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Summer is truly here, and if you haven’t made it to the beach yet, it’s time to get some sand between your toes! The beach is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy some sun… along with some favorite reading material. No matter where you are in the world, reading on the beach feels indulgent. Summer reading is even better stretched out on a towel, and we want to celebrate it. Load up with bookish beach goodies for your next trip to the seaside, and enjoy the sunshine without missing out on your favorite character’s adventures.
The longest day of the year is almost upon us. While most people may take advantage of the extra daylight with drinks on the patio, a lazy afternoon on the beach, or a barbecue dinner with friends on a warm, summer evening, to us bookworms the summer solstice provides a different opportunity…more light to read by! Whether you use the extra daylight to stretch out your reading time outside, or just enjoy reading at home without turning on the lamp, the longest day of the year is the perfect opportunity to curl up with a book.
You might think of novelty socks as just something for that awkward guy in the office who thinks wearing Daffy Duck on his ankles makes him a wild and crazy kook. It’s true, silly socks have had a bit of a bad rep, but it’s time to give them a second chance! When you have to hide your nerdiness, slipping something bright and colorful into your shoe can give you a boost – even if you are the only one who knows it is there. Keep your toes warm at home and know that when you look down, it’ll make you smile.
In honor of the humble foot-glove, we’ve rounded up some of the best socks to put a smile on the face of any book-lover. From bordering on cosplay to fandom-specific to more subtle options for those serious readers, here are some of Quirk Books' favorite looks (for your feet).
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Whether you are just dipping a toe into statement socks, or you’re ready to go all out with some knee-highs, sometimes words are all you need. Out of Print Clothing are a fantastic online retailer for everything bookish and wearable, and their Banned Book and Library Card socks are a perfect way to get a little bookish under your boots without going all out for crazy colors or loud patterns.
The library is every reader’s best friend – borrowing books, doing research, scooping up bargains on second-hand books from the library sale shelves, or just enjoying the atmosphere. Many libraries are architecturally stunning, with floors of carefully preserved and catalogued tomes – if only my jewelry collection was quite so organized!
These cute pieces will help you show your love of book borrowing without going overboard – perfect for the next time you are putting an outfit together to head down to the library for a study session.
Over the past sixteen years, we’ve seen contestants on the popular reality series Survivor head to remote islands, the Australian outback, the African savannah, Borneo, Fiji, and more to battle it out in “tribes.” With a million dollars on the line and absolutely zero creature comforts (unless you win challenges), tempers being to fly and the claws come out. The contestants have to figure out not only how to survive the wilderness, but how to survive each other!
This May, it’s time to take a trip through the looking glass… back to Wonderland (sorry, Underland) to see all the characters that we know and love. In the follow-up to 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Mia Wasikowska returns as Alice, along with Anne Hathaway (the White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen), Alan Rickman in his final role (the Caterpillar), and of course, the inimitable Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
In honor of Burton’s second outing with Carroll’s classic stories, we’ve rounded up some of the best Alice in Wonderland inspired tea-sets. Have your own tea party with a few “mad” friends, or turn things upside down and drink whiskey in a teacup while you re-watch the first film ahead of the sequel.
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