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A Book Lovers Guide to The Holidays

Ah yes. It’s the time for cheer and celebration and family.

“Why don’t you put down the book and join us?”

Joy! Or…you know, not joy if you like to be by yourself and with a book. But don’t fret! There’s a way for you to be part of the festivities and still read.

Pro tip 1: When people ask what you want for the holidays, be sure you tell them books. Be specific, because if you just say you like horror novels and you mean H.P. Lovecraft, you’ll probably end up with a bunch of Stephen King. Now, this doesn’t mean that you’ll get nothing but books for the holidays, but chances are vastly increased that someone in your family will have listened to you and will get you a book. Now it’s not rude if you’re reading said gift-book during the holiday get together because it is you enjoying the gift that someone got you.

Pro tip 2: If you’re not from the kind of family that asks you what you want for the holidays, keep a list anyway. Start an Amazon or Borders wishlist. Post hints on Facebook. Bring up the books you want to your significant other or one parent so they can team up and get you the books you really want for the holidays. Again, this isn’t full proof, and you’ll still probably get an ugly sweater or two, but chances are you’ll end up with one book, at least, that you’ve hinted about and, again, spend the majority of your family gathering reading your gift-book.

Literary Paraphernalia: A Book Lover’s Holiday Wishlist

If you have a loved one who’s an avid reader or writer and have been searching for that perfect, last-minute gift for the holidays, you might want to check out some of the bookish items we’ve listed below. Or, you know, if you just want to treat yourself a little bit. You deserve it.

Around this time of year, people ask what’s on my wishlist. And let’s face it, sometimes holiday shopping involves a little “One for her, and one for me.” So I got to thinking about some gifts that any book lover could appreciate. We have vintage book clocks, scarves and clothes, mugs, and–behold–a personal library kit. Now when your friends borrow books you can give them a due date!

Personal Library Kit

Vintage Book Clocks

Vintage Book Dictionary Heart Pins

Novel Teas


2014 Book Gift Guide

It’s the season for gifts, and what better gifts are there to give than books? The gift of the book is not just a gift of knowledge, but of a whole second life to live. It’s through books and reading that we’re able to experience the ups and downs of human emotions without actually having anything dire happen to the reader. As it was said by an unknown author:

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.

With that in mind, here are the best books that came out in 2014 and who might appreciate them as gifts.

For the pop-culture fan in your life:

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Honestly, who isn’t a Parks and Rec fan? This gift is good for everyone!

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Well, maybe a little bit of that kind of girl. Just a smidgen.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes


Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

I really hope there’s at least 1 page that says “You died. Start over.”

For the literature lover:

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

Seriously, this book has been on the New York Time’s Best Seller’s List for 6 months. If you know someone that loves literature, this book is a must-get.

Everything I Never Told You: A Novel by Celeste Ng

I’ve actually been keeping more than a few secrets. It’s a pretty big book.

Know Someone Graduating? Give Them a Personalized Cliché Book.

I have graduation on the brain. This Saturday, a ton of English majors I know will be leaving my school and moving onto the real world. This got me to thinking—what makes a good graduation gift? For English majors, the answer may be obvious: books. There are a whole slew of books that have become cliché graduation gifts.

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Like…the beach? Or back to my parent’s house? Oh! Wait! The unemployment line!

Children’s books, like Oh The Places You’ll Go and The Giving Tree aren’t the only genre of book that graduates get. For some reason, a ton of self-help books show up on multiple “must give” lists for graduates.

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Be…yourself? Does that not work?

And, you know, I’m one that likes a good cliché, so I’d be one to get these kinds of gifts for graduating friends. But I would also be sure to personalize it by writing a little bit inside of the pages myself. After all, what makes a gift special is the person who’s giving it. At least, that’s my thoughts on gifts.

Literary Paraphernalia: 10 Valentine’s Gifts for (Book) Lovers

Valentine’s Day is eight days away. If you’re still looking for a gift for your sweet, then this is the list for you (well—if your Valentine is a book lover, that is).

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This message-in-a-bottle necklace has a love poem inside it. Specifically, E.E. Cumming: “i carry your heart with me(i carry it in / my heart)i am never without it.” You can also request a custom order and create your own love message.

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We love Mr. Darcy and this mug. Ladies, maybe if we drink from this cup every morning he’ll magically appear before us? A girl can dream.

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If you love words, then these quotation mark earrings are for you.

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Most of the country is still experiencing freezing temperatures. Wrap your loved one in the warmth of your love (yeah—that just happened). The scarf comes in several different colors.


Book Fashion for a Book Nerd

Several years ago, my boyfriend gave me a bracelet made out of old typewriter keys. It is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry. It’s cute, but also meaningful, since writing is something that will always be a part of my life. If you want your own typewriter bracelet, there are dozens on Etsy.com. There are many different designs, some featuring numbers, others featuring letters, or ones that spell out whole words.


The bracelet and past posts featured on The Poetics Project have me looking for other ways to show the world my love of books and writing through fashion. I fell in love with this adorable bookshelf skirt, which can be found here, after seeing it on a recent post by BookRiot.


Need to see the words on the page a little better? Pick up this cute necklace, featuring a pair of black-rimmed glasses, by Kate Spade here , and then visit your optometrist, because, really, these won’t help with your eyesight.


Fan of The Great Gatsby? Check Out These Etsy Goodies!

I remember back in high school in English class how The Great Gatsby seemed to be one of those books that teachers had to talk the students into liking – and no students really seemed to, outside of me. I’ve always liked those school books that everyone else said were a snore (Lord of the Flies, Pygmalion, etc.). I think the partial reason why we didn’t dig the book that much was because of the 1974 movie which was…kind of dull, and very, very pastel.

And over-exposed. It was so white and bright and blurry.

But it seems as if The Great Gatsby is now in vogue again, thanks in part to the latest incarnation of The Great Gatsby in film. Hannah and I have both seen the film by Baz Luhrmann released this year, and we both liked it a lot. Thanks to this film revitalization of a classic, interest in the book has skyrocketed once again and it’s no longer that book that kids don’t look forward to reading as juniors in high school. Consequently, Etsy.Com is filled with awesome goodies related to the book – here are a few of my favorites!

For The Girl Who Loves Books, Nerd Culture, and Thongs

My friend Kaylee, an English Lit major at UCLA, has an Esty.com shop in which she sells t-shirts, notebooks, and, of course, thongs that are, as I like to call it, nerd culture and book themed because, why not? Her stuff is cute and she gets a ton of sales around Christmas. We’ve talked about good gifts for writers before, and I think these are fun gifts to get a significant other who loves books or hell, even for someone to get themselves if they are a big enough fan. Below are some items from her shop I adore.

Snape Panties for the girls that love Snape(aka every girl who reads Harry Potter)