Bookish Gift Guide | 2015 Holidays #1

Hi everyone! 😀

It’s the holiday season! I’ve decided to try something new and create a sort of last-minute gift guide with some great suggestions for things to buy for the bookish people in your life. 🙂 So no matter what you celebrate—whether it’s Christmas or New Year—there’s a little bit of something here for everyone in this guide. If you’re genuinely interested in one of the items, click on its photo or name in the description to check out where to buy it. Here’s the first installation. 🙂

I hope you all like it, and be sure to let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this! This first one features gifts for…

The Classics Lover

just one more chapter+ “Just One More Chapter” Resin Necklace ($15.00)– This wonderfully vintage-style statement necklace is perfect for someone who can’t put down their favourite classics, whether it’s Jane Austen or George Orwell.

gone with the wind

+ “Gone with the Wind” Canvas Tote ($18.00)– A 100% cotton bag perfect for hauling around your favourite books wherever you go. This particular tote has the cover of Gone with the Wind on it but there are tons of other variations. The  best part about it is that for every one of these totes bought, a book is donated to a community in need. 🙂

oliver twist shirt

 + “Oliver Twist” Print T-Shirt ($34.00)– This shirt has around 40,000 words from Charles Dickens’s beloved novel Oliver Twist printed on it! It’s the perfect way to show your love to a bookworm who appreciates the little things.

doyle poster

+ Conan Doyle “Sherlock” Poster ($16.00)– Got a mystery fan on your hands? Get them this minimalistic Conan Doyle poster to hang proudly on their living room wall.

old books candle

+ Old Books Scented Soy Candle ($16.00)– That wonderfully musty, old aroma of an aged leather-bound book in candle form. 😀 This hand-poured soy candle is sure to please any second-hand bookstore enthusiast.

Book phone /iPhone flip Wallet case- Catcher in the Rye for iPhone 6, 6 plus, 5, 5s, 5c, iPhone 4, 4s- Samsung GalaxyS5 S4 S3, Note 3, 4

+ “The Catcher in the Rye” Phone Flip Case ($29.00)– Designed after the cover of J. D. Salinger’s most famous novel, this phone case protects your phone while flaunting your impeccable literary taste to the world. 😛 The case can be bought for most types of phones, including all the sizes of the iPhone.

That’s all for today everyone! Thanks for reading!

❤ Yasimone

Book Chat #2: Musings About My Second-hand Book

Some years ago, I took a plane to my mother’s homeland. It was an amazing trip, but there is one day that I will never forget. We had gone to an artisan’s town by the sea. Quirky little cafés, lots of cats lounging about, friendly hipster-ish people. (Is that even a word?) 😉 Above all, there was a street market with stalls full of hand-made crafts— jewelry, painted scarves, little framed drawings of beautiful, everyday life. And, of course, a few second-hand book stalls that I was immediately drawn to. My mother being the local, she asked the wizened old man behind the stand if there were any good English books for me to read over the summer. He smiled and took out a couple of short, easy books. My mother and I laughed and told him that we would prefer something a little bit more complex. So he went over to the back and brought us some classics and other books. Around the World in 80 Days caught my eye. So we bought it, along with a few other books, all published by Oxford.

I loved the books. I read them over and over and over for the entirety of the summer. In my copy of Around the World in 80 Days, there was a post-it note on the first page translating some of the words. I never took it out. On the inside of the cover, there was a stamp marking it as an imported book, and some of the words in the story were underlined in pencil. The cover was a bright orange, faded only at the binding, hinting that it had been sitting on a bookshelf for a long time. I also realized that this particular copy had been published in 1982. It was as if it had been handed to me from a time machine. Who had owned this before me? Why did they buy it? Did that post-it note mean they were studying for an exam? I was glad that they hadn’t simply thrown the book away. Instead, it had ended up with me. It had left a mark on their life first, and they had marked the book— underlining and fading and noting. And now it leaves a mark on my life, and I will leave a mark on it. And who knows? Maybe it will end up with another person in the future.

I felt like a book detective, and I liked it.