Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bookish Looks from Polyvore

It's . . . ALIVE!

Live book is a small, removable vase with drainage system that opens up into an actual book.

by designer: Soo-Yeon Yang

Soo-Yeon Yang

Housing Mockingbirds You May Want to Kill

Spring has sprung and for those of you who find little birdies pleasant here is a good way to bring your birdie joy and your book lovin' together.

Sorry but you're better off keeping your To Kill a Mockingbird birdhouse indoors - since these are made of books. And you aren't the type who would leave your books out in the rain are you?

Book Birdhouses

Purchase your own reading robin birdhouse here for $120

Attention Literary Drunks

Presenting . . . . . the book bar

better yet it is made up of books that the Stanford Library was getting rid of

Card Catalog Generator

Recently finished:
Physics for Dummies
Steve Holzner

Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel
Michio Kaku

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I Know What My Next DIY Book Project Will Be

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Just some random book storage and library yumminess:
Recently finished:
The Geek Handbook: User Guide and Documentation for the Geek in Your Life
Mikki Halpin

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Bathroom Reading

I'll admit it. I have been known to read in the bathroom. There's no shame in it. The shame is really only in reading someone else's book in the bathroom.

Limited space in your bathroom? Not to worry you can always look into storing books on the back of your door thanks to "sticklebook"
There's no need to limit yourself to your bathroom. Sticklebook can be used in the kitchen, bedroom, office, living room - or in whatever room that *gasp* doesn't have books in it!

*hint* I even keep a few in my medicine cabinet

Another idea that may appeal to some of you out there is the Loo Read a removable pull out shelf that can be used to support your books or any work you can't seem to separate yourself from.

Loo Read

Loo Read

My dream bathroom
Thank you apartment therapy

Recently finished:
Understanding Business (8th Edition)

Programming Logic and Design (4th Edition)
Joyce Farrell

Monday, April 21, 2008

Tell Me a Story

I always wanted one of these as a child.

Aaaaaah Teddy Ruxpin the most awesome story telling toy available in the 80's.
Teddy Ruxpin
You can still get your very own Teddy Ruxpin

If the 54$ price tag is still out of your range there is Yano, yet another interactive storytelling toy available for only 20$

Personally I find his appearance a little frightening.

Top 20 Geek Novels in English

1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams 85% (102)
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell 79% (92)
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley 69% (77)
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick 64% (67)
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson 59% (66)
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert 53% (54)
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 52% (54)
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov 47% (47)
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett 46% (46)
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland 43% (44)
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson 37% (37)
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons 38% (37)
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson 36% (36)
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks 34% (35)
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein 33% (33)
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick 34% (32)
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman 31% (29)
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson 27% (27)
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson 23% (21)
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham 21% (19)

Soure: The Gaurdian

Friday, April 18, 2008

A Few More Words on Library Wedding Invites

Here is a library invite presented like a book. Open it to the bookmarked page and find a library card invite.
Custom designed letterpress by Sesame Letterpress
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
Photos by Pen Carlson Photography of a Library Wedding in Chicago
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Literary Themed Weddings

What could be more beautiful than an amalgam of all you love? Your spouse to be and literature surrounded by family.

The Offbeat Bride suggests a library wedding

Raina’s library wedding

The offbeat bride: Raina, Graphic Designer

Her offbeat groom: Mike / freelance photographer & TV production guy

Location & date of wedding: The Clayville town library in Clayville, NY

What made our wedding offbeat: We really wanted to save a lot of money and keep it simple, simple, SIMPLE! We only had 7 people at the ceremony besides the two of us.

We did it at the tiny library in the town I grew up in. It was perfect because it was so small on the inside, and it happed to be a church at one point which lent itself to the layout of the ceremony well. We didn’t have a religious ceremony but it was kind of cute to be in an old church turned library (and my job involves designing book jackets, so it was extra special!).

… We spent under 600 dollars!

We spent the tiniest fraction of money you can on a wedding — we did this because we live in Brooklyn (high rent!) and our parents didn’t have money to give us so we knew we just had to be creative. The first step was to cut out guests and the whole idea of a reception.

I wore my mother’s wedding dress from 1979 which just so happed to be exactly what I was looking for in a dress! The only expense there was to have it taken in slightly and cleaned up a bit. Mike wore his grandfather’s wedding band, my mom and I did the flowers ourselves, and we had one of our good friends take all of the photos. Add in the cost of dinner for 9 people and we spent literally under 600 dollars on EVERYTHING! It was small, intimate, and the day was so memorable because of it. Everyone involved had a part — my brother was my “man of honor”! I just couldn’t have hoped for anything better.

BrideOur biggest challenge: Our biggest challenge was dealing with all of the family drama that came along with not inviting my grandmother, and our aunts and uncles and cousins. We had to hear a lot of snide remarks, and people being hurt that we didn’t invite them! Our friends all understood — it’s so hard to be young and live in such an expensive city, so they were just happy that we were doing it OUR way. Family, however, just didn’t understand why we weren’t doing this huge, 200 guest shindig. I just have NEVER wanted that, or the stress that comes with it.

We had to politely explain, again and again and AGAIN (people just didn’t get it) That this was OUR DAY! And we can do what WE want! It’s a hard concept for family to grasp. We had a hard time keeping our cool having to tell them over and over, but in the end, we really didn’t want to offend anyone.

Walking down the aisleMy favorite moment: My favorite moment of the day was a really unexpected one for me. I wasn’t planning on having my dad walk me down the aisle (being the modern lady I am!), but he really, really wanted to. So while everyone was inside of the library waiting for us, we had a few minutes for a nervous chat and a few laughs, out in the lobby and just the look on my dad’s face as we got ready to walk down the aisle (which was actually a row of bookshelves!) was wonderful and priceless. I always knew how much my dad loved me, but this was a moment that only happens once in a lifetime, and I’ll never forget it. It sounds awfully cheesy, but I was loving it.

Holding handsMy offbeat advice: Do what YOU want!!! I feel like I always read this advice on offbeat bride, but it’s so, so important. If you want a small wedding, find a way! If you want a huge one, find a way! Make a budget, too. If it’s 500 dollars, trust me, you can do it. If you want a huge wedding, that’s fine, just plan out exactly what your vision is before you go forward. You can do it!

Enough talk — show me the wedding porn: Who says you can’t have a beautiful wedding for $600?!

The wedding invites mentioned in the above:

A Librarian Author and His Library-Themed Wedding Invite
February 7, 2008

Southern California public librarian Scott Douglas LaCounte, aka "Scott Douglas," author of the upcoming humor memoir Quiet, Please and the "Dispatches from a Public Librarian" column for McSweeney's, is getting married, to a library assistant, and they've created some charming library-themed wedding invites.

Centerpiece idea for bibliophiles
For Book Lovers
Some centerpieces fit some gatherings perfectly, yet they're also pretty enough to decorate the table any other day. For a book club luncheon, a stack of books is the perfect anchor for the middle of the table. Use older looking books with dark colors, or new books with the dust jacket removed. Choose and stack the books with larger ones on bottom and smaller ones towards the top.

Storybook Invites

STORYBOOK gives you six pages to author the charming story of how you met, gather together special songs, or reprint parts of your love creative!

One Color Storybook $25.60/set
Two Color Storybook $27.80/set

Typewriter Guest Book (as suggested by Martha Stewart)


Set out an old-fashioned typewriter with long sheets of paper for guests to write good wishes to the bride and groom as the feeling strikes, says Martha. Look for inexpensive vintage machines online or at thrift stores or flea markets; they come in colors to go with any palette. After the wedding, tie into a scroll with ribbon.

Library board from snippets and ink

Board #164: Sshhhhhh...'s a library wedding! Complete with library card save-the-dates and stacks of books under every centerpiece. You can use an old typewriter for your guest book, and give small journals for favors. Here, even the bridesmaids' bouquet is part book (would that be a book-et? bad pun?), wrapped with colorful ribbon and decorated with chocolate cosmos. Another idea is to use book catalog cards as seating cards, and name tables after sections in the Dewey decimal system. Even if you don't get married in a library, the stacks of antique books as part of the centerpieces is one of my favorite elements, and is an easy way to incorporate your and your fiance's love of reading.

Mood: erudite elegance
Palette: rich red and mahogany, faded-paper ivory

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Top row from left: boutonnieres from Rebecca Thuss, library book save-the-date by Crossroads Creative, cupcakes from Jen's Desserts
Row 2: bouquets by The Green Vase, Priscilla of Boston dress from Brides
Row 3: photo by Heather Waraksa, centerpieces by Artfool, library card invitation by Lily Darby, vintage type via More Ways to Waste Time (photo by thetypejunkie)
Row 4: centerpiece by LMD Floral, bow tie photo by Jessica Claire, old typewriter from Matthew Mead, book bouquet from Chewing the Cud (photo by Anna Kuperberg)

Update! I meant to include this earlier - Martha B did a library-inspired wedding board awhile back and it is truly lovely. For more library inspiration, take a look!
Update! How about this perfect invitation found on flickr?
Update! Look at these beautiful invitations by Sesame Letterpress via Faye & Greer.

Naming tables after authors


Shakespeare table

Jack Kerouac - my personal favorite

More examples can be found here

How to plan a Literary Wedding (from E-how)

Step 1:
If possible, plan the wedding on the day of your favorite author's birthday.

Step 2:
Write your own vows in the style of selected literature.

Step 3:
Use an officiant with an appropriate accent to enhance the feel of the wedding.

Step 4:
Design invitations in the format of a book. Use a play on the title in the invitation. Use a font that is reminiscent of the selected literature.

Step 5:
Plan the wedding attire to reflect the period of the story's setting.

Step 6:
Plan food and decorations for the wedding that are reflective of the culture found in the literary work.

Step 7:
If possible, give each guest a copy of the literary work on tape as a wedding favor.

Step 8:
Leave the reception in transportation fitting of the literary theme.

Some other wedding ideas I found on the indie bride forum

Dewey Decimal System Seating

Carrying a book instead of a bouquet, possibly including a single flower stem

A Lewis Carrol style tea-party reception with printed confetti and printed streamers to be thrown at the finale.

Song idea by Moxy Furvous

Lyrics below:

Well you should see my story reading baby, you should hear the things that she says
She says, "Hon drop dead, I'd rather go to bed with Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
Cuddle up with William S. Burroughs, leave on the light for Bell Hooks
I been flirtin' with Pierre Burton 'cause he's so smart in his books
I like to go out dancin'
My baby loves a bunch of authors
My heart's so broke and bleedin'
Baby's just sittin' there doin' some readin'

So I started watchin' some T.V., played my new CD player too
She said: "Turn it off or I'll call the cops and I'll throw the book at you."
All this arguin' made me get dizzy, called my doctor to come have a look
I said, "Doctor hurry!" he said: "Don't worry I'll be over when I finish my book"
I like to go out dancin'
My baby loves a bunch of authors
We've been livin' in hovels
Spendin' all our money on brand new novels
So I got myself on the streetcar and it drove right into someone
The driver said: "I was looking straight ahead!" but he was reading The Toronto Sun
So my honey and me go to a counsellor to help figure out what we need
She said: "We'll get your love growin', but before we get goin', here's some books I'd like you to read"
I like to go out dancin'
My baby loves a bunch of authors
Lately we've had some friction
'Cause my baby's hooked on short works of fiction
So we split and went to a party, some friends my girl said she knew
But what a sight 'cause it's authors night and the place looks like a Who's Who
Now I'm poundin' the ouzo - with Mario Puzo
Who's a funny fella? - W.P. Kinsella
Who brought the cat? - Would Margaret Atwood?
Who needs a shave? - He's Robertson Davies!
Ondaatje started a food fight, salmon mousse all over the scene
Spilled some dressing on Doris Lessing these writer types are scream!
I like to go out dancin'
My baby loves a bunch of authors
We'll be together for ages
Eatin' and sleepin' and
Eatin' and sleepin' and
Eatin' and sleepin' and
Turnin' pages

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tea Time and Story Time All in One

I love tea nearly as much as I love books and reading. Here are a few literary inspired teapots.

Cardew Alice in Wonderland
Small Teapot

Cardew Disney Original Jungle Book Teapot

Alice in Wonderland small figural teapot
The Madhatter

Cardew Wizard of Oz small Teapot

Wind in the Willows Teapot
NEW Wind in the Willows Teapot

Monday, April 14, 2008

Book Mooch

Book Mooch is another Netflix-esque site for bookworms.

The site provides the means to trade and receive books costing you only the price of shipping. There is also a sort of rewards point system. For every book you are finished with and ready to give away you earn a tenth of a point and get one point when you give a book away. Each point is redeemable for one book that's been offered on the site by another user. For every three books you receive, you have to give one away, just to keep the system going. If a book you want isn't in the database yet, put it on your wish list and you'll be notified by email when it comes in!

Recently finished:
Gregory Maguire

Emma Volume 6
Kaoru Mori

King Lear (Graphic Shakespeare) (Shakespeare Graphic Library)
William Shakespeare

Friday, April 11, 2008

Sleep On It

Victorias Secret Cotton Mayfair Pajama
Shown here is the bedtime story print
They can be yours for 39$ plus shipping

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Judge Books by Their Covers

Greenleaf Book Group now has a website called rate my book cover.

Small publishing companies and self-publishers are using this site as a sort of online focus group for possible cover art for books that are to go to press.

Dexters Laboratory: Book 'Em

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

If You Were a Book, Which Book Would You Be?

To find out click here

My results are below

You're The Things They Carried!
by Tim O'Brien
Harsh and bitter, you tell it like it is. This usually comes in short, dramatic spurts of spilling your guts in various ways. You carry a heavy load, and this has weighed you down with all the horrors that humanity has to offer. Having seen and done a great deal that you aren't proud of, you have no choice but to walk forward, trudging slowly through ongoing mud. In the next life, you will come back as a water buffalo.

Let's Play Dress Up - Librarian Dress Up!

Not all librarians are bun wearing shusshers. Some wear buns and shush you whilst wearing a catwoman-esque costume.
Brought to you by Librarian planet. Click here to play.

You Tube

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Still Somewhat Buried in Schoolwork

In honor of the fact I was partially so busy finishing math classes in record speed. For some of you math geeks out there I present the equation bookshelf.

And because when I wasn't busy with math homework I was studying for mid-terms and trying to catch up on class reading the "this is not a bookshelf" bookshelf:
Available at twenty twentyone

But have no fear this bookshelf really is made of books but sadly the link to the instructions to make this is dead.
Recently worn:
J. Crew's library cardigan. There are still a few floating around on ebay waiting to be grabbed!

Recently read:
A La Carte: The Secret Lives of Grocery Shoppers
Hillary Carlip

Alice in Quantum Land: An Allegory of Quantum Physics
Robert Gilmore

The Sonnets
William Shakespeare

Violin Owners Manual
Hal Leonard Corp.