10 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Bookworm in Your Life

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The holidays are just around the corner, which means now is the time to purchase gifts for your loved ones. While I may not be the person to tell you what your tech-y brother or your garden-loving aunt have on their wish lists, if you have a book lover in your life, this list should help ease your gift buying trepidations.

Readers Gonna Read Enamel Pin

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Help the bookworm in your life promote their book-obsessed lifestyle with this adorable enamel pin.

“Books Turn Muggles into Wizards” Socks 

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Every bookworm knows that books turn muggles into wizards, so now they’ll have some adorable socks to prove it.

Gift Card(s)

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If you don’t know which books the bookworm you’re shopping for is longing for, a gift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Half Priced Books, Book Outlet, or Thrift Books are an excellent alternative!

Frostbeard Candle

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Bookworms love candles, so bookish candles will surely be a hit. Frostbeard has a multitude of different scents that come in different forms and sizes.

Edgar Allen Poe Socks

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The bookworm in your life’s feet will be cold nevermore.

“When In Doubt, Go To the Library” Shirt

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Because you can’t go wrong with a Hermione Granger quote t-shirt.

“Please Go Away I’m Reading” Throw Pillow

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Finally, a throw pillow that says what your bookworm really wants to say.

Book Page Holder

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Now, the bookworm in your life can keep those pesky pages in check.

Book Beau (Protective Book Sleeve)

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Book lovers always keep their current reads on hand, which typically means they’re either being tossed into a purse or backpack (and getting bent) or being held (and getting rained on or risking being dropped). This book sleeve from Book Beau will solve all of their problems, while also being their most stylish bookish accessory. The Book Beau comes in many different patterns and sizes.

Book Beau Bean (Lap Pillow for Reading)

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The Book Beau Bean makes reading more comfortable! Give your bookworm the gift of relaxing reading this holiday season.

Do you have more bookworm gift ideas that you want to share? Leave some links in the comments section below. Share this post to drop not-so-subtle bookish gift hints to your Facebook friends. Happy holidays, bookworms!

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I added two new tattoos to my collection and they’re finally book-themed.  The left is an outline of Hogwarts from Harry Potter and the right is a quote from Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. Both were done by Ben Stagner in Bellevue, WA at Deep Roots Tattoo and Body Piercing.

Do any of you have bookish tattoos? Tell me about them in the comments section below.

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Audiobook haul from the library!

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You can purchase Sabrina Benaim’s Depression and Other Magic Tricks here.

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My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

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Last year, my goal was to read 25 books and I ended up reading 41. This year, I upped my goal from 25 to 40. As of today, September 8th, I have read 46 books and am expecting to finish up three more within the next few days. I hope to read at least 60 books by the end of the calendar year, but that will depend on how busy my new M.F.A. life will be, a few weeks from now. With that being said, I’ve read quite a few books this year and wanted to share my top ten 2017 favorites, in no particular order, with all of you.

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Contributor Book Review of ‘Natural Born Charmer’

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Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Review by: Jamie Gogocha

Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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Who else loves short stories?

You can purchase 100 Years of the Best American Short Stories here.

Why You Should Be Listening to Audiobooks

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If you can’t seem to find time to sit down and read, audiobooks might be exactly what you need in your life. Between raising my son, working, and college, I don’t have much time for pleasure reading. While it can be difficult to make the time to sit down with a physical book, I have found that I get much more reading done when I listen to audiobooks while driving, cleaning, cooking, and exercising. Reflect on how you spend your time and incorporate audiobooks into your lifestyle. Though I love audiobooks, not everyone feels the same. I have friends who can’t focus on the book unless they are giving their undivided attention to a physical copy. Though they aren’t for everyone, I highly suggest that everyone give them a fair chance.

There are several ways you can go about accessing audiobooks. You can purchase a set of CDs or use an app on your phone or iPod. Be sure and check with your local library, as well. The majority of my audiobook endeavors are courtesy of the library in my town. I check out audiobooks, both physical and downloadable, all for free. The downloadable audiobooks are available through the Overdrive app, which only requires you to sign in with your library username and password before giving you immediate, free of cost access to most every book you can imagine. When my library doesn’t have what I’m seeking out or the wait list is longer than I’d like, I will purchase the audiobook through the Audible app. When you sign up for Audible, you get your first month free. After your free month is up, you pay $14.95/month and receive one credit a month. Each credit redeems you a single audiobook. While this might seem kind of expensive, it should be noted that most audiobooks are priced around $49.95. If you want more than what your monthly credit offers, you’ll get additional books for 30% off. If you only need access to a cheap audiobook on Audible once or every once in a while, you can turn your subscription off and on as you please, just as I do. I recommend using Overdrive and your library’s resources before diving into Audible and spending money, but feel free to browse all of your options.

If you don’t already have a library card, look up where your local library is and apply for a card. You might have to go to the physical location, but many libraries allow you to sign up online. If so, you can look forward to streaming free audiobooks in the very near future. What are your thoughts on audiobooks? What are some of your favorite books that you’ve listened to? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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You can purchase Milk and Honey here.