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Booking Through Thursday

Thursday, March 11, 2010

This week, Booking Through Thursday asks,

How do you feel about illustrations in your books? Graphs? Photos? Sketches?

I can't say that I always spend a lot of time looking at them, but I like them. They just add a little extra something. I loved the illustrations China MiƩville did for his own book, Un Lun Dun. They added just the perfect touch of whimsy to an already-charming story. And it was a lot of fun to see exactly what he had in mind when he described binjas!

How do you feel about any kinds of graphics in your books?

Jennifer G.


  1. That's a good point - sometimes the illustrations really do help readers see what the author wanted us to see. And I think if the illustrations are done well, they really should add to your enjoyment of the book. Good answer!
    Here's mine.

  2. I think that for adult fiction, I rather they didn't have pics. Non-fiction needs them. Here's mine.

  3. I love that you mention Un Lun Dun -- China Mieville is one of my favorite authors, and I LOVED that he put his own illustrations in this book and felt they added a little something special to the story. I don't require illustrations, but think that on occasion, they can lend an interesting element to a story. I'm reading Leviathan right now, and like that it has illustrations.

  4. It really depends on the book.

  5. For a book like Hugo Cabret, it just made the book even richer. But even sparse illustrations, like in The Book Thief, can be so important and powerful. So yes, I definitely like them.

  6. I agree, Polish Outlander.

    Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed going back and reading everyone's answers!


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