Life, DIYs, & Cooking

DIY Tested | Creating a Serialized Book

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Hello and welcome to another attempt at me recreating a DIY! This time I am trying to serialize a novel. I first came across this DIY on instagram posted by Sarah on Book50Blog. When I first saw this back in August I was first shocked by the methods used, but she made a really good point. Doing this to a huge, mountainous book into something really manageable.

Now, because this was on Instagram stories, it disappeared in 24 hours, so thankfully I thought it was a great idea and I wanted to try it right there and then. I screen shotted the steps so I could try when the time was right. That time has just now arrived, but before I get into the DIY I want to explain what a serialized novel is.

This was very popular during the victorian era, many books that are now published and full novels were once realized in chunks on a set schedule. This could be once a month, once every two months, or sometimes every other week. It really depending on the magazine or paper that the story was published. Some of the popular books that were originally published in the manner were The Women in White by Wilkie Collins, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Bleak House by Charlies Dickens. I tend to read a lot of classics like this in their original form thanks to a website called Victorian Serial Novels. I suggest checking them out, it really give you a whole new reading experience, you get cliff hangers in places you wouldn’t even believe.

Now, the book I am testing this out on was partly published like this, but then was turned into a novel part of the way through. You can read all about that here. So I am taking a little bit of liberties with breaking it up for a few reasons. The first being I wanted to try this on a big book and the second was because I had a cheap version of this classic so I would not be horribly upset if it all went wrong.

The book I decided to try this on was War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy because I plan on reading it in 2019. So, here it goes, the doing part of DIY.

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Supplies

  • Book
  • Cutting device
  • Washi tape
  • Adult supervision-if you get hurt it is not my responsibility ask a responsible adult to help you cut. Using a knife or cutting device can be dangerous do this at your own risk!

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The DIY

First you need to find the sections, I decided to break the book down into 17 sections. Book 1-25 then he first and second epilogue. I think in herLes Misérables by Victor Hugo if I am not mistaken.

This is the part I was most worried about, I really thought I was going to butcher the edges and the entire book would fall apart page by page. But, I have to admit seeing the little bits of the spine actually looks kinda cool… did I just say destroyed book looks cool? Who am I?

The last step I think was the best part of this for a few reasons. The first being it kinda made me less worried about the book just falling apart and it made it look more uniform.

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This is such a wonderfully straight forward DIY, thank you Sarah! Three steps with not a lot of fluff, it gets right to the point. I think that is why it caught my eye right away.

Overall, I really liked this DIY. It turned out a lot better than I thought it would. I would say I did have to cut the sections two times to really get a clear cut. The first to open up the pages to get to the binding, then the second actually cut the binding. I am really looking forward to reading this now serialized edition of War and Peace in 2019!

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I hoped your enjoyed me testing out a DIY.

Which ones should I try next?

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Lists & Recommendations

Blogoween | Fall Colored Covers

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Prompt: Tuesday 2nd: Favourite Halloween/Fall Coloured Covers
Gather your favourite covers with Halloween/Fall colours (Orange, Black, Yellow, Red, Brown) and share them in a post. You can also use books from your bookshelves to photograph and share on Instagram if you want

Todays prompt is something I am very excited about. I absolutely adore fall colors, plus it is a great way to jump into the month and really set the tone. So without more rambling, here are my favorite fall colored books!

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Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Practical Magic

Not only does this book have an amazingly fall cover, it is a great book. I highly suggest reading this witch filled book even if you have watched the movie. It is very different and I love both the book and the movie.

Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Irena's Children: The Extraordinary Story of the Woman Who Saved 2,500 Children from the Warsaw Ghetto

Irena’s Children is a perfectly yellow book that tells both a heart warming and heart breaking story of a women who travels into Nazi Germany to save young Jewish children from the horrible fate that seems to be inevitable. This is one of the best stories I have read of this kind. I vividly remember refusing to move from where I was to finish it even with others asking me to.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina not only looks liked a fall book, but it is great to read during the fall because the nights are getting longer and colder. I feel like this classic is best read during a cold evening with a blanket and a nice up of tea. This book is a timeless classic that tells a story of not only Anna, but those who meet and are related to her. I was very surprised to see that it held up so well so many years after publication.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

This red, orange and yellow book is a short and wonderful read. It is thought provoking and tells a wonderful and mysterious story. For me this book led to a lot of self reflection and throughly enjoyed it.

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard T. Chizmar

Gwendy's Button Box

This is a wonderful horror novel that is actually very short. I think it is a great one to pick up this month that will put you into a Halloween moon. I loved the concept of this book I really enjoyed these two writing together.

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What is your favorite fall colored book?

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Wrap Up

A Week in Review | July 9th – July 15th

a week in reviewSo this past week I got to thinking of how to best share my reading. Sometimes on twitter and goodreads I update way too much, but I cannot stop myself from inputting my progress into goodreads someone because I love seeing the percentage going up. So I decided to put a poll on twitter so see what you all thought was the best way to share.

It turned out the majority of my followers preferred a weekly update, with a close second in updating only when a book is finished. So I think I am going to put a detailed update here on my blog and on Sunday I will be putting a short list of books I finished that week if I finished any at all. I figured that would be a good happy medium. When I was looking for a format for this I remembered a format I saw over on Ashley Rae’s blog, check her out and asked her permission to kind of use that as a guide, Thanks Ashley! Without more explanations, here is my Week in Review.

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Books I Finished

Pet Sematary by Stephen King

Pet Sematary

5stars

This book was so much better than I remember the movie being when I was younger. I actually got angry and was yelling at the main character a few times, I was that invested. It was very raw and really drew on some aspects of human nature that I feel many of us truly fear and maybe worry about. Even though I thought this was going to take my sometime to get through I ended up ging through a majority of it in a single day.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War

2stars

So, I hate to have an unpopular opinion here, but I did not like The Poppy War. If you saw my goodreads review I made it clear that I do not think this is a bad book in anyway, but it was just not for me. I am not interested in a single individual taking on an Empire/Society. I used to love books in this genre, but not so much anymore. I also read this in a buddy read and a few of us agree that if you like the first part you may not like the rest of the book, or if you find the first part undesirable, you will like the rest of the book more. I also felt that things moved so quick sometimes that things seemed too easy or parts were missing from the story.

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I am Still Reading

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

NOS4A2

I have about two more weeks in this buddy read and I am really liking this book a lot. I cannot wait to get to the end of it. It is taking a lot of self control to not rush ahead of the reading schedule. I am currently 59% through this book.

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina

I am slowly making my way through this Russian classic, I am currently at 19%. I am really surprised at how timeless the story plot really is. It also is very easy to read, the translator did an amazing job! Divider
NEXT BOOK

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Clock Dance

I just picked this book up on Tuesday and I am very excited to read it. This novel is this seasons pick for the #bnbookclub, I had so much fun participating in the bookclub the last round that I decided to do it again. Click the title if you would like to learn more about this book.

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What are you currently reading?

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Annotating My Bookshelves

Annotating My Bookshelf | II

BOOKSHELVES   

Since I enjoyed annotating my shelves so much I decided to share a little more. So this shelf is a little more aimed towards classics and modern classics, but not strictly. After the image I will link all of the book titles to their goodreads accounts so you can learn more about them. Also, on this shelf I read a total of 6 books out of the 9. Not to bad if you ask me.

Oddly, I forgot to annotate for Isherwood’s A Single Man, it was heart breaking, but beautiful. Divider

The Books

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Prater Violet by Christopher Isherwood

Down There on a Visit by Christopher Isherwood

A Meeting by the River by Christopher Isherwood

A Single Man by Christopher Isherwood

Christopher and His Kind by Christopher Isherwood

 

*All links go to their goodreads pages.

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Do you have any thoughts on these books?

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