Art Books on Rotation

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I’ve been juggling my favorite bargain finds. These books help me stay creative and passionate. Here are my picks:

I bought The Cheap Date Guide to Style on a whim. If you know me, you know I suck don’t have a specific style in fashion. This book is just so great, it doesn’t teach you what to wear. It teaches you to find your own style and embrace it. It tells you that critics could go f*ck themselves if they wanted you to wear whatever you see on tv. Style is not about the latest trend. There is a huge difference between stylish and trendy. It is who you are and what you do. Accept it. Embrace it. And I think this is a great buy. To be honest though, I paid for it thinking that it is a book about what to wear on cheap dates. Lol. Cheap date is a magazine launched by Bay Garnett and Kira Joliffe in London.

Advertising for People Who Don’t Like Advertising : “This book is motivated by a wish to look outward, to make contact with those we admire, those who question our industry… However, it’s only fair to inform you: we make ads. Lots of them” -KesselKramer . ‘Nuff said (also because I am still on the first few pages). What are your thoughts in advertising? Are you like me, who thought that advertising is cooking some silly beefs just to make you buy a dishwashing soap? I can’t TOTALLY dislike it without further understanding and so do you! But.. your life, your decisions.

101 Top Tips for Fantasy Painter : This is one of my best recent find. Oh Kevin Crossley! You are a rad fantasy concept artist. Design sketches inside are just hardcore. From concept stage to actual painting, 101 tips that make sense = good value for money. This isn’t your regular kiddie how-to art book. But any kid who has a solid passion for concept art would cherish this until he/she grows old too.

Memoirs of  The Life of John Constable : I can’t remember when I started reading this. It has been taking me forever to finish. I’d say don’t judge a book by its thickness. This book is thin and small but so are the words. John Constable’s life is really interesting and inspiring but I get easily bored/sleepy with a couple more turn of the pages. In spite of that, I still think this is a good book.

How ’bout you? What book fuels your creativity?


The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Mysterious Howling


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I’ve let my friend choose this book I’ve purchased during our visit to a bargain section of a bookstore. I wouldn’t normally buy a book for middle-grade audience but we were both attracted to The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place‘s book cover (isn’t it cute? good illustration by Jon Klassen).

All books are judged by their covers until they are read.

-Maryrose Wood as Agatha Swanburne

There’s no harm in buying a book that costs less than $2 anyway.TICOAP  is a book series that will consist of 6 books, only the first 4 books are available in stores. According to its author Maryrose Wood’s website, Book 5 would be out on 2015. What I only have right now is the Book 1 The Mysterious Howling. Believe me, upon finishing this, I plan to get the others. Read on to know why.

TICOAP tells a story about Penelope Lumley (a 15-year-old graduate from Swanburne Academy) who took a job of becoming a governess of 3 Incorrigible children named Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia. These three were found by Lord Frederick Ashton and Old Timothy while they were hunting in the forest of their own estate. Filthy, uncivilized, and believed to have been raised by wolves, they were locked into a barn until Penelope saved them from their current condition. She’d read, teach, and feed them well. However, Lady Constance (whose role is perfect for an evil guardian antagonist) prefers the Incorrigibles to be sent off to any orphanage in England. But Lord Frederick insists on keeping them. “Finders keepers”  he’d say. And so, Lady Constance would have to put up with his husband’s decisions even if it include letting the incorrigible children to join her most awaited Christmas party. What would happen if they were to be presented to the noble people invited at the party? Will Miss Lumley be able to protect these children or should the elites protect themselves instead?

A delightful read with bits of wit. I’ve had a few chuckles reading this especially on ironic parts. “Irony” and “hyperbole” are best explained in this story. Not only adorable but also clever as it is filled with catchy sayings by Agatha Swanburne(the founder of Swanburne Academy where Miss Lumley is from).

That which can be purchased at a shop is easily left in a taxi; that which you carry inside you is difficult, though not impossible, to misplace.

There is no alarm clock like embarrassment.

Each character represents different personalities that gave the book interesting twists and turns. Even the mean Lady Constance turned out to be my favorite. Although Penelope Lumley is very good and gentle with animals, she had tamed the frighten wild children too quickly. I cannot even tame a stray kitten for a week (but I must say I’m not very good with animals).

Conclusion: A story with poems, interesting quotes, and moral education, I’d recommend this for children and even adults looking for an easy adventure read.

And if my words doesn’t convince you yet, here’s a trailer of the book.