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Wishlist: Hand-Lettering + Bookish Quotes


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers share their top ten responses to a given theme. I tend to stick to shorter lists!

I’ve already amassed a good-sized pile of books this month, so I thought I’d assemble a wishlist of non-book objects that would make my inner bookworm proud. How many of these things do I need to own? Exactly zero. But I won’t let that stop me from window-shopping!

Throw Pillow / “Sleep Less, Read More”

Like most people, I wish I didn’t have to sleep. There goes a third of our lives, spent doing absolutely nothing! Think of everything you could get done (and the hundreds of books you could read) if you spent those 8 hours in more productive ways.

Sadly, no matter how late I stay up, my body always wins. I can’t count how often I’ve drifted off to sleep in the living room, trying to finish that final chapter.

iPad Case / “I have always imagined paradise will be a kind of library.” – Jorge Luis Borges

The art style on this iPad case is a bit busy for my taste, but it’s got a solid spot on my wishlist because…
a) I’m kind of a Borges fangirl;
b) I do most of my reading on my iPad – it’s like purse-sized infinite bookshelf.

Tote Bag / “Love is an Open Bookstore”

Three guesses as to what rectangular objects might go especially well in a tote bag like this.

(Bonus: the artist behind this particular hand-lettered quote is the lovely Shannelle from The Art of Escapism!)

Notebook / “Though she be but little, she is fierce.” – William Shakespeare

I’ve always loved this unintentional rallying cry for the physically tiny. (I barely break 5’1″, if you’re wondering.) It reminds me of the Madeline children’s books/shows: “I may be very small… but inside, I’m tall!”

Mug / “Where do I begin?”

This is a phrase you could read as a grumble of overwhelmed confusion, but I’d prefer to read it as a statement of possibility. The world is full of so many people to meet, things to learn, and books to read… where do I begin? It seems like the perfect thing to remember when I’m groggy in the morning, and all I want to do is crawl back into bed.

Notebook / “All good things are wild and free.” – Henry David Thoreau

I’d love to take this notebook with me on a hike. Maybe I’d doodle a thing or two, but it wouldn’t be nearly as pretty as the bird on the cover.

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  • Reply Jolien @ The Fictional Reader December 22, 2015 at 12:58 am

    I love the mug! It’s beautiful. And the notebook with “All good things are wild and free.” is so gorgeous too. I really love pretty notebooks, but I never seem to know what to write in them. I don’t want to “ruin” them, so I end up just looking at them 😀

    I hope you’ll get these!
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  • Reply Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout December 22, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Love is an Open Bookstore is the BEST tagline ever. I prefer laptop cases to tote bags, though, because I can zip it up + look super pro. “Yes, indeed, I like to work in Starbucks. *whips books out of laptop case*” I agree with Jolien, though, that I never find the courage to write in pretty notebooks. Great twist on this week’s theme 😀
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  • Reply Stefani December 22, 2015 at 5:32 am

    I love the throw pillow and the tote. I hope you’ll get them this Christmas. Happy reading! Here’s my list

  • Reply Gwen @ The Book Lounge December 22, 2015 at 5:54 am

    Great wish list. I hope you get some of these because they are all so beautiful. Happy Tuesday & Happy Reading!
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  • Reply Lianne @ December 22, 2015 at 6:37 am

    The Shakespeare notebook is fantastic, I’d love a copy of that too! Great list, these are all fantastic; I hope you find all of these under the tree later this week 🙂 Merry Christmas!
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  • Reply AngelErin December 22, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Great items! I love them all lol. 😀
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  • Reply Catherine December 22, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I love your list, especially the notebooks!
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  • Reply Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian December 22, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I love the iPad case! If I didn’t already have mine smoothed in a green foldy apple case I would be very interested in getting it
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  • Reply Liselle @ Lunch-Time Librarian December 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    urg smothered*

    note to self, spell check before clicking post
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  • Reply Marwhal Reads December 22, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Omg I want all of these!!!

  • Reply Carrie December 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I basically need to add all of these to my wishlist lol! My TTT
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  • Reply Heather December 22, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I love this list. I need more bookish things in my life that aren’t books – I especially like that cup.

  • Reply Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews December 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Okay, I must have that notebook with Shakespeare quote, ‘Though She Be But Little, She Is Fierce” – just so perfect.

    By the way, loving your site Paloma!

  • Reply Ksenia @ Something Delicate January 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Such lovely things on you wishlist, Paloma!
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