From its vivid imagery to its #girlpower themes, there’s a lot to love about Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns (LoT). In addition to inspiring illustrations and Bookstagrams, the collection of fairy tales would be a unique selection for a book club. And who could help but want to follow in Leigh’s footsteps and write their own fairy tale update?
Here is a collection of my favorite Thorn-y tributes as well as some suggestions for savoring the book even after you’ve finished devouring it. Share yours in the comments!
Interviews with Leigh Bardugo
Notes for a Book Club
So, LoT wasn’t something I read for my Wine Lovers Book Club (WLBC), but I couldn’t help thinking as I read it how fun it would be to club. You totally should do it (and if you do, report back in the comments!)
Set the mood with decorations: To be honest, I don’t decorate when I host the WLBC, but I get all giddy when others do (see Sarytah’s Hiddensee decorations). If you are so inclined, there’s so much you can do with LoT: nutcrackers and woodland creatures and sea shells/glass and candles…you get the picture.
Serve up some food: There’s a lot of food references in the stories, including cakes scented with orange blossom and thick with icing, roasted pumpkin, lamb stew, honey wine, and, of course, gingerbread.
Discuss hot topics: Kick-off the discussion by asking people what fairy tales they loved most (or feared most) as children. Fairy tales were meant to give a morality lesson with very clear distinctions between good and evil, but as Leigh shares in her Bookish interview, the tropes also often times vilified powerful/old/odd women. What other tropes in children’s literature should we retire? How do we speak truth to children in a way that doesn’t scare the wits out of them?
LoT Inspired Writing Prompt
“They pray that their children will be brave and clever and strong, that they will tell the true stories instead of the easy ones.”
∼ Amaya and the Thorn Wood
Pick two fairy or folk tales and write a #mashup that takes place in your country of origin two hundred years ago. Update the themes or lessons using current ideals. [If you post online, please link in the comments!]
The Language of Thorns evokes such vivid imagery that it’s hard to pick just one Bookstagram to share. So I’m not going to.
#2017bestnine 2 book launches, some beautiful art, and a lot of dark lipstick. Thanks for sharing a year of warriors and witches, monsters and magic with me. Can't wait to see what 2018 brings🌙💜 #grishaverse #thelanguageofthorns #WonderWoman #warbringer #sixofcrows #shadowandbone #authorlife #authorsofinstagram #leighbardugo
"Dark things have a way of slipping in through narrow spaces…" -The Language of Thorns @lbardugo • • • • Hey book dragons! So I did a bit of a photo shoot today and I am happy to say I can be lazy for a few days now lol. But either way, I didn't get to go to the book store today but I did have a bit of fun . • • • Now I know it is shameful considering I went to the signing for #thelanguageofthorns that I have yet to read it. I know it's really sad. But I am going to get on that ASAP.• • • • I got this amazing print from @wickandfable geisha box and let's say I fell in love so hard with this print. I am very sad I missed the newest box. Maybe next time. • • • #leighbardugo #wickandfable #ruinandrising #seigeandstorm #shadowandbone #artwork #artprints #bookishfearures #reader #bookphotography #booktopography #booknerdigans #booklover #yabooks #bookish #bibliophile #bookstagramfeature #foxwayfeatures #bookfeaturepage #hardbackbooks #bookstagram #bookstagram #bookquotes
I couldn't resist ordering another copy of The Language of Thorns when I saw this incredible art created by Sara Kipin. That brings me up to 4 copies (Target, @Illumicrate, @fairyloot, & now @chevaliersbooks)! 🙈 📚 I'm giving away a signed copy of TLoT on my blog with a stack of other books. Check the link in my bio for details! Open INT! 📚 If you've read TLoT, what's your favorite story? I loved the three new ones a lot, and The Soldier Prince is probably my fave. I want more of these stories!!! 📚 📚 📚 📚 📚 #bookstagram #bookstack #thelanguageofthorns #leighbardugo #grishaverse #fanart #artprint #buttons #mermaid #witch #monster #queen #fiercereads #bookworm #bookdragon #bookwitch #bookgram #bookish #bookblogger #bookphotography #vscobooks #booknerd #bookstagramit #booklover #booknookstagram