, I read Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Book (so many awesome details about the series, plus pictures of young Larry David), The Score: Interviews with Film Composers (bringing my obsession with film scores to a new level), Hippo in A Tutu: Dancing in Disney Animation (I'm not even a dancing aficionado, but I loved this) and Wired: The Short Life & Fast Times of John Belushi (I thought that this was very well-written and interesting, but it made me loathe John Belushi SO MUCH.... so much.... so so so so so much - just as much as the Chris Farley book made me LOVE Chris Farley - this made me hate John Belushi).
Now for the DOZENS of wonderful books I discovered over the past few months. My bookshelves want to house them.

The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen.
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.
Boot & Shoe by Mara Frazee / Cheetah Can't Lose by Bob Shea / All Through My Town by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Leo Timmers.
Penguin's Hidden Talent by Alex Latimer.
Follow the Line to School and Follow the Line Around the World by Laura Ljungkvist.
Draw Me a House by Thibaud Herem / The Scribble Diary by Lisa Currie / Let's Make Some Great Fingerprint Art by Marion Deuchars.
Magic Beach by Crockett Johnson / The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Mike Lowery / Hello, Rock by Roger Bradfield / Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el and Tim Bowers.
Bananas in My Ears: A Collection of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles & Rhymes by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake / Rosie's Magic Horse by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Quentin Blake.
No! by Marta Altes.
Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist / Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson / Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein.
Find & Keep: 25 Projects to Spark Your Imagination by Beci Orpin.
Eames: Beautiful Details.
Colors Insulting to Nature by Cintra Wilson / The Dinner by Herman Koch / Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson / Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles by Ron Currie Jr. / The Tragedy of Mr. Morn by Vladimir Nabokov.
Wake Up, Sloth! and Popville by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud.
Trixie Ten by Sarah Massini.
The Boy who Cried Bigfoot! by Scott Magoon.
What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani / Pepi Sings a New Song by Laura Ljungkvist / Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long.
Bob the Dog by Rodrigo Folgueira, illustrested Poly Bernatene / Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie.
The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World by Mary Blume.
Pets Go Pop and Look! Another Book! by Bob Staake
Pop-Up London by Jennie Maizels.
Noodle books by Marion Billet.
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira, illustrated by Poly Bernatene.
You're All Just Jealous of My Jetpack: Cartoons by Tom Gauld.
The Gentleman Bug by Julian Hector.
I Like Vegetables and I Like Fruit by Lorena Siminovich.
Pomelo Explores Color by Ramona Badescu and Benjamin Chaud.
The Collier Campbell Archive: 50 Years of Passion in Pattern.
Nancy is Happy: Complete Dailies 1943-1945 (Vol. 1).
Furry Friends / Rapunzel by Sarah Gibb / All About Faces! by La Zoo / How Did That Get in My Lunchbox? The Story of Food by Chris Butterworth and Lucia Gaggiotti.


  1. One of my favorite books is Cold Comfort Farm. What did you think of it?

    1. I loved it. I read (& enjoyed) Nightingale Farm by Stella Gibbons a year or two ago and I don't know what took me so long to read Cold Comfort Farm.

      Have you read Christmas at Cold Comfort Farm or Conference at Cold Comfort Farm? I'm curious whether or not I should get them.

  2. Woow, It's a Great selection of books! I'm a big reader and your list is a great help! Besides, I love so much all covers, are so nice! For example I have read Philip Pullman trilogy but the spanish versión has a very boring cover, what a pitty... :(
    Thank you and big hugs!!

  3. I literally *just* finished rereading the Pullman trilogy -- like, two days ago -- for the first time in years. What did you think of it? I forgot about the end and wept a lot, ugh. Also, if you like Cold Comfort Farm -- have you read anything by Nancy Mitford? I think you'd be way into The Pursuit of Love/Love in a Cold Climate!

    1. I really enjoyed them, but they weren't what I imagined they would be like! Even though they were so popular when I was in late elementary school / middle school, I never really knew what they were about.... and I wasn't expecting all the philosophical / religious aspects (I definitely thought they were "lighter" fare): I can't believe they even TRIED to turn the books into movies!! I think it would be pretty impossible to do it accurately. Anyway, I shed some tears at the end. Whenever I cry during a book, I write "tears" in the margin. Yup.

      I read (& liked) The Pursuit of Love. I think I have a copy of The Blessing hanging around somewhere. I have so many books that I'm really not sure. But I THINK! Also a biography of the Mitford sisters that I picked up at a book sale, but I want to read more Mitford books before I delve into the biography.

  4. Woah woah hold. the. phone. Lemony Snicket wrote a book that Jon Klassen illustrated?? I need this.

    I need to reread His Dark Materials. It's been too long.

  5. Right? They're like a children's book dream team.


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