Top Ten Tuesday — Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week‘s topic / April 19: Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

I am not into bookish merchandize at all. Bah humbug! There was a time when I owned a ton of bookmarks, but I gave most of them away, as I largely read ebooks these days. I have all the coffee mugs I need and plenty of socks and cosy blankets for my comfy sofa. So, what could make my reading experience better?

Quick brainstorm… a nicer bookshelf, a lazy chair, a better reading light for that chair, more comfortable in-ear headphones, a new living room carpet in bright colours, a watertight kindle could come in handy… and, yes, ok, that bookmark with the rubberband I used to have was really useful.

I know what bookshelf I want. Or rather the maker—it‘s an Austrian company called Team 7. They custom make sustainable, natural wood furniture. Very pretty, very expensive.

If I wasn‘t so lazy, I would be visiting furniture stores and search for more affordable alternatives. Something upmarket in solid wood though.

Ok, so, reading chair… I was toying with the idea of an electrical lazy chair, but I don‘t want any cables lying around. So that idea is shelved for now. My doc recommended an old-fashioned, straight backed grandfather armchair—better for my back and that slipped disc. With a footstool? This is definitely something that requires a lot of test sitting. I was at IKEA with a friend recently and let me tell you, those chairs are not necessarily as comfy as they look.

How about a colourful option?

Yes, yes, I need to get off my lazy butt and start visiting furniture stores…. All right, now about that reading lamp. I have quite a nice one in a retro look, but I don‘t think it would fit that armchair. I think I am ready for something new. Maybe something more utilitarian? The first one is what I currently have:

Carpet… well, will have to wait until I have decided on the chair. I was aiming for something very colourful, which I would need to rethink, if I go for an armchair with a flower print! What is the connection between reading and a carpet, you ask? Nice atmosphere!

My current in-ear headphones still do their job, but the sound could be better. I am contemplating those thingies from Bose…. and, yes, the new kindle…

And last, but not least…

15 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday — Bookish Merchandise I’d Love to Own

  1. A great list! Chairs are a nightmare for comfort and price 😂 I said to my sister to get a Big Bertha for her “library” which is basically a huge bean bag. Of course with a bad back not at all suitable (my sister has an s shaped spine so has issues) but it made us laugh 😂

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog

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      1. Yeah. You can get comfy ones. I have very specific chair requirements. The sales assistant when we were buying our current suite was surprised by how fussy I was 😂

        Yeah they are the most practical of things 😂

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    1. It is indeed! They make lovely furniture all around. I hope I can find something in a slightly lower price bracket that I like equally well.


      1. Yeah, expense is why I haven’t replaced my current bookshelves with ones I like the look of better. I have some very serviceable shelves that are still in good condition, and I just can’t justify the cost to make everything match up since it still works just fine.

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    1. Thank you! I am a fan of bookmarks with rubber bands. Loosing your spot in the book, because the bookmark fell out is the worst! 😊


    2. Ok, I tried really hard to sign in with google to comment to your most recent post (favourite things #18), but it just didn‘t work and your blog wouldn‘t accept my sign-in. So, here:
      I love the cat heads sticking out of your books. And I can‘t watch Mel Gibson anymore, I‘ve read too many horrible things about him. Which is a shame, because I loved to watch his movies.


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