Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

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Happy Easter to everyone reading this!

I cannot believe that we are a week into the holidays already, half way through the break and glorious weather – on a bank holiday!

Because this is a quick and fun post, looking at bookish merchandise I’d like, it is perhaps also an apt time to recap where I am with the Women’s Prize Longlist, most of which I have now acquired, mainly in electronic form.

The Island of Missing Trees, Elif Shafak

  • Gorgeous and beautiful language, a vivid and real sense of place and of love and loss evoked.

Build Your House Around My Body, Violet Kupersmith

  • About 75% of the way through the audiobook and it has grown on me, massively – all the different threads are coming together and I am loving the supernatural elements. It has echoes of Haruki Murakami

Careless, Kirsty Capes

  • The first couple of chapters are highly accessible, an authentic voice of a troubled teenager in care and discovering she is pregnant.

The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki

  • First couple of chapters seem challenging and beautiful and unsettling – in a good way. This in one that I bought in paper format.

Salt Lick, Lulu Allison

  • Have only glanced at the opening pages but it seems accessible… although I an unsure about the rabid cow chorus. Will it be a little gimmicky?

Anyway, on with this week’s list. What sort of bookish merchandise might I want? To be honest, I’m not much for having “stuff” – the best bookish merchandise is, surely, books, right? I don’t generally immerse myself in fandoms etc. And this would be a perfect excuse for those of you who do, so I am looking forward to seeing those fandoms indulged!

But there is one thing that goes well with books… tea. For me, green tea, hot. So here are a selection of fun bookish cups

Yes, of course there are some Shakespeare quotes in there – I love Shakespeare! And am going to see Henry V on Thursday which I am super excited about! I also liked the teachers and fathers in literature cups!

Most of these came from Etsy or NotOnTheHighStreet or Amazon, if you fancied treating yourselves to an Easter gift – after all, a cup is the perfect size to balance an Easter egg on, isn’t it?

Upcoming Top Ten Tuesday Themes


April 26: Books with [___] On the Cover (Pick a thing (a color, an item, a place, an animal, a scripty font, a sexy person, etc.) and share covers that have that thing on the cover.)
May 3: One-Word Reviews for the Last Ten Books I Read (submitted by Susan @ Bloggin’ ’bout Books)
May 10: Bookish Characters (these could be readers, writers, authors, librarians, professors, etc.)
May 17: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read (bonus points if you tell us how long it’s been since you got them!)
May 24: Book Quote Freebie (Share your favorite book quotes that fit a theme of your choosing! These could be quotes about books/reading, or quotes from books. Some examples are: quotes for book lovers, quotes that prove reading is the best thing ever, funny things characters have said, romantic declarations, pretty scenery descriptions, witty snippets of dialogue, etc.)
May 31: Comfort Reads (Share which books or kinds of books you turn to when you need to escape. You can either share specific titles if you love to re-read, or you could share qualities of books you look for in a comfort read.)

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