Literary Love 2014 – Bookish Things I Love

February 12, 2014 Blogger Events 50

For the longest time, I didn’t own any bookish clothes or knick-knacks, but with Christmas and a recent birthday they’ve started going on my wishlist. I’ve also been participating in some book swaps and they’re getting to be one of my favorite bookish events. It’s so much fun to get to pick books out for someone else! And it’s equally exciting to get a surprise package from someone else with books and gifts. Today, as part of Literary Love 2014, I’m going to share with you of some of my favorite bookish gifts I’ve gotten.IMG_0064First I’d like to offer a huge thank you to my Books n’ Bloggers Swap partner, Victoria from My Thoughts for Thoughts. For the Books n’ Bloggers Swap, hosted by Chaotic Goddess Swaps, each person sent their partner a book from their partner’s wishlist, a book they loved in a genre their partner enjoys, and a book they’d love to read. Victoria thoughtfully picked out Ender’s Game as the book she loved, perfect for my Book to Movie challenge! She also sent Unwind from my wishlist and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which is actually a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while too even though it wasn’t on my list. I can’t wait to get started with all of them! She was also nice enough to include a really cute book mark and some post-it notes I’m looking forward to using.

il_570xN.304754528I also owe my sister a thank you for an incredibly thoughtful Christmas present. Not only did she get me a Dewey Decimal ring, she also requested a call number in genetics! I have much more fun wearing the ring because it’s related to a subject that interests me.


I also received these fantastic shirts for Christmas from my parents and I love them a lot! They’re very comfy and I think they’re precisely the right amount of geeky for me. The Harry Potter reference is one only other fans will get; the Hunger Games reference is something most people will probably get because of the movie; and the Tolkien quote is labeled for those who wouldn’t get it otherwise. If you like them, you might check out Look Human. It’s one of the few sites I’ve found with lots of bookish shirts I like 🙂


Last but not least, Allison of The Book Wheel had a giveaway of these really cool posters called Litographs. Each has a picture that relates to a book and is made out of words from that book. I adored Anna Karenina, so when I won, I couldn’t say no to this beautiful print!

What are some of your favorite bookish things you own? Feel free to answer in the comments or share your answer, along with any other posts on bookish love, in the link-up for #LiteraryLove14 below!

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50 Responses to “Literary Love 2014 – Bookish Things I Love”

  1. Kathleen

    I participated my the Books N Bloggers swap too! It was so fun. I got some great books from my partner, Kelsey. What a great idea for a swap. #SITSBloging

    • DoingDewey

      Even though I’m a book blogger, I’m tempted to join some of the other swaps too! Getting things in the mail is just so much fun 🙂

  2. Tamara

    I LOVE the Tolkien shirt & The Hunger Games shirt!
    Gosh, I still freaking love THE HUNGER GAMES trilogy. I know, I know- I should prob be over my love for it. But, I can’t help. Still love!

    • DoingDewey

      It’s too bad you don’t have more time to read, but I’m sure it’s worth it 🙂 I know one of the other moms mentioned that she finds it more convenient to read ebooks, so if you wanted to fit more reading in, picking up an ebook might be one way to go.

  3. Kelly

    I absolutely adore the print. That was such an amazing book. The shirts are great too, and I love the Tolkien one.

    Coming by from the SITS Comment Love tribe!

  4. Julie

    Anna Karenina is one of my favorite books, too! And that dewey decimal ring is awesome. My Mom is an English teacher and I made her a book wreath for her classroom a couple of years ago.

    • DoingDewey

      I completely adored Anna Karenina and love the idea of these prints. It’s so fun that they’re the text from the book! I’ve never made a craft out of books, but I think a wreath is an awesome idea. What a great gift!

  5. Julie

    What a great idea! I’d love to be in a book swap…except i love all my books so much. HAHA! Guess I’d end up buying new ones to swap. 😉 #SITSblogging

    • DoingDewey

      I know I always buy new books to send. Participating in book swaps is actually kind of a sneaky way of getting new books without buying them for myself, haha. I’m alright with that though, since I’d far rather spend money on books and also get the fun of a book swap then just buy books for myself 🙂

  6. Jennine G.

    Those are all awesome gifts! Nothing like a bookish gift, especially a unique one like that ring!

    • DoingDewey

      I’m so excited about that one! I think it’s really funny and it’s nice that it references a book so many people are familiar with 🙂

  7. Brooke Lee

    I love bookish things! I have a Shakespeare mug, a Hunger Games t-shirt, a Pride & Prejudice t-shirt, a P&P sweatshirt, and Hunger Game earrings that I absolutely adore.

  8. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    I’m definitely going to check out Look Human. I’m a huge book nerd and would love to have a few bookish sweatshirts in my wardrobe. I’ve also been thinking about joining my first book swap. It’s cool way to get turned on to new authors and connect or make a new friend. Stopping by from SITS.

    • DoingDewey

      I feel like a lot of bookish shirts seem to obscure to me or are for classics that I’m not quite excited enough about to wear a shirt for. I really loved the fun contemporary shirts Look Human had 🙂 I adore book swaps and would definitely recommend giving one a try! If you do, I hope you have as much fun as I always do 🙂

  9. Kelly @SewCraftyCat

    as a fellow book lover (and reading specialist), I also don’t have a lot of bookish things. The one thing I do have, though, is a little Linus statue – from the Peanuts – holding a stack of books wearing a shirt that says I love reading. My brother gave it to me as a college graduation present! =) – SITS love

    • DoingDewey

      This is just a week long event a few of us are running for Valentine’s Day, but there are are some fun weekly link-ups you could participate in. I host a non-fiction book review link-up every Friday and Anya at On Starships and Dragonwings host a link-up for sci-fi and fantasy reviews. If neither of those genres work for you, here’s a master list of blogging memes that might help you find something you do want to add to. I think it’s wonderful that you’re adding book reviews to your blog and I hope you have lots of fun with it! 🙂

  10. Joy

    Oh my goodness, I love that “Train like you’ve picked for the Hunger Games” shirt! Perfect for the gym. 😉 Sharing the #SITSBlogging love.

  11. Beth W

    What a great selection of books she got you! I’m so glad you two got along, and Victoria is an amazing swap partner. Thanks So much for joining us for the swap!

  12. Allison @ The Book Wheel

    Thanks for the shoutout! I’m so glad that someone who appreciates a litograph won it 🙂 Like you, I didn’t have a lot of bookish accessories or clothing until recently. I blame it on blogging. Something about becoming a book blogger signals to the world that EVERY bookish thing or object should be sent to you and, quite frankly, I LOVE it.

    • DoingDewey

      It’s true! I’ve gotten obsessed with all sorts of new bookish things since starting blogging. In addition to owning no bookish clothes, I didn’t used to pay any attention to author events or care if my books were beautiful. It is a lot of fun that book blogging influences other people to get me bookish gifts, because that’s almost always going to lead to a gift I love 🙂

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