Category: Bookish Banter

Movies about Books

I love a good movie about a book. It adds another dimension to the story of the movie since we can’t get our hands on the book (in most cases) leaving us with an unfulfillable desire to discover the contents of the book.

Here are some of my favourite movies that centre around a book or books.


A teenage girl discovers her father has an amazing talent to bring characters out of their books and must try to stop a freed villain from destroying them all, with the help of her father, her aunt, and a storybook’s hero. – IMDB

The Pagemaster

A cowardly boy, who buries himself in accident statistics, enters a library to escape a storm, only to be transformed into an animated illustration by the Pagemaster. He has to work through obstacles from classic books to return to real-life. – IMDB

The Ninth Gate

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones. – IMDB

The Princess Bride

While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride. – IMDB

The Never-Ending Story

A troubled boy dives into a wondrous fantasy world through the pages of a mysterious book. – IMDB

The Hours

The story of how the novel “Mrs. Dalloway” affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives. – IMDB

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

As Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, he discovers an old book marked as “the property of the Half-Blood Prince” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort’s dark past. – IMDB

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows. – IMDB

The Evil Dead

Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. – IMDB

Noir Disney Princess Book Covers

Freelance illustrator Ástor Alexander created these amazing noir re-imaginings of our favourite Disney princesses. They look so intriguing I really wish there were full books to go with them.

Which one would you like to read?

2019 Reading Journal Setup

My Reading Journal Setup for 2019

I used an A4 refill pad, some decorative craft papers and watercolour paints to make my journal this year.

I took inspiration (loosely) from Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Letters by Brian Froud.

I love the messy inky look in this book and all of the letters that you can open and I wanted to bring those elements to my journal.

It might seem like I put a lot of work into the journal but it was actually pretty fast and easy to do. Hope you enjoy the video 🙂

Do you keep a reading journal?

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.

Get them here.

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

Get the movie: Amazon

“[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

Audible Black Friday 2018 Offer


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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Sources: Bookstr | The Bookseller Synopsis from Goodreads