Friday Finds: Book haul from Chapters!

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Every book lover has their favourite bookshop, that one store that you get excited even thinking about going to and for me that bookshop is Chapters Bookshop in Dublin. I have been shopping here for as long as I can remember and the experience is always the same, you are greeted by a sea of beautiful books in a relaxed atmosphere that makes browsing for your next great love extremely enjoyable. The staff are always really helpful and genuinely seem interested in talking to you and helping you find what you are looking for without being pushy or overpowering like some sales people can be.

My favourite part of Chapters however is when you walk upstairs to a vast array of second hand books all in excellent condition. I am one of those people who likes to own the books they read so second hand is often the way to go or else my book habit would render me completely bankrupt. Chapters only takes in good condition second hand books so you know you are getting quality reads at low prices, which is exactly what I did today!

Below are some pictures of my haul which includes nine books of my list and one that I have heard great things about about so I just couldn’t pass by. If you want to check out Chapters bookshop you can on their Facebook and Twitter.

 

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And my non list buy:

 

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Friday Finds – Bookcase DIY

Last week in Friday Finds I posted about some dream bookcases that any bibliophile would love to have in their home so this week I decided that I should post some more affordable or realistic options. Below you will find some examples of how to spruce up your old bookcases and some more adventurous DIY projects for the crafty readers. Enjoy!

 

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Add a pop of colour to an old dresser for a unique bookcase

 

Adding a pop of colour to an old dresser can create a fun unique bookcase. This is a relatively easy DIY project that will update your old furniture just choose a colour to match your existing colour scheme and get painting.

 

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Another easy DIY project to add a little bit of character to an old bookcase.

 

This project is another easy way to update your bookcase, just use fabric or wallpaper in a design that catches your fancy to cover the back of the case and you have a one of a kind bookcase for your literary loves.

 

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If you prefer a more rustic feel for your bookcase this idea is a must, all you need are some wooden crates to stack and you have rough and ready storage. For a more polished look you can paint the crates, as seen in the second picture, to fit in with your room.

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For the more adventurous book lover this is a great way to combine your crafty talents and love of books. For this one you are going to need to get your hands on a wooden spool but it’s worth it for this crafty little addition.

Friday Finds: Beautiful Bookcases

The most common problem for literature lovers is not having enough space for all their books, we become experts in how to creatively stack novels in a bid to gain just a little more space to fit our new purchases because after all there is always room for just one more book! I have a bit of an obsession with the idea of one day having my own home library and can spend many happy, albeit extremely nerdy, hours trawling through pictures to find perfect examples of how I want my imaginary future home to look. So below are some of my finds for this week, they are what I think are practical book cases whilst still managing to showcase a bibliophile’s obsession. Enjoy!

Love the X motif on the glass doors

Love the X motif on the glass doors

I love the look of this for a large open space or living room but I think it’s the type of case that would look best with lots of light. The x motif on the glass doors gives an unusual unique twist on a traditional bookcase to make this more of a feature in the room.

Reading nooks for the win!

Reading nooks for the win!

Love reading nooks

Love reading nooks

I could write an entire post on reading nooks I just love the idea so much! The first image I chose because of the bookcase around the area I think it’s absolutely perfect but overall the look is a little cold and I think the purpose of a reading nook is to be warm and inviting so that you cant wait to just curl up there with your latest book. So that is why I chose the second image for this example it’s much more inviting, a combination of the case from the first image and the colours or comfort of the second and you have a perfect place to escape to!

Perfect under window storage

Perfect under window storage

I think this idea works really well for those who don’t want to go all out with larger book cases, personally I would use this under window type of bookcase in a child’s room or play room as I think it’s so important to encourage reading from a young age. In relation to a child’s room the under window case allows for a lot of light around the area and I would paint the case or even just the back wall of the shelves bright colours to make it more child friendly.

How adorable are these!

How adorable are these!

How absolutely adorable are these tea cups!? Carrying on from my children themed bookcases I just couldn’t bypass this when I stumbled across it, I think they are a fun alternative to a traditional bookcase that would suit any child’s room. They could be stacked in a corner of their bedroom so they aren’t a massive drain on space and serve as encouragement for any little book lover.

 

Love the outline

Love the outline

You need ridiculously high ceilings for this one to work but I love the how the outline contrasts so well against the wall. It is this contrast that really helps make the bookcase the main feature of the room because your eyes are automatically draw to it.

Book wall!!

Book wall!!

Be still my bibliophile heart!! This is a complete dream because I cant imagine anyone letting me turn an entire wall of our house into a book wall but I can always hope. I chose this particular book wall because instead of just being straight shelving it has some unusual quirks to keep the eyes interested such as the detailing on the glass doors which is just beautiful. The only thing I would change about this particular one is the colour of the wood, it is just a little dark for me I would prefer a more natural wood finish.

I want an Ireland one!

I want an Ireland one!

I am in two minds about this one but figured I would feature it anyway. What I love about this is how quirky and unusual it is, there is no doubt that this would be the main focal point of any room it is in but what I don’t like is how messy some sections can look. That is the only downfall of this piece but I think that says more about my obsessive need to have my books displayed properly than this bookcase! Of course I would have to scout an Irish version of this but it’s a great idea none the less.

Posts Update!

Hi everyone!

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted a Movie Magic post for Of Mice and Men yet and that is because it has been years since I watched it and to properly review it I want to re-watch the film. I will hopefully get the chance to do that this weekend so I will post two Movie Magic next week one for Of Mice and Men and one for Charlotte’s Web.

Tomorrow I will be posting my Friday Finds of some book cases that I would love to have in my home! I am going to focus on the more elaborate ones tomorrow and then in my next Friday Finds I will do a post on some really clever D.I.Y bookcases for the crafty book lover so I’m really looking forward to that one!

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Friday Finds: Literary Fashion

Apologies that I am a day late with this one I have been working crazy shifts in work and time just got away from me yesterday! So following on from my last Friday Finds post here are some of the quirky fashion ensembles that bibliophiles can choose to show off their love of books. Enjoy!

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Hamlet on leggings… Just wow!

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Not crazy about the ribbon but otherwise cute

 

Friday Finds: Literary Accessories

It appears that a love of books has spread to the fashion world and you can now proudly show off your favorite titles in everything from clothes, bags and pendants to phone cases or laptop covers! This week I’ve picked out a few very cute accessories but look back next week when I show off some literary inspired clothing that every bookaholic would be proud to be seen in!

Jane Eyre Quote

Jane Eyre Quote

Harry Potter Ring

Harry Potter Ring

Pride and Prejudice Pendant

Pride and Prejudice Pendant

Hunger Games Bracelet

Hunger Games Bracelet

Jane Eyre Pendant

Jane Eyre Pendant

Love this!

Love this!

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