Well! You Sir Or Madam Are Wrong!

Greetings Bookbaggers!

This is just a minuscule post to express my horror at checking my stats today.

I was casually looking at my top views and searches when I saw this as the uppermost top search term that led someone to the twisted forest of Book Polygamist:

mister god this is anna is crap

Now, regular Bookbaggers will know that Mister God This is Anna by Fynn is one of my favourite books of all time (see me rave about it in these many posts) so it broke my heart that firstly someone would Google (or *insert alternative search engine name here*) that and that secondly it led them to my blog, a place that may be weird and a tad crazy but that only has good things to say about the book. This ill-fated visit may have added an extra number to my hit count, but they certainly didn’t find what they were after.

As a library worker I should accept that people are entitled to their own opinions and taste in books (and generally I am quite accepting of this fact) but It just annoyed and saddened me to see it on my dashboard, bold as brass.

So, to make up for it I thought I’d give the book some more love ūüôā

First up is this beautiful cover of a French edition

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Next is this gorgeous tattoo of Anna¬†(the image is all rights reserved which Is why I’ve linked it instead of sharing the pic directly. It is worth a look though – stunning work)

And lastly, here are some other blog posts/reviews:

Book Review: Mister God, This Is Anna by Fynn on GoodHeart Books

FYNN’s¬†Mister God, This Is Anna¬†on Read and Reviewed

Mister God, This is Anna by Fynn 1974 on Not Now…I’m Reading

Review: Mister God, This is Anna on The Book Lovers

‚ÄėMister God, This Is¬†Anna‚Äô¬†on Snap, Crackle, Pop

So there anonymous searcher! ūüėõ

I don’t remember the name of the book….but it had a blue cover?

As a former Library Studies student and now a Library Assistant I have often heard stories which have become akin to urban legends in the library world. The biggest of these is the patron (or client, customer, member, insert synonym-which-is-acceptable-to-use-when-describing-the-users-of-the-library here) who approaches the desk and enquires about a book they may have borrowed or browsed in the past and when prompted for further details on said book says something like “Well i don’t remember what it was called or who wrote it, but I think it was blue?”.

This is baffling to library staff (probably book store staff also) because A. depending on the size of the library we could have anywhere from dozens to hundreds or even thousands of books with a blue cover and B. unlike titles, authors, publication information or even vague keywords, the colour of the cover is not something we can generally search for and unless the library is very tiny its hard to remember all books of a particular colour we have seen come in.

This is going to take a while…

I have personally never encountered the fabled Blue Book Enquirer, but¬†I have helped many patrons who could remember very little about a book they need or want and I have noticed that cover colour and decoration are often what sticks. Because of this and my already established love of cover art, I usually am keen to notice what incoming books, or popular books look like, just in case. Who knows, perhaps one day a patron will come in with a life or death situation which requires a very rare book which they have only ever seen in this library and they have recently suffered a strangely specific form of amnesia where they cannot remember any details about things in their life pre-amnesia except colours, and my recollection of the textbook with a chartreuse cover and teal stripes could be the very moment that saves their life! Ok, perhaps that’s a bit of a stretch but better safe than sorry right?

Anyway, because of this I generally pay attention to book covers in my day to day life, and especially the ones I’m reading (so much so that I try and pick the bookmark out of my bookmark collection that best matches the book I’m using it in…..shut up) and when all or some of the books are the same colour…I get a tad excited. This happened to me recently when I was after a few quick reads around my birthday and coincidentally the four books I chose had predominantly blue covers.

It all started funnily enough with a graphic novel called Blue by Pat Grant.  I was feeling a little bored with my current reads and just wanted something I could read in one sitting so i visited my local library and picked up a few novels (to get to later) and a few graphic novels. I chose to read Blue because the cover and inside art attracted me, I had never heard of it before and the other two graphic novels were volumes 2 and 7 of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman and since I have never read the series in its entirety i wanted to go in order. Blue was an interesting and quirky little graphic novel that I read from cover to cover that afternoon, and it broke me out of my reading rut. The story explored racism and localism in a small coastal Australian town told through a trio of surfer teens, but the really interesting thing about it was how the race or races which were discriminated against were instead strange tentacled creatures with blue skin who doodled childlike yet intricate graffiti all over the town. The artwork was also really beautiful with hand lettering and ink-work completely in gray-scale with touches of blue. If you want to know more simply go to Pat Grants website, but I will also do a quick review at some point.

Definitely worth a look.

After finishing Blue I was still in the mood for another short read, and then I remembered that I still had The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr Seuss sitting on my desk since I received around my last birthday! Since my birthday was only a few days away I thought it was absolutely ridiculous that I had gone almost a year without reading a picture book which even 6-year-old me would’ve devoured immediately, so I quickly rectified this. As is to be expected from Dr Seuss the stories were a delight and even though I only dipped in in between doing other tasks around the house I had read them all within an hour or so (and I will also post a small review of them eventually). It was at this point that I noticed that both books were quite blue (as you can see) but as there was only two of them it was quite a small coincidence.

A few days later, on my birthday I stopped off at a few shops in Leederville (a hip suburb in Perth where I’m currently working) to buy myself some birthday presents. One of these shops was Oxford St Books one of my favourite book stores. After a very thorough browsing I left with¬†City of Fallen Angels¬†by Cassandra Clare¬†(which is the forth Mortal Instruments book and the one I’m up to); Curses and Blessings For All Occasions by Bradley Trevor Greive (author of another blue number – The Blue Day Book and other funny little gift books featuring captioned animals)

How could you resist that happy looking whale?

and The Templeton Twins: Have An Idea by Ellis Weiner.

At this point my brain may have subconsciously been craving blue things :-\


I enjoyed Curses and Blessings For All Occasions that afternoon and evening and had a good giggle (again I’ll post a brief review soon) and then read The Templeton Twins (which was a hilarious children’s adventure in the vein of Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, filled with lovely black, white and blue illustrations – review to follow) on the bus to and from work over the next two days. By then I was so chuffed by my collection of short, blue reads that I just had to share it with you, my beloved Bookbaggers ūüôā

I hope you enjoyed my rambling and, as always:

Happy Reading!

A Mythic connection

While I mentioned way back at the inception of this blog¬†that on occasion the books I’m reading have eerie cross-overs, I realised that none of them have been significant enough for me to actually write a post – until now.

The connection I found was between three books I am currently reading/just finished reading: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Raven’s Heart by Jesse Blackadder, and are references to Norse God Odin’s twin ravens, Huginn (Thought) and Muninn (Memory).

Odin with Huginn and Muninn

I’m aware that Norse Mythology isn’t always widely known, so if you’ve never heard of Huginn and Muninn or Odin in general this site¬†is a pretty good one for all things Norse and Mythic ūüėČ

The first reference was in The Night Circus. One of the main characters Celia Bowen, the illusionist at the circus has a raven which she uses in her act called Huginn and in one scene her father says that she should get another one – “a Muninn to complete the set” to which she replied “I prefer thought to memory, Papa.” This gave me a bit of a giggle, as I enjoy Mythological references slipped into books, it was an insightful sentiment and it made me think of a game I sometimes play on Facebook (Ravenwood fair) which also has a Huginn and a Muninn, but I didn’t give it much more thought until they popped up in another book – American Gods.

 

The reference in American Gods came about because one of the main characters was revealed as being Odin (this isn’t really a spoiler as it happens fairly early on, and with a title like American Gods it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that Gods will feature). I thought it was pretty neat that two books I was reading at the same time referenced the same thing, but not too odd because after all they are both Fantasy novels so it’s not a huge stretch of the imagination that they would both include Mythology in some form, and in my reading adventures I have found that when reading so many books at once, similarities can, and do pop up.

 

When I read the third reference in The Raven’s Heart, I laughed out loud. In hindsight it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise considering the book’s title, but it did take me by surprise when in this Historical novel, Mary Queen of Scots started to tell the book’s protagonist, Alison/Robert the story of Odin and his ravens to illustrate that she wanted her to be her spy in the kingdom.

I doubt that Huginn and Muninn will make an appearance in any of my other current books, but if they do I’ll make sure to share the weird coincidence ūüôā

 

Also, this post is a bit of a milestone – it is¬†Book Polygamist’s¬†100th post! *cheers and applause ensue!* ūüėÄ

Thank you¬†to those of you that have been reading from the beginning, and also thank you to readers that have only just started to read – without you all I doubt I would have had the effort to last 100 posts ūüôā

Another milestone is coming up very soon – the first anniversary of Book Polygamist, which is on the 5th of March – so perhaps I will do a special post on that day to celebrate.

For now ‘tho,¬†thank you for reading and as always:

Happy Reading!

Mmmmmm Books….. *drool*

So, I realised that I¬†haven’t done a new post in a little while, because I haven’t started, finished or received¬†any new books ūüė¶ so I¬†thought I’d¬†share some thoughts I had a week or two ago.

When looking at the crazy pile of books from my friend Sarah (which is now the biggest “choosing” pile – yes Sarah, you win!) I realised the books I¬†borrow from her are either quick fun reads, or pretty creepy shit (ie. zombies, Clive Barker) and it made me think of the different types of books I¬†read – not the genre or recommended¬†age range per say¬†but more how they are to read – and because It made sense in my head, I compared them to different foods.

Firstly¬†the fun quick¬†reads, which for me include “light” mysteries (ie. Phryne Fisher mysteries), YA fantasy series, and currently, the Sookie¬†Stackhouse series. These books I¬†compare to junk food – not the stuff you feel bad about eating, like a maccas¬†binge or a whole tub of ice-cream¬†(those would be those “guilty pleasure” books *cough* mills and boon), but the stuff that doesn’t feel naughty¬†because it’s so small and so worth it – like a bit of really good chocolate or a tiny cupcake. And those of you who have become hooked on a really enjoyable series would know, it’s just¬†as risky to have a whole box set of an addictive series¬†sitting there then it is to have a whole batch of delicious cupcakes – if you’re not careful they’ll all be gone before you know it.

The next group is the somewhat-hard-to-read-but-worth-it books, or the health food. Belonging in this¬†category is creepy or gross or sad or¬†disturbing books, books that (just like health food) are kinda difficult to swallow at times, but you know they’re well worth it. I need to include one of these most of the time, or else my reading experiences feel really fun, but kinda hollow, just like I could never survive on just cupcakes – i’d crave some fruit and veg after a while ūüėõ

Another group is books that I¬†have wanted to read, or have meant to read for a¬†long, long¬†time (ie. classics that I¬†never get around to). These I¬†compare to those restaurants you’ve heard great things about and swear you’ll visit, but never quite end up doing so; or recipes that you see in a magazine, clip out because you wanna make it some time, but completely¬†forget about. These books, while seeming kinda pointless, are an important group – yes, some of them you’ll never get to, and some that you get to may not live up to the pedestal you’ve put them on (famous books that are somehow¬†lacking ; a well reviewed restaurant that fails to deliver) but for those rare ones that you finally get to, and are amazing, it’s worth the wait.

Lastly (and don’t quote me one that – it’s likely that I’ll¬†think of another one and re-post) there are the treasured books that you read over and over, or for those that only read books once, the authors who you love so much that you look forward to a new book by them, and devour it as soon as possible. These books are the family favourites; the meals that your mother or grandmother made when you were a kid that you never tire of; the dish at your favourite restaurant that no matter how much you tell yourself “This time I’ll try something new on the menu” you always end up ordering.

Happy reading (and dining) ūüôā