Saturday, April 26, 2014

14. Fire

By Kristin Cashore (461 pp)

I read a whole book while I was at Mom and Dad's. My excuse was I had to finish so I could leave it for my sister. But this was the perfect book for a long lazy weekend. It's set in the same world as Graceling and it's a fantasy-romantic-y story which admittedly got pretty Shonda Rhimes at times, but I loved the characters and the world so much I was okay with it. (SR is the creator of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal so when I say that I mean soap opera-y.) The protagonist is a human "monster" with powers and a complicated history. She reluctantly has to use her powers to help the kingdom. Recommend.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

13. The Split Worlds: Between Two Thorns

By Emma Newman (394 pp)

I was so-so about this book at first but once I got into it I really enjoyed it. It's about someone from the Split Worlds who goes missing, a human from our world who witnesses, a Split Worlds woman who wants to escape her life there, and a guy who is looking for the missing person. All the stories collide. The series is already complete but I'm thinking I might just read a summary. I have too many other books I'm trying to get to.

12. Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design

By Chip Kidd (150 pp)

Bob brought home a stack of Kidd books. He also brought home his fiction but I didn't have time to get to those before they had to go back.  This is an intro to graphic design aimed at young people but since I know squat about squat I learned a lot from it. If I had the time, I would love to study this. Just for my own fun. Some day.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

11. Chip Kidd: Book One -- Work 1986-2006

By Chip Kidd (396 pp)

One of our lectures this season was Chris Ware.  He was joined by Chip Kidd. I had no idea who Chip Kidd was but enjoyed the lecture a great deal and when I got home I looked him up and wow. Look at all these book covers.  Bob brought this book home and I am in love. It's a collection of book covers, sketches, abandoned ideas and text about the projects. I read it cover-to-cover (hehe, sorry) and loved the entire thing.