Literary Gifts for Every Friend

 

We’ve put together a little gift guide inspired by literature to help you with your Christmas shopping and those friends who are hard to buy for. 

The Moon Lover

Personalised Map of The Stars Print with Gold or Copper Foil – Fr. £39

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A beautiful star chart print, that would look wonderful in any home. Our star maps are entirely accurate and are personalised to depict the stars, planets and constellations at the exact moment and location of your choosing.

The Tea Drinker

Tea and Vintage Book Club Subscription – Fr £36

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A wonderful book subscription gift that will delight any book lover. A special literary package sent from the UK arriving on the doorstep every month: a surprise vintage paperback book, some lovely stationery and delicious tea. Perfect!

Or how about…

Book Lover’s Tea Set Gift£15

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This book lover’s tea set is a lovely gift for bookworms and tea drinkers alike. Four packets of different bookish themed teas – perfect! Each packet of tea comes with four tea bags and a unique literary twist.

The Book Addict

Funny ‘I Can Fit All Of My Books’ Book Lover Mug – £12.50

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An amusing mug that features an all too relatable line. “Me: I can fit all of my books into one box. Them: You need to stop calling your house a box.”Anyone else guilty of this? This funny mug makes a great gift for any book fan!

The Coffee Fiend

Coffee and Vintage Book Subscription – £27.00

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A special literary package subscription on the doorstep every month: a surprise vintage paperback book and delicious ground coffee. Perfect!

The Bad Influence

Funny ‘Rare and Charming Qualities’ Red and Pink Poster£14.00

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After a funny best friend gift? This bright, modern poster will make them smile. We’ve all got one friend that’s guilty of being a bad influence, this one’s for them. An amusing quote, this fun and bold literary print is available in three colourways: red text over pink, rose gold over navy, black over white.

The Mini Bookworm

Wizard of Oz ‘Emerald City’ Children’s Varsity Sweatshirt – £23

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A fun and preppy varsity style children’s sweatshirt featuring one of literature’s (and film’s!) most iconic locations – Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz.

The Adventurous One

J.R.R Tolkien ‘Not All Those Who Wander’ Journal – £13

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A lovely travel journal featuring a literary quote from the brilliant J.R.R Tolkien and printed on to our signature watercolour blot and vintage map design. A brilliant leaving gift for friend or family member embarking on a big adventure.

The Interiors Obsessed

Personalised Retro Family Name Wooden Sign – £50

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A retro personalised family name sign in a circus style font with beautiful gold foil, inspired by the classic gold leaf lettering technique, and mounted onto a wooden block.

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Want some more inspo! Check out our entire range of products on our website right here.

 

 

 

A Month of Birthdays!

It’s a month of birthdays! We’re celebrating a number of our favourite authors along with the brilliant stories they created.

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Lucy Maud Montgomery 

Born :  30th November 1874.

Died :  24th April 1942

“We ought always try to influence others for good.”

Nationality : Canadian. 

Known For : Anne of Green Gables.

Her family were less than supportive and considered writing a waste of time, however Montgomery ran the post office and was able to submit work to publishers in secret. 

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Born : 24th November 1849.

Died : 29th October 1924.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Nationality : English. 

Known For : The Secret Garden. 

The Secret Garden was based on the beautiful garden at Great Maytham Hall, where she lived for ten years. 

Louisa May Alcott

Born : 29th November 1832

Died : 6th March 1888

“I could have been a great many things.”

Nationality : American

Known For : Little Women

During her time as a Civil War nurse she contracted typhoid fever and pneumonia, which was treated with calomel, and led to her suffering from mercury poisoning until she died at age 55. 

Bram Stoker

Born : 8th November 1847

Died : 20th April 1912

“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, you are one of the lights.”

Nationality : Irish

Known For : Dracula

Stoker worked a business manager to the great actor Henry Irving. Upon their first meeting, Irving recited a spine-chilling rendition of Thomas Hood’s verse horror story The Dream of Eugene Aram. 

C.S Lewis

Born : 29th November 1898

Died : 22nd November 1963

“Courage, dear heart.”

Nationality : Irish

Known For : The Chronicles of Narnia. 

Following on from a successful career as a Tutor of English Literature at Oxford University, C.S Lewis was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University in 1954, a position he held until his retirement.

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Make sure you’re following us on social media! We might just be doing a giveaway to celebrate… Find us @bookishlyuk on both Facebook and Instagram. 

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.