I came across the mention of a bookazine only a month or so ago. I’d never heard of it but I was curious. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, it is indeed a book in the format of a magazine (minus the pictures).
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any books turned into a magazine in English so far. Weird isn’t it?
Even though it doesn’t have the feel of a real book (paperback or hardback), and believe me I know nothing can beat a real book, I can still see some advantages:
- it’s much much cheaper than a book (only 2,99 €) which means you can have 6 of these here instead of one paperback.
- it doesn’t take up any space in your bag and it’s certainly not as heavy as a real book
- you don’t have to worry about cracking the book’s spine
- you might be more inclined to lend it out to your mother/sister/best friend
Libelle Bookazine (for Dutch readers) has plenty of titles (even MJ Arlidges first book!) and I decided to order two that interested me. Delivery was fast and they deliver worldwide so I can only hope they’ll expand their titles to English ones too :-).
If you’re interested in the two books I chose, this is what they’re about :
We are all made of stars – Rowan Coleman
What if you had just one chance, one letter you could leave behind for the person you love?
What would you write?
Stella Carey has good reason to only work nights at the hospice where she is a nurse. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, Stella leaves the house each night as her husband Vincent, locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
During her nights at the hospice, Stella writes letters for her patients containing their final wishes, thoughts and feelings – from how to use a washing machine, to advice on how to be a good parent – and usually she delivers each letter to the recipient after he or she has died.
That is until Stella writes one letter that she feels compelled to deliver in time to give her patient one final chance of redemption…
The other book (De kinderbarak) isn’t available in English. Valentine Goby is a French author and this novel isn’t translated into English yet. A real shame because she won a prestigious prize with it in France. I chose this title because it’s about a 20-year old pregnant woman who’s being deported to Ravensbrück in 1944. She knows there will be little chance of survival for her unborn child but will do everything she can to protect it. This is a story about hope and survival.
So now I’d like to hear from you: if you could read a Bookazine in English, would you be interested? Did you know about these? Do you know if there are any in your country?