Bookish Stuff I’d Love to Own

April 15, 2014 Top Ten Tuesday 10


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookish Things (That Aren’t Books) That I’d Like to Own.

So I’m not exactly lusting after all of these, but I would really like to own them (not necessarily in this order):

  •  A proper home library.  I feel funny listing this one, because my study comes close already: I’ve got Billy bookshelves on two (small) walls, plus a third slim one on the window wall. But what I’d really love is to finish a good-size room in the basement and line it with bookshelves, preferably in cherry or maybe honey oak. And have french doors leading out to a nice patio instead of the ugly sliding glass door that’s down there now. Soft, rich carpet on the floor, nice comfy armchairs or maybe a padded chaise… Bliss.


Something like this: Neil Gaiman’s library. Bright, comfy, and packed with books.
  • A treehouse. For reading outdoors. Preferably without spiders and mosquitoes.  Or maybe a porch swing.

Treehouse Point hotel in Washington state

  • A fantasy signpost for my garden. (Also a gardener, but that’s another wish list.) With signs pointing to Narnia, Rivendell, the Shire, Hogwarts, Tortall, Benden Weyr, the Harper Hall, Haven, the Emerald City, Prydain, Camelot, and Neverland.
  • A Little Free Library. I can’t have one of these (the property owner’s association and local ordinances would probably prohibit it), but if I could, I would. Preferably one shaped and painted to look like a TARDIS.
  •  A wand from Alivan’s. Forget those resin movie-replica wands. A real wand must be made of wood. This is the one we gave Robin for her graduation (yes, it looks like Hermione’s.) Someday, I’d love one of my own, just for fun. (Maybe the Red Cedar/Oak wand, or the Rowan. You can see the whole collection at Alivan’s.)
  • A Hogwarts class ring. I don’t think an official one exists, and the only handmade ones I’ve found aren’t as good as this photo — but it would be awesome.
  • Pajamas that combine these pants and this shirt. (Sorry, no links available; it seems these exact items are no longer available.)
  •  A Kindle case that looks like a book. I like my magnetized Kindle case that automatically turns on my Kindle when I open it. But these are beautifu and elegant:
The Names upon the Harp – Eithlinn (P.J. Lynch)

  • Bookmarks. Magic ones, that appear whenever and wherever I need one. Because I can never find them when I want one…

10 Responses to “Bookish Stuff I’d Love to Own”

  1. Stephanie Shepherd

    Magical bookmarks – Yes Please! I would also love my own library in the house, a treehouse and a little free library. My house is actually in a really good spot for a little free library and I think I will try to start one and I LOVE the TARDIS design! Lovely ideas all.

  2. Bea

    I want all of those too except for the tree house. I do have a nightshirt with pics of books and the phrase, “One good book deserves another”.

    Fun post!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I have fond memories of playing in my cousins’ treehouse – once I got up the courage to climb into it, that is. And I’ve seen other bookish pajamas and nightshirts, but these were my favorites — too bad neither piece is available any more.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Patrick Rothfuss’s home library is also pretty impressive. Just miles of shelves, all full of books. My shelves could look pretty close, if I had shelves that matched and a decent-sized room to put them all in. As it is, they’re scattered all over the house, which does give the house a nice, comfortable feeling.

  3. Greg

    Love the fantasy signpost idea! I like that the one in the pic includes Toad Hall and Mr. McGregor’s garden. 🙂

    And artwork is always nice too- I’m also a fan of Michael Whelan.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I like the one in the picture, too, but… I’m not sure I want to visit Toad Hall! I do have a Michael Hague poster somewhere (unframed; I should get it out, frame it, and hang it up.) It’s a bookstore publicity poster from when The Reluctant Dragon came out.

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    Ooo Lark I love each and everyone of these. When we dream about hitting the lotto..I always say I will have a room with bookshelves on every wall.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I think all of us dream about a home library… I tried, with my study, but since it’s also become the repository for piles and piles of other stuff, it doesn’t have that welcoming “sit and read a while” feel to it. Also, my desk and filing cabinet take up a whole wall and a half (it’s a tiny room), so there’s not as much room for shelves as I would like. One of my projects for spring/summer will be to clean it up and make it more welcoming.