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8 12, 2013

Gift Idea: Penguin Classics T-Shirts and Tote Bags

By | December 8th, 2013|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover|1 Comment


Tote Wizard of Oz (Front)All stocked up on books for your book loving friends and relatives and looking for some other gift ideas?

Check out the curated series of lifestyle goods from Penguin Classics, featuring the best of their book designs from the award-winning Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions. All t-shirts and tote bags are high-quality items designed and produced in the US.

Available for purchase online, these custom t-shirts for adults and children and book-friendly cotton tote bags, designed with exclusive Penguin Classics cover art from beloved books such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Candide, Heart of Darkness, Moby-Dick, The Portable Dorothy Parker, The Wizard of Oz, and more. These collector-worthy goods feature cover art by leading graphic and comic artists and illustrators working today including Chris Ware, Seth, Mike Mignola, Tony Millionaire, Rachell Sumpter, Jillian Tamaki, and Lilli Carré.

5 07, 2011

Gift Idea: Monogrammed Tote Bags

By | July 5th, 2011|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover, Personalized|Tags: , , , |5 Comments


Looking for a cute summer gift for a bookie friend, or for yourself? How about a monogrammed bag for toting all the summer reads to the beach?

Bob Shirilla, owner of Simply Bags, owned a traditional brick and mortar stores before moving his store online and focusing more on personalized items. I had my pink tote monogrammed with “LuxuryReading.com” and there are countless possibilities! 

Simply Bags is a specialty monogram and embroidery shop offering personalized tote bags. Beautiful, personal and useful gifts. Colorful and bright combinations. Creative gift ideas … unique laptop totes for women, couples wine tote, fashionable travel totes, monogrammed boat totes for the beach and so much more. Finished with fine detailing and professional embroidered monogramming.

23 11, 2010

Gift Idea: Personalized Bookmarks

By | November 23rd, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover|Tags: |7 Comments


Looking for a memorable yet affordable gift?

I recently received a personalized bookmark from PersonalizationMall.com and have been toting it around ever since. I tend to throw my books in my purse, under the car seat, in the trunk, etc. and paper bookmarks have a very short life in such conditions. The You Name It Personalized Leather Photo Bookmark is proving to be up to the challenge! I got mine in pink leather, with LuxuryReading.com engraved on it, and it even has room for a small photo – in my case, my dog’s. Better yet, the engraving is like a mini advertisement!

The leather bookmarks are available in pink, blue and black, and there are a variety of other bookmarks to choose from. PersonalizationMall.com also has an endless variety of items ready

11 11, 2010

Gift Idea: World Vision Gift Catalog

By | November 11th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover, Personalized|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments


Every holiday season, we run around buying gifts for our family members and friends. Some of those gifts are afterthoughts, something to give just because gifts are expected. In fact, John Waldfogel, author of Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays, estimated that in 2007, Americans spent $12 billion on gifts that were not wanted or valued by the recipients.

When I came across the World Vision Gift Catalog, I instantly loved the idea of giving poverty-fighting gifts in the name of someone rather than giving them a gift that would simply collect dust in the closet. The catalog features gifts ranging from $16 to $39,000 and is full of beautiful photos and inspiring stories. For example, instead of giving your child’s teacher a stale gift set, you can buy art and music instruction for a child

30 10, 2010

Gift Idea: Bookcases

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover|Tags: , , |8 Comments


*Gift Idea!

Every bibliophile and bookworm has at some point asked themselves this dreaded question, “What am I going to do with all these books?!?”. Introducing some quality bookcases into your home or office is a great way to store and display your favorite books. The rich look of the genuine walnut, mahogany, medium California oak, medium cherry, and natural oak ensure that no matter what finish you select, you will have a piece that accents your home beautifully.

The bookcases measure 36” wide but have 6 different heights ranging from 30” to 84”, letting you pick the perfect unit for your needs. The backs of the bookcases are fully veneered and furniture finished on both sides of the back panel which enable you to use them as room dividers as well! Due to the heavy duty construction

30 10, 2010

Review: Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook DVD

By | October 30th, 2010|Categories: Entertainment, Gift Ideas, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |4 Comments


Reviewed by F. Scott

No mention at all of Ella, or Billie, or Sarah, or Dinah, or Dean, or Bobby, or even Anita O’Day! And only a passing reference to Louis. What? Whose American songbook is this? Check the title, my friend, Michael Feinstein’s American Songbook (DVD) is just that, Michael’s (MF), and he will do most of the singing and playing, thank you.

The three episodes on this DVD have appeared on PBS and make up the first half of the presentation. My copy also includes a two-hour bonus disk containing the full archival performances from the 1940s and 1950s (we see snippets of them in the episodes) for about 80 minutes and then MF’s own stage performances for the rest.

The star of this DVD on stage and off, MF is absolutely obsessed with this music—what are called standards. These

20 10, 2010

Giveaway: 2011 Book Lovers Calendar

By | October 20th, 2010|Categories: Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Non-Book Gifts for the Book Lover|Tags: |369 Comments


5 lucky winners will receive the beautiful 2011 Book Lovers Calendar!

The calendar features colorful book related photos; each date on the calendar notes an author who was born on that date and lists one of their works; wonderful quotes from books and authors; and a feature each month on book related locations, events, books, etc.  Mary Bonelli, the maker of the calendar, also donates a portion of the sale of the calendars to FirstBook.org who get books into the hands of children in need.

The calendar makes a great gift for any book lover on your list! Visit Mary at BookLoversStuff.com for other book lovers’ worthy stuff!

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