Are you super into collecting merch from a fandom or just a hobby? I used to collect Funko Pops. Not seriously in that I looked at what may be a collector addition, but rather just characters I like such as Marvel or Oliver Queen and Co. I love reading even though I’m at zero percent just now (I got logged out of Goodreads and haven’t logged back in in MONTHS), but book merch? I don’t know. I’ve not been super into it. There’s a reason I’m not really into collecting book merch, and I think part of the reason is as follows.
When I was a teenager, maybe 12 through 14 or 15, I had ALL kinds of knickknack things everywhere. Including pins of American Girl sayings or characters. It was a whole thing, and since I grew out of that phase, I’ve been an anti knickknack person for myself. In fact I still have some of the stuff lying around in my closet, and some I’ve gotten rid of. But honestly, I do feel as though my 20 years collecting Funkos was a bit of a regression. That aside, I just am not into book merch because I never know what to do with it. Clothing is different to an extent because I do wear that. All that to say, if I were cooler or had a different house, here’s some book merch I may like – if I collected it.
BOOK MERCH I LIKE BUT WON’T BUY (PROBABLY)
1: BOOKISH SWEATSHIRT
This Bookish Sweatshirt is really fun and cute (from Etsy), and actually something I could be persuaded to buy. I love the white background with the colorful “bookish” script. Find on Etsy
Also, there’s these fun The Selection bookmarks too! I see lots of cute bookmarks, but guys, I rarely use them.
2: BOOK JOURNAL
I actually had one of these (a very tiny one) for several years that my mother would buy me each year. She found them at a bookstore or someplace when she’d go to a conference once a year and it was something she always brought back along with one of those children’s illustrated classic books. I used it for several years, and it was always a fun thing she’d bring back. Honestly, now, I probably wouldn’t use one, but I think places like Etsy do sell really pretty and fancy ones! Shop on Etsy
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3: PRIDE & PREJUDICE ART
If I lived somewhere different, I’d decorate and I think some book art would make the cut. Or at least something like this pretty ‘Bewitched Me’ Pride and Prejudice art (the shop also has ‘Your hands are cold,’ art too). I may also opt for a quick over a painting (though I really like this Etsy print) and I’d also have to feel confident that what I was hanging I REALLY liked. Let me tell you, I’d be really enjoyed if I did all the work (lining it up, making the hole, finding a frame) only to then hate the end result. How do you pick out your wall art? Find print on Etsy
This industrial style shelving is cool looking, but again, I’d have to have the right space, and given my current likes, a lighter color too! I’m all about the brighter space right now. Shop Etsy Shelves
5: SWEET SEQUELS ILLUSTRATED BOOKS
Ok, I’m realizing that this post title may not be totally accurate because this shop too has things I’ll likely order. Just haven’t yet because I want to find the “one” book I’m really going to want and like. However, Haleigh has some really pretty things and her Instagram feed is full of her talent. Visit Sweet Sequels Illustrated Shop
Ok, over to you! What types of book merch do you like? Do you collect merch or are you like me, and feel so-so about it? Comment all the comments below! Let’s chat.
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