Beautiful Books: Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen and Tales of India: Folktales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu, illustrated by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh

I once read a book that talked about books as objects. I am reading another which talks about objects as material memory. How many memories are captured by physical books? What seconds of your life are being recorded by the words and pages you read? When you pick up a book to read it once again, does a particular page bring to mind the past you who read those same words? Do certain words bring to mind certain memories?

These are things to ponder about. Beautiful books are definitely one of the more positive sides to having physical books. I have had people trying to guilt me for owning a large number of books. They call it a library of dead trees instead of a library full of vibrant lives kept within the covers of various books. Books are always beautiful but there is something to be said for books that are almost art in the pictures they contain, in the quality of their pages, and the firmness of their covers.

Legendary Ladies by Ann Shen

Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Chronicle Books
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Ann Shen’s collects legendary ladies in a beautifully bound book that will be at home on your coffee table or on your shelf. I must point out that the little notes at the bottom of each page that start off “Call on (goddess name) if you want (something something) sat ill with me. You can’t simply call upon a god in a religion you don’t belong to and know nothing off simply when you want, I don’t know, peace.
Faith works a bit differently than that. This is, of course, my opinion.

Tales of India: Folktales from Bengal, Punjab, and Tamil Nadu with Illustrations by Svabhu Kohli and Viplov Singh

Hardcover, 168 pages
Published February 27th 2018 by Chronicle Books
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This book contains exactly what it says it does in the title. Folktales from all those places in India. The thing is as a modern reader, I often was left feeling horrified by the way animals and women are treated in these tales. The book is certainly beautiful though. The full page colour art prefacing each tale is gorgeous as well.