How to Get Out of a Writing Rut & Beat Writer’s Block

How to Get Out of a Writing Rut & Beat Writer's Block
It’s inevitable: eventually, every writer hits a rut. Whether you’ve lost steam on a project, gotten stuck, aren’t feeling inspired, or are floundering between projects, it feels terrible when you’re creatively blocked. Often referred to as writer’s block, it’s really an umbrella term that captures so many different ways writers can struggle. While some blocks are bumps that you can just work through, a bigger creative block can be a challenge that stops all productivity for days, months, or even years.

While breaks can be beneficial to the creative process, if you need to get work done and are really struggling there are some things you can try to break through the block and get back to writing.

Build (or Rebuild) a Regular Writing Habit

A regular writing schedule is the key to success for many authors. It helps not only to set aside time each day to write but also trains your brain to switch into creative mode. If you’ve gotten out of the writing habit or find it difficult to work regularly, scheduling writing time and building a regular writing habit may kick your writer’s block to the curb.

First, you should select a time that works well with your other responsibilities and your own creative needs. Stephen King writes first thing in the morning. Many writers with office jobs use their lunch breaks to work on their projects or if they’re a night owl, they scribble their words before bed. Try a few different times to see what works best for you.

Next, you should select a frequency for your scheduled writing time. The old common advice is that you must write every day. If that works for you, great! If not, throw it to the curb and schedule it yourself. Maybe you can dedicate time on certain days of the week, or you want to be a weekend warrior who dedicates an entire Saturday to writing. Just choose a time that works for you, that you can maintain regularly. If you’re struggling, learn how to find time to write in your busy schedule.

To really help keep the writer’s block away, build some rituals into your writing time. Brew a cup of tea or coffee. Get a treat you enjoy. Sit in the same place, open your notebook or word processing program. While they seem insignificant, these “getting ready” steps signal to your brain that it’s time to write, which will help you switch into creative mode.

Free Write

Whether you’re stuck on your novel or the well of ideas is dry, you’ll have an easier time getting out of your rut if you continue to work creatively. Get a notebook or journal or just create a new document, set a timer, and free write. You can do stream of consciousness writing or use writing prompts to kickstart your session. There are no rules to what you write or how you write.

The freedom of a freewriting session is perfect to kickstart new ideas or help silence an internal critique that’s putting to much pressure on you. If you’re looking for new inspiration, you may find the perfect story or character idea in your freewriting exercise. Try these plot generators to help give you an idea.

Let Yourself Be Playful

Writing games can help breath new creativity into a stale project or give inspiration for new stories. These can be literal board games that require storytelling or just writing exercises that allow you to be playful and take away any pressure to meet deadlines or expectations.

Language is a Virus has a ton of games and idea generators you can give a try.

Check out some of our favorite games and tools to destroy writer’s block. I like to keep a few on hand to pull out when I’m feeling really stuck.

“Let Go” and Read

Take the time that you’re dedicating to writing and instead of staring in frustration at a blank page or screen, turn it into reading time. Pick a favorite book or collection to revisit or try out that exciting new book sitting in your “to be read” pile. Exposing yourself to writing you love and enjoy can help get the creative juices flowing again and remind you why you enjoy writing in the first place. Once you’ve filled your creative reserves and feel inspired again, pick up your pen and get back to work.

Take a Break for Other Creative Hobbies

To be totally honest, there will be times that you are so burnt out you cannot write. Usually, the best thing to do it take a break. While you may want to veg out and binge Netflix, make sure you’re using some of that writing time to pursue other creative hobbies. Often we start writing because it’s our favorite hobby and it can easily start to feel like a “job,” especially when you have deadlines and editors to please.

Making time for other creative hobbies can really help you reset your exhausted writing brain and help you flex those muscles in a different way. Drawing, crocheting, gardening, and crafts are great hobbies that give you a different way to express yourself and also create a satisfying end product.

Eventually, you’ll start to feel the creative pull to return to writing. Don’t drop your other hobbies completely! Keeping some variety in your creative routine will help prevent writing burn out in the future.

Looking for more ways to inspire you and avoid writer’s block? Read these inspirational writing quotes. Check out these tools to destroy writer’s block. Learn how to set writing goals you can actually achieve. These movies about writers will give your brain a writing break and inspire you at the same time. These inspirational books on writing will remind you about what you love about the craft. And these quirky pens will add some fun to your writing routine. Make sure to follow these healthy living tips for writers.

Bam! Onomatopoeia Art Print Gifts for English Majors

20 Literary Gifts for English Majors

Being an English Major isn’t just a passing college fad. It is a way of life. The love of writing, the literary world, and all things books are an important part of any English Major’s identity (they sure aren’t in it for the money!). If you have a family member or friend in college, you know how important their bookish ways are. Because of this, there are tons of literary gifts for English Majors. These gift ideas range from fun and unique gifts to practical gifts that will help them get through their college stresses. Buy these presents for birthdays, graduation gifts, or Christmas. Check them out below.

Gifts for English Majors

1. Typewriter Sticky Notes

College students have a lot to remember. They need to remember classes, tests, and when papers are due. Here is a cute and fun way for your English Major to make notes of all those important things. These sticky notes come in a box that looks like a vintage typewriter. Pull them out the top like you’re pulling out a finished manuscript page. They’ll look great displayed on their desk.

Check out more typewriter gift ideas.

2. Dewey Decimal Literary Necktie

Dewey Decimal Literary Necktie

You’ll never find a gift like this in stores! Cyberoptix makes these beautiful neckties printed with the 800 series of Dewey Classification. Printed on a silky soft microfiber, it’s available in three different colors. Perfect to dress up and add some literary fun to any outfit.

3. Rockstar Authors Tote Bag

All English Majors need a good bag to tote their books and notes to class, but this one just rocks! This tote bag from Out of Print reimagines classic authors as punk rockers. See the wild sides of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and Maya Angelou.

100% cotton. Made in the USA.

4. Literary Themed Candles

Literary Themed Candles - Gifts for English Majors

From the Page makes literary-themed candles that are perfect for infusing any moment with fragrances inspired by classic literary works. These beautiful gifts are handmade with soy wax and fragrance oils and come in a jar. The Sleepy Hollow candle pictured above features fall scents like cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and vanilla. Other scents like Ancient Library and Late Night Reading are great for any English major to enjoy.

5. Book Covers Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles are a fun way to relax and a perfect break from reading all those assigned books. This 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle features the covers of classic books like Gone with the Wind, 1984, and Charlotte’s Web.

Challenging and fun, this puzzle is great to do alone or with the whole family. Made in the USA.

6. Book Nerd Pencils

Book Nerd Pencil Set Gift for English Majors

Make homework fun with these book nerd-y pencils. Features six book-related phrases like “Books are my happy place” and “Professional Bookworm.” These pencils make fun and practical gifts for English Majors.

Perfect for taking notes in class or outlining a novel, these pencils come in a set of six in a mix of colors. These pencils are perfectly priced and sized to give as a stocking stuffer or a back to school gift.

7. Midsummer Night’s Balm

If you’re looking for a small gift or something to brighten up an English Major’s day, check this out. William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Balm is a cherry flavored chapstick that will “put some puck in your pucker.” It’s a cute little gift with a pinch of literary fun.

Check out more gifts for Shakespeare fantatics.

8. Quotation Mark Earrings

Quotation Mark Earrings

Perfect for punctuation purists, these hand-drawn earrings from Peach Orchard Boutique are a lovely gift for English Majors. These black and white earrings are handmade, which gives them a cool and unique vibe. Sealed with resin, each earring has a stainless steel post and nickel-free aluminum barrel backs. Comes with a gift box, ready to give to your loved one.

9. Literary Rocks Glass

Literary Rocks Glass English Major Gift

Drinking is usually a big part of college life, but it’s more fun when you give it a wordy twist. These unique rocks glasses from Welltold feature covers and first pages from classic books. Put together a set with a few of their favorite classic literature titles.

Include a bottle of their favorite liquor, and the giftee will really appreciate this gift.

10. Bam! Onomatopoeia Art Print

Bam! Onomatopoeia Art Print Gifts for English Majors

This print is fantastic for any English nerds. A bright and bold piece of art in a comic book style, it says: “Bam! Onomatopoeia.” A colorful definition of the word, this print is available in a variety of sizes and perfect for framing. It looks great in any dorm room or office.

11. English Majors Get Lit T-Shirt

English Majors Get Lit Shirt Gift Idea

This shirt is the perfect gift for English Majors who like to party–or who consider a night at home reading a good book to be a good time. This shirt says “English Majors Get Lit” with a fun play on the phrase. This tee is perfect to wear to class or during late night cram sessions.

Available in the sizes small through 3XL in the colors black, gray, and peach.

12. Be Right Back Bookmark

Be Right Back Bookmark

English majors are always reading a ton of books: novels for class, textbooks for others, and then the book they’re reading on the side for fun. This cute bookmark is perfect for that book they can’t wait to finish. They can mark their page with the message “Be Right Back.”

Include this as a gift with a book from their “want to read” list to make a gift they’ll really appreciate.

Check out more fun bookmarks for readers.

13. Grammar Mug

One thing all English Majors have in common is a bit of obsession with grammar. This mug is a fun embodiment of it, saying “Grammar: The Different Between Knowing Your Crap and Knowing You’re Crap.” They’ll enjoy drinking some late night java in this mug while finishing up papers the day before they’re due.

This 11 oz. mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. Include some of their favorite coffee, tea, or hot chocolate to create a nice care package.

14. Book Cover Composition Notebooks

College students need notebooks, whether to take a ton of notes in class or draft their next paper. But for your loved ones, plain notebooks just won’t do. Luckily, Out of Print makes these awesome composition notebooks with vintage book covers on them. Choose from Pride & Prejudice, Alice & Wonderland, Atlas Shrugged, and The Great Gatsby. The hardcover will keep their writing safe and look great it class.

See more gifts for Jane Austen fans.

15. Book Socks

Socks are one of the most practical gifts you can gift, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun! These knee-high socks are any bookworm’s dream. They feature knitted books falling into a “to be read pile” as high as most booklover’s.

Fits women with shoe sizes 6-10.

16. Library Due Date Card Coaster Set

If you want gifts for English Majors that are cool and useful, check this out. These coasters made by Cheltenham Road are perfect for people whose happy place is the library. They feature vintage library check out cards from classic books. The coasters are handmade from wood, the images sealed with a waterproof resin. These are great in an office, living room, or home library.

17. Ernest Hemingway Engraved Quote Pen

An English Major can always use a good pen and this one is a great gift for those who love to write. This gorgeous roller ball ink pen is engraved with Ernest Hemingway’s signature and his famous quote: “In order to write about life, first you must live it.”

Perfect for taking notes or outlining a novel, this refillable pen will get used for years to come.

Want more ideas for writing tool gifts? Check out these quirky pen gifts for writers.

18. Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

Tom Gauld is a cartoonist who makes funny cartoons for The Guardian and many other publications. Baking with Kafka collects his best literary cartoons. Full of pop culture refrences and hillariously honest quips about writers, every English Major will appreciate Gauld’s dry humor and brilliant takes on the literary world.

19. Go Away I’m Reading Sign

Every English Major is a bookworm at heart, so their favorite thing to do is cozy up with a good book. This box sign says what they’re thinking: “Go Away I’m Reading.” This sign is the perfect decoration for a dorm room and looks great on a bookshelf.

20. Bookshelf Infinity Scarf

Accessories make great gifts because they’re practical but can also be really fun. This infinity scarf is the epitome of that. Made of lightweight chiffon, this scarf features a gorgeous bookshelf print. Looks great with a casual outfit or dressing up for a night on the town.

Want to see fun and creative gifts for writers and book lovers? Try our megalists of gifts for writers and gifts for readers.

Reader's Gonna Read Personalized Sign

15 Funny & Original Gifts for English Teachers

Teachers are superheroes. Every day they work to captivate young minds and expand them with new knowledge. English teachers are especially heroic, as they need to make students care about grammar and reading books many kids and teens think of as “boring.” After a year of hard work, your English teacher deserves a nice gift as a thank you for all their hard work. While there are plenty of lame gift ideas out there for teachers, our suggestions are actually fun and original. These gifts for English teachers are also great for reading & creative writing teachers, as well as other literary-focused professors. They’re perfect to give as Christmas gifts, for Teacher Appreciation Day, or as an end of term thank you gift.

Gifts for English Teachers

Cool Story Poe Mug

Cool Story Poe Mug Gifts for English Teachers

For that English teacher who can’t get enough of “The Raven” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” This mug says “Cool Story Poe” with an illustration of Edgar Allan Poe. This 15 oz. ceramic mug is dishwasher safe and totally punny. Include some of your teacher’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

Check out more Edgar Allan Poe Gifts.

Clip-on Desk Cupholder

Many teachers fear the possibility of spilling their coffee or soda on a stack of papers or their favorite books. With this cup holder, they don’t have to worry anymore. This plastic cupholder clamps on the side of the desk, securely holding glasses and cups up to 24 ozs. It’s portable as well, perfect for teachers who switch classrooms all day.

Personalized English Teacher Name Sign

Personalized English Teacher Name Sign

Teachers love to decorate their classrooms and they’ll enjoy adding this personalized sign to their desk. This fully customizable name sign features their name on top of an open book. Pick the font, the color, and add your teacher’s name. This is a great gift for a new teacher.

Anguished English

The book Anguished English was compiled by Richard Lederer, an English teacher who found himself collecting various spelling and writing blunders from his own students. He put them together with other gaffs and bloopers into a variety of categories like “Mixed-up Metaphors” and “Grammar Gaffes.” Any English teacher will find these goof-ups hilarious.

Notebook Paper Necktie

Notebook Paper Necktie

This a classy gift for a classy teacher. The familiar notebook paper they see all day in the classroom has been translated to a subtle tie print. Great for wearing during the day or can be dressed up for special occasions.

These screen printed ties come on a silky microfiber fabric in your choice of 7 shades: white, cream, platinum, champagne, butter, honey, and ivory.

Much Ado About Nothings – Shakespeare Sticky Notes

Sticky notes are super useful for teachers, but plain yellow Post-it notes are boring compared to these Shakespeare themed ones. This nicely packaged gift set comes with large and small stickies notes as well as multi-colored flags perfect for marking their favorite lines in Shakespeare’s plays.

Check out more gifts for Shakespeare fans.

Punctuation Earrings

Punctuation Earrings - Gifts for English Teachers

Most English teachers are pretty nerdy about grammar and punctuation. These earrings are a fun and glamorous way to pay tribute to that love. Handmade by The Hometown Haven, these lovely silver earrings are a mismatched pair with an exclamation mark and a question mark. These earrings are great to wear in the classroom or even cut enough for a night out.

Made from sterling silver, these earrings are 11 mm tall and come with sterling silver backings.

I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar

If you want to distract your English teacher from your grammar failings, give them this book and they’ll be amazed by the real world examples inside. Sharon Eliza Nichol’s book collects photos from signs, posters, clothing, and even newspapers and books, with atrocious spelling, grammar, and punctuation. This funny book will amaze any English teacher.

Warning English Teacher Zone Sign

This is a funny gift for English teachers who can’t stop correcting their student’s grammar. In the style of a classic warning sign, it says: “Warning English Teacher Zone. Your Grammar May Be Corrected at Any Time.” This is perfect to hang above their desk or on a classroom door.

Made in the USA. Waterproof.

Scout’s Ham Costume Pin

Scout's Ham Costume Pin

This gift is one that only literary insiders will get. If your English teacher loves To Kill a Mockingbird, they will appreciate this enamel pin. Designed by ShinyAppleStudio, it features Scout wearing her ham costume, which was made from chicken wire and paper machete in the book.

The pins are handmade and finished in silver.

Composition Notebook Tote Bag

Any English teacher would appreciate this practical gift that’s super fun. This tote bag features the classic black and white print of a composition notebook. Perfect for carrying books or essays home to grade. Made in the USA from 100% cotton.

Great Gatsby Book Locket

Great Gatsby Book Locket - Gifts for English Teachers

This is the perfect gift for English teachers who can’t get enough of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel. This book necklace is actually a locket, featuring the cover of The Great Gatsby. The necklace comes on a cute gift card with a quote from the novel.

This charm is available as a bracelet or a necklace with a choice of metal color: gold, silver, bronze, copper, rose gold, or black.

John Steinbeck Candle

If your English teacher got the class through Of Mice and Men or The Grapes of Wrath, then they deserve a nice gift. This candle from Paddywax’s Library Collection is a scent inspired by the great American author John Steinbeck. The scent is smoked birch and amber in a non-toxic soy wax. The candle comes in a glass container with a lovely gift box, ready to give to your favorite teacher.

Grammar Pencils

Grammar Pencils - Gifts for English Teachers

This is a fun and useful gift for English teachers who feel like they’re always correcting their student’s grammar. This is a set of five pencils, each with their own grammar-related saying:

This affordable gift is a great end of year present or makes a fun stocking stuffer for grammar nerds.

English Teachers Get Lit T-shirt

English Teachers Get Lit T-shirt

This is the perfect shirt for any English teacher to wear when they let loose on the weekends or are hanging out on their summer break. It says “English Teachers Get Lit.” And boy do they get lit–especially since their idea of a good time is probably reading a book.

Available in men’s & women’s sizes in black, navy, and dark heather.

While you’re shopping for your favorite teacher, don’t forget to get a gift for your librarian, too.

Want to see fun and creative gifts for writers and book lovers? Try our megalists of gifts for writers and gifts for readers.

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25 Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers & Readers

Mother’s Day is a great day to show your mom a little appreciation. You can take her out to dinner, send her a nice card, or get her a thoughtful gift. If you’re feeling stumped, there’s plenty of fun and clever gift ideas for readers and bookworms that make perfect Mother’s Day gifts. We’ve rounded up some of the best Mother’s Day gifts for book lovers and readers.

Best Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

1. Sterling Silver Book Necklace

Sterling Silver Book Necklace Mother's Day Gift

Jewelry is a classic gift for Mother’s Day, but this gives it a bit of a bookish twist. This necklace is designed to look like a vintage hardcover book. The classic design makes it perfect to wear casually or for a special occasion. Gorgeous and thoughtful, Mom will love it.

The charm and chain are sterling silver. You can choose between a variety of chain lengths.

2. Recycled Book Roses

Recycled Book Roses Mother's Day Gift

Flowers are a classic Mother’s Day gift, but real flowers die and eventually are thrown away. These recycled book page flowers last forever and make a beautiful gift for any book lover. My Cotton Branch makes gorgeous paper roses from a variety of books and comics. You can make the gift even more meaningful by selecting pages from one of Mom’s favorite books like Harry Potter and Pride and Prejudice. Make the gift even sweeter by selecting one of the children’s books, to remind mom of the times she read to you in bed when you were a child.

3. Comfy Socks for Book Lovers

Comfy Socks for Book Lovers Gifts for Mom

There’s nothing cozier than a hot drink, comfy PJs, and some soft socks. For a reader, this gift is practical and fun. What makes them fun is the message hidden on the bottom: “If you can read this, please bring me a book.” Your hardworking Mom will appreciate this gift that reminds her to take some time to kick back, relax, and read. Available in five colors.

4. Bookmarks are for Quitters T-shirt

This is the perfect gift for moms who read an entire book in a day. They don’t even need a bookmark, because “Bookmarks are for Quitters.” We recommend adding a book or a sweet treat to this gift.

This playful t-shirt is available in white, blue, gray, yellow, and pink.

5. Personalized Bookmark

Personalized Bookmark for Mom - Mother's Day Gift

If your mom is the type of reader who does need a bookmark because she enjoys longer books or marking her favorite passages, then this is the gift for her. This gorgeous bookmark is personalized for your mom. It can be engraved with the names of all her children and features a minimalist heart. If you pay a little extra, you can have a special message engraved on the back as well.

The bookmark is handmade from stainless steel, creating a lasting and meaningful gift for your mother.

Check out more fun bookmarks for readers.

6. Kindle Oasis E-reader

If your mom reads a lot and she doesn’t already have an e-reader, this is the year to get her one. We recommend the Kindle Oasis because it’s waterproof, making it perfect to read at the beach, by the pool, or in the bath (more on that later). It also comes in a gorgeous Champagne Gold color, perfect for the stylish Mom.

With a 7″ display, it’s like reading a regular book except easier on the wrists since it’s so light. It also stores hundreds of ebooks and you can instantly buy new ones direct from the Kindle store, or take advantage of a Kindle Unlimited Subscription (which makes a great gift for Mom as well!).

7. Book Cases for E-Readers

If your mother already has an e-reader, a fantastic literary-themed Mother’s Day gift is to get a case that looks like a book. Not only will it protect the e-reader from damage, but it looks just like a vintage book! We highly recommend KleverCase, which makes cases for Kindles, iPads, and even iPhones. They make cases that look like specific books, like the Alice in Wonderland book above, or just generic leather books. The choices are endless and your mom will really appreciate the bookish case.

8. Literary Bath Salts

Literary Bath Salts - Mother's Day Gifts for Readers

It’s nice to let mom pamper herself on Mother’s Day and these literary-themed bath salts are the perfect excuse for her to take a little “me time.” The Soap Librarian makes a variety of bookish soaps and bath salts based on famous books like The Great Gatsby and Pride & Prejudice. Check out their bar soaps as well–they’re shaped like books!

9. Bamboo Bath Tray

Now that Mom has everything she needs to take some “me time,” make sure she can really enjoy her bath. This bamboo bath tray has everything she needs to relax and enjoy a good book. With extending sides that fit any bathtub, this caddy includes an adjustable reading rack to hold an e-reader or book, as well as a notch for a glass of wine. There’s even a notch to keep your cell phone or a candle safely in place.

10. Vintage Books Scented Candle

Vintage Books Scented Candle Literary Gifts for Mom

Speaking of candles, a bookish candle makes a fun Mother’s Day gift for any book lover. The Cheeky Nose makes a variety of scrumptious and fun candles based on a variety of themes–including books! Their “Vintage Books” scent is a favorite of ours, with that musty old book smell that brings back memories of stepping into used book shops or reading your grandparent’s books. Every book lover will really enjoy this candle.

11. Library Card Earrings

Library Card Earrings for Mother's Day

If your mom is a librarian or just has nostalgic memories of date stamps on library cards, she’ll love these earrings. Made by Liza and Lulus, these cute earrings are a pair of miniature library cards, complete with a history of check-out stamps. Made from recycled wood, they have sterling silver french wire hooks.

Check out more bookish gifts for librarians.

12. Book Shelf Infinity Scarf

This scarf makes a stylish fashion statement! Featuring a print of books on a shelf, any book loving mama will appreciate this gorgeous scarf. This chiffon scarf is lightweight, perfect to wear year round.

13. Custom Book Page Throw Blanket

Custom Book Page Throw Blanket Mother's Day Gift Idea

If your mom loves cuddling up with a good book, this amazing throw blanket will keep her toasty warm. What is unique about this blanket is it is fully customizable–you choose the text that is displayed on this “book page.” That means you can pick a page from your mother’s favorite book or even write a story for her. She’ll appreciate all the thought that went into this personalized gift.

14. Heart Shape Book Page Holder

This is such a cute way to show mom you love her. Tilisma makes these beautiful wooden book page holders. You slide them onto your thumb and they help hold book pages open for a more comfortable, one-handed reading experience. The heart shaped design shows your love.

15. Custom Library Book Stamp

Custom Library Book Stamp Mom Gift

Most book lovers worry about lending out their favorite books in case they never see them again, but you can ease your mom’s concern with this gift. This custom book stamp says “From the Library Of” and can be personalized with your mother’s name. This unique gift is perfect for Mother’s Day.

16. Reading Figure Sculpture

This beautiful art piece is begging to be displayed on your mother’s bookshelf. Artist Danya B has designed this lovely figure sitting and reading a book. This statue is made from cast iron, but is surprisingly lightweight. It also works well as a bookend–you can even order two!

17. Punny Book Shaped Coasters

Punny Book Shaped Coasters Mother's Day Gift for Readers

These solid wood coasters are a unique and fun gift idea for book-loving moms. Each features a “punny” version of a classic book cover, with a drink related twist. “Gone with the Wind” becomes “Gone with the Wine” and “Pride and Prejudice” becomes “Pride and Beverages.” There are 16 options available which you can buy in customized sets (2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 coasters) or as a whole group

18. Bookshelf Mug for Readers

If your mom is a bibliophile who enjoys a warm drink while she reads, this is a must-have gift for her! This 11 oz mug features an illustration of bookshelves, featuring a variety of classic books, a sleeping cat, and even a bird that has escaped its cage. Include some of their favorite coffee or tea to make an awesome gift bag (and check out the next item for some tea ideas!)

19. Literary Themed Tea for Mom

Literary Themed Tea for Mom

If your mom enjoys drinking tea, she’ll really like these literary-themed teas. Rosie Lea Tea UK has 60 different author tins to choose from, each feature the author’s name and a famous quote. Each tin comes with their delicious Orange Crush Fruit Infusion tea, a deliciously fruity tea that’s great hot or iced. You can choose from loose-leaf, breakfast tea bags, or strawberry tea bags.

20. Pillow eBook Reader Holder

If your mother likes to read in bed and uses an e-reader or tablet, this gift will give her a hands-free reading experience. This pillow comfortably sits in your lap while providing a stand to hold a tablet or e-reader. It also features pockets to store reading accessories. When you’re done, it folds up to function as a normal pillow or you can use the handle to carry it around.

21. Literary Foil Art Prints

Literary Foil Art Prints for Mom

Annya Kai Art Foils makes beautiful art prints using real gold foils. She has an entire portfolio of prints featuring literary quotes. The prints are not only beautiful but inspiring and a great Mother’s Day gift. Each print is made to order so you can choose the background color and either gold or silver foil accents.

22. Book Lover’s Reading Journal

This reading journal is a perfect way for mom to track the books she reads. The review pages have spaces to record details like title and author of the book, as well as the dates spent reading the book, a rating, and notes on the book. There are also other worksheet pages like one to record your “biblio style” of favorite authors, books, and genres and pages to record favorite quotes from books.

23. These Are My Reading Glasses Funny Wine Glasses

These Are My Reading Glasses Funny Wine Glasses Mother's Day Gift

For the mom who has a sense of humor and loves wine! This pair of stemless wine glasses say “These are my reading glasses.” Include a bottle of mom’s favorite wine and she’ll really enjoy this gift.

24. Books to Read Tray

Books to Read Tray Mother's Day Gift

Every book lover has a “to be read” pile, but this is a unique way for mom to display her books. Gifts with a Cherry on Top makes these shabby chic wooden trays that say “Books to Read” on the side. Perfect for displaying on a shelf or coffee table. The trays are made to order and come in three different sizes with a choice of 13 different colors to match mom’s home decor.

25. Blind Date with a Book Box

Blind Date with a Book Box Mother's Day Gift Idea

If you feel really stumped on a great Mother’s Day gift idea, here is one that is sure to delight. Happily Ever Books makes these “Blind Date with a Book” gift boxes. You tell them what kind of book genre your mom likes to read and what kind of coffee/tea she likes. They will pick out a book and include a ton of other fun small gifts.

Still, haven’t found the perfect gift for mom? Check out more of our gifts for readers and book lovers. Our gifts for readers megalist has 50 fantastic gift ideas for bookworms. Also explore Mother’s Day gardening gifts, Mother’s Day gifts for movie lovers, and meditation and yoga gifts for mom.

Vintage Typewriters Gifts

20 Amazing Typewriter Gifts for Writers

Amazing Typewriter Gifts for Writers

Sure, we’re all pretty much using computers to write these days. But every writer can safely admit that there’s a certain nostalgia about typewriters, especially vintage and antique-style typewriters. So if you’re searching for creative and fun gifts for writers, a typewriter-themed gift can definitely fit the bill. We’ve gathered cool & unique gifts as well as some practical gifts that fit the typewriter theme. Check them all out below:

The Coolest Typewriter Gifts for Writers

1. Typewriter Coaster Set

I cannot get over these coasters–they are so cool. This coaster set features four coasters of typewriter keys that fit perfectly in the holder, which looks like an antique typewriter. Great for a writer’s office, library, or just to use around the house. This is a classy gift for writers for Christmas or birthdays.

2. A Vintage Typewriter

Vintage Typewriters Gifts

I feel like every writer should own at least one good vintage typewriter. They look cool displayed on a shelf, plus they’re super fun to use if you have writer’s block or want to try being creative in a different way. A typewriter can really help you unplug from the internet and focus on writing. While you can search antique shops, thrift stores, and garage sales for old typewriters, you can also buy them on Etsy. Cleaned and serviced by the sellers, they’re available in a variety of colors and styles.

3. USB Typewriter Mechanical Keyboard

This is perfect for the writer who likes the feel of vintage typewriter keys, but still wants to write directly to their computer. This mechanical keyboard features round chrome plated keycaps just like vintage typewriters and they make very satisfying clicks when you type. The slick design looks great on any desk and will delight writers who love typewriters and mechanical keyboards.

4. Typewriter Planter

Typewriter Planter

If the typewriter enthusiast in your life is also obsessed with houseplants, then this is the perfect gift! This beautiful planter in the style of a vintage typewriter. Perfect for displaying succulents and other small plants.

5. Typewriter Sticky Notes

If you’re looking for a small trinket for a gift bag or a stocking stuffer, check out this useful little gift. Sticky notes are so useful for authors to make notes and attach them to their manuscripts. This set comes inside of a vintage typewriter, with the notes popping out like they’ve just been typed. At the top of the post-it, it says “Once upon a time…” Great for any writer’s desk, they’ll find these little sticky notes inspiring and fun.

6. Typewriter Cufflinks

Typewriter Cufflinks for Writers

If the writer you’re shopping for is a fashionable guy, then this is the perfect typewriter gift for him. These pewter handmade cufflinks feature vintage typewriters. This classy gift is perfect for special occasions or wearing day-to-day to the office.

7. Typewriter Teapot

Typewriter Teapot Gift Idea

If your writer enjoys a good cup of tea while they write, then they’ll really love this unique gift. Carters of Suffolk makes this gorgeous teapot that looks like a vintage typewriter. While it may be better for decoration than day-to-day use (it is fully functional for tea), it looks gorgeous display on a kitchen shelf or even on the bookcase in their office. Include some literary teas and it will be a fantastic gift set.

8. Sweeney Typewriter Patent Print

Sweeney Typewriter Patent Print

This is a classy gift for a writer’s office. This framed print is of the patent image from 1941 for the Sweeney typewriter. Since it’s printed when you order, you can choose from five different sizes in 12 different colors to match any decor. This is a great gift for any writer, including journalists and copywriters.

9. Typewriter First Aid Kit

Typewriter First Aid Kit

This is the perfect gift to include with a “new” vintage typewriter or for the collector who already has a collection. This Typewriter First Aid Kit includes everything you need for basic care and maintenance of typewriters. It has everything you need to clean a manual typewriter, including cleaning liquids, brushes, cleaning cloths, and a typewriter cleaning guide.

10. Typewriter Keyboard T-Shirt

Typewriter Keyboard T-Shirt

Now they can wear their love of typewriters loud and proud. This t-shirt features a print of a vintage typewriter keyboard. Handprinted in the USA on a 100% cotton t-shirt, you can choose from 17 different colors and sizes small through 2X-Large.

11. Typewriter Bookmark

Typewriter Bookmark Gift Idea

Writers are also readers, so a bookmark makes a fantastic gift, especially if you’re giving them some writing books as well. This bookmark features beautiful illustrations ofantique typewriters. This gift makes a great stocking stuffer or just a small motivational gift for your favorite writer.

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12. Inspirational Rough Drafts Typewriter Sign

Inspirational Rough Drafts Typewriter Sign

This cute sign is a fantastic inspirational gift for anyone who loves typewriters. Carved into birch wood, the sign features a vintage typewriter and the quote, “We’re all rough drafts of the people that we’re still becoming.” This beautiful sign is perfect for a writer’s office and comes in a variety of color options to match any decor.

13. Typewriter Enamel Pin Set

This is a cute little gift for any typewriter fanatic. This enamel pin set features two pins representing things many writers love: a vintage typewriter and a mug of coffee. Perfect for a stocking stuffer or to put in a gift bag.

14. Vintage Typewriter Pouch

Vintage Typewriter Pouch

This gift is perfect for creative writing students and writers on the go. Handmade from 100% cotton, this pouch is 6.5″ x 11″ and perfect for pencils, pens, and any other writing supplies. Great for writing in a journal or making edits on a manuscript.

15. Typewriters: Iconic Machines from the Golden Age of Mechanical Writing Book

This gift is perfect for typewriter nerds that already collect a ton of vintage typewriters and can’t get enough of these machines. This book about the history of typewriters, from the invention of the QWERTY keyboard to now. Filled with tons of facts and history, this book also has gorgeous photos of vintage typewriters. This book is a historical trip that typewriter fanatics will really enjoy.

16. Typewriter Mug

Story Teller Typewriter Mug Gifts for Writers

I love the design on this mug. Handmade by Etsy Shop Mhuglife, this ceramic mug features a cute illustration of a vintage typewriter with the words “Story Teller.” These mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe and come in your choice of size: 11 oz. or 15 oz.

Including some of their favorite tea or coffee to make a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

17. Typewriter Scarf

This scarf is a practical and fun gift for writers who love typewriters. This gorgeous cotton/silk blend features a colorful illustrated print of vintage typewriters. This lightweight scarf is the perfect accessory for any outfit and perfect for spring weather.

18. Underwood Typewriter Tie

Underwood Typewriter Tie

This is a gorgeous gift for the guy (or gal!) in your life who can’t get enough of typewriters. This vegan, silk-like microfabric features a print of a vintage 1934 Underwood manual typewriter. Since these ties are handprinted by Cyberoptix when you order them, you can choose between 18 colors in standard, narrow, and extra-large sizes. This tie is fantastic for special occasions, like celebrating a new book deal.

19. Typewriter Keys Tote Bag

Typewriter Keys Tote Bag

If the writer you’re shopping for often goes to a cafe or a library to do their writing, they’re going to need a great bag to transport all their stuff. This is that bag. This tote bag features a close-up of the keys of a vintage Underwood typewriter.

20. Typewriter Key Bracelet

Typewriter Key Bracelet

You may wonder what happens to all those antique typewriters that can’t be repaired. Well, some of them end up recycled into gorgeous jewelry pieces like this bracelet. JustWearThis takes those keys, polishes and cleans them, then turns them into lovely vintage jewelry. This bracelet features 6 keys that spell out “Adorbz” though they offer a variety of different bracelets.

JustWearThis also sells typewriter key earrings, necklaces, and other jewelry in their shop. Click the button to check them out. Their jewelry is perfect for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, and anniversaries.

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20 Gifts for Songwriters

Gifts for Songwriters

If you have a songwriter or aspiring lyricist in your life, then you know how their whole world revolves around music. When it comes time to buy them a present, there’s plenty of music-themed gifts available to delight them. From gifts to inspire their creativity to practical gifts to further their career, there’s plenty of ideas on this list. These gifts for songwriters are perfect for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and any other holiday. Many of these gifts are also great for musicians and music lovers. Check them out:

Gifts for Songwriters

Leather Music Journal

Leather Music Journal

This is a luxurious gift for anyone who writes music. Bespoke Bindery makes a variety of artisan books, including this leather music journal. This is A5 landscape journal which is bound in Spanish leather that can be personalized for the giftee. The Yapp binding is beautiful and secure.

Since these journals are handmade items you can choose the page types (all music stave, alternating blank and music stave pages, optional title page) and the color of the leather from 8 different options. If this leather journal is outside of your budget, keep reading for a low budget option.

Piano Patent Art Prints

Art makes a fantastic gift and this set of prints is perfect for anyone who writes music or plays the piano. These vintage prints feature the diagrams from various piano patents. They have a gorgeous antique appearance perfect for any home.

The prints come unframed, but at an 8×10 size, it’s easy to buy the perfect frames.

Song Sound Wave Art

Song Sound Wave Art Gifts for Songwriters

If you want thoughtful and unique gifts for songwriters, check this out. Voice and Sound makes art pieces of the soundwaves of any sound. This includes a variety of popular songs, including the song “Come What May” from Moulin Rouge. You can select from over 700 song prints or request your own custom song sound art. This is the perfect custom gift, either pick your songwriter’s favorite song or have a piece of art created based off a song they’ve written.

Musical Notes Infinity Scarf

This is a fashionable gift for any songwriter or musician. This tasteful infinity scarf features a print of musical notes. Great for casual day-to-day wear or for a concert.

Available in black, dark grey, navy blue, and white.

Musical Notes Shea Butter Soap

Musical Notes Shea Butter Soap - Gifts for Songwriters

Artisan soap makes a fantastic gift for birthdays or as a stocking stuffer and this set is perfect for musically minded people. These handmade soaps come in a set of 14 musical notes made from moisturizing shea butter. Each set is made to order so you can choose from 18 different colors and even get the set in a mix of colors.

Guitar Ball Point Pens

If you’re searching for fun gifts for songwriters, this is a blast. This pen is shaped like an electric guitar. This ballpoint pen is perfect for writing lyrics or musical notes or playing air guitar while listening to their favorite rock songs.

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Essential Songwriter’s Rhyming Dictionary

If you’re looking for a practical gift that will help your favorite songwriter in their creative endeavors, this book is perfect.This pocket-sized dictionary is perfect for those moments of writer’s block where you can’t quite find the right words. With 15,000 words, this is a must have reference for all songwriters.

Vinyl Vintage Record Coasters

Songwriters and audiophiles alike have a soft spot in their hearts for records. These are fun and useful gifts for songwriters. This set of 6 vinyl coasters look like vintage records that are perfect to prevent your tables from damage. Use these coasters in the recording studio or around the house.

Writing Better Lyrics

If you’re shopping for an aspiring songwriter, this book makes a great gift. Written by Pat Pattison (professor at Berklee College of Music), this book captures the knowledge he imparts in his poetry and lyrics writing classes. Using examples from 20 chart-topping songs, this covers basic and advanced lyric writing techniques.

Piano Calculator

This is another handy gift that’s perfect for songwriters and musicians. This perfectly sized pocket calculator looks like a keyboard, with the numbers on the white keys and the functions on the black keys. Great for a Secret Santa gift and perfect as a stocking stuffer.

The Chord Wheel

This is another fantastic gift for aspiring musicians and songwriters. Whether they prefer working with piano or guitar, the Chord Wheel is a helpful visual aid to understand the relationships between chord progressions. This is a great resource for deconstructing musical pieces to learn from the masters or to write their own music.

Piano USB Flash Drive

This is an extremely practical gift that any aspiring songwriter will appreciate. This USB flash drive features a piano keys print that will inspire musical genius. This portable flash drive is perfect for backing up digital sheet music and song recordings. It’s great to attach to a keychain or toss in a purse or backpack.

Music Mug

This mug is harmonically awesome. The side says “What part of *music* don’t you understand?” It’s a white ceramic mug with a black handle and interior. This 11 oz. size mug is microwave safe, but should only be hand washed to avoid any fading of the print.

Include some of their favorite tea or coffee to create a gift bag they’ll really enjoy.

Guitar Chord Stamp

This is a useful pocket sized gift for guitarists and songwriters. This guitar chord stamp makes it easy to record chords anywhere. Add hard to remember chords to sheet music or write out songs for other musicians. Include an ink pad and they’ll be ready to go.

The compact size makes this a perfect stocking stuffer. Include some of their favorite guitar picks to create a nice gift set.

Music Journal

This music journal is a no frills way to write new songs. This 8 x 10 inch notebook features lined pages on one side and sheet music on the owner, perfect for songwriters who are penning lyrics and music. Perfect for brainstorming or recording finalized songs.

Include a pack of their favorite pens or pencils so they’re ready to start composing.

Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone

This microphone is must have for any independent songwriters and recording artists. Snowball iCE is a plug and play USB microphone that can be used to record music to any laptop or desktop computer with any recording software. It’s perfect for recording instruments or vocals, as well as any other recordings you may need. Plenty of podcasters use it, too. The built-in desktop microphone makes it ready to go out of the box or it can also fit on any standard mic stand.

This is a great gift to help any songwriter record their music.

Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder

If your songwriter doesn’t want to be confined to their computer when they record their songs, this Zoom is the perfect recorder for musicians on the go. With four-channel recording and built-in stereo microphones, this compact unit has everything you need to record music or vocals. The Zoom H4N is also perfect for recording live performances.

Guitar Pick Holder Leather Key Chain

This gift is perfect for the songwriter who is always misplacing their guitar picks or needs to have them easily on hand for performances. This leather keychain handmade by Hide & Drink is handsome and practical. They can attach it to their keys or their guitar case and always have them on hand.

Treble Clef Sterling Silver Necklace

If you’re looking for romantic gifts for songwriters, check out this necklace. Hand cast in sterling silver, this classic necklace features a treble clef pendant. Perfect for casual wear or special occasions, this necklace can become a meaningful good luck charm for the songwriter in your life.

Songwriters On Songwriting

This is the fourth edition of this classic book on songwriting. Interviews with 62 of the greatest songwriters, there are thoughts on creativity, writing lyrics, working in the music business, and much more. In addition to covering much of the history of modern songwriting, this book provides great insight into the creative process of many master lyricists.

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20 Valentine’s Day Gifts for Readers & Book Lovers

Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers & Book Lovers

Valentine’s Day is always a tricky holiday to shop for. Gifts need to be meaningful and romantic, plus there are expectations of flowers and chocolates. Luckily, when you’re shopping for a book lover, there are plenty of meaningful gifts that will delight them. We’ve rounded up some of the best Valentine’s Day gifts for readers and bookworms. These gifts are romantic, practical, and fun. They’re all sure to woo your beloved on Valentine’s day. Check them out below. (If the person you’re shopping for is also a writer, they might enough these Valentine’s Day gift ideas for writers, too.)

Literary Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bookworms

1. Love Story Tea Books

If your beloved is addicted to tea, this is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for them. Basilur makes these beautiful “tea books.” They’re book-shaped tea tins with gorgeous vibrant covers that feature a variety of teas to meet your book lover’s taste. Each flavor is its own “Volume” in the collection.

We especially recommend their “Love Story” variety for Valentine’s Day, which has three different volumes with beautiful floral covers.

2. Chocolate Covered Book Oreos

Chocolate Covered Book Oreo Cookies

Chocolates are a classic Valentine’s Day gift, but these beauties will really delight a book lover. Handmade by Rosebud Chocolates, these Oreos are hand-dipped in regular or white chocolate and feature a gold book. These chocolates make great Valentine’s Day gifts for readers and writers alike.

3. “As You Wish” Princess Bride Inspired Soy Candle

"As You Wish" Princess Bride Inspired Soy Candle - Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

From the Page specializes in making literary-inspired candles. Their “As You Wish” candle is the perfect romantic gift for Valentine’s Day. Inspired by the love story from A Prince Bride, the romantic scent is Love Spell, with citrus, cherry blossom, hydrangea, apple, and peach aromas. Made with soy wax, the candle is eco-friendly and the jar is reusable once the candle is spent. This is a sweet gift for any reader who loves A Princess Bride.

4. What I Love About You Fill In The Love Journal

Readers love books, so what could they love more than a personalized book that you fill out all about them? Before you give the book to them, sit down and fill out the book. It will prompt you to record lovely memories from your relationship and the little quirks you find so adorable in your special someone. Then you’ll present them with the perfect keepsake, sure to bring a few tears to their eyes.

5. Book Roses

Recycled Book Roses - Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

Roses are another classic Valentine’s Day gift, but rather than getting expensive roses that will die, these cool roses last forever. Handmade by Maviny at My Cotton Branch, she recycles pages from books to make these gorgeous paper flowers. Her’s is unique in that you can select the book the pages come from, including some children’s books that great lovely colorful flowers. Other options include text from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, The Twilight books or the beloved Harry Potter. There are even more books to choose from, so click the button below to see all of the options. Since the roses are handmade to order, you can even request a custom book made from your own paper.

6. “Talk Dewey to Me” Socks

This is the perfect gift for book nerds and librarians that adds a little spice to Valentine’s Day. The socks are embroidered with dewey decimal numbers and feature the phrase “Talk Dewey to me” on the side. This is a romantic, book nerdy way to start something a little naughty on Valentine’s Day.

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7. Bamboo Bathtub Caddy Tray

There’s nothing a reader loves more at the end of a day then relaxing and enjoying a good book. Now they can combine that with a warm bath to create perfect bliss. This bamboo bathtub tray is adjustable to fit any tub side. It has a metal frame to securely hold a book or e-reader while they soak. There’s also a “cup holder” to secure a glass of wine. This is a fantastic option if you’re searching for Valentine’s Day gifts for readers.

Include some of their favorite bubble bath or a nice bath bomb and a bottle of wine to make a gift basket they’ll want to use ASAP.

8. Personalized Library Borrowers Card Poster

Personalized Library Borrowers Card Poster - Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

This is one of the coolest personalized gifts for readers I’ve seen. Boka Print specializes in customized prints and this vintage library inspired design is perfect for bookworms. Designed to look like an old library book borrower’s card, it can be personalized with your names and a “Title” for your relationship. The dates can be from significant days in your relationship, like first date, first kiss, engagement, marriage, birth of children, or even inside jokes. This romantic, personal gift will be sure to touch your book lover and makes a gorgeous display piece. Since they’re made to order, the print is available in a variety of sizes.

9. Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

Romantic poetry is a classic Valentine’s Day gift. Obviously, it’s best if you write it yourself, but if you’re not a poetic type, this book of love poems by Pablo Neruda is perfect. These poems are charged with erotic sensuality and beautiful passion, written on the island of Capri about his love Matilde Urrutia.

To make the gift more meaningful and romantic, write a sweet message in the front of the book. Also, get a new bookmark, read through the poems in the book and select one that reflects how you feel about your beloved. Then, when you give them the book you can read the poem out loud to them or have them read it. Make sure to have tissues nearby!

10. Great Gatsby Cufflinks

Great Gatsby Cufflinks Valentine's Day Gifts for Readers

If your special someone is a guy, then these The Great Gatsbey cufflinks are a fantastic gift idea. Made from the text of the book, one cufflink says “Gatsby” while the other says “Old Sport”–the nickname Gatsby calls Nick throughout the book. These are a subtle accessory, perfect for any book lover or fan of the novel. DSPDavey also makes a pair that says “Gatsby” and “Daisy” here.

11. Romantic Folded Book Art

Romantic Folded Book Art

This is a unique and sweet literary gift for your loved one. Folded Books the Eco Way specializes in this cool kind of book art. It involves folding pages to create an image or text that can be displayed on a table or shelf. We like “Blow Me a Kiss” because of the sweet image with hearts, but you can also order a custom book with your anniversary date, initials, or another special message.

12. Stack of Books Jewelry Box

If you plan on giving your loved one jewelry for Valentine’s day, this bookish gift is the perfect companion. What looks like a stack of vintage books is actually a jewelry box. The top hinges open to store jewelry, love letters, or other keepsakes. Looks great on a desk, dresser, or bookshelf.

13. Literary Bath Bombs

Literary Bath Bombs Valentine's Day Gift for Book Lovers

Books and Love Letters handmakes a variety of delicious-smelling bath bombs. These unique scents are perfect for self-care and pampering. We especially like the literary-themed items. Some of the book related options include scents inspired by books like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and classic fairy tales.

14. Heart Metal Bookmark

Heart Metal Bookmark Gift Valentine's Day

A reader can never have enough bookmarks, but this one comes straight from the heart! Hand formed by Fine Metal Dust, these compact and cute bookmarks feature a heart shape that lovingly marks the page in a book. Available in antiqued copper or brass.

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15. Ernest Hemingway Love Quote Art Print

Ernest Hemingway Love Quote Art Print

This romantic art print of a classic Ernest Hemingway quote is perfect to hang in a bedroom, office, or home library wall. The quote says: “We would be together and have our books and at night be warm in bed together with the windows open and the stars bright.” The quote is printed on high quality 100% cotton matte fine art paper ready for framing.

16. Love Story Literary Bauble Necklace

Love Story Literary Bauble Necklace

Here’s a cool jewelry option for Valentine’s Day with a literary twist. Mummy Bird Pretties makes these glass necklaces that feature pieces from recycled love stories. Give your beloved some classic literary love.

17. Wuthering Heights Love Quote Bracelet

Wuthering Heights Love Quote Bracelet

This is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for Emily Bronte fans and lovers of classic literature. This cuff bracelet made by Jezebel Charms features this quote from Wuthering Heights: “Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same.” The brass bracelet features a purple finish and comes in a gift box ready for giving.

18. Personalized Penguin Book Cover

Personalized Penguin Book Cover

This is a beautiful way to commemorate your love for the book nerd in your life. These custom Penguin Book cover can feature any message you like, from an inside joke to a romantic musing. For the author field, you can display your names and the date can be an anniversary, first date, or another special moment from your relationship. Perfect to print and frame for display anywhere in your home.

19. Longitude Latitude Leather Bookmark

Longitude Latitude Leather Bookmark

Every couple has a special place, whether it’s where you first met, the restaurant of your first date, or the church where you got married. Now you can memorialize that special place on a gorgeous bookmark. Love That Leather makes these lovely leather bookmarks that are imprinted with the coordinates of any place you to. A romantic and personal gift for any booklover.

20. Book Locket

Book Locket Necklace for Valentine's Day

Lockets are a traditional romantic gift for a lover, but this one has its own literary twist. This locket is in the shape of a book and can be personalized with an initial. Inside you can put a picture or even a romantic note. This is a beautiful piece of jewelry any book lover would adore.

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Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug Gifts for Copywriters

10 Cool & Practical Gifts for Copywriters

10 Cool Gifts for Copywriters

Copywriting is a common career for aspiring authors, grammar nerds, and anyone else who loves the written word. And like any other writing job, it kind of takes over their lives. So if you have a copywriter in your life, you know some of the best gifts are those that pay tribute to their jobs or even help them. To make your gift shopping a little bit easier, we’ve compiled this list of gifts for copywriters. These include cool and original gifts that are a lot of fun as well as practical presents they’ll appreciate. All of these gifts are great options for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas, and any other gift-giving occasion. Check them out below.

Gifts for Copywriters

Copywriter T-Shirt

This cool t-shirt is a great gift to celebrate your favorite copywriter. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a good copywriter, try hiring a cheap one” is what is printed on this soft t-shirt. Great for lounging around the house on Saturday or perfect for work wear if their job is at a casual start-up.

Available in sizes Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large & 3X-Large, in 5 color options.

Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug

Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything Mug Gifts for Copywriters

Copywriters spend more time online than other types of writers since they’re often writing copy for social media and websites. As a result, they often find themselves frustrated by all the memes and weird things that people write that aren’t grammatically correct. This mug celebrates that frustration by proclaiming: Internet Grammar is Ruining Everything!

This white ceramic mug is dishwasher and microwave safe. Add some of your copywriter’s favorite coffee or tea to create a gift bag they’ll really appreciate.

The Copywriter’s Handbook

If you’re looking for gifts for a newer or aspiring copywriter, this book is a great practical present. The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert W. Ply is a classic guide to copywriting perfect for everyone involved in the copy process, not just writers themselves, but creative directors, entrepreneurs, and marketers. It covers topics like writing headlines that work, ensuring people open your marketing emails, and how to make your copy more readable.

If you’re searching for a practical gift for copywriters, this book is a great choice.

Melodic Newspaper Bracelet

Melodic Newspaper Bracelet Gifts for Copywriters

If you’re looking for a copywriter’s gift that’s a little outside the box, check this out. Papermelon makes these gorgeous bracelets, completely out of recycled material. This boho style bangle features strips from magazine and newspapers, creating a cool design in a lovely shade of blue. Each bracelet is handmade and completely unique. This is a great statement piece to wear to the office. There are also a variety of other colors available in their shop.

Vivo Height Adjustable Standing Desk

This is the kind of practical gift that can really make a positive difference in a writer’s life. Writing is a sedentary activity, with many hours each day spent sitting at a desk. One way to help alleviate the health problems from a sedentary lifestyle is to use a standing desk. Even better is an adjustable desk that can be used sitting or standing. These desks are often quite expensive, but an adjustable desk topper like this one from Vivo is an affordable compromise.

With an ergonomic design to promote a comfortable working posture, this adjustable standing desk sits on top of your existing desk. It easily adjusts up and down between sitting or standing positions. This great to add variety to a long work day and is essential for copywriters who work from home.

Grammar Pencils

Grammar Pencils - Gifts for Copywriters

This is a cute little gift, perfect for stocking stuffers or adding to a gift bag. Newton and the Apple makes geeky sets of pencils in several different themes. This is their grammar set with helpful reminders of commonly confused words like their/there/they’re and to/two/too. Available in a set of green colors, the pencils come unsharpened to display on a desk or be used by the giftee.

Moleskine Cahier Pocket Journals

Writers get ideas at any moment–in fact, creativity seems to strike at the most inconvenient times. That’s why it’s always great to have a notebook on hand. Moleskine makes these fantastic “pocket-sized” notebooks that are perfect to carry in a purse or briefcase. Whenever the perfect phrase or idea comes to mind, they can easily jot it down.

Typewriter T-shirt

Typewriter T-shirt

They probably don’t write their copy on a vintage typewriter, but I bet the copywriter in your life dreams of working on the next great American novel on an old typewriter. Nice printed shirt comes in neutral color options.

Available in men, women, and youth sizes in olive, gray, white, brown, and asphalt.

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Grammar Police Keychain

Grammar Police Keychain Gifts for Copywriters

Writers tend to be sticklers about writing and grammar, and correcting anyone who screws it up! Now you can give them a “badge” to officially recognize their membership in the Grammar Police. This cute keychain is handmade by Love Tan Co and is available in silver like a badge. This is a great stocking stuffer and a totally unique gift you can’t find in stores.

Bamboo Fountain Pen

Computers and ballpoint pens reign supreme in the office, but this fountain pen is perfect for home use, whether they’re writing a novel, a journal, or the weekly grocery list. This fountain pen is made from gorgeous, sustainable bamboo and comes in a matching case–making it perfect for gift giving.

One thing to note: the pen does not come with ink cartridges, so you have to order those separately.

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25 Stranger Things Gifts – The Ultimate Guide for Super Fans

Stranger Things Gifts - The Ultimate Guide for Super Fans

Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things is a cultural phenomenon. If you have a friend or family member who enjoys the show, you know they’re obsessed with it. They binge-watch the show over and over, obsess over their favorite characters, and discuss theories about what will happen in the next season. A lot of writers, especially those of sci-fi and horror, have fallen in love with this nostalgic TV show. If you have that kind of Stranger Things superfan in your life, then you know they would love a gift inspired by their favorite show. This article covers the best Stranger Things gifts available, from cute collectibles to hilarious apparel. These are must-have gifts for Stranger Things fans, perfect for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, or any other gift-giving occasion. Check out our recommendations below.

Ultimate Stranger Things Gifts

1. Demogorgon Plush

There is no creature more cute and cuddly than a Demogorgon–or at least this one! These plushies are made to look like the Demogorgon from the show and are perfect for cuddling up to binge Stranger Things. This is a great gift for any fan of the show who can’t get enough of the Upside Down creatures.

2. Hawkins Middle School AV Club Hoodie

Hawkins Middle School AV Club Hoodie Stranger Things Gifts

This is one of the only times that being in the AV Club has felt so cool. This sweatshirt features a microphone with the words “Hawkins Middle School AV Club,” the very same club the friends are members of in the show.

This super cozy hoodie is printed in the USA. Available in seven different colors, so you can make it the perfect customized gift.

3. Stuck in the Upside Down Shirt

If you’re looking for a fun gift for Stranger Things fans that only other fans will understand, this t-shirt is perfect. This shirt says “Stuck in the Upside Down” in the famous Stranger Things font, with half the words literally upside down.

4. Stranger Things VHS Tape Nightlight

Stranger Things VHS Tape Nightlight - Gift Ideas

This is one of the coolest Stranger Things gifts we’ve seen. Shop of Nostalgia takes old VHS tapes and upcycles them into LED nightlights. This one features a label for the show, making the perfect nightlight. VHS tapes were the most common form of home entertainment in the 1980s, which makes it the perfect form for a Stranger Things nightlight. Custom-made to order, you can’t find a gift like this in stores.

5. Steve Harrington’s Baby Sitter’s Club Tote Bag

Steve Harrington's Baby Sitter's Club Tote Bag - Stranger Things Gifts

During the 2nd season, Steve reaches his full destiny as the awesome babysitter of the gang. With his trusty bat, he protects them from demadogs and the evils of the Upside Down. This handprinted tote bag combines his awesome skills with the classic book series The Babysitter’s Club. It features Steve and his bat with the classic ABC block logo. This is an essential gift for any fans of Steve.

6. Funko Pop Vinyl Eleven with Eggos Figure

Funko Pop figures are so fun and so collectible, so their Stranger Things collection is an obvious must-have for mega-fans. My personal favorite is this Eleven figure, which features her in her pink dress and jacket, enjoying some frozen Eggo Waffles. There are tons of figures from the series to choose from, so make sure to buy their favorite characters.

7. Will’s Drawing of the Shadow Monster

Will's Drawing of the Shadow Monster Stranger Things Gifts

One of the most memorable moments of Season 2 is when Will starts drawing the Shadow Monster from the Upside Down. It ends with Will drawing an entire map of the Upside Down infecting Hawkins, but I think his drawing of the Shadow Monster looming above is the most evocative. A reproduction of this art is available as print. This drawing is one of the Stranger Things gifts that with really wow the giftee.

Available as a print, framed, or a gift set.

8. Stranger Things Charm Bracelet

This is a fantastic gift for gals who love Stranger Things. This charm bracelet is full of 10 amazing charms that represent the show, like Joyce’s Christmas lights, Hopper’s gun, Jonathan’s camera, Steve’s bat, and the guy’s bicycles. This is a super cute gift for younger fans of the show.

9. Stranger Things Character Pinback Buttons

Stranger Things Character Pinback Buttons

The perfect way to display their love of Stranger Things is with buttons on their bag or jacket. NoxArcanaArt makes a variety of buttons based on the characters from the hit show.

Buy one or get the whole set.

10. Stranger Things Ouija Board Game

Often when TV shows and movies become super popular, board game manufacturers go out of their way to create all kinds of tie-ins. But this one is absolutely perfect! They’ve taken the traditional Ouija board game but made the board look like Joyce’s wall with the letters and Christmas lights. Just like Joyce contacted Will in the upside down, you can use this to contact whatever spirits lurk from the otherside.

11. Stranger Things Stickers

Stranger Things Stickers

Any Stranger Things fan can customize their gear with these cool stickers from Handmade by Jess UK. This pack of 10 stickers immortalizes the characters and places we love from the Netflix TV show. These 3″ stickers are waterproof and tear-proof.

12. Stranger Things Eggo Card Game

This is a great game for any Stranger Things watch parties. This game looks like a box of Egg Waffles and features a fun card game based on the TV series. The cards themselves are little waffles on the back and they go in a holder that looks like a toaster. You play as your favorite character, trying to escape the Upside Down. Gameplay is similar to Uno, with some show-themed rules thrown in. This game is tons of fun and a perfect gift for Stranger Things fans.

13. Stranger Things Logo Light

This display piece is the perfect addition to any Stranger Things fan’s home. This sign features the Stranger Things logo. Turn it on and it glows just like the opening credits. Great for a TV room or nightlight in a bedroom.

14. Dustin’s Two-Toned Trucker Hat

This is an essential gift for fans of Dustin. This red, white, and blue trucker hat is identical to the one Dustin wears in Stranger Things. It’s super affordable too, so it’s perfect to include in a gift box or give as a stocking stuffer.

15. Bob Newby Superhero Enamel Pin

Bob Newby Superhero Enamel Pin Stranger Thing Gifts

He’s not the hero we deserve, but he’s the hero we need. Bob was a pleasant addition to season 2 and an instant fan favorite. Now you can honor his amazing role with the gift of this enamel pin. It features him with a superhero cape, flying through the air. 1.75″ this pin is perfect for bags or jackets.

16. The Goonies

One of the reasons Stranger Things is so popular is because of the nostalgic callback to 80s adventure movies. One of the most obvious inspirations is the 1985 movie The Goonies–which even stars a young Sean Astin who plays Bob in Season 2. The story follows a ragtag group of friends trying to save their neighborhood from being turned into a golf course. Full of action and adventure, this movie is loved by all children of the 80s and makes a perfect companion to Stranger Things.

This is a great gift for younger fans of Stranger Things who hasn’t seen the classic 80s movies that inspire the show.

17. Lucas Candle

Lucas Stranger Things Candle Fan Gift

If Lucas is your giftee’s favorite character, then this is the candle for them. Inspired by one of the cool kids from the show, this soy candle smells like almonds, fresh-picked apples, and bike rides. This is perfect to display on a shelf with the rest of their Stranger Things collectibles.

18. The Book of Barb

Barb is a beloved character from the first season of Stranger Things who quickly became a fan favorite after her (spoiler!) unfortunate demise. This book is everything Barb, providing a guidebook for uncool teens and young adults. The advice includes things like makeup tips, fashion, social do’s and don’ts, plus insights into Barb’s life and style. This book is fun and perfect for anyone who demands Justice for Barb!

19. Mornings are for Coffee & Contemplation Mug

Mornings are for Coffee & Contemplation Stranger Things Coffee Mug

This Stranger Things coffee mug is the perfect gift for the hot drink loving superfan in your life. Based on the Jim Hopper quote: “Mornings are not for questions. Mornings are for Coffee and Contemplation.” This mug is the perfect reminder that some people aren’t morning people and they need a little quiet until they’ve had their java fix. Consider including our next gift recommendation to make the ultimate gift bag.

20. Stranger Brew Coffee

If your loved one is also a coffee-addict, this is the perfect gift for them. Coffee Shop of Horrors specializes in fair trade, organic coffees inspired by horror film and TV. This is their Stranger Things blend that tastes like waffles and syrup. The label even features an illustration of Eleven enjoying some tasty Eggo waffles. Combine it with the mug recommended above for an unforgettable gift box.

21. Eleven Bitchin’ Pin

Eleven Bitchin' Pin Stranger Things Gift

While the 7th episode of season two, “The Lost Sister” has greatly divided fans of the show, all Eleven fans can agree that it has at least one amazing moment. After Eleven receives a makeover from her new “gang,” she utters the classic line: “Bitchin’.” This cool pen from Telestic Design perfectly encapsulates that moment, complete with Eleven’s new edgy look. This is a great gift or stocking stuffer for Eleven fans.

This enamel pin is 1.25″ and features a butterfly clutch closure.

22. Stranger Things Volume 1 Vinyl Soundtrack

This is an amazing gift for serious collectors. Stranger Things is well known for its moody and dramatic music. The soundtrack is perfectly featured in this gorgeous record collection. The deluxe edition includes two multi-colored vinyl records, a full-sized poster, and five character cards. This is a gorgeous art piece combined with a fantastic soundtrack.

23. Paper Girls

This is the perfect gift for Stranger Things fans who want to experience more 80s adventures like those in the TV series. Paper Girls is a comic series that follows a group of girls who deliver papers in the 1980s. Their lives are turned upside down when some strange individuals show up on their quiet suburban street. This coming of age story combines the same mysteries, speculative elements, and biking action as the show. This comic is great for teenagers and adults who can’t get enough Stranger Things.

24. Justice For Mews T-Shirt

Justice For Mews T-Shirt

Season 2 is filled with tragedy and loss, and one of the biggest losses is Dustin’s cat, Mews. This kitty made an unfortunate snack for Dart. But, this is the perfect t-shirt to remember one of the cuddliest and cutest characters from Stranger Things.

Available in men’s, women’s, and youth sizes. Colors: red, green, silver, slate, and white.

25. In Case of Vecna Keychain

In Case of Vecna Stranger ThingsKeychain

This keychain is so cool, and perfect if you’re searching for small Stranger Things gifts for stocking stuffers or gift bags. This keychain is made from wood and says “In Case of Vecna Scan This Code.” The keychain can be customized with any song you want and then when it’s scanned on Spotify it will play the song.

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The Best Books for 8th Graders

The Best Books for 8th Graders

The Best Books for 8th Graders

A love of reading is important to encourage at any age, but especially when kids grow into teenagers. Those early teen years are a whirlwind of new experiences and also new gadgets that can distract from reading. Eighth graders, usually ages 13 and 14 years old in the United States, have tons of fun and interesting books that are great for their reading level. A lot of teens at this age are ready to read books written for adult audiences, but many will be more interest in young adult and teen-focused books. For this article, we’re recommending some of the best books for 8th graders in a variety of genres. These books are perfect for Christmas presents or Birthday gifts and are a fantastic way to keep your teen reading.

Classic Books for 8th Graders

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This classic book by Maya Angelou is often found on required reading lists, but many students leave school without the opportunity to read this book. This memoir is actually the first in five volumes of her auto-biography and covers the years of her youth, perfect for 8th graders to relate to. It follows her life as she lives with her grandmother in Arkansas as a child and later lives in California where is her life is changed by an unplanned pregnancy.

Angelou’s unfiltered memoir not only gives readers insight into the early years of her life that helped shape her into the poet she is today but also reveals many realities of African American life in the United States. Her story is one filled with tragedy and triumphs that can inspire and inform young teenage readers.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This is another book that is commonly challenged in classrooms, but is essential for young readers. This Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee tells the story of a young girl coming of age in the Deep South during the Great Depression as her father defends a black man on trial for the rape of a white woman. The novel is often praised for its handling of serious issues like racial inequality and rape, especially for presenting them in a way that is appropriate for young teen readers.

Based on some of her own experiences growing up as a 10-year-old in Alabama, Lee captures the prejudices and inequality of the time through a story that helps educate readers about these issues. It also covers themes like courage, compassion, class, and gender roles in a coming of age story that 8th-grade readers can relate to. If your child won’t be reading To Kill a Mockingbird in school, this is a great book to give as a gift or use for summer reading.

Of Mice and Men

Another classic to consider when searching for books for 8th graders, is this novel by John Steinbeck. While he’s most well known for The Grapes of Wrath, this novel is shorter and easier to keep the attention of 13 and 14 year olds. It’s also common in 8th grade classrooms and like the previous two books, often challenged and banned as well.

Based on John Steinbeck’s experiences working with migrant farm workers, Of Mice and Men follows two workers in California: George an intelligent man who dreams of owning his own land someday and Lennie a strong, mentally disabled man. The novel covers themes like dreams, loneliness and relationships, powerlessness, oppression and abuse, and fate. It also provides insight into the Great Depression and lives of migrant workers.

The Outsiders

SE Hinton is an author who transformed the YA genre with her gritty, darker stories of teens. The Outsiders is the most well known of her books and is often assigned reading in middle school classrooms. This book is of significant interest to teens because Hinton was a teen herself when she wrote it and the book was published when she was 18. While this book is great for any 8th grade readers, it’s especially good for boys who aren’t into reading or feel like they can’t relate to YA stories.

This coming-of-age story follows several teen boys who are in two rival gangs, one rich and one poor. The novel touches on themes of social class, honor, relationships, and coming of age. It also deals with violence, friendships, romantic relationships, and other issues relevant to young teens. This is another book that is often challenged and kept out of the classroom, but we highly recommend it for 8th grade and high school readers.

And Then There Were None

If you’re looking for a book that isn’t surrounded by controversy and is a little more fun to read, this classic mystery by Agatha Christie is a great choice. Many readers praise this as one of the best mysteries ever written and it’s a great introduction to the mystery genre for young teens. The premise is ten strangers are invited to an island under false pretenses. In addition to two servants, these guests are accused of murder and left alone, trapped on the island to pay for their crimes. They then start to die one by one.

If you’re looking for mystery books for 8th graders to read, And Then There Were None is an excellent choice. If your child enjoys this, it may open the door for them to read other Agatha Christie mysteries or YA mysteries.

Scifi & Fantasy Books for 8th Graders


If you’re looking to get your 8th grader hooked on reading, one of the best ways to do that is to introduce them to a page turny series. Luckily, there are lots of science fiction and fantasy series written for 13 and 14 year olds. This book by Rachel Ward is the first in a series of science fiction psycho-thrillers with a touch of romance.

The main character is a 15-year-old girl named Jem who has the strange gift where she can see the date when a person is going to die when they make eye contact with her. That’s enough to make any person’s life complicated, but Jem is an orphan in foster care who doesn’t form close relationships until she meets Spider. Then everything gets out of control when she realizes he’s going to die in a couple of days and there will be a terrorist attack at the London Eye. This fast-paced thriller is fun and engaging for any 8th grader to read.


If your child is more interested in fantasy, they need to check out this trilogy by Garth Nix. This classic fantasy is an age appropriate alternative to Game of Thrones with a little extra magic thrown in. The story is about a young woman named Sabriel who has always lived away from the Old Kingdom and the Free Magic used within. That all changes when her father goes missing and she must adventure with two magical beings into the Old Kingdom and soon discovers her own destiny.

This trilogy is great for fantasy fans and as a female-led alternative to Harry Potter. While it’s often targeted at young women, it’s a classic story that readers of either gender can enjoy.


This is the first book in the The Lunar Chronicles Series, by New York Times Best Selling author Marissa Meyer, and it’s another fantastic choice if you’re trying to get your 8th grader into reading. This sci-fi retelling of the classic Cinderella tale features a main character who is a cyborg and a mechanic who finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle when she meets Prince Kai. Suddenly the fate of Earth hinges on Cinder as she uncovers the secrets of her past.

This YA book appeals to fans of YA romance, fairy tales, and science fiction, with a perfect blend of the genres that is an addictive page-turner. This is a great option if you’re looking for books for an 8th-grade reading level.

Maze Runner

Well known because of the blockbuster movie series, The Maze Runner started as a best selling YA book series by James Dashner. While it’s often compared to The Hunger Games and Divergent, the series offers a new twist on teen battling for their lives. Thomas wakes up in the Glade with no memory of what came before. The Glade is inhabited by other teen boys, all arrived the same way coming up a metal elevator with no memory. They’re surrounded by stone walls that make up the ever changing maze surrounding The Glade. That’s their only exit and no one has made it through alive. Then a girl arrives with a message and they realize their only option is to go through the maze.

The Maze Runner series is great for 8th-grade girls or boys, but boys who may be turned off by the romance elements in other YA sci-fi books will appreciate this series which focuses more on other story elements. The series is full of dystopian settings and the story evolves and deepens with each new book as the answers to mysteries are revealed.

History & Historical Fiction for 8th Graders

The Diary of a Young Girl

This is another book that is often assigned in schools, but if it’s not a part of your child’s curriculum you should get them a copy. Anne Frank was just like any other 13 year old girl, until her family had to go into hiding because the Nazis were taking Jews to concetration camps during World War II. During her time in hiding, Anne kept a journal of her day-to-day life, dreaming of being able to go outside and wishing she could be a writer. Unfortunately her family was discovered and most of them perished in concentration camps, including young Anne.

When her father returned to Amsterdam after the war, he discovered his daughter’s diary and had it published in 1947. In addition to being a beautiful memorial to his daughter, the diary is a candid window into the lives of a family in hiding from persecution. 8th-grade readers will easily relate to Anne’s vivid voice and the universal coming of age experiences she had during those years. This is a great way to help young readers connect personally with the tragedy intolerance and war causes for innocent civilians like the Frank family.

The Port Chicago 50

All of history books for 8th graders focus on events well trodden in history textbooks, but this one by Steve Sheinkin covers a story most middle schoolers (and even adults!) aren’t familiar with. In 1944 an explosion at Port Chicago, California killed more than 300 sailors. As a result, 244 men refused to return to work, protesting the unsafe conditions. When it was over, fifty of the men faced charges of mutiny.

This book covers all of the events, presented in an easy to read narrative. It highlights an important event in military history while also taking a nuanced look at civil rights and the treatment of black men and women in our armed forces during World War II. If your 8th grader enjoys this book, they may also want to read Bomb by the same author.

A Night Divided

Twelve year old Gerta wakes up one morning in 1961 to discover the Berlin Wall has been built over night, not only dividing the city, but her family as well. While she, her mother, and one of her brothers is stuck on the eastern side of the wall (controlled by the Soviets), her father and other brother are on the western side of the wall, where he had been searching for work. Soon Greta and her family realize they’re prisoners in their own city and her father wants her and her brother to tunnel under the wall and join him on the other side.

This fast-paced story provides an entertaining read for any young reader, while also giving an insight into the real-life experience of this historic time period in Germany. This book is a great choice for readers who aren’t interested in reading about history, as the fictional story will sweep them up in the experience and doesn’t feel anything like a textbook.

Wolf by Wolf

This book by Ryan Graudin is a genre blender, combining World War II alternative history with the thrill of a spy novel, the magic of speculative fiction, and the relatability of a coming of age story. In Wolf by Wolf, it’s 1956 and Ya-el has escaped the concentration camp she was imprisoned in, but now she’s a shapeshifter with an important mission. She has to assume the identity of a motorcycle champion to compete in the Axis tour. Her goal is to win and get a chance to meet the reclusive Hitler and assasinate him.

This story is great for 8th graders, especially those who are interested in Man in the High Castle and other World War II related fiction. It’s also great for fans of werewolf tales and urban fantasy.

YA Books for 8th Graders

The Fixer

If your 8th grader prefers reading books set in the real world, they will enjoy the books in this section. This novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes is a fun thriller that explores the secrets of Washington DC. Tess is sent to live with her older sister Ivy who is secretly DC’s “fixer,” someone who makes scandals disapear. Once Tess starts school, she finds herself in the roll of fixer for Hardwicke Academy. Soon both sisters find themselves wrapped up in the same conspiracy and realize what is really on the line.

This book is like House of Cards or Scandel but written for the 8th grade age set. This is a great read for any teens interested in politics or political scandals.

Pretty Little Liars

A lot of YA books for 8th graders have been turned into TV series or movies. This can actually be helpful in encouraging a teen to start reading if they’re not already a book worm. The Pretty Little Liars series has been made into a hugely popular series, but the original books by Sara Shepard were bestsellers in their own right. Plus these books are addictive, so they’re great to start a reading habit.

The story is about five beautiful girls who are friends, when their leader disappears, leaving the other four teens behind and full of secrets. Three years later they all start receiving threatening notes from a mysterious person. Now all of their secrets–big and small–could be revealed. The series includes 16 books, plus three companions novels, with plenty for your 8th grader to read.

The Princess Diaries

This is another series that was made into a movie, with a bit of a fairytale twist. These books by Meg Cabot follow the story of Mia, an awkward Freshman who is struggling with normal teen stuff when it is revealed her father is the crown prince of Genovia. That means Mia is a Princess and she’s got even bigger worries now!

The Princess Diaries series currently has 16 books in it, so there’s plenty to read. There’s also the two Disney movies to enjoy. This is a great series to give to 8th grade girls.

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