A Gift Guide for Book People

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As you might have noticed from the music, store Christmas tree displays, and crowded malls, the holidays are quickly approaching. I relish this time of year, including shopping for the people I love. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to put together a bookish gift guide. Whether you’re searching for a gift for a friend or want something special for yourself, I’m sure there’s something here for you. Let’s get shopping.

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  • Author Bookmarks | $5
    • I bought these for myself a while back, and they’re delightful.
  • Harper Perennial Olive Editions | $10
    • If you know someone who loves classics, the latest editions of the Olive series are beautiful.
  • Books Washi Tape | $3.55
    • Someone who keeps a planner or book journal would love this cute tape.
  • Edgar Allan Poe-ka Dot Pouch | $12
    • A friend gifted me this pouch years ago and it’s still going strong. It makes me happy every time I see it.
  • 100 Books Scratch-Off Poster | $15
    • How fun is this poster? If you get great joy from crossing off items on your to-do list, scratching off the squares might serve as a good push to read those classics you’ve meant to read.
  • Powell’s Literature Water Bottle | $12
    • When I use this water bottle, I feel more hydrated and well-read.

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  • Library Stamp T-Shirt | $28
    • This is perfect for any library lover.
  • Book Smart Tote Bag | $19.99
    • Make sure your bookworm best friend has something to carry her books in.
  • My Ideal Bookshelf | $24.99
    • This book is full of beautiful illustrations by Jane Mount and contains so many great reading recommendations.
  • William Shakespeare Library Candle | $25
    • Candles are lovely all year long, but especially when it gets cold outside. I might like reading Shakespeare more if I had this candle.
  • Reading Journal | Starts at $32.95
    • How cute is this journal? It’s customizable, too!
  • Reading Rest | $30
    •  This reading rest is ideal for someone who’s always reading on their lunch break.

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  • Personalized 5 Book Set | $195
    • A set from Juniper Books is on my bookish bucket list. Their work is just stunning.
  • 1984 Sweatshirt | $50
    • Wear the books you love with a literary sweatshirt.
  • Bookends + Lamp | Starts at $58.80
    • This is both functional and beautiful, a solid combo.
  • Book of the Month Subscription | $79.99 for 6 months
    • You know your sister wants to read more, but neither one of you know where to start. With a BOTM subscription, she can choose her own titles.
  • Custom Ideal Bookshelf Print | $95
    • If you know your BFF’s favorite books, this would be such a thoughtful, meaningful gift.
  • Page 1 Books Subscription | $70 for 3 months
    • If you like the idea of a book subscription but want something more personal than BOTM, Page 1 is a perfect choice.

May your holiday season include much bookish goodness.

Weekly Favorites: Volume 5

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  • I came across a book blog that I’ve fallen in love with. Check out the Literary Edit if you like books and beautiful web design.





  • Due to my fondness for Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen, I started watching the Amazon series Forever. I’m four episodes in and am enjoying it so far. I like how it keeps subverting my expectations.



What are your favorite things right now?

Weekly Favorites: Volume 4



I’m not typically a fan of country music, but I started listening to Kacey Musgraves earlier this year and am in love with her music, specifically her newest album. It’s been on constant rotation this week.

NPR shared this video of Musgraves singing Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know,” and it’s lovely.



  • The Magnolia Table cookbook has been one of my favorites lately. I made the sour cream chicken enchiladas for dinner one night this week, and they were delicious. Also, the chocolate chip cookie recipe in here resulted in the best cookies I’ve ever made.

What have you been loving lately?

Weekly Favorites: Vol. 3



As part of some recent library training, I’ve been assigned a course by Ryan Dowd about the best practices for interacting with patrons who are homeless. I’m about halfway through the course and have been impressed with Dowd’s insights, not only about homelessness but also trauma and poverty. I looked him up on YouTube and found this talk he gave about moral failure. It’s worth your time.


I saw A Star Is Born last Sunday and am still thinking about it. It’s a phenomenal film.


The soundtrack to A Star Is Born has been on frequent rotation this week.


Wakelet is a site I discovered for the first time this past week. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s as if Pinterest and Pocket had a baby. It allows you to create collections of links, photos, text, PDFs, and tweets. Wakelet is easy to use and is well designed. I’ve been playing with it a lot, and am a big fan so far.

Weekly Favorites: Vol. 1



  • When autumn arrives,  I want pumpkin spice lattes, long cardigans, and melancholy folk songs. Thankfully, Spotify delivered on that last thing with their Autumn Acoustic playlist.





Last Sunday night, I made the black bean and mushroom enchiladas from Chrissy Teigen’s new cookbook. It was fantastic and also heated up nicely. On Thursday night I made her stew recipe, which is perfect for chilly autumn nights. If you can’t tell, I love this cookbook.

What have you been enjoying this week?