You know you aren't meant to judge a book by its cover. But you also know that the story contained within can get so much more interesting with the right kind of cover art. Here's a column that compares the UK and US versions of books nominated for the Morning News Tournament of Books... just for fun... and comes up with some interesting, albeit self-admittedly "inexpert" observations.
"Book cover design never seems to garner much discussion in the literary world, but, as readers, we are undoubtedly swayed by the little billboard that is the cover of every book we read. Even in the age of the Kindle, we are clicking through the images as we impulsively download this book or that one."Read full story here
There's a lot going on with our reading lists at the moment, one of which is the excess of books to get through and the sparsity of time in which to do it. This of course doesn't stop us from adding more books to the pile. One of our more recent additions is Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake which details the life of a girl who can taste moods through food. Love in a bottle anyone? Here's a take/column/review on how love might actually taste.
"The fact is, we know relatively little when it comes to those invisible, intangible energies that pass between humans. Beyond the chemical reactions triggered by pheromones that make us want to lunge into the (preferably naked) laps of virtual strangers, we can also “sense” other things, like when someone’s in a bad mood or even lying."
Read full story here