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Rain may not be everyone’s favorite weather, but it’s not all bad, either. Curling up on the sofa with a book while the rain pours outside is almost as cozy as looking out at the snow. 

You may not be able to stay out of the rain all spring, but at least with these umbrellas, you can look fantastic while you splash through the puddles to the bookstore!

Here at Quirk, we’ve spent the week scouring the internet for the best bookish, geeky, and crafty links. Whether you are looking for Harry Potter quotes that didn’t make the movies or a recipe for cake batter frosting, we’re sure to have something to make your day a little brighter.

(Audiobooks are your multi-tasking friend.)

Winter is drawing to a close, and that means it’s time for us to come out of our hibernation and clean out our habitats for Spring! While the thought of scrubbing your house top-to-bottom may make you groan a little, the results are worth it. Not only does everyone enjoy a lovely clean home and the feeling of freshness that it brings, but one big clear out helps you keep on top of clutter and tick off all those things that you’ve been meaning to do for a while.

Of course, if you are still slumped moodily on the sofa at the thought of all that… scrubbing… we’re here to help! These ten books will get you in the mood to clean the whole house top to bottom. Or at the very least, they’ll give you an excuse to put it off for just a little bit longer…

Set that alarm reminder now to wear green on St. Patrick's Day or risk the physical pain of a pinch. In honor of that mandate, we are celebrating all things green in literature. Let’s hope it is enough to keep us safe from violent fingers.

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around every year, it often evokes a stereotypical picture of ol' Ireland. The land of saints and scholars, as portrayed in the classic Irish literature, can be an alternately depressing and humorous place, stemming from the vivid and melancholy prose of James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker. Yet, while Joyce may have portrayed the Irish as champion talkers and drinkers (okay, not totally unfair), there are plenty of more contemporary authors telling their own version of Ireland and the Irish story. Despite the stereotypes of American St. Patrick’s Day, with shamrocks and green beer, it’s also a holiday based in Irish culture and the perfect time to explore Irish literature and art. We at Quirk have some great recommendations for those who might not be able to visit Ireland, but would love to venture there through a good book.

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