For the Love of Words — gift edition

Words, words how I love thee. Let me count the ways …

Writing, reading, looking, wearing …

This month we’re talking about the love of words here on AO&R and I for one and utterly in love with prose. There are so many way to appreciate words, but let me go back to wearing. With Christmas fast approaching I want to tell you about some of the fabulous book merch available. Here are my top 4 picks for the upcoming festive season.

4. Book Quote shirts from Redbubble. A marketplace for custom designed shirts, you’ll find so many amazing and unique products there like this Fault in Our Stars T.

The Fault in Our Stars Typography T-Shirt

3. Bookish Jewelry from Zing. I adore these Harry Potter wrist bands!

2. You’ll find a whole world of bookish wearables on Etsy. My favourite are the mini book necklaces.

1. Anything from Litographs. Seriously, these people print the prose from famous literature onto t-shirts, scarfs, headbands and writing gloves. WRITING GLOVES, guys. Does life get any cooler?


Share the bookish love … have you stumbled across anything fun for the word lovers in your life?

Stacey Nash writes about characters who have to overcome their fears. To find out more about Stacey’s books or to connect with her on social media, check out these places:, instagram, twitter, facebook.

Top Five Bookish Gifts for Blokes

Although Father’s Day is over for another year, at least in Australia, there are always other gift-giving occasions on the horizon. So here are some ideas for gifts for the bookish man in your life — be that your father, husband, brother or son.

Or, you know, these gifts could be for yourself, whether or not you’re a bloke. Because self-love is important and the notion of gendered gifts is a bit last-century anyway. 😉


I’ve blogged about awesome bookends before, but that was a couple of years ago, and even if you’ve bought all of them by now surely you need more, right? Check out this little beauty by Fred & Friends. It’s called “The End”, which is pretty much perfect. Run, little bookend guy, run!


Available from Fred & Friends

Bookwear for work

Or maybe the person you’re buying for doesn’t need bookends because they’ve filled up all their bookshelves with (quite rightly) books. How about a bookish accessory, something to wear in the office? This tie from Alynn would definitely impress the boss. At least, it would impress me if I were the boss!

Ex Libris tie

Available from Alynn

Bookwear for play

Maybe the man in your life hates ties, or works with heavy machinery where a tie would be a workplace health and safety risk. If that’s the case, how about this adorable “Storytellers” T-shirt by vector artist Maxim Cyr, available from Threadless? Look at all the little books? There’s a Harry Potter, and a Charlotte’s Web, and aaaaah!


Available from Threadless

Bookish accessories

Or maybe he has (or you have!) enough T-shirts — though I say shenanigans to that — but has an iDevice or some other brand of tablet or phone that currently has a really boooooring case. You can totally fix that! This particular example, by Customize Me on Etsy, is for an iPad Mini, but the store also has options for other brands of phone etc.

Available from Etsy

Available from Etsy


Because what a bookworm needs is more books, am I right? That being said, I know it’s hard to buy books for bookworms, because you can never be sure that they won’t already own what you’re buying. In that case, why not get a book voucher. It might sound boring, but to a bookworm, a voucher for a bricks and mortar bookstore is the equivalent of a bag of money for a child in a lolly shop. Seriously. They will love you for it!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go shopping. For the man in my life. Yes, that’s right.

*shifty eyes*


Cassandra Page is a speculative fiction author who is currently single. So she’ll have to keep all these bookish purchases for herself. What a pity!

Cassandra Page

Christmas Gift Ideas for Readers and Writers

Christmas is only a week away. How did that happen?!

If you’re like me, you would have done your shopping in October and November, have all the presents wrapped and ready to go, and be itching to put them under the tree. (Christmas is the only time I’m actually organised.)

But, if you’ve left your shopping until the last-minute, I’ve gathered some ideas for presents to give to the bookish and writer-type people in your life. Click the images to find them on-line.

For the reader:

You can’t go past a gift card. With the affordability of eBooks, even $10 goes a long way, and most on-line book retails offer gift cards.

Every paperback or hardcover reader needs a good bookmark. I personally can’t stand dog-eared pages. I found this awesome steam punk bookmark on Etsy, but there are so many different designs and ideas to choose from, there’s bound to be something to suit everyone.

I’ve recently had a clean out of all my physical books, only keeping the ones that mean something to me, or that I plan to read again. Bookends are another lovely gift idea for a bookish friend. Here is one I really like, especially since it’s made of recycled materials, and it even has a reading lamp built in.

For the writer:

This pack of three A5 notebooks is the perfect gift for the writer on the go—a great size to pop into your handbag, ready to record those fleeting thoughts.

And this matching pen is just gorgeous. (I have one of these, because I’m kind of obsessed with hearts.)

Every writer will love one of these! Sometimes we need a place for all those thoughts that don’t relate to anything in particular. Typo has an awesome range of affordable notebooks with quirky covers. I can’t walk into a Typo store and walk out empty-handed.

For both:

Readers and writers love to drink tea or coffee. For the tea lovers, you can’t go past Tea 2 (my favourite). Aren’t these cup and saucer sets simply divine?

For the coffee drinkers, these mugs from Myer are really pretty, too.

What sort of bookish and/or writer-type presents do you like to give or receive? I’m in love with the notebook at the moment. I have stacks of them just waiting to be filled with thoughts and ideas. And pens! You can never have enough nice pens.

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, and a wonderful New Year. Here’s to a fantastic 2015.



K. A. Last is the YA author of Fall For Me, Sacrifice and Immagica. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things pink. She’s currently freaking out about her next release, Fight For Me, because as usual there are a million and one things to do. K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while. And yes, she has cut all her hair off!