Mini Christmas gifts

Miniature things are one of my favourites, and miniature books are no exception. These tiny books are available either as volumes or sets of volumes on their own, or as parts of dolls house or in specialised miniature library settings. And some of the miniature libraries are just insanely good!
I’ve not included here the many options of wearable miniature books – earrings, necklaces, bracelets, badges…
A book with its own drawer for safekeeping
Mini clay books
Decorative mini books
Ghosts in the library books
Not exactly miniature, but very small “Little Leather Library” collection
How about a Medieval illuminated book, in miniature?
Or one with a secret compartment?
There are even illustrated erotic mini books!
And, as a grand finale, the safest way of all to keep your books – chained up.
Medieval library desk, and chained books

Kevin the Teenager

We’re all normal, sensible adults, right? Inanimate objects should not provoke feelings of rage, or the desire to destroy them. We should be able to laugh in the face of small irritations, while congratulating ourselves on maintaining our inner Librarian Zen.

And generally, we do. We field queries, wrestle databases, and wrangle information merrily, with good humour and cheerful Librarian Face* held firmly intact.

But then comes that day, that terrible, terrible day we law librarians dread. Oh yes…the day that the Yellow Tax Handbooks and Orange Tax Handbooks arrive.

Oh, they are fiendish, fiendish things, yet they merely add to the heap of Evil Books in the Library!

Between the Orange and Yellow (which have some disturbing issues), and the various collapsible Butterworths handbooks with their covers made of paper mache, which are now joined by the massive Chambers UK, the library is awash in schlumpy books, determined to slide slowly off the shelves. Or, in the case of Chambers UK, books that can’t actually be put on shelves at all, unless kept encased in their cardboard shells. Books which, for added fun, are so tightly jammed in that it’s virtually impossible to remove the guide from the shell without hauling the whole thing off the shelf and shaking it upside down vigorously to break the strange suction effect, while holding one hand over the Bar guide so it doesn’t make a break for freedom. Then, when you’ve figured out how to find anything in it, and want to put it back, it’s another wrestle with the cardboard shell, with the bonus of now having to keep perfectly straight and parallel the pages of a 1600 page book with a soft cover with one hand, while using the other to hold the Bar guide out of the way, again.

Meanwhile, in the background, is the soft hiss of tax handbooks, slowly sliding down the shelf…

It’s enough to turn anyone into Kevin the Teenager, provoking outbursts of muttered “I hate you”, and “This is so unfair!” whenever you’re forced to go near the damn things.

Excuse me, I’m off to go sulk in my room.

*Librarian Face – the curse/blessing of librarians the world over. The face that involuntarily says “Can I help you?”, night and day. More details here.

The book…stuff

This is the post of oddments, strange bits, and things that I accidentally missed from the other posts, and expands slightly beyond “books” into “books and library ‘hings”. I think it’s best that I don’t even try to explain some of these….

Kusudama flowers are pretty, easy to make, and look kinda funky when made from old book pages:

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They’re also nice in a bunch:

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And as roses too:

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Books can have all sorts of covers, as these show:
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Make sure the books stay on the shelf with a bit of punctuation geekery:
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You could carry your books about in a bag…with a picture of books on it:
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Make sure you never lose your place again, with some unusual bookmarks:
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Some more necklaces here:
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Badges are also a good wearable way of showing your book love:
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If you need to get yourself organised, this library card catalogue style box could be just the thing:

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And every library needs its own bookworm:
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That’s it, folks! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Etsy goodies posts, and maybe been inspired to pick up some nice things. I’ll try and put some more together before Christmas again…and always remember…
LOVE [the] BOOK

Bits-o-books

As a true book lover, you’ll be keen to decorate your home with things made from bits-o’-books, and book related items, won’t you?

To begin with, you can welcome people in to your home with a nice decorative wreath on your door:

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Once you’re inside, you’ll be looking for a nice way to store the books that you want to keep to read. This is an unusual take on the traditional way of keeping books on shelves…

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However, if you stick with a traditional bookcase style, you’ll need some bookends…how about keeping things in place with a slice of the outside world, and its strata?

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But you don’t want time to run away from you, while you’re buried in your books. So maybe a clock would be a wise investment?

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Don’t strain your eyes when reading your favourite tome: invest in a nice little light to illuminate your reading material.

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For the ladies, a pretty place to store jewellery is always a bonus, and if it’s got all sorts of drawers and illuminations, all the better!
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And for the festive season, show off your favourite books in the form of a bauble. Unfortunately, you will have to shred them in order to do that…

It’s a cover up…

The modern version of the traditional physical book is now an eReader, whether that’s a Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, or any other random bit of kit you might be using.

Perhaps these eReaders are perhaps just a bit too jarringly modern looking for you? Too shiny, too plasticky, to grey/black/white?

Wouldn’t it be nice if it looked like a proper, classic old book?

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How about with a cute puppy book?

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Maybe something a bit simpler?

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Fancy something a bit more…retro?

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Or do you prefer the look of comic book art?

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So many choices – what one shall it be?

Book a gift

Since I like a good browse on Etsy, and I come across some interesting stuff there, I thought it was time for another librariany gift selection. For this series of posts, I am focussing entirely on the book itself. That means items made out of books, accessories for modern books (the Kindle, iPad, Nook etc), clothes and jewellery that involve books, decorative book-related items, book quotes, and “other”, which is a whole world of random…

So, lets start with the physical book , shall we?

Book sculptures/folding is very popular on Etsy, so you can find plenty of “Christmas tree” shaped foldings, and even some shaped ones, like barrels, or pinch-waisted shapes. Even a pretty, sewn clamshell:

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The most impressive book sculptures I’ve seen though are these – very complex looking, and done to order:

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If you want to go all out for an insanely good book sculpture, you could invest in this sort of thing:

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Or if you want a slightly more affordable version, how about a photograph of a sculpture?

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Perhaps you prefer your books to be more “arty”? How about another style of book sculpture (that seems to be a bit more like “the horrific nightmare of a librarian after discovering a flood in their library” to me)?

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Or how about your own fairytale within a book?

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Books can be functional too – stacking your books on a floating “book shelf” would be good fun…until you got a schlumpy one that just wanted to do a slide off the side.

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Although perhaps yours books are a tad on the small side to be needing a big bookshelf all for themselves anyway?

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If you like to keep a book around that looks like a serious read, purely to impress visitors, then it could at least also be useful and charge your phone for you too:

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And where better to hide Important Things (and, of course, hip flasks) than in a books safe?

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Or do you like your books to be a bit more portable?

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And here endeth the first post of book gifts…more to come soon!