Friday Favorites (Book Lovers)

Any time women come together with a collective intention, it’s a powerful thing. Whether it’s sitting down making a quilt, in a kitchen preparing a meal, in a club reading the same book, or around the table playing cards, or planning a birthday party, when women come together with a collective intention, magic happens. -Phylicia Rashad

Do you know a book worm? There are better things to give them just a Barnes and Noble gift card, you know? Here are some book lover’s gifts for you to fall in love with. As always, click on the pics for the links where to buy.

My grandmother was a super intelligent person who dreamed of being a teacher. She didn’t have the means, alas, to go to college, but produced two teachers (my mom and I). However, she was a librarian and loved to read. I find education is the great equalizer. So did she. She was always ahead of her time and thought so deeply about things- especially social injustices. I found her high school diploma recently and plan to frame it here in my study. Here’s to all the great self- educated people out there! You are awesome, degree or not.

So… here are my picks for your book worm:

Click on the pics for the links where to buy

First up, is a really cool gift- 30 original notecards from The Library of Congress! I would frame them and put them in my study or library. Click on the pic for the link.

I also found this journal for keeping track of books you’ve read. I would have loved it if my grandmother had done this. I would eat up anything she would have recommended. I would recommend imagining your child or grandchild reading this well after you are gone- you can still share with them what you know with this wonderful journal.

Why not get a stamp with their last name? If they let someone borrow their book, it’s right there in the inside cover.

If you want something a bit fancier, why not an embosser like this?

I could not believe how cheap these metal feather bookmarkers were, so I left the price on. It’s a great stocking stuffer or maybe a book club hosting gift.

I’m pretty sure I would have died and gone to Heaven if someone had given me this.  As a kid, I would have loved to play library, as an adult, this is a great way to keep track of all those books ou lend out!

 

This is a collection of really funny and weird things that happened to this librarian. We happen to have several librarians in the family, I’m sure they have plenty of wonderfully odd stories, too.

This children’s book is about a girl that doesn’t like to do much else but read. It is written in poetry form and encourages reading. Get it for your wee one.

There’s not much that annoys me more than when the librarian gives out plastic bags to put your books in. This tote bag would be a wonderful addition to the children’s book above.

This bag is great for an adult or teen and it comes with a zippered pouch for your library card, your keys, and maybe a dollar or two for the drink machine.

Card catalog, anyone? Our public libraries have gotten rid of these long ago, but we have a small, private library here in town where everything is still done by hand and the only way to look up a book is with the card catalog! My children were in awe. You can have a card catalog like this at home for your craft supplies- or maybe <gasp> you have a library and need a card catalog so you can find all your books! Can we be best friends?

Who doesn’t want to swing around the library on a ladder like Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast? That was the one and only time I wanted to be a Disney Princess.  I love the look of this one.

I found some really cool and inexpensive pillows below for your book lover.

Why not an Iphone case that looks like a vintage book due card?

I love these lamps and have one similar to this on my piano. They are great for reading (or reading music) because it shields your eyes.

Alright, now…. I’m about to go a little crazy with these chairs but I couldn’t just pick one. Who doesn’t want to snuggle up in one of these chairs with a roaring fire and read until their eyes finally start to blur?

My favorite is this canopy chair. No one would even know you were in there reading! I hide from my family sometimes and this would be a great spot! I need one.

 

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