Biblio-rific Gifts for Her This Christmas

If you’re looking for a reading gift for her, then look no further. These gifts are especially perfect for Christmas, however, they will suit as a perfect gift for any occasion. Whether you’re looking for something to keep her warm, a book perfect for any wife or mother, or cute stocking fillers, we’ve got you covered.

These beautiful scarves are a perfect gift for her during the cold season. They feature a range of different designs, so you’re sure to find one to suit her personally – whether she’s a Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings fan, or prefers a classic Jane Austen novel – they even accommodate to the GOTs, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who fans. The personalised scarves are even handmade, adding a special touch to the gift.

Literary Infinity Scarves

If you’re looking for the perfect book for a mother or wife, look no further. ‘Things We Left Unsaid’ by Zoya Pirzad is the perfect pick. The protagonist, Clarisse, is a stay-at-home mother, in her late thirties. The story is based in Iran, before the Iranian Revolution, and sees Clarisse battle with issues of motherhood, marriage, ethnic identity and love. Whilst the book is based in Iran, it reflects issues that any frustrated suburban housewife from the U.S. or UK would face – whilst also being heartfelt, touching and humorous – making the perfect gift for her.

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Things We Left Unsaid UK

These butterfly bookmarks make a beautiful stocking filler for her. They come in a pack of 14, meaning there are a rainbow of colours. They feature a flower on each, topped by an elaborate 3D butterfly. They really do look gorgeous perched upon her book, to save her page.

Butterfly Bookmarks

We know that there’s nothing better than being cosy whilst reading a book – which is why these mermaid tail blankets make a perfect gift for her. What’s not perfect about lounging around as a mermaid whilst getting lost in a good fantasy book. We personally love the rainbow coloured tail – but there are lots of colours to choose from – so pick her favourite colour.

Marmaid Tail US
Mermaid Tail UK

These hoodies are also a perfect gift during the cold season for her – especially if she’s always stealing your hoodies! She can really flaunt her love for books in the ‘bibliophile’ hoodie – perfect for ‘a lover of books; one who loves to read, admire and collect books’. We also love the ‘Don’t talk to me, my favourite character just died’ hoodie – relatable to any book lover.

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Don’t Talk to Me

If she loves to relax and indulge whilst getting lost in a book, this Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray is the perfect gift. Whilst you may have seen these before, you may not have seen one with a cell phone tray and wine glass holder – with plenty of room for a candle. Most importantly, the tray features a reading rack – which is suitable whether she reads books, from her kindle or her tablet.

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Bamboo Bath Caddy UK

This thoughtful music box is a cute gift for any of your Harry Potter fanatic females. It’s a very authentic gift, as it is made in the style of a traditional music box – it’s also handmade, with the Harry Potter logo carved on top. Once the crank is turned, the delicate harry potter tune will be music to her ears. There’s also a Game of Thrones and Beauty of the Beast music box featured in the shop, if that’s what she prefers.

Harry Potter Music Box

These tote bags are a uniquely personable gift for the reading addict female in your life. The bags discretely feature 20,000 words of her favourite novel, hidden within a beautiful design. You can also be rest assured of a quality gift, as each tote is highly water-resistant and feature a handy inner pocket. There’s a huge selection, meaning you can choose a tote which truly reflects her favourite book.

Alice Litograph Tote

This is a truly thoughtful gift for any of the women readers in your life, who love a good cup of tea. The gift features a beautiful book box, containing an assortment of 9 unique blends – providing 81 cups of tea in total. There’s plenty of tea to last a good few books!

Tea Story

If a new purse is what she is after this Christmas, we have the perfect gift for any Harry Potter fan. We love this Platform 9 ¾ design, but there are plenty of designs to choose from – including the Hogwarts Crest, ‘Mischief Managed’ and a Hogwarts letter design.

Harry Potter Wallets

We hope we’ve helped you find the perfect gift for her this season.

Sense8, Bookshops and Some Reading Recommendations

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Is anyone else really sad that Sense8 is over? The Netflix show was a science-fiction drama created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski (of Matrix fame) following the lives of eight strangers from around the world linked by a sense of mental and emotional telepathy.

While a science fiction show, the series was very grounded in real issues such as race, sex, gender, and religion featuring a multi-national cast, various sexualities and a transgender character, played by a transgender actor (yay!).

I absolutely loved it, and I know much of the team did too and brilliant storylines aside, I loved the fact that Amanita, played by Freema Agyeman worked at the City Lights Bookstore, meaning it was featured in various episodes. And if you were hanging out for more bookstore references there was a second one with a mention for Shakespeare and Co in the finale too! Read More

George R.R. Martin Gives Us His Book Recommendations

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George R.R. Martin has shot to fame in recent years after his gritty fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire was adapted into a TV show by HBO. Called Game of Thrones, the series has become one of the biggest shows on TV and has helped newcomers discover Martin’s equally great novels. Game of Thrones‘ final season is set to air next year, but we’re still eagerly waiting for the next installment in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter. If you can’t wait for the next book, then why not check out this list of books Martin has recommended?

As the New York Public Library reports, Martin has given us not one, but two lists of books he feels we should read, fantasy and general fiction, so there should be something for everyone here.

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Barack Obama Shares What Books He’s Been Reading

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It’s always interesting to learn what other people are reading, even more so when they happen to have been one of the most powerful people on the planet. If you’ve been wondering what former US President Barack Obama has been reading since he left office then you’re in luck. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, Obama recently took to his official Facebook page to share what he’s been reading.

“I’m often asked what I’m reading, watching, and listening to, so I thought I might share a short list from time to time,” he wrote. There’s so much good writing and art and variety of thought out there these days that this is by no means comprehensive – like many of you, I’ll miss The Americans – but here’s what I’ve been reading lately. It’s admittedly a slightly heavier list than what I’ll be reading over the summer.” Read More

5 Brilliant Books About Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was an actress, model and singer and by far one of the most iconic figures of the 20th century. Born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1st, 1926 she grew up to be the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s, perfecting the blonde bombshell persona still emulated by many today.

Monroe’s private life was not without controversy and she had documented struggles with substance abuse, depression and anxiety. Her second and third marriages to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller were both highly publicised and both ended in divorce, then there were the rumours of an affair with the president. Read More

London Review of Books Dedicates Entire Issue to Grenfell Tragedy

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For the first time in the history of the London Review of Books, the new edition contains just one article; a 60,000 word investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy and its political aftermath.

The edition is written by the London Review of Books editor Andrew O’Hagan and is entitled ‘The Tower’, described as “the fullest account yet” of the tragedy. Read More

Harry, Meghan and the Race of the Royal Wedding Books

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The latest royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – has publishers and royal writers all up in a tiz and the race is on for the first of the Royal Wedding books. Royal journalists have been hurry to get published books out there in the market with Andrew Morton understandably winning the race, but if you want a souvenir book about the latest royal wedding then there are plenty to choose from, released and coming soon.

Today we’re going to take a look at the best new releases, out or coming out soon that feature the latest royal couple. Here they are, along with release dates and information.
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