Welcome to the fourth edition of my Monthly Mustreads (you can find the rest here) where I jabber on about my favourite books of the moment. When it comes to books I mainly read around the fantasy genre, but also of course beauty and fashion. Other areas I love are books about films. What are you favourite book genres? For Christmas I received a few books that I've wanted for ages and two of which are the books you see above; The Grand Budapest Hotel and the new illustrated copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Received any books this Christmas?
If you're a regular reader then you'll know I'm super with Harry Potter; so much so that news that artist Jim Kay was reimagining our beloved characters on page made my day. On his website you can see the journey he took from rough sketches to the beautifully coloured art that you see on each page. This has to be my favourite illustrations of the Harry Potter series and I hope he does them all eventually! Each gorgeous page is embellished my a neat splatter of paint and I couldn't have imagined a better way to bring Harry Potter back to books. What do you think?
One of my favourite movies of 2014 was Wes Anderson's masterpiece The grand Budapest Hotel; I love his style of directing and he always has a stellar line up of actors that bring the story to life. The film follows a hilariously intelligent Hotel manager, M. Gustave, escaping jail and death whilst teaching his new lobby boy Zero all he needs to know to survive in the Hotel business and there's nowhere better to do that than at the Grand Budapest. If you have't seen this tale of friendship, coming of age and acceptance, I highly recommend you watch it soon.
One things for sure, this book is not the story Wes Anderson based the film on; instead, it's an in-depth look at the characters, the making of the set and what went into putting all the pieces of the story together. If you loved the film then why not read about how it was made? The costumes, the creative directions, the music and the art are revealed in this beautiful book. Its a must have.
What are your mustread books of the moment? Read any of mine?