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    May 13, 2020

    26 Things To Keep Book Lovers Busy (Beyond Reading)

    Take a look, it's *outside* of a book.

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    1. A book embosser you can get personalized with your own name that will lead to *hours* of you going through all your stacks of books to leave these deeply satisfying impressions in them.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    When you buy the embosser, it gives you options not just to personalize your own name on the stamp with a few preset symbols, but what words you want in a little message under it to encourage people to read/return your books. Once you get the embosser, you press one of the first few pages of a book in it, and it'll leave neat little grooves with your personalized message. It's basically like a traditional stamp, except it doesn't use ink and it's in ~three dimensions~.

    Promising review: "This is the most amazing thing I have ever owned. The whole customization process was super easy and I am so in love. The shipping was fast and I am beyond satisfied with how amazing my books look! A must for any book lover. I may order some more for friends and family that are book nerds!" —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $30.50+ (available in eight personalized styles).

    2. Or a personal library kit to help you embark on organizing a neighborhood book swap knowing that you're going to get your beloved copy of Bossypants back.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little set is so cute! You can attach a library-type pocket to your books and then sign them out and stamp a due date on the included 'library' sign out card if friends borrow your books! Really cute idea, the set is just like the library pockets and due date like you used when you borrowed books from a library, back before e-readers, Kindles or tablets came along." —Nurse Nell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70.

    3. A bunch of bookish stickers so you can finally get around to decorating your laptop and eReader with some literary flair.

    FandomizedRose/Redbubble

    Honestly, biggest mood on the "oh no he's dead" front.

    Get them from FandomizedRose on Redbubble: Books, Music, Food & Naps for $3.12 and Oh No He's Dead for $3.12.

    4. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice: A Book-To-Table Classic, a hybrid book and cookbook that incorporates Martha Stewart's recipes based on the text within the actual story (because honestly, we've all had our fill of banana bread by now). Why settle for baking when you can bake with a theme?

    Puffin Books

    My mom got me one of these for my birthday, and I'm a lazy monster so I haven't cooked out of it, but my STARS is it gorgeous. I leave it on my coffee table, but unlike other coffee table books, I actually read out of this one. The pictures are so beautiful and soothing. 11/10 would choose to live inside of it if I could.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.49 for from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $22.50.

    5. A set of Novel Teas to inspire you to cook some bookish breakfasts, complete with little quotes from iconic books on each of the tea bags.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I got this for my mother, who loves her morning cup of tea. She really enjoyed both the tea (which she said was excellent) and reading the sayings. In fact, the last time I visited, she showed me several of the sayings she had saved!" —Cheryl D. Holton

    Get a pack of 25 from Amazon for $13.50.

    6. Plus a "drink tea, read books" spoon for mixing milk and sugar into said tea, and for putting a lil' smile on your face every morning.

    Flynn & Grace/Etsy

    Promising review: "Exactly like the photo. My grandmother loved it. I like it so much I’m ordering one for myself." —doddism

    Get it from Flynn & Grace on Etsy for $21.

    7. A USB-powered foldable book desk lamp you'll just want to spend hours opening and shutting and opening and shutting until it feels like you are a legitimate wizard who brings books to life.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I bought this book to use as a decoration and an emergency light when the power goes out from storms. It sits on the corner of the coffee table, and guests to your home are impressed first by the quality of the wood cover, but when they open it and the light comes on, they are always delighted (no pun intended). We used it during the recent spate of storms twice, and it gives you enough light to move around, but it's not glaring or blinding like a flashlight. Great purchase, and yes, we have given a couple away as gifts now." —Patrick J. Salem

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (personalization options available).

    8. A set of literary temporary tattoos that will let you finally achieve your bookish dream: getting a full sleeve of Jane Eyre references on one arm, and a full sleeve of Pride & Prejudice on the other.

    UncommonGoods

    Get it from UncommonGoods for $10 (available in five book styles).

    9. Some literary soaps for Elizabeth Bennet and Mister Darcy — which I imagine smell like lush florals and repressed feelings — for your long bookish soaks in the bath.

    Story Scentsations/Etsy

    Promising review: "Ok, I'm sorry — but seriously Mr. Darcy *sigh* do I really need to say more? Honestly this is a lovely soap and you do not want to miss it!" —Debra Anna

    Get them from Story Scentsations on Etsy: Elizabeth Bennet for $7.99 and Mister Darcy for $7.99.

    10. Plus a colorful Harry Potter sorting hat bath bomb that fizzles out to reveal your house, so you can keep yourself busy in the bath *and* in the ensuing existential crisis when you find out you were wrong about being a Slytherin this whole time!

    Geek Domain/Etsy

    Promising review: "I LOVE these bath bombs. They smell amazing! The package was so cute and creative. Shipped super fast!" —Beni Duron

    Get it from Geek Domain on Etsy for $4.50 (available in three scents).

    11. A copy of Tequila Mockingbird, a book of cocktail recipes that all have a literary twist, to fill your Friday nights with learning to make a "Cocktail of Two Cities."

    Running Press Adult

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 or from Bookshop (to support local bookstores) for $13.50.

    12. Plus a sophisticated literary tumbler to drink them in — like these Pride & Prejudice or Jane Eyre versions — complete with little quotes and elements of your favorite books.

    Well Told/Etsy

    Promising review: "I have a friend who is a huge Jane Austen fan. She loved this. It has become her official whiskey glass. Great quality and fast shipping." —Briannavt

    Get them from Well Told on Etsy: the Pride & Prejudice tumbler for $14.50 and the Jane Eyre tumbler for $14.50.

    Psst — this shop has a ton of other lovely book glasses!

    13. A set of literary cards and envelopes perfect for sending sweet little messages to all the fellow book lovers in your life.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I just love Jane Mount's illustrations! These cards are fantastic. People remark how much they like them and the uniqueness when they receive one from me. These are fun!" —SaladEatingCat

    Get a set of 20 from Amazon for $11.09 (available in eight styles).

    14. A journal for book lovers to chronicle all of your favorite stories, so you can remember the mindset you were in when you first read them whenever you go back to that book for another visit ❤️.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Book lovers need to get this journal!! I absolutely love how it is set up! Great price, and excellent way to keep track of your personal library and ebooks! There are even spots for books you've lent, books you given, books you've borrowed, and a book friend contact area. I would highly recommend this perfectly sized book journal to any bibliophiles like me out there!!! One of the best things I've spent money on all year!" —AudiobookAddict

    Get it from Amazon for $11.09.

    15. Or a copy of The Story Of My Life, so you can make your own life into a book — this prompt journal is set up so you can start it no matter what stage of life you're in, letting you chronicle it for yourself and any loved ones who might want to read it.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: This book is amazing! This book is for the writer that is suffering from uninspired and boring day to day writing prompts. This book helps you dig some dirt up and get inspired and renew your love for writing all over again. A beautiful friend for the writer in your life!" —Amy (Weirman) Farrell

    Get it from Amazon for $29.60.

    16. Plus a set of Little Women-themed pencils to write it all down, so Jo's encouraging words about writing can cheer you on.

    six0sixdesign/Etsy

    Promising review: "These were absolutely awesome. The packaging was so special, making the presentation perfect. Lovely!" —Rebecca Hudson

    Get it from six0sixdesign on Etsy for $16.88.

    17. A pair of lightweight book-patterned sneakers perfect for all your book adjacent adventures, like walking along the foggy wet moors at daybreak to passionately declare your love.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This shoe is very light weight and comfortable. The graphics are awesome and the colors very vibrant." —Golden

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes 6-10 and in 32 prints).

    18. A game of "Bards Against Profanity," which merges present day scenarios with Shakespearean insults that will have you calling everyone in the group chat a "rampallion" before you know it.

    Amazon

    You basically play the same way you'd play Apples To Apples or Cards Against Humanity — someone puts down a prompt scenario card, and players complete with the insult cards to fill the prompts to see whose is the funniest. Whoever wins the most scenarios wins the game. Four or more players are required.

    Promising review: "THIS GAME IS IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO ENJOY, whether you know anything about Shakespeare or not — it makes no difference. I had no idea how much wit, and how much 'inappropriate' language, is in his plays. It's extremely easy to learn so you aren't wasting time reading instructions. In fact, the very-brief instructions say to just play until you get bored ;-) Nothing serious about this game." —Long Beach Native

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    19. A "Shire" candle so you can close your eyes and self-insert fan fiction yourself into a world where your primary concern is keeping Merry and Pippin from stealing your crops.

    Forage Candle/Etsy

    Promising review: "Cute candle and really like the smell. Its definitely something I would expect the shire to smell like ❤ Thanks for the candle!" —nataliebonilla82

    Get it from Forage Candle on Etsy for $22.

    Psst — this shop has a bunch more literary-themed candles to choose from!

    20. Or a Joffrey candle that'll let you relive one of the most iconic Game Of Thrones scenes in all of its horrific (nice-smelling!) glory.

    Firebox

    Get it from Firebox for $24.99.

    21. A personalized Harry Potter cutting board to inspire you to cook your way through delicious book recipes, whether it's some delicious pumpkin pasties or some good old-fashioned steak and kidney pie.

    Etch Labs/Etsy

    Promising review: "It arrived very quickly and is exactly as pictured! The font is the perfect size for the large board! I will be giving it as a gift and am certain they will love it!" —nicoleedgar

    Get it from Etch Labs on Etsy for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A bookish cross-stitch pattern, like these Muggles into Wizards and Anne of Green Gables prints, so you can make art out of your favorite art.

    Geek Chic In Stitches/Etsy

    Promising review: "Excellent instructions and beautiful design." —Inactive

    Get them from Geek Chic In Stitches on Etsy: the Muggles into Wizards print for $3.99 and the Anne of Green Gables print for $3.99.

    Psst — this shop has a ton of other bookish cross stitch patterns to try!

    23. A Pride & Prejudice puzzle so you can piece together Lizzie and Mister Darcy's love story the way you had to piece together your heart all through reading it.

    Get it from Zazzle for $17.90+ (available in five sizes).

    24. A books and treasures monthly subscription box that comes with a different used book every month, plus little book-related odds and ends like candles and bath bombs and tea.

    Cratejoy

    Promising review: "I had such a great time opening this box! The book they picked for me was a very good criminal trial thriller — always a fav. The candle they included smelled so good and was so cute — it looked just like a coffee cup! I also received a Moscow Mule mug, some great coffee, a pretty bookmark, and a reading light. All of the gifts were wrapped individually with such care; it really made opening everything so fun. They also included a personalized, handwritten note, which definitely made the box seem specially curated to the receiver. Thanks for the great experience! :)" —Haley B.

    Get it from Cratejoy for $26.33+ (available as a subscription or a one-time box).

    25. A game of "Story Slam" that lets YOU become the author, giving you prompts for scene setting and plot twists to move your story along, with options to play collaboratively or competitively.

    Amazon

    You start a story or scene with the "Set The Scene" card prompts, and envision the story from there, using the "Plot Twist" cards to move it along. You can play it individually, in collaborative teams, or in competitive teams, so the number of players required is one to however many people are willing to work in groups!

    Promising review: "We originally purchased this just for the kids, but after playing a few rounds with them, we couldn’t stop! The ideas written on the cards are just enough to give you a starting point, but you’ve gotta use your imagination to make a story of it. The game definitely doesn’t do the work for you. It’s also appropriate for all ages, unlike some other card games these days. So we can actually laugh and have fun, without resorting to cheap humor and lame dirty jokes. The younger teens and mid-teens got right into it. The kids under 10 years old needed some help along the way. I will try to play this with my adult friends as well, and see how that goes. Should be fun." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    26. A set of floating shelves you can install to get that cool, minimalist aesthetic that'll inspire you to take a bunch of bookstagrams.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "These I have to say are super cute and trendy. I have wanted shelves like this for so long but nothing stood out, then I came across these. They are exactly what I was looking for with colors! They are made very well, for the price. Comes with all the hardware to install and easy as you have to screw on the brackets yourself. I love that you have a few different choice on how to put the bracket." —Janna

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $29.99.

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