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.First 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.
I 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!
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
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 🙂
Katie @ Words for Worms
These are so cool! That ring is amazing and super thoughtful. The very best kinds of gifts!
I was terribly impressed that my sister thought to get that for me! I really love it because it was such a thoughtful present 🙂
Love the gift ideas. I love the sweaters you got very cool!
Thanks Kari! I love them too 🙂
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!
No, I still love it too! And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with loving a really good book forever 🙂
I love to read, but I don’t get much time to do it. I have been busy with two girls.
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.
I absolutely adore the print. That was such an amazing book. The shirts are great too, and I love the Tolkien one.
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Tolkien is so wonderful! There aren’t many quotes I remember from the books I read, but that’s a truly memorable one.
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.
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!
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
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 🙂
Those are all awesome gifts! Nothing like a bookish gift, especially a unique one like that ring!
It’s true! The ring definitely made me want to look for more unique bookish jewelry on etsy 🙂
Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness
I must have that Hunger Games shirt! Visiting from #SITSBlogging 🙂
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 🙂
Love your ring. And I agree that having a number that means something to you is important.
Thanks! The fact that it was a meaningful number made me love it a lot more! 🙂
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.
Your bookish things all sound awesome! I’d especially love a Shakespeare mug and The Hunger Games earrings sound like fun too 🙂
Wow that ring is awesome! Talk about perfect for you 🙂
It really was the perfect gift for me! I was so impressed that my sister thought of it 🙂
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.
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 🙂
Stopping by from SITS girls #lovetribes 🙂
Rebecca @ Love at First Book
You have such a great sister!!! That ring is amazing, and not only does it mean a lot to you bc of your blog but also because of your degree/career! SO COOL!
She is pretty great! And it’s true, the fact that I actually do work in genetics makes it even better 🙂
Julia@Happy House and Home
Cute ideas! I love the hunger games shirt! Julia
Thanks! That one was one of my favorites too 🙂
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
Aw, that sounds so cute! What a great gift 🙂
How fun is this!!! I want to involve a book a week review into my blog. Is this a weekly linky party? I would love to come back and link up once I have a few reviews under my belt 🙂
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! 🙂
Oh my goodness, I love that “Train like you’ve picked for the Hunger Games” shirt! Perfect for the gym. 😉 Sharing the #SITSBlogging love.
I love it too! In fact, it’s great motivation to go to the gym, just so I have a good reason to wear it 🙂
Very cool ideas. #sitsblogging
I thought so too 🙂
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!
I think she did a great job picking books I’ll like and I can’t wait to read them 🙂 Thanks for hosting! I had a lot of fun!
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.
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 🙂
So jealous… What fantastic gifts! Obviously your family really loves you.
I think they’re pretty awesome and they definitely know me well 🙂
Super cute! These would be great gift ideas for all book lovers.
I know I was excited to get them and I’ll definitely be keeping them in mind as gifts to give next year 🙂