Friday, December 13, 2013

10 Holiday Gift Ideas for Bibliophiles

If you're anything like me, you can't get enough of crazy-creative book-related items. But like any themed gift, they can veer toward the tacky and poorly made. Here are my top ten current favorites, perfect for the bibliophile on your list:

10.  Reading Mugs
Who doesn't love sipping chai out of a reading-related mug while devouring the latest Tana French novel? I could have a cabinet full of these and still find an excuse to buy more. Honorable Mention: Mug that reads: "You had me at the proper use of 'you're'".

9. Book jacket poster

Four years ago, I received a Dorothy Parker poster. I've moved several times since then and it always hangs in a place of prominence. Vintage book posters like this one are impossibly cool.

8. Literary scarves
I've seen several iterations of literary themed scarves, but this is one of my favorites. It's subtle and the graphic reads nicely.

7. Book picture frame
This is such a fun piece of decor- perfect for night stands, end tables, and shelves above fire places.
$16 Book picture frame

6. Clever bookmark
I'll get you, my pretty... Even in the age of e-readers, nothing can replace a good bookmark. Especially this one.

5. Book-themed perfume
This unisex scent is meant to evoke the smell of book pages. Bonus: It comes packaged in a book.

4. Antique book clock
I used to have a clock that looked like a plain elementary schoolroom clock but in the middle it said, "Time to Read". It got lost in the move and I've missed it ever since. I love this clock's antique aesthetic and clever re-purposing.
$22 Antique book clock

3. Dictionary shoes

Leave it to TOMS to make a shoe that is both comfortable and educational. DISCLOSURE: These were my Christmas present... to myself.

2. Book planter
 A lovely and original idea for a window shelf or a table centerpiece.
$25 Book planter

1. Biblio Origami
I stumbled across this art form while shopping for literary decorations for my wedding and now I'm obsessed. This is gorgeous, creative and original.
$125 Folded Art

None of these fit your wallet or your bibliophile? Get back to the basics and consider gifting an actual book. May I humbly recommend:

I'm currently devouring this clever, funny literary mystery. This book is so cool the cover actually glows in the dark. 

What about you? What book-related items are you purchasing or pining after this holiday season?

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Biblio Reboot

I started this site exactly two years ago as a way to motivate myself to read, write and connect with other bibliophiles. I loved it and I met many interesting and kindred spirits. And then... Things started to get a little bit busy. My thesis and graduation from grad school. Our move across the country. A new job. A proposal. A promotion. Each time I've thought I was starting to find my footing, a new and exciting adventure would come along and sweep me away.

I've still been reading, I just haven't been as vigilant about writing. But I'd like to come back into the fold and begin again. Things are still going to be busy: I'm getting married in June and we're looking to buy our first house. But as I reflect on what's truly important to me and what makes me happy, I'd like to renew my commitment to the reading community.

I look forward to putting together a "Best of 2013" Reading list sometime this month. Expect regular reviews to begin again in January.

Please feel free to leave a comment to let me know you've dropped by. I'd love to become reacquainted.

Currently reading:
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Wolf Hall by Hillary Mantel
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman