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?

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!

 

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.