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?

Hand Drawn Maps Inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

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Amateur cartographer Dan Bell, 25, began his hobby of reimagining British national parks after recreating the Yorkshire Dales in the style of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Tolkien’s maps are recognisable for the font and sketch style of art which Dan has recreated perfectly.

“I like to think the maps allow people to imagine where they live in a Tolkien style.” he told the BBC.

He adds that the maps are “not drawn with accuracy in mind”, and are more an artist’s impression of each area.

He has currently drawn nine out of fifteen parks, including the Lake District, Dartmoor National Park, and the Brecon Beacons. Find his work, and to order your own, at his website. 

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Lego Announces New Harry Potter Sets, Take a Sneak Peek!

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With the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them in 2016, and the upcoming release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, it’s safe to say that the magic of Harry Potter has returned to our normal muggle lives. If you’re a big Harry Potter fan, and you enjoy constructing LEGO kits, then you’ll be pleased to learn that LEGO has announced a new range of Harry Potter-themed LEGO sets are set to be released this Summer. Read More

Brand New Beatrix Potter Coins Released in 2018

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The Royal Mint has been creating decorative coins to celebrate Beatrix Potter‘s world of anthropomorphised animals since 2016, and this year they have yet more to release.

Each series of 4 fifty pence pieces includes a Peter Rabbit design – the only character to be included in each separate release. Previous designs have included Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jeremy Fisher, and Tom Kitten.

2018’s collection includes Peter, Flopsy Bunny, The Tailor of Gloucester, and Mrs Tittlemouse.

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Ten Favourite Books in One Celebration Cake

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There is something very satisfying about both reading and cake eating and this video covers both bases!

Anne Reardon from How To Cook That brings us her top ten books cakes of all time- as voted by her followers. She asked viewers to vote for their favourite book and after thousands of replies she tallied them up and ended up with a Top Ten Books list to include on her celebration cake.

The result is amazing! See how many well-loved books you can spot in the video below.

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Your Literary Pets

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In the past we have shown you some of your favourite authors and their pets such as William S. Burroughs and his cat Ginger, Dorothy Parker and her dog, and Charles Dickens and his pet raven named Grip. This blog, however, is dedicated to you, our Reading Addicts, and your pets.

Animals have such a positive influence on people, and Reading Addicts are no exception. We love to read about animals in both fiction and non-fiction, and books that feature animals have proven to be so popular that they’ve inspired EIGHT of For Reading Addicts’ quizzes!

Having a furry friend by our side can be comforting and, at times, relaxing despite cats being so obsessed with sitting on books and papers… The pleasure of having your furry hot water bottle right with you releases all the right chemicals in your brain so you can relax and disappear into a book properly.

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Video Games You May Not Know Are Inspired by Literature

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If books are one of the oldest means of entertainment, then video games must be one of the newest. The idea of video games was first popularised back in the early 70’s with the release of Pong and, with some help from the likes of Pac-Man, Tetris, and Space Invaders, video games have become a billion dollar industry that rivals both the film and music industry. One could be forgiven for assuming that books and video games have little to offer one another, but the fact is that literature has inspired many games over the years, some of which have been hugely successful. In this article, we’ll be looking at five video games that were inspired by great books. Read More

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