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8 Best Things to Happen to the Book World This Decade

This decade has been truly revolutionary for the book world. From opening up literature to the masses via the internet, to delving deeper into your favorite books with podcasts and apps, reading and writing has never been easier. Here are the best things to happen to the book world in the last ten years.

1. Bookstagram

 

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A pie-fect look back at 2019… Here’s to a new TBR pile for 2020! ?#RBCregram @pieladybooks

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With the rise of Instagram has come bookstagram: social media users who photograph and talk about books and authors online. From beautifully aesthetic, creative blogs like @lifebyesther and the @chroniclebooks feed, to genre-specific accounts like the fantasy-focussed @thisgirlhasn0name. Celebrity bookclubs like Reese Witherspoon’s @reesesbookclub continue to post beautiful and inspiring content daily! Which brings me to my next point…

 

2. Celebrity Book Clubs

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The internet has connected people like never before, and now with just a click of a button or a few taps of a keyboard, you can get in touch with other readers all around the world. This has meant that celebrities with a passion for reading are able to share this passion with their followers, and bookclubs headed by famous personalities have been springing up left, right and center. Perhaps the OG celeb bookclub is Oprah’s Book Club, a career maker for any author chosen. Emma Roberts’ Belletrist, Emma Watson’s Our Shared Shelf, and Reese Witherspoon’s Reese’s Book Club are all making waves too, with Witherspoon choosing to adapt, produce and sometimes star in adaptations of many of the books she selects for her followers. Don’t miss her alongside Kerry Washington in the Hulu miniseries of Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, coming to your screens in March 2020.

 

3. Podcasts

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Podcasts are definitely one of my personal highlights from the last ten years. I just can’t get enough! And as a lover of a good yarn, there have been several that have really stood out for me. True crime podcast Serial, written and hosted by journalist Sarah Koenig would top any podcast enthusiasts Best of the Decade list. An intricately woven and brilliantly wrought tale of a botched murder inquiry, an unfair trial and a fight for justice, Serial documents the real-life case of the murder of Hae Min Lee and Adnan Syed’s conviction. Fictional podcast series have also been huge successes, with series such as Welcome to Nightvale and Limetown topping the charts. If you’ve just finished a book and are dying to get into some deeper discussions, all you need to do is search on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts, and you’ll find countless episodes of podcasts reviewing and chatting about it!

 

4. Facebook Live

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We love a good Facebook Live interview here at Bookstr, and here’s why. Facebook Live is a unique way for authors to connect with their fans and gain new ones, while interacting with them in real time. Fans can type questions in the comments and the host will ask the author whatever it is you want to know! We’ve had some brilliant Facebook Lives on Bookstr over the last few years, including Jeanette Wall, Daniel Handler, Meg Wolitzer, Lee Child, Peter James, and LIGHTS. Be sure to check them out!

 

5. Book con

John Green, Kristine Froseth, at BookCon 2019 presents Hulu's John Green's Looking for Alaska at the Javits Center in New York City
John Green, Kristine Froseth, at BookCon 2019 presents Hulu’s John Green’s Looking for Alaska at the Javits Center in New York City | Image Via Just Jared

So comic book fans have been going to Comic Con since it started in in 1970, but Book Con kicked off in 2014, giving readers of all genres a chance to cosplay their favorite characters, connect with other passionate readers, and meet their beloved authors. Since then, Book Con has been held annually at the Javits Center in New York, and has seen the likes of John and Hank Green, Jodi Picoult, Mindi Kaling, Julianne Moore, Khloe Kardashian, Bill Nye, Meg Cabot, Margaret Atwood, Krysten Ritter, Angie Thomas, Holly Black and more!

 

6. Apps 

 

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Apps have made many things in our lives a whole lot easier, from tracking our steps, to listening to music, to getting the bus, paying for dinner, chatting with friends, and searching information. Apps have been especially beneficial to the reading and writing community, with apps like WattPad allowing authors to write for the masses while on the move, Kindle allowing us to read without having to lug around heavy tomes, and apps The Brainstormer, Mindnode, and StoryTracker making it easier than ever to keep track of your next big ideas!

 

7. Fandoms

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Books have always had large followings. Fans used to go wild for the next installment of Charles Dickens’ serialized stories in the newspaper! But the rise of the internet has allowed these followings to grow and gain momentum and become… fandoms. Urban Dictionary defines a fandom as ‘A group of people who willingly have their souls devoured by an obsession.’ A little extreme, perhaps!

From Tumblr blogs to video blogs, fanfiction to Facebook groups, fandoms have run rampant in the last decade, and have provided safety, community and a sense of home for diehard fans the world over.

 

8. Book merch

Carry the beautiful sight of fully stocked bookshelves everywhere with this Bookshelf Charm Bookmark

Online shopping has pretty much taken over the entire world (thanks Amazon…) but with that, has provided a space for creative book fans to make and sell book related merch. From beautiful bookmarks like Book Art Bookmarks, to Etsy sellers creating beautiful fan art, jewelry and collectibles, to companies like Dynamite Books and Out of Print clothing, readers are spoiled for choice, and never have trouble filling out their Santa lists! 

 


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9 Mouth-Watering Must-Haves to Prepare You for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

One of the best things about being an Avengers fan is how much fun you get to have geeking out over the merch! From clothes to accessories, tissues to plush toys, here are nine products that you may need for Avengers: Endgame.

 

  1. “I Survived The Snap” T-Shirt

 

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For those of us who survived, why not show off with this t-shirt. With Lady Luck on our side, let’s wear our pride of not being turned to dust!

 

Sold by Box Lunch

Cost: 28.90 USD

 

 

 

2. Iron Man and Captain America Cotton Fabric Travel Tissue Pouch Holder

 

Marvel Avengers Iron Man Capt America Cotton Fabric Travel Tissue Pouch Holder

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You’re most likely going to need tissues for Endgame. This little pouch can hold a small amount of tissues without taking up too much space, though if you’re a cryer, you might want to stock up on more than just one of these.

 

Sold via Ebay

Cost: 4.99 USD

 

3. Avengers Friends Parody Shirt

 

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If you enjoy a laugh, and have high hopes that all the super friends will be revived and reunited, this is the shirt for you! It also comes in different styles if this one doesn’t suit your fancy.

 

Sold by I Fox Tee

Cost: 28.95 USD

 

 

4. Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Inspired Cosplay Finger Hand Bracelet

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For anyone looking for something a little more glamorous here’s a beautifully crafted Infinity Gauntlet-inspired ring-bracelet. (Phew! That was a mouthful.) It’ll look so good on you, you’ll have to snap away anyone crazy enough to try and steal it.

 

Sold by Cosplay Point via Etsy

Cost…

 

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Oh Thanos, don’t be so dramatic! It’s only 60 USD.

 

 

5. Loki Master of Mischief Flask Set

 

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Just in case if the Master of Mischief was in fact killed and not simply pranking us yet again, we have this. You always have to prepare for the worst!

 

Sold by Loot Maker LLC via Etsy

Cost: 60 USD

 

 

6. Avengers Endgame Quantum Realm Jacket

 

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You’ll be ready to enter the Quantum Realm in style and comfort right alongside what’s left of the Avengers.

 

Sold by Navishoptees via Etsy

Cost: 34.99+ USD

 

 

7. Avengers: Infinity War Fleece Throw Blanket

 

Avengers Team Infinity 45x60 Fleece Throw Blanket

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This blanket will help you get the good nights rest that you’ll need for this film, you could be up for days on end after watching it.

 

Sold by Walmart

Cost: 16.89 USD

 

 

8. Captain America/Iron Man/Spiderman Giant Plush Toys

 

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For anyone needing extra plushy cuddles after watching Avengers: Endgame, these are for you.

 

Sold by Ali Express

Cost: 6.50-13.80 USD (varies on size)

 

 

9. Thank You Stan Lee For The Memories Unisex Tee

 

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In remembrance to Stan Lee, the man who’s imagination and storytelling has inspired us all. Excelsior!

 

Sold by WewaCreations via Etsy

Cost: 20.99 USD (currently on sale for 18.89 USD)

 

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Weird and Wacky Game of Thrones Merchandise for Every Die-Hard Fan

Game Of Thrones is ending this year, and all the sadness we’ve endured over the years watching our beloved characters perish will be nothing compared to the realization that we won’t be able to see them again on the small screen.

But while our favorite knights and direwolves will leave us, their legacy will live on in some awesome and awkward merchandise.

 

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1) Jon Snow USB Drive

 

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The King of the North will save us from the White Walkers, and he’ll also save you computer data from being erased. A Ghost version is also available along with several other characters.

 

2) Iron Throne Wall Decal

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Put it over your toilet and rule the porcelain throne. There are other places you can put it, but it looks so much better in the privy.

 

3) Hodor Door Stop

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A tragically hilarious collectible. Still too soon?

 

4) House Sigil Christmas Lights

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Raise your Christmas trees for House Stark. Adorn your tree with these beautiful lights with all of the house sigils on them.

 

5) Dragon Egg Candles

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A set of three candles, one for each dragon, to really make you feel like Targaryen royalty.

 

6) Cabernet Sauvignon

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“Because that’s what I do. I drink, and I know things.” Also available in Chardonnay and a red blend.

 

7) Khal Drogo Thongs

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Available on Etsy, this questionable article of clothing also comes in a Daenerys version. Out of all the Khal/Dany couples merchandise out there, this one is definitely the strangest.

 

8) Sword Letter Opener

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Feel like a KingSlayer every time you open a letter with neat little letter opener. They’re very rare, so snatch one up quickly.

 

9) Adidas Sneakers

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These won’t be ready until Spring, but Adidas released images of six different shoes themed around the various houses.

 

Anything here suit your fancy?

 

 

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This Diagon Alley LEGO Set Will Make Your Month

The holidays are a perfect time for Harry Potter fans to shop! New toys and deals have been announced for this coming holiday season, we at Bookstr are living for it! LEGO, Funko Pop and Loungefly are rolling out some new items that will get your potions bubbling!

 

LEGO is offering a superb deal, The Diagon Alley set will be free with a purchase of a second set. If you love their brick sets, you know how great they are and why you should get one. The Diagon Alley set is equipped withGringotts Bank, Flourish and Blotts, Quality Quiddich Supplies, Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and Ollivander’s Wand shop. The set will be available for free with a $99 purchase from November 9th – 21st.

 

 

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Funko Pop is releasing a new pop figure to add to your shelves! Hedwig spreads her wings and come backs to life in this new figure. The pop figure features Harry Potter and his beloved owl Hedwig moments before going through the wall at Kings Cross Station on Platform 9 ¾. And if you can’t get enough of Hedwig, Funko Pop is also promoting Loungefly’s new product that will feed your Potter fan soul.

 

 

 

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Loungefly has announced its new BoxLunch exclusive, a Hedwig backpack! This snowy owl backpack is a must have for this holiday season. Both the Funko Pop and backpack will be available for purchase for November 3 and November 4 at the BoxLunch stores. Get your wizard and witchy friends this gear for this upcoming season, it’s a gift they will forever love you for!

 

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15 Book-Themed Instagrams to Enrich Your Feed

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as you’re nearing the end of a really good book; that growing sense of excitement to see how it all unfolds, that thrill of feeling so deeply invested in a life other than your own, and that impending, dark-cloud feeling of “oh no, what will I do after?” knowing that your time with these characters is drawing to an end?

 

I think we grow so close to the characters in the books we read because it’s the only time we are truly invited to enter the world of someone other than ourselves; we see their inner monologue, their every word, thought, and emotion, everything they want to say but choose to keep inside. Books allow us to see people in all of their full, vulnerable humanness. And, when it’s time to say goodbye to the strangers we now know as well as we know ourselves, a sort of mourning begins to take place. It can be tough to leave the worlds we spend so much time in; fiction and all.

 

However, thanks to social media, the goodbye doesn’t have to be complete; now you can scroll through the photos of your favorite book worlds to your heart’s content! 

 

Check out these fifteen Instagram accounts dedicated to your favorite books and authors!

 

1. A Little Life @alittlelifebook

 

 

#bookfacefriday by @dyahayuni #alittlelifebook

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2. Pride & Prejudice @pandp2005

 

 

 

3. Harry Potter @thepottercollector

 

 

 

4. Stephen King @jobis89

 

 

I have an important task for you all……. please help me choose my next audiobook! ? . The 12 books pictured are the 12 possible contenders! They’re books I read back near the beginning of my King journey, and are the ones that I feel open to revisiting right now (in that my memory is patchy ?) . So if you want, pick TWO books from those pictured and I’ll do a quick tally tomorrow before I embark on my run. I’ll be able to download and start listening to the most popular choice right away ?? . Choose wisely, Constant Readers. And God have mercy on the evil people who choose The Stand… 47 hours long!!! ? . . . . . . . . #stephenking #audiobook #audible #bookcollage #bookcover #hardback #firstedition #readersareleaders #bibliophile #bookstagram #reading #igreads #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #booklove #lovebooks #bookish #bookaddict #read #fiction

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5. Sylvia Plath @sylviaplathpoetry

 

 

(cr. @her_love_for_words ♡)

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6. Agatha Christie @officialagathachristie

 

 

 

7. Paulo Coelho @paulocoelhoquote

 

 

 

8. Virginia Woolf @virginiawoolfblog

 

 

Virginia Woolf sitting on a beach in Greece in 1932. #virginiawoolf

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9. Jane Austen @janeofausten

 

 

 

10. Edgar Allan Poe @edgar.allan.poe

 

 

Q: Why did Poe write such dark stories? • A: Poe wrote for magazines which demanded stories that would appeal to a mass audience, so he gave them what they wanted. In fact, he only wrote about fifteen horror stories out of a total of seventy tales. Poe actually produced far more comedies than terror tales. He also wrote science fiction, mysteries, adventure stories, scientific essays, and a book about seashells. Today’s readers tend to prefer his horror stories, but in Poe’s time, his audience liked the mysteries better. He last book of short stories, Tales of Edgar A. Poe (1845), only contained one horror story among a collection of mysteries and science fiction. Although he suffered bouts of depression after his wife’s death, Poe wasn’t a terribly morbid or melancholy person. • Mary Bronson, who, as a young girl, visited Poe with her father, later recalled, “We saw Mr. Poe walking in his yard, and most agreeably was I surprised to see a very handsome and elegant appearing gentleman, who welcomed us with a quiet, cordial, and graceful politeness that ill accorded with my imaginary sombre poet. I dare say I looked the surprise I felt, for I saw an amused look on his face as I raised my eyes a second time…” (LeDuc, Mary Elizabeth Bronson, “Recollections of Edgar A. Poe,” Home Journal, whole no. 754, July 21, 1860, p. 3) • #EdgarAllanPoe Photo by: @rebecca_ellix

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11. The Brontë Sisters @bronteforever

 

 

The Great American Read on PBS has started and they are featuring 100 of the most beloved books, and choosing one final winner. Please vote for the top one! Please go to @greatamericanreadpbs and click on the link in their bio to vote for either Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. I’m so glad both Bronte sisters were featured on this list of world renown novels. __________________________________________ #bronte #brontes #thebrontes #brontesisters #bronteforever #emilybronte #charlottebronte #annebronte #bookaddicts #epicreads #janeeyre #mustread #bookworm #booknerd #books #booklover #bookstagram #bookish #literature #instabook #igread #wutheringheights #victorian #classicnovels #brontësisters #greatreadpbs #readinggoals #votejaneeyre

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12. Charles Dickens @dickensmuseum

 

 

 

13. Alice in Wonderland @alice_in_wonderland_books

 

 

 

14. Haruki Murakami @harukimurakamiquotes

 

 

 

15. Infinite Jest @drawinginfinitejest

 

 

 

 

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