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34 Insanely Clever Gifts For Book Lovers

There's basically no chance that you're not keeping these for yourself.

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1. A pair of non-slip socks for when someone keeps trying to TALK to you even tho you're clearly busy.

Does it LOOK like I want to hear about what you had for lunch, ERNIE?Get them from Amazon for $11.99.
Amazon

Does it LOOK like I want to hear about what you had for lunch, ERNIE?

Get them from Amazon for $11.99.

2. A subscription to Book of the Month, because you deserve to treat yourself to a new pick every month, selected from an array of shouldn't-be-missed new releases, plus a fun little surprise.

Each month you choose from five available titles — plus, you can always get more books or even skip a month if none of the options sound like the right fit!Subscribe at Book of the Month for $14.99 per month — and add any extra books on for $9.99 each!
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Each month you choose from five available titles — plus, you can always get more books or even skip a month if none of the options sound like the right fit!

Subscribe at Book of the Month for $14.99 per month — and add any extra books on for $9.99 each!

3. A George R. R. Martin Funko Pop you can whisper at angrily on your desk when you get frustrated. Scolding mini George for not finishing Winds of Winter yet is a great way to feel less stressed about your *own* procrastination.

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95.
Barnes & Noble

Get it from Barnes & Noble for $14.95.

4. A hands-free book light that'll hang around you neck so you never have to worry about it falling off the book or hindering you from turning the page.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in four colors).

Promising review: "This is a must have for anyone who likes to read. Especially if you like to read at night. Let’s start with the different lighting options. You can set it to project either a spotlight or a floodlight depending on what you need. These two light features along with the flexible arms make it super versatile and can deliver results in different of situations. If you are reading on a plane, in a car on a long drive, or in your bed, you can be sure you’ll have just the right amount of light to read and not annoy your companion. The rechargeable design saves you from buying batteries. It has a built-in lithium battery that gives you long lasting results. I have yet to run the battery down after four nights of reading. I charge it once a week now and I am good all week. It is light enough that I don’t even notice it on my neck while in bed reading. You don’t have to use it on your neck either. You can coil it up and set it on a table or on your lap. It's one of those things that once you have it you wonder how you got by without." —EJ Husar

5. An anglerfish reading light who is just there to support you when you say "one more chapter.... ok only one more..... I'll be done after this next one." Sleep is overrated.

ThinkGeek

It'll lure you into not sleeping a wink, just like it lures little fishes to their deaths.

Get it from ThinkGeek for $9.99 (originally $14.99)

6. A poster of 100 books to check off (well, scratch off) your reading bucket list. When you're done reading one, just scratch off the square below the title to reveal the image.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

7. And a volume of 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die so you never run out of ideas of what to check out next.

Get it from Amazon for $23.79 or a local bookseller through IndieBound, or get the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition (it comes with a checklist poster with all 1,000 books on it!) for $28.Promising review: "Any bibliophile will instantly fall in love with this. First and foremost, it was clearly written by someone with a deep, almost infectious appreciation of books. That resonates across every page, with bite-sized essays that also happen to be incredibly poignant and packed with well-researched background and analysis. There's also the fact that the volume is easy to navigate and impeccably designed, complete with author spotlights, plenty of pictures, and thematic lists. This is essential for any home library or coffee table. Plus, it makes the perfect holiday gift." —John L.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $23.79 or a local bookseller through IndieBound, or get the Barnes & Noble exclusive edition (it comes with a checklist poster with all 1,000 books on it!) for $28.

Promising review: "Any bibliophile will instantly fall in love with this. First and foremost, it was clearly written by someone with a deep, almost infectious appreciation of books. That resonates across every page, with bite-sized essays that also happen to be incredibly poignant and packed with well-researched background and analysis. There's also the fact that the volume is easy to navigate and impeccably designed, complete with author spotlights, plenty of pictures, and thematic lists. This is essential for any home library or coffee table. Plus, it makes the perfect holiday gift." —John L.

8. An all-natural soy wax candle that'll smell like cherry blossoms and leather-bound books so you can pretend you're sitting in a Beauty and the Beast–style library reading a first edition rather than in your cramped apartment reading an ebook.

Get it from Amazon or Homesick Candles for $29.95.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon or Homesick Candles for $29.95.

9. A fit and flare skirt everyone will want to ~check out~. (Get it? Like at a library?)

Get it from ModCloth for $69 (available in sizes XS–4X).Promising review: "The print is so cute and it's a great shape. I love that there is a little elastic at the back of the waist and the zip on the side has a hook and eye closure at the top which is a nice detail. Also. It has pockets!" —Katilin
ModCloth

Get it from ModCloth for $69 (available in sizes XS–4X).

Promising review: "The print is so cute and it's a great shape. I love that there is a little elastic at the back of the waist and the zip on the side has a hook and eye closure at the top which is a nice detail. Also. It has pockets!" —Katilin

10. A spiral-bound book journal with pleeeeenty of space to keep track of all the Big Thoughts you had while reading — you know that part where you threw the book across the room? Talk about that.

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It ALSO has pages for books on your wishlist, logs for the books you've lent out to others (so you can ensure you one day get them back), and lists of suggestions to expand your literary horizons!

Get it from Amazon for $13.49.

Promising review: "Each book gets two pages: The first page is where you fill out the title, author, genre, how many pages it is, rate the book on quality based on several different elements, who you would recommend the book to, how you found it. The second page is almost entirely blank and reserved for whatever you want — your opinions, quotes you liked, impressions while reading, anything. When I go back and look over the entries I've made for other books I can see how much I enjoyed an author, a book, or even an entire series. It really gives me a unique perspective on what my frame of mind was when I read the book. As such, my book lover's journal is deeply personal to me and is so much more than just a list of what books I've read." —Liz

11. Or a reading journal featuring watercolor illustrations of female characters (and their iconic quotes) woven throughout your book log.

Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

Promising review: "This journal is awesome. It asks for just enough info to remember the book without having to fill out an entire dissertation. I also love the focus on awesome women. This will be a really fun way for me to keep track of all the books I've read." —Teri Sobeck

12. A hinged book locket you can fill with a folded-up favorite quote or passage and keep close to your heart.

Get it from Amazon for $9.70 (available in gold, silver, and rose gold).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $9.70 (available in gold, silver, and rose gold).

13. A cookbook chock-full of recipes inspired by literature and excerpts from the books themselves. This is a cookbook you'll want to read from cover to cover in one sitting — and then make *everything* in it.

We're talking recipes for Turkish Delight (from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), Amish Chicken and Dumplings (from Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth, Carrot Pudding (from A Christmas Carol), and SO much more.Get it from Amazon for $16.61, Barnes and Noble for $17.28, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.Promising review: "Every page of this delightful book is interesting. Snippets of old favorites, new novels, children's stories, and classics are included, along with wonderful recipes from those passages — some of them from the authors themselves. Wonderful quotes about literature are interspersed along with delightful recipes for us foodies who also happen to love books. A perfect combination!" —Deborah E. Roby
Amazon

We're talking recipes for Turkish Delight (from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe), Amish Chicken and Dumplings (from Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth, Carrot Pudding (from A Christmas Carol), and SO much more.

Get it from Amazon for $16.61, Barnes and Noble for $17.28, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

Promising review: "Every page of this delightful book is interesting. Snippets of old favorites, new novels, children's stories, and classics are included, along with wonderful recipes from those passages — some of them from the authors themselves. Wonderful quotes about literature are interspersed along with delightful recipes for us foodies who also happen to love books. A perfect combination!" —Deborah E. Roby

14. A ~novel~ backpack that'll take the term "book bag" to the next level.

It zips open completely flat (like a real book) to make staying organized incredibly easy too! No digging around in the depths to find your favorite pen — this bb has pen holders, a zippered pocket, and a padded pouch for your laptop.Get it from ThinkGeek for $49.99.
ThinkGeek

It zips open completely flat (like a real book) to make staying organized incredibly easy too! No digging around in the depths to find your favorite pen — this bb has pen holders, a zippered pocket, and a padded pouch for your laptop.

Get it from ThinkGeek for $49.99.

15. A pair of Poe-ka dot socks for anyone who definitely already has a stuffed animal raven somewhere around their house. "Will you ever lighten up, Dolores?" "Nevermore."

Get them from Amazon for $10.35+ (also available in a library card print in a bunch of colors, a pair that says "book nerd" on the soles, plus socks themed around other authors and books — 31 options in all!)Promising review: "I absolutely love these socks! They fit super well and are very comfortable, and they're just perfect for us book lovers. I love when people ask me about them! I've had them for a few months now and have worn & washed them very often and they have definitely held up." —Kasey
Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $10.35+ (also available in a library card print in a bunch of colors, a pair that says "book nerd" on the soles, plus socks themed around other authors and books — 31 options in all!)

Promising review: "I absolutely love these socks! They fit super well and are very comfortable, and they're just perfect for us book lovers. I love when people ask me about them! I've had them for a few months now and have worn & washed them very often and they have definitely held up." —Kasey

16. Banned book–print boxer shorts so you can bring something a little ~scandalous~ to bed when you wear these as PJs.

Get them from Amazon for $14 or ModCloth for $19 (available in sizes XS–XXL).
ModCloth

Get them from Amazon for $14 or ModCloth for $19 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

17. Fascinating Facts About Famous Fiction Authors, an endlessly interesting collection of fun facts and literary trivia you can whip out in any conversation — small talk will never be the same!

Get it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for $15.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.Promising review: "This is packed with so much fascinating trivia about famous (and infamous) authors of the past that I was surprised I could tear myself away from it long enough to order many of the books mentioned in it. It had to have taken Astor years to accumulate this information, which he wisely spaces out into short chapters, one on each author from A to Z. I was amazed to learn that Balzac drank as much coffee as I do, and that many great authors did not do well at school, that Ray Bradbury descended from a woman tried and convicted at the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and that one Brontë sister purposely messed up another sister's writing future. I like the smooth way Astor inserts his pithy opinions into researched facts, making the rich truth even richer." —Maggie
Amazon

Get it from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for $15.95, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

Promising review: "This is packed with so much fascinating trivia about famous (and infamous) authors of the past that I was surprised I could tear myself away from it long enough to order many of the books mentioned in it. It had to have taken Astor years to accumulate this information, which he wisely spaces out into short chapters, one on each author from A to Z. I was amazed to learn that Balzac drank as much coffee as I do, and that many great authors did not do well at school, that Ray Bradbury descended from a woman tried and convicted at the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, and that one Brontë sister purposely messed up another sister's writing future. I like the smooth way Astor inserts his pithy opinions into researched facts, making the rich truth even richer." —Maggie

18. An old school library card throw pillow so you can pretend you have enough room in your home for a whole dang library — even if you barely have room for a couch.

Get it from Dirtsa Studio on Etsy for $30 (available in nine colors).
Etsy

Get it from Dirtsa Studio on Etsy for $30 (available in nine colors).

19. A mug printed with classic first sentences so you can start your day like the opening of a novel — let that drama unfold.

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (also available in nine other mug designs, including author-specific ones like Austen and Vonnegut, plus banned books, and closing lines of novels).Promising review: "I got this mug as a Christmas present from my wife. There are so many reasons I love this mug. For starters, it is big! It holds a good amount of coffee in the morning or tea later in the day. Second, it is very well made. The cup is solid. I wouldn't say that it is heavy, but there is substance to it. Third, the first line quotations are great. The patterning and color variations are very pleasing, and I can't help but read a few every time I use the cup. Some lines are from books that I have read many times and love while others are from stories that I have never read but have become more interested in. As a former English major and lover of literature (as well as warm beverages), I highly recommend this cup!" —Joshua
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (also available in nine other mug designs, including author-specific ones like Austen and Vonnegut, plus banned books, and closing lines of novels).

Promising review: "I got this mug as a Christmas present from my wife. There are so many reasons I love this mug. For starters, it is big! It holds a good amount of coffee in the morning or tea later in the day. Second, it is very well made. The cup is solid. I wouldn't say that it is heavy, but there is substance to it. Third, the first line quotations are great. The patterning and color variations are very pleasing, and I can't help but read a few every time I use the cup. Some lines are from books that I have read many times and love while others are from stories that I have never read but have become more interested in. As a former English major and lover of literature (as well as warm beverages), I highly recommend this cup!" —Joshua

20. A literary rocks glass to end your day with the perfect nightcap — a pour of your favorite beverage, and a few chapters before bedtime. Only thing better would be if you threw a Darcy in there, too.

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single person in possession of a large rocks glass, must be in want of a drink."Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15 (available in five book options: Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet, Les Misérables, and The Count of Monte Cristo).Promising review: "A gift for my husband who enjoys literature, whiskey and travel. We have toured Scotland and England, visiting homes, schools, and burial sites of various authors. This is an enjoyable way to enjoy a drink, while reminiscing about our trips and favorite authors." —Bibliophile
Uncommon Goods

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single person in possession of a large rocks glass, must be in want of a drink."

Get it from Uncommon Goods for $15 (available in five book options: Pride and Prejudice, Sherlock Holmes, Hamlet, Les Misérables, and The Count of Monte Cristo).

Promising review: "A gift for my husband who enjoys literature, whiskey and travel. We have toured Scotland and England, visiting homes, schools, and burial sites of various authors. This is an enjoyable way to enjoy a drink, while reminiscing about our trips and favorite authors." —Bibliophile

21. A sextet of shot glasses decorated with quotes (about drinking) from authors who are as well known for their boozing as their books.

The set includes Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill, W. B. Yeats, and Charles Baudelaire.Get the set of six from Amazon for $16.95.Promising review: "These are crazy awesome. Only the best alcoholic writers are presented, with their best quotes about alcohol!! Love this set. Bought it for a friend and she freaked out!" —Amazon Customer
Amazon

The set includes Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy Parker, Winston Churchill, W. B. Yeats, and Charles Baudelaire.

Get the set of six from Amazon for $16.95.

Promising review: "These are crazy awesome. Only the best alcoholic writers are presented, with their best quotes about alcohol!! Love this set. Bought it for a friend and she freaked out!" —Amazon Customer

22. An accordion book light, because a regular desk lamp on your end table just won't cut it now that you know this exists.

Just close the book to shut it off, or close and open it again to have it *cycle through* five different color modes! It emits a gentle-enough light that you'll feel relaxed, but it's still bright enough to read by.Get it from Firebox for $25.69 or a similar version from Amazon for $29.99 (available in eight styles).
Firebox

Just close the book to shut it off, or close and open it again to have it *cycle through* five different color modes! It emits a gentle-enough light that you'll feel relaxed, but it's still bright enough to read by.

Get it from Firebox for $25.69 or a similar version from Amazon for $29.99 (available in eight styles).

23. A personal library kit for generous book-lenders who definitely want to get their novels back. Using that stamp is going to be so satisfying, guys.

Get it from Amazon for $13.51. Need refills? You can get some from Amazon for $11.98.Promising review: "I'm always trying to find interesting gifts for my tween daughter that encourage reading and don't involve screens. This was a HUGE hit. We've already bought the refill pack as well as another complete set for her best friend so they can trade books back and forth. They are having so much fun with it." —Liz
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $13.51. Need refills? You can get some from Amazon for $11.98.

Promising review: "I'm always trying to find interesting gifts for my tween daughter that encourage reading and don't involve screens. This was a HUGE hit. We've already bought the refill pack as well as another complete set for her best friend so they can trade books back and forth. They are having so much fun with it." —Liz

24. Or a simpler set of old fashioned bookplate stickers so you can make sure anyone you generously share your books with knows the loan isn't permanent.

Get the set of 55 labels from Amazon for $11.03.Promising review: "The packaging is so cute! The bookplates were packaged in a box that resembled a three tier magazine wall rack. There are three different groups of bookplates. Each group has a different color and height. There are a total of six different designs on 55 total bookplates. Quotes from C.S Lewis, Helen Keller, Henry W. Longfellow, Hilaire Belloc, Cicero, and Jorge Luis Borges are printed on some of the designs. The ones without quotes have 'Ex Libris' (from the library of) printed on them. I love them and will be ordering more in the future. Also, great quantity for an awesome price." —Girlreader
Amazon

Get the set of 55 labels from Amazon for $11.03.

Promising review: "The packaging is so cute! The bookplates were packaged in a box that resembled a three tier magazine wall rack. There are three different groups of bookplates. Each group has a different color and height. There are a total of six different designs on 55 total bookplates. Quotes from C.S Lewis, Helen Keller, Henry W. Longfellow, Hilaire Belloc, Cicero, and Jorge Luis Borges are printed on some of the designs. The ones without quotes have 'Ex Libris' (from the library of) printed on them. I love them and will be ordering more in the future. Also, great quantity for an awesome price." —Girlreader

25. A tee that'll let everyone know that, *no you can't come to their housewarming this Saturday* faster than you can Google "excuses to say no to plans."

Get it from J Law Creations on Etsy for $23+ (available in sizes S–2XL and five colors).You can get a similar tee in men's and women's sizes from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).
Etsy

Get it from J Law Creations on Etsy for $23+ (available in sizes S–2XL and five colors).

You can get a similar tee in men's and women's sizes from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four colors).

26. An e-reader cover to protect your device from scratches WHILE looking like a real bound book — perfect for anyone who loves the convenience of an e-reader, but misses the actual feel of a hardcover.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in eight designs). Check out the Potter-esque Spellbook versions too — they come in all four Hogwarts house colors!You can also get custom book-style covers directly from the Klevercase website.
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in eight designs). Check out the Potter-esque Spellbook versions too — they come in all four Hogwarts house colors!

You can also get custom book-style covers directly from the Klevercase website.

27. An inflatable floatie to hold your book and keep it safe during your next bubble bath.

Just tuck the cover into the flaps to keep it secure and relax away!Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.
Urban Outfitters

Just tuck the cover into the flaps to keep it secure and relax away!

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

28. Or a new (thinner! waterproof!) version of the Kindle Paperwhite with a glare-free screen so you feel like you're reading an *actual* book — without having to have to schlep around a heavy 1,000-page volume (looking at you, A Song of Ice and Fire) — and you can take it in the bath or on a pool float without stressing.

Personal note: I love the last edition of the Kindle Paperwhite so much. It's SO LIGHT that I keep it in my bag at all times — you never know when you're gonna have a spare 15 minutes for a chapter or two.Get it from Amazon for $129.99+.Learn more about the features of the new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite in our closer look!
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Personal note: I love the last edition of the Kindle Paperwhite so much. It's SO LIGHT that I keep it in my bag at all times — you never know when you're gonna have a spare 15 minutes for a chapter or two.

Get it from Amazon for $129.99+.

Learn more about the features of the new 2018 Kindle Paperwhite in our closer look!

29. A pillow to prop up your book, tablet or e-reader so you don't have to hold it while reclining — as someone who reads their Kindle lying down and drops it on their own face an embarrassing amount, I need this.

For those not in the know dropping your Kindle on your face hurts even more than when you do it with your phone :((((((.Get it from Amazon for $16.77+ (available in two colors).Promising review: "I use it to read my Kindle. it's great. Just what I was looking for. I read a lot in bed at night while laying on my side. I can lay my Kindle sideways on it & its perfect. I have a Paperwhite so it lights up. I don't like to wake my husband so I don't leave a light on. I used to fall asleep while reading & my book would fall off the bed. Not with this. It's also great just sitting up reading or reading while eating. I just LOVE IT!" —Margaret Alonge
Amazon

For those not in the know dropping your Kindle on your face hurts even more than when you do it with your phone :((((((.

Get it from Amazon for $16.77+ (available in two colors).

Promising review: "I use it to read my Kindle. it's great. Just what I was looking for. I read a lot in bed at night while laying on my side. I can lay my Kindle sideways on it & its perfect. I have a Paperwhite so it lights up. I don't like to wake my husband so I don't leave a light on. I used to fall asleep while reading & my book would fall off the bed. Not with this. It's also great just sitting up reading or reading while eating. I just LOVE IT!" —Margaret Alonge

30. Shakespeare, Not Stirred, a recipe book filled with cocktails inspired by the bard himself for anyone who can't have a ~happy hour~ without puns like "Kate's Shrew-driver" and "Much Ado About Frothing."

If you're less adventurous, you can also just crack open a PBR and call it "King Beer."Get it from Amazon for $10.63, Barnes & Noble for $15.30, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.Promising review: "Delightful text. Historically accurate, creative, funny, and insightful. A must have for Shakespeare enthusiasts that enjoy reading with a cocktail in hand." —M I Kallich
Amazon

If you're less adventurous, you can also just crack open a PBR and call it "King Beer."

Get it from Amazon for $10.63, Barnes & Noble for $15.30, or a local bookseller through IndieBound.

Promising review: "Delightful text. Historically accurate, creative, funny, and insightful. A must have for Shakespeare enthusiasts that enjoy reading with a cocktail in hand." —M I Kallich

31. A set of book cover enamel pins to show your membership in this book club we call life.

Etsy

47 different book covers are available — check out the full selection to choose yours!

Get them from Jane Mount on Etsy for $11 each.

32. A set of adhesive book flags shaped like some of your favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice

Get them from Barnes & Noble for $5.99.Check out the full selection, which includes The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Emma, The Great Gatsby, Anne of Green Gables, and Romeo & Juliet.They also sell Jane Eyre and Little Women character flags at PBS!
Barnes & Noble

Get them from Barnes & Noble for $5.99.

Check out the full selection, which includes The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, Emma, The Great Gatsby, Anne of Green Gables, and Romeo & Juliet.

They also sell Jane Eyre and Little Women character flags at PBS!

33. An assortment of silicone bookmarks so you can mark the exact line you were on when ever-so-rudely interrupted. These also make for perfect(ly affordable) stocking stuffers.

Get a set of six random colors from Amazon for $6.88.
Amazon

Get a set of six random colors from Amazon for $6.88.

34. Or a pad of bookmark notes for anyone who will *never* turn to an e-reader — plus, it has space for notes so you can mark and return to your favorite passages.

Get it from Amazon for $7.33 (also available in two other bookmark styles).
Amazon

Get it from Amazon for $7.33 (also available in two other bookmark styles).

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