The Astonishing Color of After – review

Author: Emily X.R. Pan
Publication date: March 20, 2018
Genre: young adult, contemporary, magical realism, fantasy
My rating: 4/5 stars

In four words, this book is: beautiful, painful, vibrant, and important. I must admit, I had to stay up two hours past when I planned to go to bed in order to finish this one. It wasn’t because it was a page-turner; truly, I wanted to go to sleep and resume it in the morning. But it brought up some really vivid memories and deeply intense feelings of pain and sadness that I thought I was past by now. I needed to get to the end, because I knew I wouldn’t sleep well if I went to bed in that emotional state. It took some processing, and while I expected it to be good, it was even more devastating than I expected a book about a girl and drawing and a magical bird and mental illness and suicide and family and friendship to be.

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A Very Bookish Sculpture

Today, I went to the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair with my grandma. It’s a big event my city holds downtown every fall, with around 180 different artists from all around the US in a variety of both 2D and 3D mediums. There are things to see, things to buy (if you actually have money lol), and some really friendly artists to talk with.

One of this year’s highlights for me, though, was this one particular sculpture by Thomas Yano. It cost more money than I could afford (which is not surprising), but it was so beautiful and so wonderfully bookish, I thought y’all might like to see it. Without further ado, a few pictures:

Things like this make me really look forward to the day when I’m a full-time professional with the money to actually patronize artists, because this is the sort of thing that a) I would love to support, and b) I would love to have in my house/apartment! Again, the artist is Thomas Yano. I haven’t been able to find a website for him, but if I come across one, I will update this post accordingly!

That’s all I really have for today; this was just a quick fill-in post while I get more reading done and reviews written for this week. Do you all love this sculpture as much as I did? 😍😍😍

(Also, how has your reading been this week? Anything good? Let me know!)

Much love,

Kathryn (“K-Specks”)