Shoot That Book: LOTR map

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

When I got my my Lord of the Rings stamp pendant, I was already planning to take pictures of it with one of the books in the series. I got the chance to do that when I went home a few weeks ago. Here’s the stamp with the cover of The Fellowship of the Ring as its background:

LOTR book and pendant

The pendant is a glass-covered stamp that features a map of Middle-Earth. It was a UK stamp released in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Lord of the Rings. Here’s the pendant with the accompanying map in my hardcover edition:

LOTR map and pendant

I think I need to get this All Seeing Eye shirt from Threadless to go with this pendant. I could wear both of them when I watch the movie adaptation of The Hobbit. 🙂

All Seeing Eye

Image from the Threadless website

Shoot That Book: Fury

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I’ve been a really slow reader lately, I’ve only managed to finish one book a week by squeezing in reading time while traveling on the train. So maybe I should just feature the current book that I’m reading on my weekly Shoot That Book posts then? 😛 I apologize if I haven’t been that creative with these photos lately. I’ve also been pretty bad about keeping up with reviews so this is my way of featuring the books that I’m reading. If I can’t review them, I can at least take pictures and put them up here.

I’m now in the middle of Fury by Shirley Marr. I’m thankful that I got to borrow this Aussie YA novel from the library. Look how pretty the cover is:

Fury in the train

Library copy of Fury in the train

I also like the illustration in between the chapters:

Fury chapter heading

Chapter illustrations

What about you, what book is keeping you busy these days?

Shoot That Book: Crazy Beautiful

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings which is why Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted has been on my wishlist for a while. I grabbed it as soon as I saw that it’s available in the library. It’s been a few days since I started reading it but I’m not done yet. Here it is on the train:

And I took a picture of this little bit saying “we discuss books and life” because I liked it:

What about you, what book is keeping you entertained now? Also, what’s your favorite fairy tale retelling? I have several – Beauty by Robin McKinley, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Would love to discover more.

Shoot That Book: Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Remember when I mentioned last week that I mostly read on my Kindle? Well, I just started The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente for a readalong with blog friends Janice and Holly. It feels good to read an actual book again! I realized that I’ve missed the feel of a book in my hands and it’s such a gorgeous book too, I had to take pictures:

I’m having a hard time reading on the train though because it’s so packed. I don’t mind though, I’m really enjoying reading this. I keep wanting to highlight the passages that I like. Here’s a fairly spoiler-free excerpt early on:

“…all children are Heartless. They have not grown a heart yet, which is why they can climb high trees and say shocking things and leap so very high grown-up hearts flutter in terror. Hearts weigh quite a lot. That is why it takes so long to grow one. But, as in their reading and arithmetic and drawing, different children proceed at different speeds. (It is well known that reading quickens the growth of a heart like nothing else.)”

The trailer for this is delightful, you have to check it out if you haven’t seen it yet:

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll fall in love with this book! Have you read Fairyland (the whole title is quite a mouthful) yet? Let me know what you think if you have.

Shoot That Book: Reading on the train

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Maybe I should change the name of my feature to Shoot That Kindle? Because I mostly read on my Kindle nowadays. I haven’t even started on the library books that I borrowed last week (feels good to say that – I borrowed books from the library woohoo). I ride the train everyday to go to work and it takes me about 40 minutes to get there. Train rides are prime reading time and I find it easier to do that on my Kindle. I can hold the Kindle on one hand while I grab on to a train pole. Here’s a shot that I took today:

It’s not so obvious that I took the picture on the train though. I’m currently in the middle of My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and I’m liking it so far. Do you read on the train or bus or whatever more of transport you take? I usually don’t read on cars because I get dizzy.

Shoot That Book: Doggy Lamp

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Check out the cute doggy lamp that I use when reading in bed:

This is what it looks like when it’s turned on:

Shoot That Book: 2012 Favorites So Far

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

Somewhat in relation to yesterday’s topic, I thought I’d take a picture of my favorite reads in 2012 so far, and feature them in this week’s Shoot That Book post:

 2012 Favorites So Far

In no particular order (although the three titles above are 2012 releases):
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Trese: Mass Murders by Budjette Tan and KaJo Baldisimo
Northlander by Meg Burden

That’s two fantasy novels, one historical fiction, one contemporary romance and one graphic novel. Quite a mix, right? Let’s see what will be included in my round-up at the end of the year. I noticed that I had twenty favorites in 2010 and fifteen favorites in 2011 so maybe I’ll have only ten favorites this year? So I know I already asked about this in yesterday’s post but I just wanted to bring it up again – what are the books that have blown you away in 2012? 🙂 They don’t have to be 2012 releases, just books that you’ve read and discovered this year.

Shoot That Book: Roses and Robin McKinley

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

We dropped by Dangwa, a flower market where you can get really affordable flowers, yesterday. My mom was in the mood to make the house look pretty. We ended up getting these for only P1000 (20 USD) or so:

Dangwa Flowers

I know I’ve already featured Robin McKinley’s The Blue Sword in a Shoot That Book post before but I couldn’t resist doing it again using those roses. Robin McKinley is one of my favorite authors and she has two Beauty and the Beast retellings: Beauty and Rose Daughter. Roses are pretty important in both stories and I love how both of the covers go well with the bouquet:

STB Robin McKinley

STB Robin McKinley2

Beautiful, right? Also, I thought I’d take a picture of this – some of my Starbucks tumblers doubling as vases:

I love how flowers brighten up any day. Have you read Beauty or Rose Daughter? I recommend both titles to fans of fairy tale retellings. I enjoy reading retellings so feel free to recommend your own favorites.

Shoot That Book: Hallowed

Shoot That Book combines my passion for books and my tendency to become trigger happy with a camera. My lack of photography skills is compensated by my enthusiasm. Basically, I like taking pictures of books.

I did a Shoot That Book nail polish post for Unearthly a few months ago so I thought it would be a good idea to do the same thing for its sequel, Hallowed. Once again, thanks to my friend Celina for letting me borrow her copy.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

It’s not an exact match but I think the dark blue of the nail polish goes well with the color scheme of the Hallowed cover. I’ve finished reading this and I don’t think I’ll write a review for it because I’ll probably just end up saying the same things that I mentioned in my Unearthly review – it was easy to fall into but I didn’t really love it. I’m glad people warned me that the love triangle is more obvious in this installment so I was prepared for that.

blue nail polish on Hallowed cover

Still not sure if I’ll read the last book in the trilogy but maybe I will just to find out how everything ends. And also so I can feature it again on a Shoot That Book post. I wonder what color the cover for Boundless will be?