Otherwordly: words both strange and lovely from around the world (review)

Sunday, 2 October 2016



I was lucky enough to be sent Otherwordly from Abrams and Chronicle, and I am so excited to share it with everyone.

(Out 11 Oct 2016)



Otherwordly is lovely little book created by Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley, and is no doubt an irresistible gift for any bibliophile. 

It contains unique words you are not likely to have come across previously, telling you their meaning and what language it comes from in a cute dictionary style layout. The book is also gorgeously illustrated, with delicate watercolour paintings to accompany the words- it really adds a nice touch and helps to create a stunning aesthetic, a present that would delight any reader.

The back of the book also contains a Glossary by language, so you can look up the words in Japanese, Swedish, French or more to get a snapshot of a culture through the quirky words in their language. 

It's a lovely book to have and keep, something to treasure and refer back to- I think it's unlikely that this will gather dust on anyone's shelf. It's just too precious not to look at again and again.




Tsundoku (noun, Japanese)
buying books and not reading them; letting books pile up unread on shelves or floors or nightstands

Radjost (noun, Icelandic)
enough light to find your way by 

Redamancy (noun, English)
the act of loving the one who loves you; a love returned in full.


Otherwordly is a stunning collection of beautiful words that will delight both the eye and the brain of someone who loves a lovely new word.


Happy Reading x



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