ICYMI: we have a thing for books. And for anyone whose love language also revolves around reading, you know that nailing the perfect setup for your hobby is an art. So we rounded up the things every bookworm needs in their life. (Besides, you know, a few hours of peace of quiet on a beach with a can’t-put-down thriller.) Whether you’re a seasoned book club host or new to the literary space, we’ve got something for you. Psst...these also all make great gifts for the lit lovers you know. On your (book)marks, get set, read.
It’s designed with a flexible center and has weights on the side that’ll keep your pages down. It’s especially helpful for those who frequently follow recipes from a cookbook. Just prop your fave book open, throw down your weight, and voilà — following those instructions just got that much easier. Look ma, no hands. ($25+, Leatherology)
Say goodbye to juggling a flashlight, bookmark, and hardcover all in one hand from bed. Just wrap this hands-free light around your neck, toggle the button on, and you’re set. It's got three temperature light modes (yellow, warm white, and cool white). Plus the comfy, sweatproof, bendable device has a narrow beam angle — aka you won’t have to worry about waking up your partner while you use it. Oh, and the battery lasts up to 80 hours so you won’t have to recharge it constantly. Check, check, andddd check. ($12.99, Amazon)
This natural, soy wax candle from one of our fave brands smells like warm nutmeg, amber, and sandalwood. It gives off major ‘all I want to do is curl up and read a book’ vibes. And makes the perfect gift for a book-loving host too. It burns between 60 and 80 hours, is nontoxic, and is free of lead, plastics, and parabens. Light it up. ($34, Homesick)
Instead of leaving your book out to get lost under the cushions, attach this pocket holder onto your loveseat and throw your latest read right in. It’ll keep your pages protected and minimize your need to search every crevice. It works for Kindles and other e-readers too. Plus the pouch comes with two holes, so you can get your charging cable through it to juice up your device easily. Sold. ($11.99, Amazon)
Because we’ve all said this at least once or twice (or many) times in our lives. We’re looking at you “Game of Thrones” fans. This standard unisex tee has a classic, boxy fit and runs from small–5XL. It’s a need, not a want, people. ($19.90, Redbubble)
This colorful five-pack to the rescue. These are super flexible, so you can stretch them over the cover of your book to hold your page and mark your spot. Plus they’re soft enough that they shouldn’t damage your book. Have kiddos you’re encouraging to get into reading? They’ll love ’em too. ($4.99, Amazon)
This handmade one comes in three sizes and features some literary classics. Like “The Catcher in the Rye,” “The Bell Jar,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “One Hundred Years of Solitude.” It’s the perfect piece to accessorize that cozy reading nook in your home. ($34+, Etsy)
Raise your hand if you can’t do anything in the summer unless your AC’s turned all the up to the point that you’re frozen. Just us? We didn’t think so. Throw on this sweatshirt to set your mood and get cozy with your TBR pile. Get it for yourself or your friends — it’ll never disappoint. Promise. ($35, Well-Read Black Girl)
For anyone who prefers to read off their devices, you need these. Wearing blue-light-blocking glasses protects your eyes from high-energy light emitted from screens. Overexposure to it can have negative effects like dry eyes, headaches, sleep disruption, and even increased risk of macular degeneration. Safety first, friends. ($95+, Felix Gray)
This hand-carved holder, made of 100% sustainably harvested Indian rosewood, doubles as the cutest piece of decor. Place your specs on it once you’re done reading and you’ll never have to worry about them getting accidentally crushed or damaged. We spy easy living in your future. ($32, Uncommon Goods)
Because a good drink and a good book go hand in hand. Fill this one up with the hot or cold drink of your choice (or butterbeer) while you’re reading “Harry Potter” for the ten thousandth time. We solemnly swear...you’ll absolutely love it. Yer a Hermione Granger-level reader now. ($18.99, Walmart)
If you’re prone to constantly losing your bookmarks, then this one’s for you. Its simple and sleek design is also super functional. The vegetable-tanned, full-grain genuine leather is durable and should last years. Plus the magnetic clip inside will help keep it glued to your page. So you’ll never lose your place again. Phew. ($19.99, Amazon)
Or to keep for yourself. Because let’s be real, this book is a classic. And who wouldn’t want to rock this around town? It’s 100% cotton and has a convenient inner pocket to store your smaller, more sacred items while you’re on the move. 10/10 recommend. ($20, Amazon)
Calling all bibliophiles and language lovers — this one’s for you. It comes with 100 fun sentences that you can correct during your free time (if that’s your idea of fun), or use it as a game during your next happy hour. It’s simple: flip a card, read the sentence, and the first one to spot an error or call out “stet” (aka copy editor language for “let it stand”) gets the card. Person with the most cards wins. Game on. ($16.22, Amazon)
Show off your love for a literary icon with this cotton tote from one of our favorite small businesses. It’s lightweight yet durable and has two internal zippers for your little tchotchkes and lip balms that always manage to get lost in the bottom of your bag. Tote-ally awesome. ($65, Rayo and Honey)
A necessity for building up any home library. These luxe ones have an industrial finish and are made from aluminum, brass, and iron. So you know they’re super sturdy. They make for a stunning gift and will jazz up any shelf no matter the space. You can choose from varying designs — like a golf club, submarine, motorcycle, and more. ($149+ The Grommet)
Just scratch off a title on the poster every time you finish one. It has slots for 100 must-read books, like “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “The Color Purple.” And it’ll bring you back to your childhood days. Bookworms, get excited. ($19.92, Amazon)
This mini tool helps you hold the pages of your book open so you can be hands-free. It’s super lightweight and small enough to toss in your bag. All you have to do is slide your thumb on it and let the little handmade wings keep your book open. The smooth texture and ergonomic design will keep things comfy too, so you won’t need to stress about hand cramps. Plus it’s available in five sizes so you can get one for yourself, your kiddos, grandparents, and more. Reading’s a family affair, after all. ($13.98, Amazon)
These faux prints are made from high-quality scans of original first-edition book covers. The shadow boxes are made from birchwood and acrylic glass. Note: the prints are made with matte heavy archival paper and pigment ink that you’ll need to keep away from moisture and direct sunlight. Choose from classic titles like “Little Women” ” or “The Great Gatsby.” Go ahead, frame it up. ($65, Uncommon Goods)
Made of 100% bamboo, this one has extendable handles and a non-slip pad so it won’t slide into the tub water. It’s got special slots for your book, candle, wineglass, and phone so you can relax without getting bubbles all over your beloved paperback. It screams ‘bath time goals’ — minus all the soapy drama. ($38.95+, Amazon)
Calling all e-reader holdouts. This Kindle lets you read anything, anywhere. A single charge can last weeks, and with twice the storage, you can download more magazines, audiobooks, and reads. It also includes Audible, so you can pair the Kindle with your headphones via Bluetooth. The screen brightness is adjustable, so it’s easy to read comfortably at night and outdoors (hi, it is beach season after all). You can also adjust text size and boldness, and thanks to the massive selection of new and old releases, you’ll never be bored or let down by the quality. ($129+, Amazon)
Try listening instead. Whether it’s in the car, on a walk, or during grocery shopping, audiobooks are perfect for anyone who doesn’t have time to sit and read at the end of the day. The membership also offers one-, three-, six-, and 12-month gift options. And includes access to an incredible catalogue of choices all in one place. Tons of celebs and authors voice their own books, making ’em all the more enjoyable. special. Pssst...you can also get a free 30-day trial. (Starting at $14.95+ per month, prices vary)
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