Book imagery can come in the form of many things such as photographs and illustration and depending on the book it changes which one you choose.
Photographs are a great way to share and bring a story to life however I personally believe that these are best for non fiction works. Autobiographies and memoirs often contain photographs to help build the picture and you often get photo books that are focused on the photo and the words just give context. I personally like this about non fiction books especially autobiographies as they give you further insight into the person’s story.
Illustrations are full of options. They can be electronically made, painted or made up from other images however overall I would say that these are ideal for all books. For nonfiction work you can see another way to tell the story and for fiction work it can give you a scene to picture and continue the story through. They can give you a start point for where the story is going without even reading anything.
Imagery is vital in books I believe but that doesn’t necessarily mean a photo or a painting as you create your own individual illustration in your head. This allows you to engage in a story and see how you believe the writer intended for you to see it. If there is no physical image then the descriptions are often subjective to those who are reading the book.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
( PS please comment if you have any favourite imagery or thoughts on book imagery)
As it as my birthday recently I was lucky to receive a number of gifts, many book related so I thought I would share them. I got 3 books, two gift cards and a piece of artwork.
Warlord by Chris Ryan
Warlord by Chris Ryan is the 5th instalment in the Danny Black thriller series and is based around the dangerous world of drugs and cartels. Set on the US-Mexico border it looks at how the CIA and SAS will combat the drug epidemic and the cartels that are running it. Whilst doing this however Danny realises that the drugs from these cartels can reach far and will discover that people close to him are affected by them also. I have yet to start reading this book however I am excited to as it seems like something I would be interested in.
TAG- You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton
Tag- You’re Dead by Douglas Skelton is a book that surrounds the character of Dominic Queste who is a private investigator of sorts. As he is looking for a butcher by the name of Sam Price he realises that everything is much more dangerous that first tgought and he is brought into a killers game. A simple favour has turned into his nightmare very quickly and he must play by the killers rules or be killed himself. I have began to read this book and so far I am enjoying it and love the way it is written. I like the main character as although he can be series there is a comedic aspect to him which is likeable.
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner
Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner follows the disappearance of a girl by the name of Edith Hind. It is written from the viewpoint of multiple characters which allows you further insight into what everyone is dealing with. With the lead detective aware of how critical the first 72 hours of a disappearance is she works to try to find Edith alive whilst facing the severe pressure from the press. I have also yet to read this book but I look forward to delving into it.
As part of my birthday I also received two gift cards, one for Waterstone’s and the other a national book tokens card. I loved these gifts as it allows you to enjoy whatever book you choose as you have the choice of the book shop. I will get the chance to go look and explore knowing that someone gave this to be as a gift. I think gift cards are always a good choice for any gift and for anywhere as it shows that you are thoughtful to buy a gift but allows them to choose something they would like and not something you think they will like.
Artwork by Stevie Spiers
This image is part of his ‘My Little People’ series and is a photograph I immediately fell in love with. I believe it suits me very well as I love to read and my favourite books to read and murder mysteries and crime books. I was given this by my sister and I love it. I would highly recommend visiting www.steviespiersphotography.com to look at this series and it is both comedic and tasteful.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment what books related-gifts you have ever received)