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Thursday, 25 March 2010



If you like books that are creepy and beautiful(and I have a sneaking suspicion you might!), I highly recommend "The Forest of Hands and Teeth," by Carrie Ryan.


"Two Captains" by Veniamin Kaverin. Lost Arctic expeditions, family secrets, a bit of Russian history and love that endures all these.

carla de leon

i love the classic, little women, still one of my favorites... anoushka is really cute!

Tara Vigouroux

I've just finished Charlotte Bronte's Villette. Such beautiful writing! Also, I found Sara Douglass's Troy Game series unputdownable. In each of the 4 books the central characters are reborn into different eras that span hundreds of decades.

Robert Radzinski

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by S Chbosky. A small little story that I still think about years later.


I love "The Book Thief" by Marc Zusak.


extremely loud and incredibly close by johnathon safran foer. nothing to say but read it if you haven't already!


Anoushka is beyond beautiful!!! Exquisite work.

My most favourite book hasn't been translated into English yet so I will say ONE of my favourites: Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue. Fantastic writing and story, I felt I lived inside the book when I read it. Also interesting from a historical AND current point of view and a bit like a classical tradgedy: a girl in a dreary world cannot resist a beautiful, colourful ribbon and disaster quickly follows.

Mathyld / encore petite

I will give you this title because I think that you're my "magical soul twin-sister from behind the mirror". It's one of the things I rarely share ...

My favourite book of all times is "The list of Seven" by Mark Frost.
Victorian London, ectoplasms, adventure, spirits, mystery, darkness, plots, a hero called Conan Doyle ... You'll love it, I'm pretty sure of it.

x x x

Diane Duda

The Magicians Elephant.
(and Little Women, of course)

Sarah Knight

I admit, it isn't very thick, and it isn't very wordy, but the most wonderful book I have ever read was "The Rainbow Goblins" by Ul De Rico


One of my favourites is Fog Magic by Julia Sauer. Its a children’s book about a young girl who discovers secrets hidden in the fog. The story is so haunting and magical, in many ways your work reminds me of the book... I have a feeling you’ll love it.


a book titled, 'the dreamers awakes' by alice kane. it's hard to pick just one :) since you've provided me with so many lovely recommendations, i'm happy to share any with you. beautiful work!


We have always lived in the castle!!
My favoite :)


Beautiful new portrait. But I cannot give just one favorite book, so..
favorite 19th c.: Wuthering Heights
favorite 20th c.: To Kill a Mockingbird
favorite children's: Harriet the Spy
favorite recent: The Thirteenth Tale (this last might be something for you I think, if you haven't come across it already)

Ana Pina

Well... it's hard to pick up just one!
Some of my favorites would include "The English Patient" and "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer".

Hope to be lucky!


Como me gustan tus trabajos. Es dificil trasladarte toooodo lo que me gustan en inglés asi que, en esta ocasión, lo hago en castellano.
Saludos y besos desde España


Oh my goodness! Anoushka is stunning! Jaw dropping! I was literally shocked when I saw her.
I would love to win the silhouette themed print samplers! My favorite book ever is The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath

andrea gutierrez

oh so lovely!
well, you really have me stumped because it is just so hard to pick one favorite book. 'a tree grows in brooklyn' was one of my first favorites so i'll mention that one. i will also mention magic for beginners by kelly link if you haven't read it yet. i think you have already read st. lucy's home for girls raised by wolves right? that's a great one too.


Anoushka (whose name is among my top 10 favorites) is stunningly beautiful. The smooth porcelain skin, the somewhat disheveled hair, the faint comedic expression in her eyes, the black & white polka dot & lace hair band, all make for a fantastic portrait! I love how the color of her eyes (a lake lightly kissed with sunlight) & the color of her lips (bubblegum) play off one another & stand out beautifully against her skin. I look at this girl & immediately want to know more about her. I am especially curious about where she might be going in such a wonderful outfit.

As for my favorite book? Well, it changes. These days I am dancing with a collection of prose poems, if you can believe it. Dolls: Prose Poems by Tom Whalen. See excerpt, below.


TO COUGH IN THE CLOSET AND NO ONE HEARS YOU. Dinners with stuffed animals, wooden inanimates. She would write a letter but who would bother to read it? Will she feel at home tomorrow? The next day?

The doll's roach-infested dress. Her smudged make-up. Last night she did not dream. Or the night before.

On the top shelf, in the dark, she listens
to the child making love to someone else.

* * *

The poems are deliciously dark, strange at times, but I adore them.

Molly Falck

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, by Aimee Bender (short, bizarre stories)
Still Life With Woodpecker, by Tom Robbins (a strange, quirky novel about how to make love stay)

I wish I could live inside your art- it's astounding.

Nancy Jane York

My current favorite book is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson a translation from Swedish.
Loved you new delicate work of art.


_Jitterbug Perfume_ (and anything else) by Tom Robbins


Anoushka is delightful!

my favourite book is 'freak show' by james st james

Emily Marincic

One of my favourite books is "The Girl with Glass Feet" by Ali Shaw. A cross between a fairy tale and a love story, this hauntingly beautiful book is about a girl who is slowly turning into glass.

The gorgeous book cover and the description on the dust jacket are what hooked me:
Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda's Land. Unusual winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass.


My favorite books will perhaps always be the Emily of New Moon trilogy by LM Montgomery. Some of your characters do remind me of a young Emily!

I think I'm going to have to check out these other suggestions too!


A favorite is "The Book of Laughter and Forgetting" (the BOLAF as I refer to it) by Milan Kundera. Now I can review the comments and capture myself a new book to read. Thanks!


Jonathan Livingston Seagull is one of my favourite books. x


there are just too many great books, but one of my absolute favourites is from Muriel Barbery "the elegance of the hedgehog".


"The Dream Hunters" by Neil Gaiman and Yoshitaka Amano. Amano's illustrations are beautiful and the story is based on an old Japanese folk tale depicting a love affair between a Buddhist priest and a fox spirit (kitsune).

I highly recommend it, Neil Gaiman is an amazing storyteller often inspired by folk tales and mythology and this paticular story also touches the power of dreams. I really think you would like it :)


Lovely Anoushka and her layers of ghostly bows!

I have many favorite books so I will give you a selection:

Cat's Eye - Margaret Atwood
The Glass Castle - Jeanette Walls
Cinderlily....(A play acted out by flowers!)
Tha Phantom Tolbooth...
She's Come Undone - Wally Lamb

I have too many to list but you can look at my Shelfari, which is linked on my site.

anna hell

oh please oh please oh please oh please!

Douglas Coupland's 'Microserfs' or 'Generation X' have always been favorites. Anything by Sarah Vowell or David Sedaris is always fun to read.


As I can never just pick one...

'Her Fearful Symmetry' by Audrey Niffenegger, her blonde twins reminded me a lot of your art - I can imagine you doing a brilliant portrait of them.

Patricia A McKillip's 'The Sorceress and the Cygnet' is a beautiful and unusual faerytale. Think of an Edward Burne Jones painting in prose form.

Kazuo Ishiguro's 'Never Let Me Go' is heart breaking and haunting.

Elizabeth Smart's 'By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept' is heart breaking and exhilarating.


Love the new print!

My fave book of all time is Persuasion by Jane Austen.

Not exactly 'new' reading material, but lovely all the same.


Camila F.

What a great giveaway!!!

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being", by Milan Kundera. Best book ever!

Maria Tyra

I don't know who's getting the prints but THANKS SO MUCH for finagling this great reading list! Such interesting choices! How will you choose?!? I love your work & Anoushka is beautiful!
Might as well give you my favorite ( well one of them anyways) it's "The Seven Ages" by Eva Figes. It is a beautiful representation of women's lives over a thousand years of history....wonderful tale, marvelously told!
I hope you find as much joy & pride in it as I did.


I would recommend just about anything written by Haruki Murakami, but my favorite book of his is South of the Border, West of the Sun.
Touching and mysterious.


Alexander McCall Smith series on The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency...they're relaxing...but with some potent wisdom hidden in there....

Robert Radzinski

I must try again...
The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles. I still have the tattered old copy my mother used to read to me.
Also...Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. So rich and layered!
Lastly...Life of Pi by Martel. Sadly, they're attempting to translate it into a film, which I'm convinced will ruin it for me.


The Visitor Maeve Brennan x :)

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