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The 5 Stages of Selecting the “Right” Book

Just the other day I went to a bookstore with my mom in search of gifts for a friend, not books. I wasn’t planning to buy myself a new read, but c’mon, how could I not pass a few glances? The funny thing is that my mom found a “2 for $10” table of books. Her excitement was lovely, but what happened next confused the hell out of me.


After debating between a few options, she came down to two final choices… in under fifteen minutes. Wait… What? I love her to death, but I found it so odd. How could someone pick a book just after reading the back and checking out the cover? Was it really that easy? It made me reconsider my process of choosing the “perfect” book for me in that moment. I’m not sure if I’m being too picky, but I know someone out there is going to get exactly what I mean when I say picking the right book is a process; here are the five feelings that go with it.


1. Arriving with an open or closed mind






As soon as you walk through those doors, you could either be set in your decision or you’re trying to force yourself in another direction. When we go to buy a book I feel like we already have our minds made up; whether it’s a certain genre or a new bestseller, we know what we want. Personally, either I’m craving something specific or I’ve been floating without a book for so long that I’ll try to break the routine with anything.


2. Full-blown analysis and breakdown of each book






We tend to stick with things that feel familiar or resonate with us in some way. So as we go through our options, we don’t take it lightly. One must read every single back cover synopsis and look carefully at all the cover art to feel like the image fits the story and title. After that then maybe you’ll flip through a couple middle pages as to not ruin the very beginning or end. It’s got to fit our mood, our feelings… everything. This takes me a while.


3. A change of heart perhaps?






There’s a point when you’ve searched each shelf and the next and the next, that’s when things could change. You come in hopeful, but can’t seem to find anything that clicks with you. Rather than give up right away, you remember that time you were considering reading a book on Native American Indian history. And you recall that time you found a book all about Italian food that you were convinced would be so cool. Or that little read on ancient Chinese proverbs? Suddenly, just when you thought you were done, you’re bombarded with options all over again.


4. Feeling overly doubtful




Maybe you should just stick with your usual genre of choice, but, as a bookworm, you know characters never get anywhere if they’re static. Read what makes you happy, but then you’re not expanding your mind with new books. You could try something new and risk hating it, but what if you love it? Think about it.


5. Taking the leap and getting online



This is a bold move for bookworms, it’s almost like saying ‘yes’ to a marriage proposal… Yes, that is dramatic, but that’s how it feels sometimes. I often feel the urge to look back over my shoulder when waiting to buy my chosen work. Should I go back for that other one? Did I check the second shelf? I question myself until I reach the register and somehow it feels like you can’t go back. This is it, but hey, either way you’re reading right?



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7 Perfect Independent Bookstores from Across the Globe

If there’s one thing I love more than books it’s bookstores. And, if there’s one thing I love more than bookstores, it’s independent bookstores. Independent bookstores act as a sort of home. They’re the places you go when you want to get out of the house, but you also still want to sort of be alone.


And this is why it’s so very vital that we stand by, support, and shop at our independent bookstores. Our independent bookstores are small business that are constantly being threatened by the bigger, fortune 500 corporations; it’s up to us to keep ensuring that the corporations don’t win and that the independent stores are able to stay in business.


So, pop into your local indie bookshop this week and pick up that novel you’ve been dying to read!


And, check out these seven super-rad independent bookstores from all across the globe; who knows, maybe you’ll see your local shop on the list?


Housing Works – NYC


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Housing Works is a beautiful place because, on top of offering every book under the sun within their shop, they are also an organization that helps provide housing, healthcare, and treatment to those affected with HIV/AIDS. (You can also rent out the bookstore for your wedding!)


Daunt Books – London


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This breathtaking shop opened in 1990 with one objective in mind; organize books by country rather than genre, so the reader can walk through the shop all the while traveling the world.


Women & Children First – Chicago


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This friendly feminist bookshop opened in 1979 and specializes in books by female-identifying and LGBTQ+ authors in all forms. They are one of the largest feminist bookstores in the world, containing more than 30,000 books!


The Book Lounge – Cape Town, South Africa


The Book Lounge

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This incredible little shop opened in 2007 and contains the most unique, eclectic selection of books. They also host story time every Saturday morning!


Leaping Windows – Mumbai, India


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Leaping Windows was born of the idea to connect comic book lovers with all the books their hearts could possibly desire. They believe in the connection books cause between fellow readers, the power of imagination, and the ability to create a space for all to feel welcome.


Type Books – Toronto, Ontario


Type Books

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This adorable little shop believes in the written word, hosts events for authors and artists, and offers a wide variety of books under all genres. Check out their insanely beautifully curated window displays!


Flow Books – Hong Kong


Flow Books

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This book shop opened in 1997 and, in the past twenty-one years, have seen more than half-a-million books flow through! 







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Best Book Pins and Patches From Around Etsy

Etsy is best known for handmade goods like butterbeer scented candles to tea tins inspired by authors like Agatha Christie and William Shakespeare. Alongside the typical bookish gifts, there are tons of hidden gems, including pins and patches for those who like to show off their literary dedication.

Here are some of our favorites from across the site


1. DustandPages


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A part of a series of pins depicting Literary Landscapes, this Hobbiton pin features the classic hobbit hole, complete with Gandalf’s dwarf rune engraved on the door. DustandPages, based out of Fort Worth, Texas, stocks all things literary from book inspired enamel pins to custom Funko figures


Pin can be purchased here


2. VioletFaneShop



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This gorgeous Harry Potter inspired pin is from Spanish designer, Violet Fane. Her limited release of the “History of Magic” book is breathtakingly detailed with stunning maroon and gold details. Residing in Spain, this shop typically specializes in Lolita fashion and textile goods but have expanded into pins recently. 


Pin can be purchased here!


3. LiteraryEmporium



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This iron-on patch, inspired by Penguin’s iconic orange book covers, is the perfect gift for any book lover, including yourself. From the United Kingdom, Rio, who owns, makes, and designs LiteraryEmporium’s products creates gorgeous patches, pins, paper goods, and clothing perfect for any literary fan.  


Patch available here


4. JaneMount


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Quite possibly the queen of literary pins, Jane Mount of Hawaii has an impressive 47 listings of book cover pins alone. Founder of the Ideal Bookshelf project, Mount “paints portraits of people through the spines of their favorite books.” Along with her prints of some of her work, she also sells her fantastic pins, mugs, and tote bags all featuring the literary subjects. 


This pin, among many others, is available here!


5. FrogandToadPress



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Even Rory Gilmore knows that no one can resist the smell of an old book.


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One of my favorite Etsy sellers, FrogandToadPress sells all sorts of gifts ranging from pencils to patches. This patch not only displays your love for smelling books, but that you’re proud of it too. Designed in Rhode Island, this patch is the perfect addition to any backpack or jacket. 


Patch available here!


6. fableandblack



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This adorable pin is from Etsy seller, fableandblack, who specialize in literary gifts for book lovers. This pastel bookshop stands out among the rest, making us wish it were real! The one woman brand from Nottingham sells everything from pins to coasters to posters


Pin available here!


7. ADaesthetic



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Via ADaesthetic


Just in time for the season 2 premier of A Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, this patch is perfect for anyone looking to personalize while spreading Atwood’s gospel: Don’t let the bastards grind you down. This iron-on patch stands out amongst the rest with its striking yellow details. 


Patch available here


8. SleepyMountain



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For those who need a shiny reminder that life does go on, this Kurt Vonnegut pin from Seattle-based SleepyMountain is perfect! Hidden within his hair, this iconic phrase is perfect to display any way you choose.


Pin for sale here


9. ImBookishandBakewell



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Via ImBookishandBakewell


If the patch wasn’t enough and you’re still itching for more Handmaid’s apparel, this pin is perfect for you. A gentle reminder that you do not belong to anyone and a celebration of resilience and resistance of the women in the story, the handmaid’s face is covered with “not your babe.” Also available as a sticker, this pin is perfect for you or your favorite feminist.  


Available here!


10. BelleRegalia


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Via BelleRegalia


This delicately decorated pin clearly communicates that reading time is a ‘do not disturb’ time. Perfect for those who like to read without interruptions or intrusions, this pin will convey the message. Just small enough to stick on a shirt lapel, backpack, or jacket, this pin will get the message across. Along with pins, the Melbourne-based seller sells brooches, t-shirts, and keyrings with accompanying literary messages. 


Pin available here!


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Shop Till You Drop With These Tote-Ally Awesome Literary Bags

Are you tired of searching for a way in which to carry your belongings while simultaneously informing passers-by of your interests? Well, never fear! I have compiled a list of beautiful literary-inspired tote bags, perfect from carting all your crap around the place while also letting the world know that literature is your passion! 


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You, except with literature. And maybe hip-hop, I don’t know. | Via Reaction Gifs



Punk Rock Authors Tote from Out of Print


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When literature isn’t just a phase, mom!


‘Though she be but little, she is fierce’ Shakespeare Tote


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TFW you be but little, but also fierce AF.


Ms. Shakespeare Tote


Ms Shakespeare tote

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When you’re really into those Shakespeare conspiracy theories: Shakespeare was a woman, Shakespeare was the queen, Shakespeare was several people…This one’s for you.


Straight Outta the Library Tote


Straight Outta the Library tote

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When you need the people to know that though you spend a lot of the time reading, you are also familiar enough with other forms of culture to make jokes. 


I Read Dead People Tote from Out of Print


I Read Dead People tote

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When you are slightly weird. 


Where the Wild Things Are Tote from Out of Print


Where the Wild Things Are tote

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When you yourself are a wild thing, and need the people to know. 


All My Best Friends Have Been Books Tote


All my best friends have been books tote etsy

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When you…know what you’re about, I guess?


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Featured Image Via Etsy and Out of Print