This Christmas I was lucky enough to receive NINE books from family and my partner! Six of these I had asked for or hinted at, but three were surprises.
The books I asked for included three Tove Jansson titles: A Winter Book, Art in Nature, and Moominpappa at Sea. I really wanted to read the first two after enjoying The Summer Book so much [link to my review] so hopefully they won’t disappoint. Moominpappa at Sea is one of the (few!) Moomin books I haven’t read yet. If you haven’t guessed, I am pretty much completely obsessed with Tove Jansson and the Moomins.
I also asked for Kinshu: Autumn Brocade which I have now started reading. It was recommended to me by the Goodreads app, related to some Banana Yoshimoto books. I’m hoping this book will be somewhat similar in style, and not just recommended because they are both contemporary Japanese authors!
Art & Fear is a kind of creative self-help book (that makes it sound awful, sorry) about the ‘perils and rewards of art-making.’As a fine art undergraduate, I am frequently plagued with what me and my friends call ‘art crises’ and we have to counsel each other back into confidence, so hopefully this book will come in handy for alleviating such fears. Being a full time art student is a very emotional and intense experience – maybe because what you make is so tied up with who you are (even though the university tells you to separate this.)
I also happily received a book I have been wanting to read for years – Blue Is The Warmest Color. I have watched the film adaptation several times, and while it is problematic (let’s just say: lesbian sex scenes should probably not be directed by a straight man…) I enjoyed it, and am intrigued to see how the original graphic novel differs. I have heard from a few people that it is ‘better’, not least because it is a story about queer women, written by a queer woman. So, I am really excited to see what it has to offer, and I am growing to like graphic novels as a medium more and more.
On that note, one of the surprises I received was also a graphic novel: Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I am a big fan of Scott Pilgrim so this is a perfect present (thank you Faye). I also received two books I hadn’t previously heard of: Station Eleven and Wolf Winter. I am really excited to get stuck in and devour all these books over the next few months. Stay tuned for reviews and ‘The Month in Books’ at the end of January!