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Merry + Happy: A Literary Gift Guide

What do you get the bookish person in your life (and how do you tell your family what you want for Christmas without actually telling them)? A gift guide. This serves three purposes. The first: to see if my family is actually reading this. Because if my brother texts me and ask what I want for Christmas… The second: in the hopes of actually getting some of the things I’m pining for. The third: to provide ideas for any of you who have a bookish person in your life and can’t think of what to get them.

(Hint: I own none of the following, though I’m not in need of confetti, baby books, or anything associated with Wuthering Heights. I nearly can’t get past how selfish it seems to publish this, but somehow I’m coping.)

11. Speedboat by Renata AdlerRumor has it that this one is really good (anything published by NYRB is worth a chance).

10. Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter. See above description.

9. Read Instead. This print, because it’s applicable to me on so many levels. Obviously.

Read Instead8. Subduction leads to orogeny. For the bookish science nerd out there: a geology bookmark. I know there are a few of you…

7. Wood&Faulk Northwesterner Bag. This handcrafted bag is made in the US and is large enough to hold a a couple of books, my iPad, wallet, and phone. It’s on sale until Dec. 31, 2013. So, in other words, it’s perfect.

6. Books and Shoes? Yes.

Books Shoes5. Night Film by Marisha Pessi. Because I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things from everyone.

4. Roald Dahl’s Book of Ghost Stories. Do you know a fan of the macabre with a soft spot for all things Roald Dahl? This would be perfect.

3. This Jane Eyre PrintBecause I would always rather be happy than dignified. Not that I’m particularly dignified in the first place.
Jane Eyre print

2. Pia Wallen Large Cross Blanket. Because what is the point of curling up with a good book if you are cold? Pia Wallen’s iconic blanket is a good option. Too Swedish? This is a good alternative.

(Yes I’ll acknowledge how ridiculously expensive these are, that’s why this is a wish list.)

1.Literary Maps. For that rare person you know that has a degree in geography but decided to become a librarian instead. That’s not just me, right?

A few other ideas: for the music fan (not all music photos, clearly, but there are several – I may or may not be coveting that Dylan one…), for that person you know who has cold feet  (won’t help with figurative cold feet), for the person getting married – it’s literary confetti: Mills & Boon, Austen, and my personal favorite science fiction, for the reluctant reader, for the person with a baby, and for the person who loves Wuthering Heights.

So what are you pining for this holiday season? Any literary gifts that I should include?

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