Five Females From Literature Who Kick Butt.

International Women’s Day is 8th March 2019. We thought we’d dig this blog post out of the archives from our main website over at Bookishly to share with you all! Let us know if there’s anyone you would add to the list. We hope you enjoy.

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Over the years literature has provided us with a lot of kick-ass characters; characters who inspire us and motivate us to better ourselves as individuals.

Male, female, animal, even inanimate objects. The list of characters we deem ‘kick-ass’ is long, way too long for just one blog post. Bearing this in mind, we thought it best to start with our top ten favourite female characters, (which actually proved quite the challenge itself!)

So in no particular order and without further ado,

1. Elizabeth Bennet

Book: Pride and Prejudice

The protagonist in Jane Austen’s literary classic, we admire Lizzie Bennet for so many reasons. If we were to choose just three of her personality traits to demonstrate why we love her, they would be her intelligence, quick wit, and how head-strong she is.

2. Molly Weasley

Book: Harry Potter Series

Mother to Ron and a maternal figure to so many others, Molly Weasley is quite frankly amazing. She is strong, selfless and fiercely protective of her loved ones; a winning combination in our eyes.

3. Jo March

Book: Little Women

The principal character and the second oldest sister to her siblings Meg, Beth and Amy in Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel. Jo’s bravery, passion and caring nature is inspiring.

4. Jane Eyre

Book: Jane Eyre

The central character of Charlotte Bronte’s brilliant novel. We admire Jane’s integrity and the way she overcomes adversity whilst remaining true to her beliefs and self-worth. Her character traits teach an important lesson.

5. Anne Shirley

Book: Anne Of Green Gables

The main subject of L.M Montgomery’s renowned novel, Anne’s sense of optimism, resilience and her rich imagination is admirable. Despite her many flaws, she is relatable to all ages – both adults and children alike.

6. Scout Finch

Book: To Kill A Mockingbird

The narrator of Harper Lee’s hugely successful classic, Scout (Jean Louise) Finch has a number of admirable qualities – even as a child. A few of our favourites are her honesty, boldness and her willingness to learn, discover and accept.

7. Hermione Granger

Book: Harry Potter Series

The best friend of Harry Potter in JK Rowling’s world famous book series. Hermione possesses a lot of wonderful characteristics. Perhaps the three most admirable are her fierce loyalty, her bravery and intelligence. It’s cool to be smart.

8. Arya Stark

Book: A Game Of Thrones

One of many central characters to George R.R Martin’s Game Of Thrones Series. Arya is admirable for a number of reasons but we mostly that she is adventurous, non-judgemental, and independent. She rejects those restricting societal norms to become willful and independent.

9. Eponine

Book: Les Miserables

Eponine is one of the many characters in Victor Hugo’s Les Miserable. She has had a tough life and experienced many hardships in her short time. This has taught her resilience and a wiseness that far surpasses her years. Her courageousness is also admirable. She has defied the life that factors beyond her control had seemingly set out for her.

10. Bathsheba Everdene

Book: Far From The Madding Crowd

Thomas Hardy created a character who, despite her many complexities, was adored by many. In many ways, her complexities are part of her charm. Bathsheba is real and relatable. She is head-strong and feisty with a brilliant wit. A character with a number of inspiring qualities.

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Celebrating World Book Day 2019

World Book Day is just a couple of weeks away. A day dedicated to encouraging and celebrating the joys of reading. We’re totally here for it! 🙌 

Reading has always been a favourite pastime. In fact, there’s no better time to spark the love for reading than when we’re young. Remember as a child, when you were sent to your room as punishment for misbehaving? In actual fact, being cooped up for an hour or two was bliss – the perfect excuse to cosy up with your favourite book!

We thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of our favourite books from childhood in celebration of the upcoming World Book Day.

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Malory Towers Series – Enid Blyton

All of her books were wonderful, but we were particularly fond of the Malory Towers Series, which follows the story of a group of girls and their six years at boarding school. As a reader, you share in their achievements, their challenges and the numerous adventures that they experience along the way.  

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

A children’s literary classic, it follows the story of a ten-year-old girl named Mary. A spoilt child, recently left orphaned after losing both her parents to illness. Mary moves to live with her uncle in a beautiful but miserable and isolated mansion in the countryside. Here, she unintentionally embarks upon a journey of discovery; both of herself and of her surroundings.

Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl  

Roald Dahl is fantastic. He wrote so many wonderful children’s novels, Matilda, The Twits, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach (the list goes on) but there’s a special place in my heart for this particular story. It follows the life of young boy named Danny and the relationship he has with his father, William. Though the focus primarily revolves around their mutual love of poaching, Dahl’s true intention for this book is particularly poignant. His final message reads: “A stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is sparky.”

Little House On The Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder

An entire series of books that follows the life and experiences of its author, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and her family. From a feisty, good natured schoolgirl navigating her way through the joys and hardships of living as part of a small, tight-knit community on the prairie to a kind, wise and successful woman, overcoming whatever life may throw at her. As readers, you follow Laura’s journey every step of the way.

The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy

The story focuses on adventures of Mildred Hubble and her years at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, a magical boarding school. Though she had mostly good intentions, the title is quite indicative of the experiences and predicaments that Mildred so often finds herself in. The books work so well because Jill Murphy creates characters you can relate to, characters that as a child, seem familiar.

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In all honesty, we could have sat here all day listing off our favourite children’s books – there are just so many. Charlotte’s Web, Heidi, Anne of Green Gables and anything by Beatrix Potter; it’s ongoing! In many ways, the books we read as children help shape our perspective and the way in which we view the world around us. Reading is so, so important.

We hope you enjoyed this short (but ever so sweet) blast from the past! We’d love to know the books you loved to read as a child?!

The Eight Best Couples In Literature

Traditional or modern. Passionate or slow burning. Forbidden or forgiving. We all love a love story! Here are eight of our favourites from across literature.

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1. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy – Pride and Prejudice.

‘In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.’

2. Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe – Anne of Green Gables.

‘I have a dream,” he said slowly. “I persist in dreaming it, although it has often seemed to me that it could never come true. I dream of a home with a hearth-fire in it, a cat and dog, the footsteps of friends – and you!’

 

3. Rosie Dunne and Alex Stewart – Where Rainbows End (Love, Rosie)

‘Today I love you more than ever; tomorrow I will love you even more. I need you more than ever. I want you more than ever.’

 

4. Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley – Harry Potter

‘There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascarded out Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.’

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5. Emma Woodhouse and Mr Knightley – Emma.

‘I cannot make speeches, Emma…If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more. But you know what I am.’

 

6. Hazel Lancaster and Ausgustus Waters – The Fault In Our Stars.

‘I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.’

 

 

7. Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet – Romeo and Juliet.

‘My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee, The more I have, for both are infinite.’

 

8. Lou Clark and Will Traynor – Me Before You.

‘Sometimes, Clark, you are pretty much the only thing that makes me want to get up in the morning.’

 

Tell us your favourite couples from literature!

12 Things All Stationery Lovers Will Relate To.

Charles Dickens once wrote that ‘there was something very comfortable in having plenty of stationery’. The man wasn’t wrong.

We love stationery – maybe a little too much. There’s never not a good reason to buy that extra notebook or get a back-up of your favourite pen in case it runs out on you.

Stationery fan too ? We think you’ll relate to a few of these…

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  1. The most exciting part about a new year is buying a new planner.
  2. And the most exciting part of the year in general is back to school / college / work stationery shopping.
  3. Having a favourite stationery store that you spend way too much time (and money) in.
  4. But who cares? Buying stationery makes you feel like you’ve got your life together.
  5. Being torn between starting a new notebook or leaving it to sit and look pretty.
  6. Deciding to start said notebook but making sure to practise your handwriting before making your first mark.
  7. Then completing said notebook and feeling like you’re ready to level up in life.
  8. The dilemma of having to choose between being a nice person and lending a pen to a friend and wanting to protect your pen like it’s your first born child.
  9. Dealing with the betrayal of lending said pen and it coming back with a chewed lid. The monster.
  10. Watching calligraphy videos as a form of meditation. So smooth. So relaxing.
  11. Then feeling unaccomplished and frustrated that you can’t write like that.
  12. But that’s still not enough to stop you from spending £££ on a new calligraphy set. After all, stationery is life.

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If you need more stationery in your life then check out our Tea & Vintage Book Club subscription. As well as the tea and the book, you’ll also receive some exclusively designed stationery items in your parcel each month. The dream.

 

9 Scenarios That All Tea Lovers Will Relate To.

1. Drinking your tea when it’s too hot, burning off all of your taste buds and having to accept you won’t be able to enjoy the rest of your cup.

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2. Or worse… Forgetting about your tea and only remembering when it’s gone cold. Bleugh.

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3. Coming to the realisation that tea is the solution for everything. Happy? Tea. Sad? Tea. Poorly? Tea. Tea is life. 

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4. Secretly judging those people who don’t like tea. What’s not to like?!

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5. When there’s too many options and you’re inherently indecisive. Breakfast? Earl Grey? Chai? Green? Peppermint? These are the real life choices. 

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6. Having to politely hide your despair when the person making your tea adds the milk BEFORE the water. 

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7. The pressure of having to make tea for someone you’re trying to impress. 

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8. Dipping in your biscuit and the whole thing falling in. Soggy biscuit crumb chunks are the worst. 

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9. Not realising you’ve nearly finished your tea and not savouring the last sip. 

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Love tea? Check out our tea and book subscriptions right here

New Year, New Hobby… ?

A new year is the chance to start afresh; to better yourself and try something new. It doens’t have to be anything huge or of great significance. Small changes can be just as satisfying.

Every year we make a promise to read more. To make some time to sit quietly and read. Too often life gets in the way and we always feel like we should be doing something or moving on to the next thing.

You feel that way too?

We might have just the thing for you… Our book club subscriptions. A monthly subscription where a literary parcel of happy post is delivered straight to your door, reminding you to take some well deserved time out!

Tea & Vintage Book Club

Each parcel contains a surprise vintage paperback, four luxury tea pyramids (tried and tested by us!) and some of our exclusively designed stationery. From £13 each month. 

Coffee & Vintage Book Club

Prefer coffee instead? This one’s for the caffiene lovers. Each parcel contains a surprise vintage paperback and a packet of freshly roasted delicious ground coffee. From £10 each month.

Classic of the Month Club


Prefer the new book smell? This one’s for you! A classic novel and a packet of four luxury tea pyramids to enjoy it with. All of the books feature beautiful dust jackets, designed exclusively by us. From £16 each month.

A Book Lover’s Perfect Christmas Eve

As you may already know, this year we’re embracing the tradition of Jólabókaflóð which involves spending Christmas Eve curled up reading a new book whilst eating chocolate. Sounds like bliss right? You can read more about it right here.

To encourage more people to embrace the tradition, we teamed up with some lovely bookstagrammers and one of our favourite small businesses, The Slabb. The Slabb is a unique brand of alcohol and non-alcohol infused chocolate, born out of a love of interesting food combinations and flavours. They look great and taste even better – make sure to check out their range! 

We sent each bookstagrammer a delicious bar of chocolate and one of our gold foil personalised ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’ books. They’re perfect for spending time with loved ones on Christmas Eve.

Here are the beautiful photographs they’ve shared with us. Make sure you go and follow each of them over on Instagram, they produce and create some lovely content.

@thebibliotheque

@hayaisreading

@bluestockingbookshelf

@madamescozycorner

What are your Christmas Eve plans? Whatever they may be, we hope they involve a good book and some delicious chocolate!