My Christmas wish-list: part 2!


A few days ago on Girl, Reading I shared some of the books I’m hoping to find in my stocking this Christmas.  However, as I was making myself a cup of tea in my Julius Caesar mug this afternoon, a memento from a trip to The Globe last year, I realised I’ve only just scratched the surface.  Being a book lover doesn’t stop at books: there are so many literature-related treasures out there to be had (many of which have already found their way into my house it must be said) that there’s now a whole new dimension to being a bookworm.  Nothing (apart from a new book of course) beats that nerdy thrill of finding a mundane object that’s made unbelievably desirable by the addition of a literary quote!  I certainly don’t need any more mugs/bags/fridge magnets with bookish references printed on them, but it’s pretty much a given that more will be added to the collection before too long.  Many of these items manage to be great fun whilst also being totally pointless – when in Stratford last I had to fight very hard to resist the pull of a rubber duck with Shakespeare’s head – but at least I can claim that the “Once more unto the breach, dear friends” magnet on my fridge door provides me with a bit of motivation every morning before a day at work.  Some of my favourite things ever have to be the Penguin classic cover mugs and tote bags.  I’m already the proud owner of a Virginia Woolf Penguin mug, an extremely well-judged secret Santa gift, and it seems only right that there should be a bag to go with it…

So yes, part two of my Christmas wish-list is very simple.  If it has a book quote, illustration or even just a book title on it, I’m going to love it.  And the rule is, no matter how much tat – sorry, sophisticated literary homeware – you own, there’s always room for more.



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