Dawn DeVries Sokol


{Labor of Love}

Today in the United States we celebrate Labor Day...so I found myself thinking about what I do for a living, which is designing and authoring books, and thought: “Hey, I’ll do Book Week on D’Blogala!”

AyearinjapanI love books. They are all over my studio. I’ve picked out some from my library that hopefully you’ve never heard of, or at least, haven’t heard much of. I will spotlight 2-4 books each day today through Thursday.

Today’s books are all journals that tell a story...

A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson is a delightful tome in which Williamson sketches and journals the highlights of, yes, her year in Japan. A fast read, but you won’t put it down too quickly. Williamson’s sketches are easy on the eyes and will keep you glued.
Makes me want to go to Tokyo even more!

Cathy’s Book by Sean Stewart and Jordan Weisman is a YA novel of graphic proportions. It looks like a journal, and includes an interior envelope filled with “evidence”,  and sketches and handwritten notes throughout. Curious about why her ex-boyfriend called their relationship quits, Cathy gets sucked into a strange world. I was immediately hooked, not so much by the story, but by the design, doodles and handwriting. Cool concept and packaging.

And finally, The Notebook Girls, by Julia Baskin, Lindsey Newman, Sophie Pollitt-Cohen and Courtney Toombs, follows four girls through life at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. This YA book is compelling...a peek into what teenagers think, do and say. I was intrigued and shocked and glad I “grew up” when I did. It looks like a (really thick) composition notebook. Doodles, handwriting and b&w pics help tell their real-life story.

All are available on Amazon...even if you don’t purchase them, you should at least seek them out in bookstores or the library for a look. They’re all inspiring in their own way! Enjoy!