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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2016/12/12 Permalink
    Tags: , , , gifts, , , the gift of reading   

    Should You Give a Book? 

    There’s no doubt that books make lovely gifts. Whether it’s a hefty coffee table book, a quirky stuffing stuffer, or a treasured classic, unwrapping a book is one of the greatest pleasures in life. But how can you be sure all the people on your nice list would enjoy finding a book under their tree this year? Take this quiz to find out!

    1. When you head to the mall, your friend makes a beeline to:

    A. Barnes & Noble

    B. Buy new yoga pants

    C. Admire the view

    2. After school or work, your favorite person can be found:

    A. Reading

    B. Jogging

    C. Volunteering

    3. The object of your affection has written ___ book reviews:

    A. Over 100

    B. Zero

    C. 1 to 10

    4. When you walk into your friend’s house, the first thing you notice is:

    A. The bookshelves that line every wall

    B. A giant TV

    C. A new painting over the couch

    5. When it’s time to celebrate a milestone, your loved one gives you:

    A. A book inscribed with a personal note or a favorite quote

    B. Tickets to the big game

    C. Homemade cocktails

    6. Their favorite song is:

    A. “Librarian” by Morning Jacket

    B. “Fireball” by Pitbull

    C. “Next Lifetime” by Erykah Badu

    7. A sneak peek at their bucket list reveals a trip to:

    A. Shakespeare & Company in Paris

    B. Antartica

    C. The caves of Cappadocia

    8. If they’re not trading stories during the morning commute, they are:

    A. Listening to an audio book

    B. Checking the soccer score

    C. Sketching passengers

    9. The last book you saw your loved one reading was by:
    A. Mary Oliver

    B. John Grisham

    C. Bill Nye

    10. You care ___ about your friends and family. 

    A. Tremendously

    B. Deeply

    C. What’s more than a lot?

    If you got mostly As…

    Yes! You should give a book. You are surrounded by bookworms who will love you for supplying them with more great reading material. Gift them with a box set of your favorite series (Outlander, anyone?) or surprise them with a popular hardcover they could spend years anxiously waiting to buy in paperback, like JK Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts screenplay.

    If you got mostly Bs…

    Yes! You should give a book. You may have some reluctant readers in your family, but there’s nothing like receiving a book that was personally chosen by someone who knows and loves you to unlock the magic of reading. If you’re looking for a page-turner for someone who wants “a little less conversation and a lot more action,” try The Chemist, by Stephanie Meyer of Twilight fame. Or consider nonfiction that taps into a hobby or passion like Tim Tebow’s Shaken for sports lovers or the annotated Hamilton script for fans who can’t get enough.

    If you got mostly Cs…

    Yes! You should give a book. The people on your list love volunteering, making art, and tinkering. That means they also love books. They just think they don’t! Remind them there’s more to reading than Shakespeare with titles like The Magnolia Story with HGTV’s beloved Chip and Joanna Gaines and In the Company of Women, which celebrates makers, artists, and entrepreneurs. Pick something that matches up with who they are and what they do, and you’ll be their favorite Santa.

    What books are you giving as gifts this year?

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  • Lauren Passell 7:30 pm on 2015/08/08 Permalink
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  • Shaun Byron Fitzpatrick 4:00 pm on 2014/12/15 Permalink
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    10 Bookish Gifts for Your Favorite College Kids 

    Moleskine Voyageur NotebookThe holiday season is here again, and while most of our friends are asking for new gadgets and designer gear, we college-aged book lovers are writing a slightly different Christmas list. Sure, we all love a new iPad, but when it comes down to it all we really want is something reading-related. This can make shopping for us a little bit tricky for our family and friends who aren’t literary fanatics, but never fear! I’m here to help make your book-themed Christmas list simple. Here are some awesome gift ideas for the collegiate book nerd, whether that’s you or someone you know. As someone who spent five years of her undergrad and graduate career pretty much exclusively reading and talking about books, I can say I would have been crazy excited to receive any of these (and still would be, in case anyone is looking for a last-minute present for me).

    Moleskine Voyageur Traveller’s Nutmeg Brown Hardcover Notebook
    The perfect gift for anyone getting ready to study abroad. It has spaces for tickets, maps, and itineraries (aka, the things most important to your trip and the things most likely to get lost), as well as pages for you to write. So if you’re sitting under the Eiffel Tower or looking out a train window at the Tuscan countryside and start to feel inspired, you have a place to jot down your thoughts. Plus, there’s just something about a Moleskine notebook that makes you feel like a real writer.

    Jeff Fisher Lincoln/Erasmus Quotes Tote
    When it comes to expressing your love of books while on the go, let your bag do your talking. This tote is perfect for hauling your stuff to and from class. Plus, it lets the world know exactly what type of person you’re interested in: the kind that will give you more books.

    Pen is Mightier Than the Sword Resin Pen Cup
    It’s no real contest between the two, is it? We know the pen wins every time! So keep your favorite battle gear sheathed in this awesome pen cup. Putting it on your desk sends a pretty clear message: don’t mess with me, because I have a pen and I know how to use it.

    Doctor Who Clip-on TARDIS Book Light with UV Pen
    Raise your hand it you’re not a Doctor Who fan. To the one person who raised their hand: you can show yourself out now. For all us normal people who are are dangerously obsessed with the Doctor, let’s talk about this beautiful marriage of two of the best things in the world: Doctor Who and reading. You’ll never have to worry about keeping your roommate up while you finish “just one last chapter” ever again. Instead, just use this adorable Tardis reading light and read for as long as you want!

    Scholar Composition Book Folio Case for iPad
    Technology is great and helpful and the internet is not just a passing fad, despite my father’s continued insistence. But sometimes you want to kick it old school (or, more specifically, middle school). Combine your bygone school-days method of writing notes in your black-and-white composition book with your new tech-savvy style of taking down information with this awesome iPad case.

    642 Things to Write About Journal
    Every aspiring novelist/poet knows the feeling: you want to write, but you don’t know what to write about. This journal is full of prompts to get your creative juices flowing and provide some much-needed inspiration. Who knows, these fun exercises might just turn into the seeds of the next great American novel!

    Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck
    One of the most important lessons you learn in college happens outside the classroom and inside the kitchen. Unless you’re living exclusively on dining hall meals and takeout (ew), you should probably learn a few go-to recipes. Thug Kitchen gives you easy ways to incorporate veggies into your diet and step up your cooking game. As they say, “Sh*t is about to get real.”

    Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist, by Tim Federle
    This one’s for the college student 21 and over, of course, so all you underage folks will have to wait a bit for this one. But for the legal crowd: are you a fan of cocktails but wish they could be more literary? Learn how to make such classics as the title’s “Tequila Mockingbird” or “The Pitcher of Dorian Grey Goose.” Because who doesn’t love alcohol and book puns?

    Yes, Please, by Amy Poehler
    Everyone tries to give you life advice when you’re in college, but Amy Poehler is one of the few people you might actually want to listen to. Combine her fabulous new book with copies of books by fellow funny ladies Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling for a real trifecta.

    Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (A Song of Ice and Fire series), by George R.R. Martin
    We know you have a ton of reading to do for school, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break and fit some pleasure reading into your busy schedule. Relax with a boxed set of your favorite new series, like the uber popular Song of Ice and Fire series. Nothing will take your mind off your upcoming paper faster than the saga of the Starks. If you were really good this year, maybe you’ll even get a couple seasons of the hit TV show to go with it.

    What are you giving to the college kid in your life?

  • Heidi Fiedler 5:00 pm on 2014/09/18 Permalink
    Tags: an ocean garden, Art, , coffee table books, craig lehoullier, epic tomatoes, erich lessing, gifts, isaac fitzgerald, josie iselin, pen & ink, the louvre, , the where they why and the how   

    6 Cool Coffee Table Books You’ll Love Showing Off 

    coffeeWhat’s the first thing you do when invited inside a new friend’s house? If you’re a book nerd, you scan the shelves looking for books you’ve loved, books you’ve hated, and titles that can provide some glimpse into the inner life of your host. She loves fractals? Who knew! He has the entire Sherlock Holmes collection? Indeed!

    Today, more and more people are making their way to the digital dark side, leaving their shelves suspiciously bare and forcing guests to turn to the last bastion of books—the coffee table. Surely even the most strident minimalists must admit the power of a good coffee-table book. Lay these lovely tomes out at your next cocktail party or scatter them for a casual “Want to come up for drinks?” date to find and show the world your literary soul.

    Pen & Ink, by Isaac Fitzgerald
    Everyone loves to talk about tattoos! Do you have them? How many? Where? Spark the conversation with Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them, based on the popular Tumblr. Fitzgerald has collected fascinating tales from happily tattooed folks including writer Cheryl Strayed and a blue-collar union organizer.

    An Ocean Garden, by Josie Iselin
    Do you own a seaside cottage? (Or maybe just dream of escaping to one?) Let your fellow beachcombers recognize you with this lovely guide to the secret life of seaweed. Iselin’s photographs are magical and sure to inspire wistful conversations about long walks on the beach.

    The Where, the Why and the How, Featuring the Work of 75 Artists
    The best dinner party conversation doesn’t just cover the latest trips to Kathmandu and troubles at work, it delves into the mysteries of the universe. Smarty-pants guests will be drawn to this intriguing celebration of science, art, and curiosity. Your conversation is sure to enriched by the book’s discussion of everything from dark matter to hiccups.

    Humans of New York, by Brandon Stanton
    Your guests may not all be New Yorkers, but they are (most likely) all human, and this book will delight every one. Filled with stories and photographs inspired by the popular blog of the same name, this heartwarming book will charm even the most reluctant guests. And while it may not solve the age-old question of whether it’s better to live in the city or out, it will certainly make everyone glad to be human.

    Epic Tomatoes, by Craig LeHoullier
    Luscious photo-heavy cookbooks are practically already coffee-table books, and this one crosses right over the line to prove there’s a coffee-table book out there for even the most specific obsessions.  It covers more than 200 types of tomatoes and everything you need to know about planting, growing, and cooking them. Just be sure to serve a good tomato bruschetta hen you have this book out for guests!

    The Louvre, by Erich Lessing
    A great coffee-table book makes a grand thunk when it lands on the table. The heavier the better! If your guests turn up their noses at tomatoes and refuse to chat about tattoos, pull out this classic. At least one of the 3,000 paintings in this book should prompt a discussion on the meaning of life.

    Are there any great books on your coffee table?

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