Today is a very special day, in that it is finally February 16th, the release date of many, many books. (seriously. so many books.) Most notably, it is the release day for The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig, a super cool book about hand drawn maps, and time traveling pirates, and colonial Hawaii. If you haven’t heard much about this book yet you can read the full summary on goodreads, and if you’re interested in what I thought about it you can read my ARC review!
In honor of this book’s release me and a few bloggers have gotten together to have a blog release party, with each of us posting something related to the book each day this week. As maps are something super important to The Girl From Everywhere, (the book has multiple maps in it!) and because I loooove maps in books, today I decided to share a list of just a few of my very favorite bookish maps. 😊
- Monday: Introduction by Maria
- Wednesday: Sil and Mana @ The Book Voyagers
- Thursday: Maria @ In Wonderland
- Friday: Aila @ One Way or an Author
Elendel from The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
I love cities. City planning is so fascinating, and it’s always cool to see how all the roads and main buildings end up fitting together in an urban area. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy peering out of airplane windows as I land in a new city. I love the Elendel map because it is a map of a fictional industrial city that is chock full of detail. All the streets and canals and railways are outlined and it is beautiful. It really looks to me like a real city, albeit a meticulously pre-planned one. (unlike how many real life cities are built) I like how it shows the full picture of where everything is and how the characters can get there, without spending too much time on what each building looks like.
more pictures of this map: official image (with color!)
The Alexander and The Hypatia from Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff
The illustrations of the space ships from Illuminae are much more diagrams than maps, but I found them much too pretty to leave out. These are some sleek ships. You can tell how the Hypatia is meant to glide more and is more refined, while the Alexander is a little bulkier and made to be roughed up. I also really appreciate the front view diagram for each, and all the information in the little boxes. This is the kind of stuff that really helps me fully visualize a setting.
more pictures of this map: official image (alexander)
Watford from Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Out of all of these maps Watford is the most fun, probably because of all the color! I love how everything is in different shades of primary colors (even the grays are red or blue toned!) and I think the doodle-ish and wavy feel of it are a perfect way to represent this particular magic school. I also think this map does a great job of giving the reader an idea of all the major landmarks while not bombarding them with too much visual information.
The Witchlands from Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The map of The Witchlands is a map of a fantasy world that is simply gorgeous. I don’t really have many comments about this map besides that because I am usually just too busy making complete googly eyes at it. Just look at the curve of the land and the little sea monsters and all the perfect shading! Ahhhh I love it.