Good Reads : Selected Works of T.S. Spivet


It’s the type of book I’d write, I told him in bed. Well, like, if I was smart and stuff. And the drawings? Well, I’d totally draw them like that. If I could draw. And I’m pretty sure the author is a genius, so I don’t know if Reif Larsen would be my friend, but if I ran into him at a coffee shop (because, really, where else do genius writers hang out?!), I’d buy him a soy latte (clearly, this is what geniuses drink) and make him be my friend.

So…I take it you liked the book, JD said as he looked up from reading his book.

To say I liked the book would be an understatement. I mean, com’on, it’s getting it’s OWN BLOG POST for crying out loud! I feel like Larsen opened my brain and wrote the type of book I can see and feel, but never put into words. And it’s beautiful. So, so beautiful. It’s the story of a gifted child who decides to follow his dream and accept a fellowship at the Smithsonian, but–more so–about a child who finds his past.

Okay, so I made the book sound totally lame. Which is why I don’t drink soy lattes. Obviously. If you’re in the mood for a delicious read, pick up The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. And thank me later.

Happy Friday!

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  1. Tabitha Blue

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    You totally DIDN’T make the book sound lame… you made me want to RUN to the nearest bookstore and buy one to read TONIGHT! Oh, and for the record, I drink soy lattes. Okay, soy chai tea lattes… same thing, right?!


  2. Petra Cross

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    I felt this way about "Curious Incident of the dog in the night time". I can’t put it in words how awesome that book is, but I’m sure it would deserve it’s own blog post. I’ll check out your book…

  3. Jasmine*

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    @Petra: I actually read that book and, yes, I LOVED it too! 🙂

  4. Lydia

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Both you and Bianca posting about reading today makes me want to snuggle under the covers with my newest library book! That and the fact that all the snow outside and the cozy fire inside equals the perfect cup of coffee and book day!

  5. a

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    LOVED this book, read it over a year ago and still think about all the great illustrations (which are a must – don’t read this on an e-reader).

  6. Brittani

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Every book I’ve read that was recommended by you is awesome. You have a talent here. 😉 Can’t wait to check out this one.

  7. sherri lynn

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    thanks for the suggestion! you’ve made me excited to read this book

  8. E. Kitchens

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I drink soy lattes…must mean I’m a genius! THANKS!

  9. Noa

    March 25th, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I’m currently in the midst of reading "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" (which is AMAZING, btw) but I’m adding this to my ever growing book list! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  10. Life with Kaishon

    March 25th, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I want to read it this instant.

  11. Marissa Rodriguez

    March 25th, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    I always love your books/reading posts!

  12. Tanya De Leeuw

    March 25th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Don’t you just love it when that happens with a book?!
    You both have a great weekend, too!

  13. a little bit of whimsy photography

    March 25th, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Girl.. how do you find the time with all that stuff in your head. You must sleep for just 15 minutes I just finished The Hunger Games and am currently reading Catching Fire.. read something else you recommended months ago.. you have not missed yet….. thanks for putting it out there……

  14. Kaylee Sizemore

    March 26th, 2011 at 12:26 am

    My favorite part of this pic is the empty wall. You and JD are amazing photogs, but you keep your bedroom wall blank… quite beautiful if you ask me 🙂 simple.

  15. Rebecca Black

    March 26th, 2011 at 3:49 am

    Friday! Friday! Gotta get down on Friday…partyin’ partyin’ yeah!!!!

  16. Kristin Nicole

    March 26th, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Looks like a good one…

  17. Katrina

    March 26th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Hi Jasmine – I met you when you came to Connecticut (I still have to post that picture..) anyway, I wanted to recommend an amazing book to you !

  18. Jasmin

    March 26th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Saw the book in the bookstore today, thought of your post and bought it without a doubt. Hope I like it… 😉

  19. Columbus GA Wedding Photographer

    March 26th, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Will check it out. At first when you mentioned soy latte I was like who drinks those… Then later on you clarified that you didn’t. Now I feel better lol

  20. Victoria O'Connor

    March 26th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Hey Jasmine, keep those book reviews coming – I love them! It’s so good to have a recommendation from someone whose taste you trust, and let’s face it, life is too short to read less than amazing books! A book that I adored is "Astrid & Veronika" by Linda Olsson – both heartbreaking and beautiful …

  21. kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer}

    March 27th, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I will have to check it out! TFS!

  22. gwyneth colleen

    March 27th, 2011 at 2:03 am

    i bought and read this book on gail’s recommendation (did she tell you to read it, too?) and i feel strangely about it…

    it is clearly genius…it is unique and different and there is a story there that is engaging…so i liked it, but it also felt just slightly inaccessible…or like it tried a teensy bit too hard? or in being so different it lost some of its readability? i dunno…all the illustrations, which i didn’t want to skip or let slip through my fingers…but they did seem to distract me or lose the momentum of the story. there’s probably a lot more i could take from evaluating this if i thought some more…but i didn’t think that deeply about it until just now, i think. 😀

  23. shane O' Sullivan

    March 27th, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Is that JD’s shadow by any chance ha

  24. Ashley

    March 28th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Jasmine- I strongly suggest you read anything by Paulo Coehlo, I think you’d really like/enjoy his writing.

  25. Gail

    March 29th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    I read this entry with the biggest grin on my face ’cause I would be that fan girl who’d grab your arm and make YOU buy the soy latte and then I’D be the one to flip the coin and, hand shaking, get to give it to Reif and be "Ohmygodyourbookissoamazing."

    I’m already looking forward to his next title 🙂

  26. Kristen

    March 29th, 2011 at 3:17 am

    Thanks for the book recommendation! I’ve been looking for something fun to read.

  27. melinda hough

    March 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I love your book review, Jasmine. Keep ’em coming. =)

  28. Julie O'Dell

    March 30th, 2011 at 2:00 am

    I love this…