“I am too emotionally attached to fictional characters” Notebook
I mean, let’s just face it – this is all of us, all the time. Get this for your favorite fanfic writer to scribe their genius into. You can order it in lined or GRAPH!!! Graph notebooks are my favorite thing ever, since otherwise, my handwriting goes everywhere. Buy it here.
Book Character Magnetic Bookmark
I’ll be honest and admit to something blasphemous to most book readers: I’m a page folder. I have no time for bookmarks, remembering page numbers or however else you insane people mark your page. BUT after I saw these bookmarks in an email from Book Riot (which you should definitely follow if you love books and want recommendations in your inbox daily) I might start using bookmarks. These cuties are based on your favorite book characters. The one pictured above is The Cruel Prince himself, Carden aka half of probably my favorite (sort of) book couple from this year. But, if Holly Black isn’t your author of choice, Dreamy & Co on Etsy has bookmarks from all of our favorite series: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Game of Thrones, Grishaverse and MORE!
The best part: they cost less than $4 so you can get like 15 – Check them out
Although we all love being able to share our reading accomplishments on Goodreads, sometimes nothing can replace pen and paper. What makes this journal great is that it has alphabetic tabs so you don’t have to flip through a million (or 400 in this case) to find that perfect book to recommend. It also comes with a hard, box cover for extra protection of your precious. Along with stickers and two bookmarks, it also has an inner pocket and elastic closure strap standard to Moleskine. Find it here or at your local Moleskine store.
Best Seller Jigsaw Puzzle
One of the best ways my family avoids killing each other during the holidays or vacation is by doing jigsaw puzzles together. This jigsaw puzzle is 1000 pieces of best selling book covers. The Color Purple. Fahrenheit 451. The Great Gatsby. There is a book on here for everyone. Just don’t get Uncle Clayton started talking about Orwell’s 1984. Find it here at Serious Puzzles.
Subscription to Storyworth
When I was homeschooled— yes, you may make fun of me, I had to do a report on a grandparent— I remember interviewing my “Mimi” while sitting on the piano bench in my living room. I asked hard hitting questions like “How much money did you make at the ball bearing factory” (She said $25.00. I think she may have lied) and what her grandmother was like (“mean”). This interview has stuck with me throughout the years. My grandmother has had a hard life and is very private, though you would never know it.
The last few years of my grandfather’s life (he lived until he was 95!), he lived with his oldest daughter and they had a tradition of drinking tea and going through “The book” together. The book was something that walked you through different questions with an aging family member. It asked questions about his childhood, what becoming a father was like, his memories of his wife, what he liked best about being a grandfather and so much more. The book is a cherished gift for the family and reading my grandfather’s terrible handwriting and smart wit reminds me of what an incredible man he was.
When I heard about Storyworth, it reminded me of that book my aunt went through with my grandfather. Storyworth is a place for digital memories. Every week, for a whole year, a question gets emailed to your family member. They can write as little or as much as they want. You can edit it, add photos and ask follow up questions. You can even customized your own questions. After a year, they publish the stories in a book for you to keep.
I lost my mom when I was younger, and I would do anything to be able to ask her simple questions about her life. Like: what her first date was like, how she felt on her wedding day and how badly she tore during childbirth. There are questions I have that no one else knows the answers to.
I bought a Storyworth subscription for my grandmother, my mom’s mom, this summer. So far I’ve gotten to know more about my grandmother’s life— the good and the bad. As difficult as some of the stories are (and they are), I know that I will cherish knowing these part of my grandmother’s life.
Check out Storyworth.com.