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The Obligatory Annual Cool Stuff to Get Book Lovers for Christmas Post!

I love online shopping. I went into some actual shops today and there was stuff everywhere, incessant Christmas music, and tinseled assistants trying to hard-sell me fripperies. I like to shop undisturbed with products lined up with a bit of white space between them. The fruit of my online searches is laid out before you. So get yourself a glass of something mulled while we cross our fingers and hope it all turns up in time.

What do you think of my selections? Comments below please!

You can actually buy a candle with old book smell. I suppose it looks slightly less deranged in company than sniffing old tomes.

Old Books

Fun for all the family and seasonally appropriate – it’s A Christmas Carol, the board game! Become your favourite character and roam the streets of Victorian London as you answer questions about Dickens’ classic novel. Make merry with Fezziwig, or settle your account with Scrooge—but beware of “Humbug!” spaces that could spoil your Christmas pleasure.

A Christmas Carol

There are many extraordinarily sharp T-shirts to be had from Human. I think these two are pretty fab.

Mad stacks yo

TimeAlso pleasing is this scarf, printed with words and illustrations from The Secret Garden.


If having words on your T-shirt and round your neck isn’t quite enough, use a temporary tattoo to place them directly on your skin. Etsy has a fine selection. I would like this one please.

Everything was

Writers, you know all those brilliant ideas you have in the middle of the night when you’ve left your notebook in the next room? Well now you can scribble it directly onto this duvetbed

Even if you don’t drink, this book is worth having for the puns alone. Life will be complete when I can order ‘A Rum of One’s Own’ down my local.


Next,  just what we’ve all been waiting for: some Ibsen-inspired swag.

Tote 2 ToteThis is literally a nice mug.

GrammarWrap it all in this, whether it’s a book or not.


What do you think of my list? What do you want for Christmas? Comments below please!

Have a look at previous years’ recommendations here.

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Reader Appreciation Award! Hooray!

I really enjoy writing this blog and I’m always thrilled to find that people actually read it, let alone enjoy it! I am thoroughly delighted to have been sent a reader appreciation award by Hannah of parrotsonthepowerline.wordpress.com. She writes about her life and travels with great wit and style- you should all click the link and have a read!  reader-appreciation-award

Now I’m not one to flout the rules, so I must adhere to the following:

The Rules:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award. (Of course! I would have done this even if it wasn’t mandatory!)

2. Answer 10 questions. (See below.)

3. Choose 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read. (See further below.)

4. Provide links to these blogs and kindly let the recipients know that they have been chosen.

5. Include the award logo within your blog post. (Gladly!)

I really don’t mind if the people I nominate do this or not, but as I have a little free time this afternoon…

The Questions

 Your favourite colour? Does ‘shiny’ count? I’m a bit of a magpie, so gold or silver. If we’re talking standard rainbow, I like anything in the purple-blue family.

Your favourite animal? Tricky. It’s between monkey and panda. I’ve been really into pandas ever since I watched Studio Ghibli’s ‘Panda Go Panda’ (Papa Panda commutes to work at the zoo pandagopandawith a trilby and briefcase- so charming). Monkeys are just hugely intelligent and generally awesome.

Your favourite non-alcoholic drink? The only thing I ever drink is peppermint tea- so weak that it’s just been shown the teabag imperceptibly quickly.

Facebook® or Twitter®? I am yet to join Twitter as I feel I may become too deeply enamoured with it and thus lose all free time that otherwise could be spend staring at views in the great outdoors, or indeed actually working. I quite like Facebook, but I wish they wouldn’t keep moving the proverbial digital goal posts (they make it rather difficult for pages to reach even people that have liked them). Controversially, I’m rather into Google+…

Your favourite pattern? The first patterned dress I ever made is mauve with white cherry blossoms. I remember seeing the fabric in the haberdashery and being so enchanted by it. I still absolutely love that pattern, so that’s my favourite to wear. In terms of design, I love stars- my ceilings are covered in them (it makes every night like camping but without the damp, discomfort and disconcerting sounds of nature getting too close…).

Getting or giving presents? Giving- if they’re pleased with what I’ve chosen! I do like shopping for other people, and wrapping things up nicely. There’s a whole beautiful ritual to giving presents.

Your favourite number? Eleven. For the way it sounds, I’m in no way superstitious.

Your favourite day of the week? I rather like Mondays. That’s usually the day I get new, interesting projects sent to me.

Your favourite flower? I have a beautiful orchid that my partner gave me that I’m desperately trying to keep alive. There’s something so serene and perfect about orchids.

What is your passion? I’m very fortunate to have a profession that I’m passionate about. Aside from that, writing, politics and dance are all rather important to me.

My Favourites

Now I think very few of these people know I exist, but I’m all for an out-of-the-blue praise session!

1. James of Mr. Nemo is an excellent poet and writer. He has a sense of rhythm and poignancy that is truly impressive. There are also wise and often comical musings on books, writers and all sorts. It’s a real pleasure to read.

2. Words of Mercury is full of the most brilliantly analytical book reviews. From an academic mind, a deep understanding of the psychology and philosophy of writing makes this blog rich and worthwhile.

3. I’ve mentioned it before and I will mention it again- it’s a firm favourite: 50 a Year has wonderful stories, insightful reviews and hilarious asides.

4. Free Penny Press says warm and intelligent things about life, reading and writing. Recently Love Letters Stand the Test of Time was utterly touching and should be read by everyone. Johnny Cash’s love letter is a joy.

5. I adore World of Blyton. It covers everything to do with one of my childhood favourites. Every post brings that particular joy that only nostalgia can.

6. The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh has marvellously honest and genuine book reviews. I love her writing style and generally awesome attitude.Hey-Girl-Ryan-Gosling-Blogger

7. Punner extraordinaire Evan is next on my list. His blog The Oldest Jokes in the World  writes critically and wittily about humour. He’s very funny and an accomplished writer- I completely agree that all literature should employ humour!

8. Still with puns: Books Speak Volumes is my next choice. Aside from the excellent title, this book blog is well worth regularly visiting! The mini-reviews are succinct and valuable summaries of well-chosen titles.

9. Adam-P-Reviews specialises in interesting and well-written book reviews. He has a gift for compelling summaries and accessible commentary. He’d be a fantastic synopsis writer.

10. I know this blog was also chosen by my nominator, so I hope I’m not going against the principles of the thing also draw your attention to The Freckled Reader. Superb book reviews from a passionate reader.

Thank you so much, everyone who reads my blog- it makes me feel very happy and connected!


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