The Year of Literature

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2015 was personally an incredible year for literature.

My Goodreads account has never been more (ab)used.

I discovered the enamoring world of graphic novels – many thanks to the fiercely beautiful and thought-provoking Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. I was acquainted with the works of Adrian Tomine, Emily Carroll, and Daniel Clowes, to name a few. I am almost done with Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson.

It was my very first time ordering from Book Depository. My birthday haul consisted of seven books including C.S. Lewis’ Signature Classics Edition published by HarperCollins UK (Mere Christianity, A Grief Observed, The Problem of Pain, and Screwtape Letters) and two graphic novels (Nobrow Press’ The New Ghost by Robert Hunter and Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi). They give really pretty (and free) bookmarks too!

I went shopping in a foreign bookstore. It was, and it still remains a dream, Kinokuniya. It was love at first sight with Alain de Botton’s Status Anxiety and The Consolations of Philosophy. I also had to get my hands on the early editions of Haruki Murakami’s Dance Dance Dance and Norwegian Wood – still my favorite from all his works.

In the middle of the year, a young lifestyle brand from Europe, Roads Publishing surprised me and sent a number of gorgeous classics to devour. Hey, I will forever be grateful!

I also completed Rifle Paper Co’s enchanting Puffin in Bloom collection – sans the recently published Alice in Wonderland – after months of lusting over the set on Instagram.

I am madly, passionately, undeniably in love with books. They remain my constant companions through all things. I may not have read as much as I promised I would at the beginning of the year (a hundred) but I thoroughly enjoyed every single piece.

How was your 2015?

Elisa Aquino

Elisa Aquino is a portrait photographer, life(style) writer, passion blogger, and beauty rookie from Manila, Philippines. This platform exists to document her daily musings and to showcase the life-changing power of grace to transform women from ashes to beauty.