Shirts, Totes & Other Bookish Paraphernalia

img_0789I’m a big fan of book-related paraphernalia. Even after I succumbed to e-readers in 2013, I’ve kept on hoarding bookmarks and love finding suitable pairings for my print books – a nature-related marker for a nature book; a religious-themed one for a theology book, and so on. I also collect bookmarks linked to particular bookshops or literary prizes.

Here’s a recent pairing that particularly pleased me: a novel about Vincent van Gogh with a bookmark from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam (I haven’t been yet; I found the bookmark in a book at the library where I used to work).


There’s not much of a narrative to this post. It’s just a chance to say, here’s some great book swag! T-shirts, tote bags, pin badges, a necklace my best friend got me: you name it, I love it. It’s a wonder I don’t have more.



Do you collect any book-related paraphernalia?

15 responses

  1. Envious of your collection! I have a tea towel with a Louisa May Alcott quote – “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain”.
    I also drink my tea out of a Penguin books mug.
    Bookish England is great for buying presents for book loving friends and relatives.


    1. Nice! I forgot to mention my tea towel with the C.S. Lewis quote “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”


    2. P.S. That’s the quote on my necklace (from Little Women) — it’s hard to see in the photo.


      1. Aha, can see that now I’ve got my glasses on!


  2. Cute.

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. I’m not big on book-related paraphernalia, but I am fond of my Penguin ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ mug. As to book marks. I always lose them, and end up using an old receipt or abandoned shopping list as usual.


    1. As long as you don’t dog-ear the pages, that’s fine with me 😉

      I only just acquired a reading-related mug for my birthday: “Shhhhh…reading in progress.”

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  4. I have only my big basket of bookmarks – and my books, of course!


    1. A basket just for bookmarks! I like that idea. Mine take up half my bedside drawer and are something of a mess. The metal and wooden ones (my least favorites) won’t stay with the others. I never used to like magnetic ones but have taken to them a bit more recently.


  5. Love your badges! I’m a sucker fir a literary mug. I have quite the collection!


    1. A lot of love for literary mugs here 🙂 Makes me think I’m missing a trick by only having one!

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  6. I am drawn to the mugs with quotes on them, but I’m pretty good at resisting them – we just don’t have the space! Bookmarks are a lot easier to find the space for, and I don’t make a point of collecting them, but whenever I acquire one in some way (often my kids make them for me) I hold on to them. I also like choosing the one that best matches the book. The Van Gogh pairing is very impressive. 🙂

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  7. I love that you collect all these bits, I’m obsessed with bookmarks, even with they are old and battered I can’t get rid of them. It’s like I’m getting rid of part of a book.

    I have quite a lot of totes as well, that I don’t even use, but I absolutely love.

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  8. I thought I posted a comment to this, but I can’t see it now. I have a slew of bookmarks from various places that all seem to end up on the kitchen table and have to be brought back up to my bedside table. I have one of the Their / they’re / there mugs and a Go Away I’m Writing [Writing crossed out and Editing written in] mug, and also one made up with the cover of one of the books I’ve written, which a friend had done for me.


    1. Lovely! The last time I counted I had about 100 bookmarks, but I’ve culled some and put them in the free basket at the public library.

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