Category: Bookish Banter

Stationery Gifts for Readers

Christmas shopping can be tricky. It’s hard to know what people really want. If who you’re buying for is a reader you might think a book but what book! There’s a good chance they’ve already read it. If they like to annotate then stationery is always required. I feel like I’m always buying index tabs so a gift of a bunch of those would make me very happy. A gift hamper made up of all these items would make a wonderful present as well.

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Magnifying Glass

It might seem like a strange item to buy for someone but a lot of people have trouble reading the print in books.

This magnifying glass comes with a built-in light and a clamp to attach to a desk or even the cover of a book and the metal hose body is adjustable.

Get it here.

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These are a must (and a godsend) for anyone who likes to annotate their books. I personally love to annotate my books while reading. It’s a more active way of reading and I use these guys to mark the pages with interesting sentences or themes I want to keep track of or investigate further.

Get them here.

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And if you’re taking notes on what you’re reading or tracking your reading you need pens. This set has a range of colours perfect for making notes on different topics/themes and your TBR and read lists.

Get them here.


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To go a step further your annotating you can use highlighters to highlight sentences or passages in your books. The different colours can be used for different themes in the book such as yellow for gender themes, red for conflict, purple for character development or however you like to do it.

Get them here.


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And of course, when you’re marking all these points in your books you need to make notes on them or you might like to track your reading in a journal instead of online. These journals from Paperblanks are so beautiful and extremely sturdy. Once your journal is full you can add it to your shelves and it will add to the aesthetic.

Get it here.

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Are you even really a reader if you don’t own a stack of bookmarks? I’m sure a lot of us have a pile of those Book Depository ones but it’s nice to have a collection of fancy ones too. This collection of handmade carved natural wood bookmarks is just so beautiful. They would really make a stunning gift for any book lover.

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There’s still time to avail of Amazon’s Audible offer until December 14th.  Join Audible for £3.99/month for the first four months instead of the usual £7.99/month.

I think this is such an amazing offer! Check it out here.

Audible Black Friday 2018 Offer

With your Audible membership, you get a monthly credit that can be used to get any audiobook no matter what length or price AND you get to keep the book for life even if you cancel your membership.

Pan’s Labyrinth Novel in 2019

Imaginative director Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) and author Cornelia Funke (Inkheart series) have joined forces to bring us a novel inspired by del Toro’s 2006 movie Pan’s Labyrinth. The hardback version of the book Pan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun is due for publication 2nd July 2019 and will feature artwork from Allen Williams.

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“Set in 1940s Spain, “Pan’s Labyrinth” was released in 2006 and tells the story of Ofelia, whose pregnant mother has married a sadistic army captain and is sent to live with him in a remote mill at the edge of a dark forest. As her mother grows ill and her stepfather’s brutality is revealed, the boundaries between fantasy and reality, dream and waking, fairy tale and horror are eroded.” – The Bookseller

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“[Pan’s Labyrinth] demonstrates what I believe to be true: that fantasy is the sharpest tool to develop and unveil all the miracles and the terrors of our reality. It is both political and timeless, a rare achievement in storytelling. My life has often given me reason to believe in magic.” – Cornelia Funke

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Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the FaunPan’s Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for readers of all ages, complete with gorgeous and haunting illustrations.

This book is not for the faint of heart or weak in spirit. It’s not for skeptics who don’t believe in fairy tales and the powerful forces of good. It’s only for brave and intrepid souls like you, who will stare down evil in all its forms.

Inspired by the critically acclaimed film written and directed by Oscar winner Guillermo del Toro and reimagined by New York Times bestselling author Cornelia Funke, this haunting tale takes readers to a darkly magical and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous men, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

Perfect for fans of the movie and readers who are new to del Toro’s visionary work, this atmospheric and absorbing novel is a portal to another universe where there is no wall between the real and the imagined. A daring, unforgettable collaboration between two brilliant storytellers.

Expected publication: July 2nd 2019 Preorder from Amazon

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3 Books That Made Me Ugly Cry

I actively avoid books that are likely to make me cry (with one exception below). These ones managed to make me cry but I still love them. Sometimes we just need to cry… it’s healthy… right?


Transcendence by Shay Savage

It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language?

Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from; she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her.

Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive, but beautiful, man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle.

With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.


This book was such a surprise. I read it to fulfil a task on a reading challenge and many people told me they loved it but I thought it sounded a bit silly. Of course, then I absolutely loved it and count it among my favourite books. It made me cry at the end because it doesn’t wrap up with an HEA just as they get together like most romances but continues on with the story of their life. It was so bittersweet I wept through the last few pages.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Harry Potter and the Order of The Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter is due to start his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. His best friends Ron and Hermione have been very secretive all summer and he is desperate to get back to school and find out what has been going on. However, what Harry discovers is far more devastating than he could ever have expected…


I presume everyone knows what happens in Harry Potter at this stage and there’s no need to worry about spoilers but what upset with this one is a character death so if you don’t know who it is don’t read on.

Harry’s state of disbelief and loss over Sirius’s death at the end of this one broke my heart. When he tried calling him with the mirror and when he got so excited about asking Nearless Headless Nick how to contact Sirius I just couldn’t take it.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder

I wasn’t always in love with Colton Calloway; I was in love with his younger brother, Kyle, first. Kyle was my first one true love, my first in every way.

Then, one stormy August night, he died, and the person I was died with him.

Colton didn’t teach me how to live. He didn’t heal the pain. He didn’t make it okay. He taught me how to hurt, how to not be okay, and, eventually, how to let go.


This one I completely expected to cry reading. I think I must have been hormonal or something when I picked it up cause it isn’t my usual sort of book at all and I cried pretty much the whole time. Great for fans of tearjerkers.

Get the book: Amazon | Book Depository

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Has a book ever made you cry? I know I can’t be the only one that got upset over Sirius.

New Book Bags in my Zazzle Store

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Hi everyone, I recently updated the range of bookish tote bags available in my Zazzle store. These would make a great gift for the book lover in your life 😉

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All bags priced at €18.90

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5 Great Articles from the Booksphere

Shelf-Discipline: How to Read More Before Your Next Book Spree

“At Goodreads, we always encourage our members to read more. But sometimes, the number of books still waiting on your Want to Read shelf can feel a little daunting… So we asked avid readers on Facebook and Twitter if they’ve ever tried a book-buying hiatus: a temporary (and we stress temporary), self-imposed ban from buying more books until they finish the current ones on their to-read list. Needless to say, some reactions were (understandably) strong… ” – Marie, Goodreads

10 Inspiring New Memoirs by Women Hitting Shelves This Fall

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“With the arrival of fall comes a feeling of renewal and self-invention. If you’re looking for inspiration this coming season, we recommend picking up these powerful memoirs written by tenacious and talented women. Check out this list of new inspiring memoirs by women below.” – Ashley Johnson for Bookbub

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9 of the Trickiest Riddles from Books


“Riddles are a time-honored rite of passage for book heroes. As readers, we love how they test the hero’s powers of perception, thinking, and creativity — and how they test ours, too! Feel like a bit of a brain teaser? Try your wits against these tricky riddles from books and see if you have what it takes to be a bookish hero. Scroll to the end to find the answers — but no peeking!” – Elisabeth Delp, Bookbub

7 Novels That Will Take You Back to the 1980s

“If you’re aching for the ‘80s you can always revisit these classic books, but hindsight can be 20/20, and there is something fun about journeying back through a more contemporary read. Here are a few newer titles that will satisfy your nostalgia needs.” – Ashley Morten, Signature

9 Best Fiction Books About Films

“Evoking one artistic discipline while using an entirely different one is no easy task. Yet for as long as moving pictures have captivated audiences, they’ve also captivated a certain group of writers, who’ve viewed the existence of cinema as an implicit challenge. Namely, how does one capture the essence of a film using only words on a page?” – Tobias Carrol, Signature

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