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?

Hidden Treasures Part Two

Welcome to the second part of our Hidden Treasures series. A mini highlight reel of the blog series we’ve been running on our main website for the last couple of years. It’s all about those little treasures we find hidden within our vintage books – from tickets and invoices through to photographs, love letters and so much more! You can read part one of this series right here, but for now here’s our latest batch of favourites.

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We absolutely love finding old, forgotten love notes in our vintage books. Honest and real, they’re like a little secret snippet into the past. Here are a couple of our favourites:

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I love you darling: miss your miserable wife just a little – I won’t deserve it, but try just the same. See you Saturday. I love you, I love you. God bless, Jill. X X X X

Ah, our hearts.

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Always allowed to be tired. Didn’t mean to look shocked at being told to go home. Love you very much you fool you know and I wanted to tell you and didn’t take the chance. Bonne nuit.  

I love you, I love you, I love you.

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This photograph is of a very handsome chap named Ken and was taken in 1929. He signed it in his handwriting at the bottom of the picture. It’s likely that Ken was based in Llandudno, Wales at some point in his life as this photograph was taken there by a J.H Baxter.

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How fitting that we found a phone number, written in lipstick, at the back of this vintage James Bond book! We absolutely loved that. The front cover is also pretty cool to look at. We’d love to have known the background story to this particular treasure!

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We loved this little piece of writing we found by Dianne Paice. How amazing would it be if we were able to find her or one of her relatives? It would be lovely to reunite her with an old piece of work, and there’s plenty of information to go off lol! It reads:

“Dianne Paice is my name. I have a bookcase full of books. I have one sister and a guinea pig called Ella May. My teacher’s name is Miss Russell. I have lots of friends. I enjoy games and my favourite games are netball and football. My favourite subject at school is History. I also enjoy English and some Maths like saying my tables to someone and writing them down on paper. My family and I live in Banbury. When I am old enough to work, I want to be a stable-hand.

This whole thing is made better by the fact that she’s a fellow book lover. Amazing.

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The best bookmark of all time. Bronwen, we feel you! ‘THIS IS MY BOOKMARK, SO DON’T!!! REMOVE IT. PLEASE.’

What Should I Read Next? Our Current Reads.

Have you ever found yourself in a bit of a book slump? You’ve just finished a great book, but now you’re lacking inspiration and struggling to decide what you should read next… Trust us, we’ve been there!

We’ve written this blog post in the hope of offering up a little bit of inspo on what book to read next! We asked around at Bookishly HQ to see what a few of us were currently reading and compiled it all into a handy little list…

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DIOR – Dior

A super interesting read written by Christian Dior himself. This autobiography gives you an in-depth behind the scenes account of the workings of a great fashion house, along with individual, detailed steps on what it takes to put a clothing collection together. Not light reading exactly, but fascinating nonetheless.

THIS IS GOING TO HURT – Adam Kay

This book sees writer Adam Kay share entries from the journal he kept during his time working as a doctor in the NHS. Hilarious at times (we’ll never think of Kinder Eggs in the same way), and heartbreaking at others. This book gives a brilliant insight into what it’s like working on the frontline of the NHS.  

SIMON & THE HOMOSAPIEN AGENDA – Becky Albertalli

YA fans, this book is for you! We follow the story of Simon Spier, a gay sixteen-year-old high school student who’s yet to come out to his family and friends. Simon’s life gets a little more interesting when he falls for an anonymous classmate that he’s been talking to online, resulting in a string of events that are hilarious, terrifying and life-changing.

THE SUMMER BOOK – Tove Jansson

A story following the relationship between an elderly artist and her young grand-daughter, and the summer they spend together on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. Filled with wisdom and humour, this beautifully written story is a truly life-affirming read. (Bonus! The English language film version is being shot later this year, starring Julie Walters.)

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Any book recommendations you’d like to send our way? We’d love to hear from you; discovering new books is one of our favourite things!

 

What’s New At Bookishly?

We’ve launched a few new products recently that we’re really excited for and wanted to update you guys about!

Varsity Sweatshirts

Our varsity style sweatshirts come in nine different designs, each one featuring an iconic location from literature. We love these – they’re fun and unique. We also love the if you know, you know type aspect. You’ll be able to spot a fellow book lover a mile off! Take a look at the collection here and pick your favourite. We’d also love to hear any requests you might have.

Relatable T Shirts

With warmer weather round the corner (finally!), we thought it was only right to work on bringing you a new t-shirt range! Our relatable t shirt range are perfect for any book lover.

Bookish Jewellery

We have always loved the idea of statement bookish jewellery, and so this necklace was created! The perfect piece for book lovers. A lot of our new products were designed with the saying live your best bookish life in mind – this was no different! The design was digitally illustrated before being printed onto laser-cut birch ply.

Classics Subscriptions

We’re really excited to be launching our Classic of the Month subscription as prepaid gift bundles! Perfect for book loving friends or as a treat for yourself (because we all deserve a little something special once in a while). Prepay for either three, four, six or twelve months of subscriptions and we’ll do the rest! Alternatively, check out our Cratejoy listing for month-to-month payments.

Crate Launch

May’s crate is launching really soon! This one is sure to be a hit with Jane Austen fans. In the meantime, you can still grab April’s crate right here – based around the wonderful Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne.

Empowering Mugs

Our empowering range has proved incredibly popular since we launched our sweatshirts late last year. We’ve selected a few of our most popular quotes and used them to create a range of fun, inspiring mugs. These make really lovely gifts!

We’ve also designed a navy and rose gold make up bag to add to our empowered collection. You can check that out right here!

Sunday Readers Society

Last but by no means least, it’s our Sunday Readers Society sweatshirt. It’s a well known fact that Sundays are for cosying up with a good book and a mug of tea. This cosy sweatshirt is the perfect reading attire! Join the club here.

 

Everything You Need To Know About The Bookishly Classic Book Crate.

WHAT IS IT?

The Classic Book Crate is the perfect book box subscription, that all lovers of literature will appreciate. It’s filled to the brim with an assortment of literary inspired goodies and is themed around a different classic book each month. It’s a subscription that’s sure to satisfy any bookish needs!

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

Search The Classic Book Crate  on the Cratejoy marketplace or on our website, Bookishly. We ship worldwide – your box will ship around the twentieth of each month – please order before then to get the current month’s box! Your subscription will renew automatically and you can cancel at anytime.

We also offer the option of prepaying for a set number of months in advance – this actually works out cheaper! This would suit someone looking to purchase our crate as a gift. Our website also allows you to buy our crate as a one off. All additional information you might need regarding our crate can be found on the individual product pages linked above.

PAST CRATES

Our current crate is based on Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne but this changes every month, with next month’s box due to launch in a few weeks time. We also have a past crate shop; we always set a certain number of crates aside each month just in case they go missing in the post! You can check that out right here.

Ready to buy your crate?

Our New Subscription… Classic Of The Month Club With Coffee.

Hello! We wanted to use this blog post as an opportunity to tell you more about our new and improved Classic of the Month Club. You’ll have to excuse the somewhat shameless plug, but we really think that you guys (as book lovers) will love it.

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A delightful bookish package sent straight to your doorstep every month. This unique book subscription features literature’s best loved classics, our exclusively designed dust jackets and a packet of luxury coffee or delicious themed tea. We take pride in putting together a beautiful, cohesively designed parcel that’s sure to delight any book lover.

We made the decision to add the option of coffee for all you caffeine lovers out there. Our coffee is roasted locally by our friends at Perkulatte. The packets of both the tea and coffee makes enough for four to five cups. Plenty to see you through that month’s read!

Classic of the Month Club is available on the Cratejoy marketplace, simply enter it into the search bar to find it. The best part is it’s now available at the lower price of just £13 each month.

Happy reading!