*for book nerds only

There’s an annual book fair in Blacksburg at the YMCA. The first year we went, we dropped $200. They put these white stickers with amazing stick-power on the books. Some I try to remove, some I leave on. 40 years from now, when I pull a book off the shelf and see either a yellowed sticker or the remnants of one, I will remember the trashy building with tables laden with used books.

I grew up without tv, so naturally, since human beings love being transported out of our real lives, (no, reality tv didn’t invent that, we’ve been doing that ever since cave paintings) books were a big part of our family. Trips and bike rides to the library were a regular thing. 6 kids equals a tall stack of books. Thankfully, i did not inherit my passion for incurring library fines from my parents. People who use ringer-washers do not believe in library fines.

My mother read to us at night, something I do with my sons and hope to continue. She would read, and fall asleep reading. She read us Sugar Creek Gang and Little Britches and Little House on the Prairie. (Probably something to do with the fact that I now have a son named Wilder) And, because she was a clever woman, she read us Jeanette Oak love stories. And we loved them. If mommy blogs were a thing back in the 90’s, my mom shoulda had one. “How to read romance novels to your kids and make them think it was for them” would have gone viral.

Here’s my loot from this year… it’s a small loot, but has some treasures none-the-less.

A book of Van Gogh's drawings

A book of Van Gogh’s drawings

detail of the Van Gogh

detail of the Van Gogh

just one more...

just one more…


detail of Cassatt

detail of Cassatt

One of my favorite Artists.

One of my favorite Artists.

detail of Lautrec

detail of Lautrec

Got this for $5. It was a hot book a couple years ago. This man's mind...

Got this for $5. It was a hot book a couple years ago. This man’s mind…

Willa Cather. I know someone who names their daughter after her. If you're wondering why, read her.

Willa Cather. I know someone who names their daughter after her. If you’re wondering why, read her.

Great.Literature.  for Kingston :)

for Kingston 🙂

*Not pictured, F.Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night. The cover art is terrible, so don’t feel left out.

About marylekoshereillustrated

I remember pressing Silly Putty on the "Funnies" and peeling it back to see Charlie Brown printed on the putty. I remember my love of Disney animated movies. And Curious George. I remember family outings to the library and coming home with half the children's book section. And here I am, as a married woman, an adult if you will, with a fine collection of Calvin and Hobbes, Foxtrot, Peanuts, the list goes on... I've been a cartoonist (only a little one) and I've taken to creating my own children's books (yet to be published). Maybe someday a child will go to a library and come home with my artwork. Art is a beautiful thing. I feel blessed being a part of it. My work will take up a lifetime. Being an artist is inseparable from life. You're born one, like it or not. So welcome to my blog. Welcome to my world, illustrated.

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