Classic Book Crate – What’s New?

It’s been a little while since we last spoke about The Bookishly Classic Book Crate, our monthly book box subscription themed around a different literary classic each month. We’re in the midst of celebrating the first anniversary since we launched the product last year and wanted to fill you in on what we’ve been doing and what’s to come!

Current Crate

We’ll start with the basics – this month’s current crate! Our crate this month is based around The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. We still have a few remaining and they’re on sale for one more week. The PERFECT read for this time of year. If you’d like to see a crate spoiler for this month then you can do so right here or if you’re ready to take the plunge and buy your crate you can do so here.

Flash Sale

Every so often we have a clear out of our remaining crate stock. We always keep a few crates aside each month incase any orders go missing in what we like to call, the postal vortex. Each crate has 20% off – we only have a limited number available so be quick! Shop the past crate flash sale right here.

Anniversary Editions

So this is exciting! In a few weeks time we’ll be launching our Anniversary Editions. We’ve brought back a very limited number of your three favourite crates from the last year so if you missed out first time round there’s a chance to get one now. And in plenty of time for Christmas too! Perfect! Anniversary Editions will be launching at the end of this month, make sure you’re following us on social media @bookishlyuk to stay up to date with latest news!

Ten Inspirational Males From Literature

Never underestimate the importance of storytelling. 

Literature has provided us with some incredible characters over the years; characters who inspire us to better ourselves as individuals. 

Male, female, animals, even inanimate objects. Without a doubt, they’re one of the most valuable parts of any story – if you’re not invested in who they are and the decisions they make then it simply won’t work. 

The list of characters we deem ‘kick-ass’ is way too long for just one blog post, so we thought we’d start with our top ten favourite male characters first! Even whittling this list down proved quite the task!

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1. Harry Potter

Book: Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling

Admirable traits: valiant, loyal, resilient

2. Mr Darcy

Book: Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

Admirable traits: sincere, liberal-minded, romantic

3. Jean Valjean

Book: Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

Admirable traits: charitable, righteous, caring

4. Albus Dumbledore

Book: Harry Potter – J.K Rowling

Admirable traits: wise, generous, selfless

5. Sherlock Holmes

Book: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle

Admirable traits: intelligent, determined, passionate

6. Peter Pan

Book: Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

Admirable traits: adventurous, brave, free-spirited

7. James Bond

Book: James Bond Series – Ian Fleming

Admirable traits: charismatic, smart, level-headed

8. Mr Knightley

Book: Emma by Jane Austen

Admirable traits: self-sacrificing, generous, honourable

9. Atticus Finch

Book: To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Admirable traits: headstrong, clever, dignified

10. Samwise Gamgee

Book: Lord Of The Rings – JRR Tolkien

Admirable traits: supportive, reliable, courageous

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There you have it. I would love to know your thoughts. Do you agree with my list? Is there anybody you would add or is there anybody who you would definitely take off? Share your ideas below!

Hidden Treasures Part Three

It’s time for the third installment of our ‘Hidden Treasures’ series. A blog post dedicated to the little snippets of the past that we find hidden inside the pages of our vintage books.

We’ve been running this series for the last few years over on our main website, Bookishly. Think of these blog posts as a mini highlight reel of all the treasures we’ve found so far!

Wihout further ado…

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  1. Steam Train Photograph

We found this old black and white photograph of a steam train either arriving in to or departing from its station. An educated guess would date this picture back to around the 1940s. We wish we had more information than just that. The front of the train shows that it has the number 46455 written on it. Do you guys know if that means anything?

2. List of Destroyed Aircraft

Probably written by an individual who had a keen interest in aircraft. This is an entire list of destroyed aircraft from 1970. Divided in to fatal and non fatal. Pretty interesting!

3. Letter to Jane

Written from her parents. It reads:

‘Dear Jane, many thanks for your letter. Hope the weather improves for you, it was quite warm here on Saturday but colder yesterday, and it is rainy today. We are going to Nanas & Grandpa’s tonight for supper – picking Aunt Kate up on the way. We are going to get the eggs and the paper for you – then hope it has cleared up by the time we get home and I might do the washing. How do you like golf – do you think you would like to learn – and do you think Daddy and I could manage it. Daddy is just finishing his breakfast so I think that is all the news for now, as we are going down to Henley. Much love, Mummy and Daddy x x x x x’

Letters like this always make you want to find out more of their story; who they were, why they weren’t together, etc!

4. Sunday Times Book Voucher

A voucher for a book of choice for J.P Musker. The front of the voucher has a particularly lovely quote about reading for you book lovers out there.

‘Let your bookcases and your shelves be your gardens and your pleasure grounds. Pluck the fruit that grows therein, gather the roses, the spices and the myrrh.’

5. Santorini Postcard

Dated back to 1988 (nearly thirty years ago!) This postcard was sent from an Ingrid and Joseph to a Matuto. The photo on the front shows Santorini looking just as picturesque and beautiful as it does now. It reads:

Dear Matuto,

Our short holiday here is flying. Joseph says it is compulsory for us to swim everyday. On some beaches the pebbles really hurt, but the water and colour are great.

Our love to you, Ingrid and Joseph

Ingrid and Joseph, we are so jealous of past you.

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What’s the coolest thing you’ve found hidden inside a vintage book?

 

 

Literature’s Most Memorable Teachers

We all have that one teacher who we can remember from school, be it primary, secondary or even university.  That one person who made us feel like we could achieve anything or gave us that extra 5 minutes to finish our work! This got us thinking. Teachers are such an important part of our childhood – you’ll always remember a brilliant teacher, but you’ll also remember the teacher who scared the living daylights out of you. We’ve searched through our favourite books to bring you some of literature’s most memorable teachers, whether it’s for all the right or wrong reasons!

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Miss Temple  – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

As the teacher in charge of Lockwood Institute, Miss Temple is the only one who can protect the students from the cruelty of Mr Brocklehurst.  Although she does not have much of a character, Miss Temple is Jane’s refuge, caring and encouraging her to do the best she can for her education.

Ms Frizzel  – The Magic School Bus

Valerie Felicity Frizzle is the eccentric science teacher at Walkerville Elementary School and she uses her magic school bus to teach her class.  Although her students think she is a bit odd, with her red hair and pet lizard, they all love and respect her.

Minerva McGonagall  – Harry Potter Series

Head of Gryffinor and a Transfiguration Professor, McGonagall comes across as a stern rigorous disciplinarian.  However, she takes to Harry and often assists him indirectly with activities that are not strictly within the rules of Hogwarts.

Mr Brunner/Chiron  – Percy Jackson Series

Percy’s favourite teacher, Mr Brunner, teaches Latin and he sets his expectations for Percy high.  When he realises that Mr Brunner is also Chiron, a very smart centaur, Percy helps him run the camp which ultimately helps him understand his own prophecy.

Miss Trunchbull – Matilda by Roald Dahl

Memorable for all the wrong reasons, an all round despicable human – let alone a terrible teacher! She definitely has a lasting impact on any young reader, or perhaps viewer if you’ve seen the film or theatre production. What made her particularly awful was the way she abused her power; she got a thrill off making innocent children feel intimidated and belittled. Miss Trunchbull makes you grateful for that strict maths teacher you had who was always a bit too happy to give out detentions. We’d take line writing over Chokey anyday!

Professor Dumbledore – Harry Potter Series

Wise, intelligent, and brave. Albus Dumbledore was respected by his pupils and colleagues in equal measure. The man had class, and he used his position as Headmaster for all the right reasons. Not only did he want the best for his students on an academic level, he cared for them on a personal level too. He wanted each of them to have the opportunities and choice to become good, moral, and decent people. Dumbledore was, and we don’t use this word lightly, a legend. He had great taste in sweets too. Sherbet lemon anyone?

Miss Honey – Matilda by Roald Dahl

Sweet as her name, and the complete opposite of her horrible Aunt Trunchbull. Miss Honey cared for her students immensely. She used the very little power she had to build each one of them up – making them feel they were capable of anything they put their minds to. A great teacher is one who believes in you when the rest of the world doubts you.

Miss Stacy – Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery

Miss Muriel Stacy makes this list because she, as a teacher, always prioritised what was most important: the happiness and the learning experience of her students. She was liberal and progressive and ignored the many critics who deemed her unorthodox and unprofessional. Miss Stacy believed in what she taught and the way she taught, and her students loved her for it. She was an inspiration and mentor to many of her pupils, particularly Anne, who chose a career in teaching because of her.

Lucy Snowe Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

Lucy defeated the odds that were stacked against her from an early age, and used this experience of hardship to make her the best teacher she could be. Lucy sees the hidden strengths in those around her, and focuses on bringing them to the surface. Intelligent and hardworking, the progress she makes in her teaching career speaks volumes.

Professor Snape – Harry Potter Series

Snape’s a tricky one. A good teacher? No. A memorable teacher? Yes. Snape is a terrible teacher for a number of reasons, the main one being the way he belittles his students. He makes his less able students feel stupid, and his more able students feel afraid of progressing. A good teacher encourages their students to keep moving forward, and he halts students firmly in their tracks. Having said that, Snape’s loyalty, bravery, and intelligence is undeniable. He sacrificed himself for Harry and the good of the Wizarding World. His love for Lily meant he protected a boy who was a daily reminder of the torment and humiliation he faced as a student himself. That surely has to count for something.

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Which fictional teacher do you find most memorable, and why? What about real world teachers? If you have someone you’d love to say thank you to, you can shop our teacher  gifts here.

Book Lover Tea Party Decorations

If you didn’t already know (which is unlikely as we’ve not stopped talking about it) it’s our tenth birthday this month! We’ve done a tonne of things to celebrate – flash sales, discounts, lucky dips, competitions etc. However the highlight above all else was our party last week , and we need to tell you all about it.

We decided early on that the theme would be a literary inspired tea party. Books, cakes and tea are three of our favourite things – how could it not be?  

We hired a beautiful village hall in the countryside and went in on the bookish decorations . Book page table runners, bookish bunting, vintage books as centrepieces, we even had a cake made out of book pages! We’re super lucky to have a creative team who were able to work their magic. 

We thought we’d share with you a few of our favourite photographs from the day and hopefully give you some inspo for your own bookish party. 

Let us know what you think! We’d love to know. 🙂

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Thanks to @marjorymoonphotography for the wonderful pictures!

There’s still time to celebrate with us! Head over to our website to find out more.

What You Need To Know About The Bookishly Book Clubs

The Bookishly Book Club consists of three unique book subscriptions where members are sent a literary parcel of happy post each month. With prices starting from just £10 each month, our book clubs offer the perfect excuse for you to sit down, relax and get stuck into a really great book.

Let’s tell you a little bit more about each one…

COFFEE & VINTAGE BOOK CLUB

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This one’s for the caffeine lovers! Each parcel contains a surprise vintage paperback and a packet of freshly roasted ground coffee (enough for four to five cups). From £10 each month.

CLASSIC OF THE MONTH CLUB

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Our newest subscription is growing to become a firm favourite among our subscribers! A classic book from literature with our exclusively designed dust jacket and a delicious themed tea to go alongside it (we offer coffee too if that’s more your thing). We’re talking about the likes of Little Women, Jane Eyre, Persuasion etc. If beautiful books and classic literature are your thing then this one’s for you. From £13 each month.

TEA & VINTAGE BOOK CLUB

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Delicious tea, vintage book and STATIONERY (exclusively designed by us). You can never have too much stationery, right? Our original book club subscription and still a fave among our subscribers. The vintage book you receive each month is a lucky dip from our collection, which kind of adds to the charm! From £13 each month.

If you need a little extra reading time in your life then pop over to our website to find out a little bit more about our subscriptions. You won’t be disappointed! 🙂

 

7 Quotes to Celebrate 200 Years of Walt Whitman

31st May celebrates the two hundredth anniversary of poet, Walt Whitman. Best known for Leaves of Grass, Whitman was an interesting character who lived an equally interesting life – from starting work aged eleven and educating himself to become a teacher at age seventeen , to anonymously reviewing his own book in the paper in order to cause a stir and drive sales.

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Whitman’s work was (and still is) admired by thousands (Bram Stoker and his friends actually called themselves the Walt Whitmanites). To celebrate such a momentous anniversary, we thought it would be nice to share with you some of our favourites lines from his beautiful poetry collection.

“I have perceiv’d that to be with those I like is enough.”

“Day by day and night by night we were together. All else has long been forgotten by me.”

“To be surrounded by beautiful, curious, breathing, laughing flesh is enough.”

“Happiness, knowledge, not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.”

“I exist as I am. That is enough.”

“Will you come travel with me? Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?”

“Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.”

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Do you have a favourite Walt Whitman poem?