5 Brilliant Bookish Inventions

Through the ages humans have wanted to make our own lives, and the lives of others, easier. The inventiveness of our fellow readers has brought about some really interesting, bonkers, and brilliant ideas, some of which I am not convinced I would use in my day-to-day life…

Here are five examples of some of the most fascinating ideas other book lovers have had over the years.

1. The Reading Chair

This intriguing chair was invented circa 1750 and made from walnut, oak, and beechwood. Written on paper fund stuck beneath the chair was an inscription by “T. Eyre, 1 Sept. 1815” depicting the history of the chair. Find out more details about it HERE.

2. The Louis Vuitton Library Trunk

Louis Vuitton are famous for their luggage and large travel trunks, so this one may not be a complete surprise to see. According to the Louis Vuitton website (check it out HERE), inspiration came from Ernest Hemingway, a prolific traveller and, of course, great writer. In 1927 Gaston-Louis Vuitton created this inventive piece with Hemingway to assist him in his creativity as he travelled.

3. The Revolving Book Reader

This 18th century rotating table can be found in the Naples Palazzo Reale, a palace/museum/tourist attraction in Naples. The piece can be used to view multiple volumes at once, an interesting concept, and one I could have done with as a student at university with many books to study at once! Find out more information about the palace HERE.

4.  The Revolving Bookcase

Apparently revolving bookcases are not uncommon, although I have yet to meet anyone who actually owns one. Not just in museums or used for display in shops, these are available for us to show off our own tomes, in our own homes! Find yours here: US or UK

5. The Drinkable Book

I have saved the best for last as this is something that has the capability of helping people all over the world access clean drinking water. It is a relatively new invention created for the non-profit organisation WaterIsLifeFrom the website: “Coated in silver nanoparticles and written on with food-grade inks, the pages are able to actively kill off deadly diseases found in the water supply of developing countries.” Pretty wonderful, don’t you think?

Make Your Own Alice in Wonderland Garden!

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Many of us adore Alice in Wonderland, and have read the books and seen the movies… Now we can make our own garden!

We stumbled upon this video on Facebook last week and just had to share it with you.

It looks very simple to make, and with a little love and cultivation it could be a beautiful addition to any patio or backyard.

Check out the quick video of how to create your own. Find links below for the sweet little Alice figurines for that extra magical touch. (Choose from figures with glitter or without!)

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10 Gifts Every Harry Potter Fan Needs

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Ok, so you have read all the books, watched all the movies, visited Pottermore to be sorted into your respective Hogwarts House (Hufflepuffs unite!), and even tried out some Potter-inspired yoga… But no self-respecting Potterhead is seen dead without some of the best Potter merchandise available!

From your very own Marauder’s Map to magic wand make-up brushes and even your very own Golden Snitch- check out these Potter-themed goodies!

Accio credit card!

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Under Milk Wood in a Musical Setting

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Here at For Reading Addicts, Under Milk Wood is one of our favourites from Dylan Thomas. Originally brought to life in 1954 as a radio drama, it has had many reincarnations: in film, on stage, and television.
The story follows the inhabitants of the fictional small Welsh fishing village Llareggub (read that backwards and it describes precisely what happens in small villages…) including the nagging Mrs. Ogmore-Pritchard; the old sea dog…um, cat, Captain Cat; two Mrs. Dai Breads; and others…

The first voice, or narrator, has been played by Dylan Thomas himself, Donald Houston, or recently by Michael Sheen, but the most popular First Voice was Richard Burton.

Inspired by Under Milk Wood, and using Burton’s reading of the verse, a musician going under the name of Isabella Heights has given it new life. Check how Burton’s voice is beautifully enhanced by his new musical setting…

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Setting Literary Records

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We know that when it comes to setting World Records, nothing can be weird enough, whacky enough, shocking enough or even stupid enough. We have come across people who can pull aircrafts, people who make giant houses with playing cards, some who blow the most number of balloons under a minute and the like. But as reading addicts, we are definitely interested in world records related to reading, writing and of course, books! Read More

Take a Stroll Through the Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park

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In 1970s North Carolina, USA, two bright sparks, brothers Grover and Harry Robbins, dreamed up the ultimate Wizard of Oz theme park. Sadly, just prior to the park’s opening, Grover passed away, and he never got to see its initial success. The park was popular at first, however after a decade of waning visitor numbers the project had to be abandoned.

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5 Brilliant Bookish Inventions

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Through the ages humans have wanted to make our own lives, and the lives of others, easier. The inventiveness of our fellow readers has brought about some really interesting, bonkers, and brilliant ideas, some of which I am not convinced I would use in my day-to-day life…

Here are five examples of some of the most fascinating ideas other book lovers have had over the years.

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