Literary Paraphernalia: 10 Bookish Mugs for a Rainy Day

In Portland, we recently had one glorious week of sunshine—but now it’s back to reality, which means more rain. I’ve personally become a bit of a coffee addict since moving to this city, quite possibly because there’s a coffee shop on every corner. But as I’ve discovered, most book lovers can be frequently found with a mug of coffee—or tea—in one hand and their latest read in the other.

Being a broke grad student, living on my own, I can count the number of cups in my cupboard on one hand. My belief is that if I have more, it will be too tempting to keep using a new one instead of, I don’t know, actually doing the dishes. However, over the summer, I plan on moving out with a friend, and at some point, I plan on having people over—which means it’s time to start being an adult and start buying more dishes.

This week’s Literary Paraphernalia will focus on cups, but not just any cups, of course—literary ones.

This cup is inspired by the cover of The Hobbit, which I read a few years ago with some prodding from my boyfriend—who fell in love with Tolkien as a child.


I’m not sure that this one really needs any explaining, but heck, I guess I’ll explain anyway. This symbol is of the Deathly Hallows from the Harry Potter series. Speaking of Harry Potter, you can now attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry online. So, we can all die today and know that our dreams have all come true.


If you’re a Virginia Woolf fan (and, who are we kidding, we all are), you can sport this mug featuring various V. Woolf book covers.


This is more of a classic mug, and technically, it’s a set (plate, cup, and bowl). But if you grew up reading Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, then you’re sure to love it.


Here’s another Harry Potter mug, but really, you can never have enough Potter gear. These would be perfect for a couple—especially if you’re looking for a gift for your loved one.


Okay, so this is really more of a jibe at William Carlos William’s famous poem The Red Wheelbarrow, but chances are that if you read this blog, you have a sense of humor—and unless you live on a farm, almost nothing depends on a red wheelbarrow.


This is also a set. There are four porcelain mugs that stack on top of each other. I think these are amazing. Alice in Wonderland can often be depicted as slightly cartoonish—thanks to Disney. But this design is a little darker and depicts the rather taller version of Alice after she eats the cake.


This mug would also be great as a gift for a loved one, especially if they grew up reading Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are. Out of all of these mugs, it’s one of my personal favorites.


I quite possibly (definitely) cheated with these last two mugs—which feature William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde. But I loved them both and couldn’t choose just one. They are both from the same shop on Etsy—which is a great shop. She has other, similar, designs on her products—ones that aren’t necessarily literary in nature.

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About Melanie Figueroa

Melanie is the Editor-in-Chief at The Poetics Project. She has a masters in writing and book publishing from Portland State University and a passion for stories in all their forms. Her favorite book is The Bell Jar. You can follow Melanie on Twitter or Instagram @wellmelsbells.
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