Book Review: Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles Graphic Novel

Book Title: Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles Graphic Novel
Adapted by: John Green

“A man’s or a woman’s?”
Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered: “Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of s gigantic hound!””
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Final Verdict: An interesting take on the classic story, but ultimately failing to make a connection with the audience.

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Book Review: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Manga

Book Title: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Manga
Adapted by: Stacy King

“I could easily forgive his pride, if he had not mortified mine.”
Lizzie Bennett in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Final Verdict: A great way to first experience Austen’s works, or a new medium for long time fans.

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Inspired by: Jane Eyre Wall Art

Hi everyone,

I fell in love with Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte when I was still a young teenager. I liked the fiesty nature of Jane Eyre’s personality despite her low stature, and I enjoyed Mr Rochester’s wit. I loved the fact that both Jane and Mr Rochester were ordinary people (i.e., not glamazonions!) and I enjoyed the mystery-like feel to parts of the plot.

While browsing the internet one day, I stumbled across a really neat idea to place a page from the book in a frame with a larger quote from the page overlaying the text. You can see the image that I saw below as well as the link to the webpage if you would like to purchase the item.

While this product is lovely, I decided that I could probably make one myself. So, I downloaded a free copy of Jane Eyre from the internet. I found the page where Mr Rochester tells Jane that he loves her, featuring the quote “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will“. I copied the text and overlayed the quote in larger letters (click here to download a copy: Jane Eyre).

Here’s where I diverged from the image above. I printed the page out onto an A5 piece of paper. Then, I purchased an 8x10inch box frame. I used a deep red backing paper to mount the page onto. Then, I found silhouettes of a man and a woman, printed those out and arranged them to make it look like Jane and Mr Rochester were talking. Finally, I found illustrations from Jane Eyre (click the link here: Jane Eyre Illustrations). I printed off small copies of my favourite points throughout the book and mounted those at the bottom.

Here’s the finished project (apologies about the poor lighting):

What do you think? I’m please overall, especially when considering that what I found costs £24.99 and yet I made this for less than £10.

Have you made any book related crafts? If so, let us know! We’d love to see them 🙂 We might even feature them on our blog.

Happy reading!

Random News: Not for Booklovers

Hello Lovely Readers,

As my arm is still immobilized I thought I would share a couple of links. I’ll start with a picture that is making the rounds on the net, of the worst tank top ever! You can see the picture below, or click the link here to see it on Buzzfeed. I think the girl’s face sums up my feelings on the shirt (ok my fingers typed sh*t just then, which may have been more accurate). I pity the person that buys and wears this top un-ironically.

Continuing the trend of pointless product, is this product that I stumbled across. It is a collection of 3000 classic books on a special USB drive that looks a bit like a book. You can view this item here. Now I am not usually one to make fun of anything that encourages reading, but I have an issue with this product. The company is charging almost $30 for this product. I’ll give you all a wonderful deal, I bet I can get you any of those classics that you would read free! Most classic books have passed out of copyright, and are available free online, in a variety of formats! For those who are curious, here are a couple of places where I obtain my classics: ManyBooks, Project Gutenberg, or even Google Books. Sometimes they are even free through wherever you usually buy your e-books (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony). I have read all my Sherlock Holmes, the Brothers Grimm, and even Shakespeare through these free books!  So happy reading!

Lastly, I thought I would share a fun Buzzfeed article on the 13 Worst Things That Can Happen While You Are Reading. It made me laugh because I was able to relate to so many of them!

Until next time,