Holiday Gift Ideas for Book Lovers

Here are some great gift ideas for the book lover in your life that can provide joy all year long.

For the past few years, my dear friend Laurel has given me The Reading Woman calendar for Christmas, published by Pomegranate Communications, Inc., a publishing house located in Northern California.

Image from 2012 Pomegranate calendar "The Reading Woman"

Image from 2012 Pomegranate calendar “The Reading Woman”

It’s a gift I cherish every day of the year.  I love its beautifully reproduced paintings and quotes about the pleasures of reading.  The image above is of a painting by Sir Samuel Henry William Llewellyn (English, 1858-1941) titled Girl with Pigtails (n.d.)

And here is a quote from the calendar:

“To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.” – Andre’ Gide

Another favorite image from my 2012 calendar:

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Sogni (Dreams), 1896. Vittorio Matteo Corcos (Italian, 1859-1933)

The Pomegranate website also carries “Reading Woman” engagement calendars, note cards, post cards, address books and more.

For the book collecting Man or Woman, you couldn’t do better than this gorgeous desk diary with text and images by Richard Minsky.

2013 Desk Diary, The Golden Age of American Book Design (text and images by Richard Minsky)

2013 Desk Diary, The Golden Age of American Book Design (text and images by Richard Minsky)

The 2013 Desk Diary, titled The Golden Age of American Book Design, has dozens of colorful, beautifully reproduced classic decorated book covers (in full color) with descriptions by Minsky.

2013 Desk Diary - The Golden Age of American Book Design

2013 Desk Diary – The Golden Age of American Book Design

A page from "The Golden Age of American Book Design" desk diary

A page from “The Golden Age of American Book Design” desk diary

Any collector or admirer of decorated American trade bindings would love this gift, and it is reasonably priced! It also contains full color world maps and a literary quiz.  The desk diary is available in boxed hardcover and leather softcover editions, and both are beautiful.

Softcover leather edition of the 2013 Desk Diary

Softcover leather edition of the 2013 Desk Diary

 

Both editions are available through Barnes & Noble .

If you want the real thing to go along with the calendar — that is, a collectible book from that  “Golden Age of American Book Design,” browse our selection of decorated American trade bindings HERE at Old Scrolls Book Shop.

Happy Holiday shopping!

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