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My New Project: Art Meets Books

My New Project: Art Meets Books | Amanda Sue Howell | #fashionillustration #fantasyillustration #amandasuehowellLast October, I realized that I was no longer happy with my blog. I had been struggling to come up with topics that were appropriately business-y enough for a virtual assistant’s blog. I was on a creative high, having just ended a 30 day challenge, of live hand lettering on Facebook. A chat with a friend made me realize that my frustration was stemming from a feeling that I was no longer writing about topics I was passionate about. I was writing about topics I thought others wanted me to write about. Boo hiss.

Almost completely overnight, I changed everything. I updated my branding, blog, colors, logo, and photos. But then it turned out no one really liked the “curmudgeon” branding. So I changed it all again, and this time I went with my name. But I still didn’t really know… what… I was going to be doing. I knew something something books…. something something art. In fact if you asked me about my blog, I probably used the words “bookly artish” to describe it, because I didn’t have anything more to share.

But meanwhile I kept exploring, playing, creating. I watercolored. I made Skillshare classes*. And I just let it percolate in the back of my head. On February 14th, when most women were bombing Facebook with photos of flowers from their man, I was having a brilliant moment.

When I was a kid, my Mom bought me paper dolls from Dover. They were of a little Chinese girl and boy, and they had historical costumes like a Manchu wedding. And they were cute, but I didn’t really do much with them. Later, my Mom got me this neon pink stencil where you could draw your own paper dolls and clothing. And I started with the stencils, but I got bored pretty quickly, and started free handing the clothing.

I’d whip out my Mom’s 1965 World Book Encyclopedia (Book C), and go through the historical fashions… pulling designs from the Elizabethan era, the 1940s, and even Ancient Egypt. Later, I began reading a series about a little girl named Mandie*, who attends a young lady’s finishing school, and the books are chock full of descriptions of clothing. Some of the most memorable passages in books for me involve clothing, and one of the primary reason I wanted to read The Selection Series* was because of the dresses on the covers.

So I started thinking about drawing clothes. And I thought about how, when I got my very first iPad (Generation 2!), I downloaded Paper, and the first thing I did, was draw a few dresses. They looked like crap, cause I didn’t know how to use my iPad for that just yet… but that’s what I gravitated towards for my first art on there.

I thought about how a few years back, I had some acrylics, and I did a painting for my office… and it was a dress. And later I painted a boot. I thought about some of my Skillshare classes I’ve signed up for… watercolor fashion, painting jewels and jewelry… and I realized I was on to something.

Then I thought about a book I’d read about drawing clothing, and the long, lean models it featured in it’s instructions. Long. Lean. Hmmmm. Models. Meh. Long… lean… slim. Hmmmm. Slim. Like elves. Like ELVES. OMG. ELVES! I ran into the kitchen and told my husband “I just had an idea and it’s either genius or crazy!” He said “the line between those is pretty blurred.. the key is to err more on the side of genius.”

So I spilled the whole thing to him… drawing fashion… on elves. And I continued to explain, that if I become known for elfin fashions, I could expand to other body types like hobbits, ogres, trolls, giants… and my daughters have put in a request for fairies.

I was already REALLY excited about this, but then when I laid down to go to sleep, I had the rest of the idea pop into my head. Instead of just drawing any ole fashions, I’d harken back to my paper doll days, and draw fashions inspired by what I’m reading.

When our tax refund came in, my husband suggested that I take the opportunity to load up on materials so I can dive into this as quickly as possible, and I did! I spent more money than I’ve ever spent on books at one time (and it was GLORIOUS!). I got books on drawing fashion, books on drawing fantasy creatures… even a book on digital drawing in Photoshop.

One thing that I’ve said repeatedly, is that a road trip is the most fun when a friend comes along for the ride. It’s the whole premise behind me sharing my 3 Focuses for the year, and in that spirit I’m sharing all the books I bought (plus I few I already had) for this particular leg of my journey. Even if you don’t want to make dresses on elves, there’s probably something in here that will interest you. And I’ll share a bit about why I chose each one and/or what I’ve used it for already. <3

*Just a reminder, all links with an asterisk are affiliate links. This doesn’t cost you any extra, it just sends me a little for my coffee and lemon bars fund.

Fantasy Fashion Illustration by Amanda Sue Howell: Fashion Books

Fashion Illustration

Fashion by DK*

We had a clothing/costume book by DK when I was a kid… we were homeschooled, and if you’re a homeschooler you’ve probably got a lot of DK books in the house. 😀 I homeschool my kids, and we’ve got a pretty decent collection too. This DK book is not your standard DK books… if you’ve ever seen them you’re familiar with the white cover, black strip across the top, etc. This book is MASSIVE. And it’s got gorgeous illustrations!

Steampunk & Cosplay Fashion Design & Illustration*

I’m hoping to learn sewing next year, and I would LOVE to add steampunk elements to my daily wardrobe. I also feel like these could be fun elements to bring into my art, since it’s pretty well established that I love steampunk. Except for the TV show Steampunk’d. Great idea, lousy execution.

Shojo Fashion Manga Art School*

Manga is another art form that features a lot of long lean kind of characters, and I really enjoy a lot of anime & manga art styles (as you’ll see further down). So I picked up this one, and it’s sequel (see below).

Shojo Fashion Manga Art School 2*

Same as above.

The Manga Fashion Bible*

Really… same reason as the Shojo Fashion school books. And yes I have two… want one? Live in the US or Canada? Send me an email!

Fashion Illustration Art*

This teaches how to draw figures, as well as the clothes over them… it goes into a lot of detail about creating movement with your clothing.

The Art of Fashion Illustration*

This one is primarily inspiration… it’s kind of an industry who’s-who book, with sketches and illustrations from people who do this for a living… I mean, not on elves… just in general. 😉

Watercolor Made Easy: Portraits*

This could have been with the painting pile, but because it’s portraits, I put it with fashion illustration, because there’s a lot of focus on creating the bodies under the clothing, and portraits will pull in some realism.

Fashion by the Kyoto Costume Institute*

This is another inspiration book like the other Fashion book. It’s not as massive a book as the DK one, but it’s nearly as thick, and still has GORGEOUS illustrations.

Contemporary Fashion Illustration Techniques (not pictured, cause it was on my desk)*

This is another one that has great information on drawing figures but it also goes into details about making good hands, eyes, lips, faces from different angles, etc.

Fantasy Fashion Illustration by Amanda Sue Howell: Fantasy Books

Fantasy

The Compendium of Fantasy Art Techniques*

I didn’t know a whole lot about this yet, but the title gave me a snicker… it’s subtitle is “The Step-by-Step Guide to Creating Fantasy Worlds, Mystical Characters, and the Creatures of Your Own Worst Nightmares”. That was enough to make me grab it up.

DragonArt Fantasy Characters*

This is divided up into 4 sections: things of fairy tale, things of legend,  things that go bump in the night, and fashion central. Sounds like a great place to start, and this is another one that should be a pretty quick read.

Dreamscapes Magical Menagerie*

This looks GORGEOUS. It’s got instructions on painting elementals, koi, Pegasi, and any number of other non-humanoid creatures that might inhabit a fairy story. This is exciting to me, because I may branch out later, and meanwhile some creatures are human-animal hybrid (like centaurs) and this is handy information.

Watercolor Fairy Art*

As mentioned above, my daughters put in a special request for a line of fairies, and a friend of mine has requested a fairy tattoo design. And I LOVED fairies when I was younger…. I used to have a pretty decent collection of them all across my shelf and mantle.

Drawing Made Easy: Dragons & Fantasy*

It talks about drawing fairies, ogres, and other fantastical creations, as well as dragons. It’s a slim, quick read, and it also looked like it had excellent information on shading!

Fantasy Fashion Illustration by Amanda Sue Howell: Painting Books

Painting

Beginner’s Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop*

There’s so much beautiful digital art out there, and I may dive into it in the future. Meanwhile, this book is TOTAL eye candy.

Pop Painting*

I was tuned into Camilla a while back, after spying one of her books at Hobby Lobby. I tucked her away as someone to research when I got home, but of course I forgot. Later I saw her name pop up at CreativeBug, and I started exploring her work. She’s a very surrealistic sort of artist, and I find her paintings fascinating.

Everyday Watercolors (already owned)*

I picked this up basically as soon as it came out. I follow Jenna on Instagram, and her paintings are SO gorgeous. She really is a stunning example of how much you can grow painting every day, because even though her paintings were gorgeous when I started following her, I’ve witnessed her growing and expanding her techniques on her Instagram stories.

Acrylic Painting for Dummies (already owned)

My Mom bought this for me, a billion years ago, before I actually had acrylics. Now I can finally dig into this and use it. Thanks Mom!

Fantasy Fashion Illustration by Amanda Sue Howell: Manga BooksMy New Project: Art Meets Books | Amanda Sue Howell | #fashionillustration #fantasyillustration #amandasuehowell

Manga

Manga for the Beginner: Chibis (already owned)*

I bought this years ago, and did a few little drawings from it… chibis are some of the cutest little things ever!

Pop Manga*

This is another book by Camilla, who did Pop Painting. And it’s got a panda bear on the cover. Do I really need anymore reasons?

Manga Art*

This had a really cute cover, and mentioned art in a wide variety of mediums. That’s all I needed. 🙂

Kawaii Doodle Class*

This one is Jessica from Brown Paper Bunny’s fault. She posted about it on her Instagram, and she was doodling the cutest little kawaii tacos, coffees, popsicles… this probably isn’t anything that would wildly feature in my art, but it’s a fun aside, and it could pop up in a clothing pattern. You never know. 😉

Manga for the Beginner: Kawaii*

I just think this is adorable… really that’s all there was too it. 😀 And I already owned the Chibi one. 😀

 

Okay! BLESS YOU for making it all the way through that, and now I just have one question for you… what book have you read, that had FA-BU-LOUS clothing in it?

What Reading Challenges I Picked This Year

At the beginning of every year, I choose a whole list of reading challenges, and I use them to direct my reading choices (to a degree) for the year. This week, I'm sharing which reading challenges I chose.

Last week I told you how excited I get at the beginning of the year, because the beginning of the year is time for a fresh new batch of reading challenges. Now that you know where to find them, and how to sign up for them, I’ll share what challenges I’ve signed up for this year.

I almost told you what books I’ve (theoretically) chosen, on the prompts that I’ve already (theoretically) chosen books for, but then I realized that would be a REALLY long post. So I leave this one up to you. If you want know what this looks like when I start picking the books, I’ll do a 2.0 version of this post, with all of the gnarly breakdown. 🙂

Monthly Motif – Sign up here

This challenge has 12 different prompts, one for each month. I won’t be choosing most of these in advance, because some of these prompts are best done off the cuff.

January’s prompt is Diversify Your Reading. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho has been on my list for quite some time. And as I’m neither male, nor Latino… this fits the challenge quite nicely.

Back To Classics – Sign up here

This one I’ve already mapped out my choices for the challenge… obviously these can change, but in the meantime I’ve made it pretty easy on myself to see what I already own, or can pick up inexpensively. I just have to decide which one to start with.

52 Books in 52 Weeks – Sign up here

Yes I know… 52 books, but again, these do a lot of crossing over with other challenges. Plus, I like to challenge myself. 😀 It’s also important to know that there’s at least one more of the 52/52 challenges, but this one has prompts, whereas the other one is literally just to read any 52 books.

Modern Mrs Darcy – Sign up here

I look forward to this one every year. It’s run by Anne Bogel, and her entire blog revolves around books… and it’s awesome. She also talks about personality type stuff, and capsule wardrobes.

What’s In A Name – Sign up here

This is another one I look forward to every year… it’s got 6 categories… and they’re fun things like…. “A fruit or vegetable”.

 

Alright I’d love to hear from you… which challenges did you pick this year?

Have You Ever Signed Up For A Reading Challenge?

It's a brand new year, and that means it's reading challenge time! Every year I pick a about a dozen, and completely overdo it, but it's so much fun that I do it again the next year! <3

Ahhhh the beginning of the year. New calendars, new goals, new reading challenges! I get so excited when the end of the year comes, because it means I’m about to be picking out the next batch of challenges I’ll be taking on.

You know I love me a good challenge, so this is always exciting to me… and there are so many to choose from. You can always guarantee that there will be TBR challenges, classics challenges, cozy mystery challenges, and YA challenges. And then there aresa ones with a variety of genres, and I always get a kick out of seeing what they picked this year…

So how do you get started?

Well, you can google reading challenges, or you can go check out A Novel Challenge and see all of their listings, or you can find listings on GirlXoXo.

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And believe me… you can spend hours going through those sites, because there are dozens, maybe hundreds of these reading challenges. Every year I think… ehhhh I’ll just sign up for a couple… and next thing I know I’ve signed up for a dozen.

The good news is, that most of them permit crossovers with other challenges. For example, let’s say one challenge asks you to read a book that’s been turned into a movie… and you choose Murder On the Orient Express. And then another challenge asks you to choose a cozy mystery, and another challenge asks you to choose a book involving travel, and still another says to choose a book with a 5 word title… your original selection works for all of those challenge prompts as well. Huzzah!

You have to read each challenge carefully though, because they all have their own rules. Some only allow physical books, while others allow physical, ebook, or audiobook. Some just want you to drop a comment as your sign-up, and others want you to write up a blog post. Some let you get away with a comment on the blog about which book you read for each prompt, while others want Goodreads reviews, and others want you to write a blog post for each book. What’s your limit? What are you willing to do? Choose accordingly.

Next week I’ll be sharing which reading challenges I’ve signed up for, but for now I’d love to know… do you do these too?

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Top 10 Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books

Top 10 Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books | When I was a kid, I was enchanted by the descriptions of Turkish Delight in "The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe"...

When I was a kid, I remember reading The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe and thinking that Turkish delight must be the most delectable thing in the whole wide world. I picked some up later from one of those stories that has an ever changing assortment of gourmet goodies, and I was distraught at it’s cloying perfuminess.

Don’t get me wrong… I knew that the original version has rosewater.. that wasn’t news to me. But I drink tea with rosehips, hibiscus, and other floral elements. This was awful though… chemically awful. Perhaps because it was store-bought. I’d love to get some made from a lovely Middle Eastern couple, along with some baklava in case the Turkish Delight still lets me down.

So without further ado, here are my top 10 delicious foods from books. (Fun fact, my 2 year old says “dee-wish-us” and it’s the cutest thing ever.)

1. Oooey Gooey Melty Cheese – Heidi

“When the kettle was boiling, the old man put a large piece of cheese on a long iron fork, and held it over the fire, turning it to and fro, till it was golden-brown on all sides.”

Upon some research, I discovered that many people believe this is referencing raclette. It’s a (usually) cows milk Swiss cheese, although likely his was made of goat’s milk. He browns it on all sides, which makes it soft and spreadable like butter, which they then spread on bread. Oh. My. Yes.

2. Roasted Eggs – The Secret Garden

“Dickon made the stimulating discovery that in the wood in the park outside the garden where Mary had first found him piping to the wild creatures there was a deep little hollow where you could build a sort of tiny oven with stones and roast potatoes and eggs in it.”

I’ve had eggs just about every which-way, but roasted. I’ve seen a lot of people mention that they are insanely delicious though, so I’ll have to give them a try sometime!

3. Lembas – Lord of the Rings

“Eat little at a time, and only at need. For these things are given to serve you when all else fails. The cakes will keep sweet for many many days, if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labour, even if he be one of the tall men of Minas Tirith.”

Lembas is an Elvish bread… delicious, nutritious, and stays fresh for months. Perfect! And a little goes a long way… unless you’re a hobbit (which probably applies to growing boys too).

4. Toffee/Toffee Dates – Chronicles of Narnia

“The fruit was delicious; not exactly like toffee – softer for one thing, and juicy – but like fruit which reminded one of toffee.”

Diggory and Polly bury a toffee candy in Narnia, and overnight it springs up into a tree bearing dates with a taste reminiscent of toffee. If I thought that it worked in our world, I would bury sooooo many toffees.

5. Cox’s Orange Pippin – Danny the Champion of the World

“I’ve brought an apple for each of us,’ he added, fishing into one of his pockets.
‘A Cox’s Orange Pippin,’ I said, smiling. ‘Thank you very much.’
We sat there munching away.
‘One of the nice things about a Cox’s Orange Pippin’, my father said, ‘is that the pips rattle when it’s ripe. Shake it and you can hear them rattling.’ ”

Being in the States, I’d never heard of this varietal, so I was under the assumption that it was made up for the book. Imagine my delight as an adult, when I discovered it exists… but in the UK… womp womp. I’ve seen references to it having hints of cherry & anise flavors, so I’m totally intrigued!

6. Chocolate – Chocolat

“The air is hot and rich with the scent of chocolate. Quite unlike the white powdery chocolate I knew as a boy, this has a throaty richness like the perfumed beans from the coffee stall on the market, a redolence of amaretto and tiramisù, a smoky, burned flavor that enters my mouth somehow and makes it water. There is a silver jug of the stuff on the counter, from which a vapor rises. I recall that I have not breakfasted this morning.”

Full disclosure: I haven’t read the book yet, but I did see the movie. Her chocolates have a magical, medicinal quality, healing anything that ails you, and mending broken communities.

I’m not much for chocolate, but I’ve always heard that high quality chocolate is nothing like picking up a Hershey’s bar. When we were going to move to Asheville, I was looking forward to visiting the French Broad Chocolate. It’s a bean-to-bar venue, which means it would be like nothing I’ve ever tried.

I didn’t end up moving to Asheville, but I’m perhaps 5ish hours away? Or maybe there’s a chocolaterie here in Richmond. 🙂

7. Paprika Hendl – Dracula

“I had for dinner, or rather supper, a chicken done up some way with red pepper, which was very good but thirsty. (Mem. get recipe for Mina.) I asked the waiter, and he said it was called “paprika hendl,” and that, as it was a national dish, I should be able to get it anywhere along the Carpathians.”

Chicken, pasta, paprika… I’m in. 🙂

8. Snow Candy – Little House in the Big Woods

“Grandma stood by the brass kettle and with a big wooden spoon she poured hot syrup on each plate of snow.  It cooled into a soft candy, and as fast as it cooled they ate it.”

I have a dream of someday visiting Vermont during maple season, and partaking in this experience… I kinda want a cabin in Vermont, or Connecticut, or New Hampshire anyway… this is just one of the many reasons why.

9. Marmalade – Paddington books

“Seagulls don’t know everything … I always keep a marmalade sandwich under my hat, just in case!”

I absolutely adored the Paddington books when I was a kid (and no I haven’t seen the movie, so don’t ask my opinion)… everything was so wonderfully described, from his wellingtons, to his duffle coat & toggles, to his yellow mackintosh.

But the obsession with orange marmalade always amused me. Bears were always depicted with honey, so the marmalade was a funny departure. I’ve had orange marmalade many a time, and every time I do, I think of a very polite spectacled bear.

10. Johnnycakes – Unknown

Alright. I can’t give a quote, because I don’t even remember what book I read about these in. Johnnycakes are kind of like pancakes, but with cornmeal… they’re really good with butter and a bit of molasses. I very clearly remember reading a book when I was a kid, talking about making Johnny cakes over a fire, but I’ll be darned if I can remember what book. I just remember that it left an impression on me, and I couldn’t wait to try them when I was an adult. (And they’re dee-wish-us.)

Alright what about you? What are your favorite edibles from literature?

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Top 10 Book Boyfriends

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It’s National Boyfriend Day, and The Broke & Bookish is celebrating with the Top Ten prompt “Top Ten Book Boyfriends”.

Though I was brief in my explanations, I thought long and hard about this list… it’s funny noting the ways that my taste has changed since I was a teen, and the ways it stayed the same. Growing up is weird dude.

1. Brian Belden

One of my earliest… he was so handsome, and mature, and responsible. Not to mention loyal, protective, and studying to be a doctor.

2. Laurie

Jo may have blown him off as merely a boy, but as a teenager, I was taken by his charm.

3. Johnny Tremaine

To this day, the crucible scene still pisses me off.

4. Calvin

Sweet Calvin is one of the first people to make Meg Murray feel beautiful. What girl doesn’t want that?

5. Rhett

Not the healthiest example of masculinity, but he’s suave, knows how to dance, and treats Mammy better than almost anyone else in the book. And he’s just about the only person who can go toe to toe with Scarlett.

6. Maxon

Prince Mason from the Selection… a tortured soul, aiming to be better than his father.

7. Ze’ev/Wolf

I’m already a big fan of werewolf stories, and in typical Lunar Chronicles fashion this is an interesting twist.

8. Han Solo

Courtship of Princess Leia… that’s all I’m saying.

9. Riker

Imzadi… that’s all I’m saying.

10. Gilbert Blythe

Hilariously, I actually married. someone who’s very Gilbert-esque. Mischievous (sometimes taking it too far), hard-working, confident, and persistent.  

Who are your bookish crushes? I’d love to hear down in the comments! <3

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10 of My Favorite Curmudgeonly Characters

There are a good many misconceptions about curmudgeons... we're not evil, just grumpy. And they're not even anti-social... we're selectively social. And those we choose to socialize with? We will be unwaveringly loyal to them. 

As this is a post for the Broke.& Bookish, this post won’t be including delightful representations from film and television, such as Dr. House, or the span of indomitable Dame Maggie Smith curmudgeons.

There are a good many misconceptions about curmudgeons… we’re not evil, just grumpy. And they’re not even anti-social… we’re selectively social. And those we choose to socialize with? We will be unwaveringly loyal to them.

We are not only the ones most likely to yell at the neighbor kids for cutting through our lawns, but we are also the ones most likely to grouse for another hour about the lack of respect children have these days. Some people’s kids.

So here are some of my faves…

1. Sherlock

Sherlock definitely meets the above criteria… he’s rude, arrogant, and demanding. But he connects with Watson in a way that no one else does.

2. Nero Wolfe

What is about all that time introspecting, that makes one a good detective? Nero Wolfe is a gourmand who investigates the cases his assistant brings his way. Unlike Sherlock, he rarely leaves his home, but when he does, the game is most definitely afoot. 😉

3, Professor Snape

Like many curmudgeon’s Snape gets a bad rap. If you’re still confused about whether Snape is good, just watch this video where his scenes are placed in chronological order. (Spoilers ahead, so don’t watch if you’re not done with the series.)

4. Professor McGonagall

Let me set the record straight… women are most definitely capable of being a curmudgeon. For some reason the majority of the examples are male… but the definition doesn’t say male anywhere.

Let’s see… acerbic… Dame Maggie Smith has it doesn’t to an artwork.
Good? Hell yes, and she’s a badassssss.
Loyal? The most.

5. Trumpkin

This cranky little dwarf from Narnia, is red-haired. So by the rules of C.S. Lewis, he is one of the good dwarves. But many a dwarf before and after him, he is cranky! He earns the nickname Dear Little Friend, which is later shortened to DLF much to his annoyance. However once the Pevensies earn his respect… they have it for the rest of his very long life.

6. Marilla Cuthbert

Another fantastic lady example. Marilla is a classic grouch with a heart of gold. In true curmudgeonly form, she’s abrasive to Anne in the beginning… partly because she’s guarded, and partly because she’d sent off for a boy. We kind like to have our way…

7. Gandalf the Grey

“Fool of a Took!”  I rest my case.

8. Haymitch Abernathy

I was kinda feeling like he’d qualify, so on a whim I googled “Haymitch” “Abernathy” “curmudgeon” and immediately pulled up a reference to him as a curmudgeonly alcoholic mentor. There you have it, Lord Google knows all. Seriously though… crabby-butt who’s secretly nice, with a soft spot for someone? Ting, ting, ting, we have a winner.

9. Ben Weatherstaff

This is one you might not recognize by name, but he’s been a favorite of mine since I was a child. He’s the cantankerous gardener of Misselthwaite Manor in The Secret Garden. His loyalty to the late Mrs. Craven was so intense, that despite her husband locking the garden up, he’s continued to tend it in her memory.

10. Ove

Okay this is a wee bit of a cheater, but I can’t resist. A good many of the curmudgeons I thought of were from TV & film, so I started scribbling those down for a future list, but I couldn’t get back on track. So while researching for more literary ones to job my memory, I came across innumerable references to A Man Called Ove. Cue a quick diversion to find out how his name is said… apparently it’s “ooh-veh”.

Anyway… no matter what term I used… curmudgeon, grumpy old man, cantankerous, literary grump…. all roads led to Ove. I have heard of the book in brief passing, but am not entirely familiar. Seeing as he’s apparently our most current literary curmudgeon, he’s now been added to my TBR stack. 🙂

Who is your favorite literary curmudgeon? I’d love to meet more!
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