With the Memorial Day weekend just days away, I am looking forward to a three-day weekend of fun, sun, and lots of extra reading time. I am also celebrating the unofficial start of summer with a sale on my bookish pendants. These handmade pendants are a great way to combine your summer style with your summer reading list and to show off your love of books and literature while on vacation, heading to the beach, or enjoying the summer sunshine. Don’t believe me? Check out these fun summer outfits featuring handmade pendants inspired by The Great Gatsby and Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Hello again, book lovers. Sorry it’s been so quiet in here but I’ve spent the bulk of the past two months in the hospital and wasn’t able to post here very much. I am pleased to say that, failing any more complications or surprises, that I am on the mend and ready to get back to work making beautiful handmade literary jewelry for all of you obsessive book lovers, readers, and bibliophiles. I am in the process of getting the C. S. Literary Jewelry Etsy shop back up and running. I am not 100% there yet but I have some great Mother’s Day gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, and graduation gifts for book lovers posted and available for purchase in the shop and I expect to have more of your favorite book jewelry back in stock in the next few days. I am planning a Grand Reopening Sale when my shop is fully stocked and officially back in business so be sure to check back here (or subscribe to my newsletter) to get more details about that when they are available. I am also in the process of writing up book reviews for all the books I read while I was recovering, so stay tuned for those.
In the meanwhile, I want to thank you all for your patience and for the good thoughts / messages of encouragement many of you sent via Facebook and Instagram while I was sick and stressed. I really appreciated it!
P.S. I WAS able to post to Instagram and spent last month celebration National Poetry Month by posting a different poem or quote from a poem each day. It was pretty great and definitely worth checking out. If you don’t follow me on Instagram yet, you can see my posts here.
The holiday season is a crazy time with gifts to buy and wrap, holiday meals to prepare, and Christmas parties to attend so it can be a little hard to find a lot of time to read. When this happens, I like to pull out a book of poems. Poetry is perfect for hectic times because it can be consumed in small bites and because it reminds us to slow down and experience the moment rather than rushing through it. This year my poetry book was Billy Collin’s latest collection, The Rain in Portugal. I am never disappointed when I pick up a Billy Collin’s book but I particularly enjoyed this one because I had the opportunity to hear the poet read a few of the poems at a poetry reading a while back. (As a side note, I just want to mention that Billy Collins is a wonderful reader and speaker, as well as a wonderful poet, and if you have the opportunity to see him read in person, I highly recommend you go!)
Ask anyone who knows me and they will you tell that I have an obsession with T. S. Eliot’s The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock so it comes as no surprise that my favorite poem in the collection was “Note to J. Alfred Prufrock.” And “Note to Prufrock” wasn’t the only allusion to great poems and poets in this collection. One of my favorites things about Collins as a poet is that his poetry reads as a love letter to poetry, which makes it a poetry lover’s dream come true.
The Rain in Portugal also contains a playful look at rhymes, a wistful meeting between the poet and the sister he never had, and a interesting take on the cosmology of the universe involving Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. All in all, The Rain in Portugal will make a wonderful addition to my poetry book collection and would make a lovely holiday gift for a poetry lover.
That’s it for me today but I would love to hear from you. What’s your favorite collection of poetry to read when life gets crazy? Let me know in the comments below. And until next time, take care and happy reading!!
Not many people realize it but November is a magical time for book lovers, particularly book lovers with a fondness for classic children’s books. It tends to get overlooked because of the holiday bustle and rush but this past week is chock full of literary birthdays, including some of my all-time favorite authors. Today we celebrate the births of Lucy Maud Montgomery, (author of the Anne of Green Gables books) and Mark Twain, (Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and much more). Yesterday I wished a very happy birthday to C. S. Lewis (the Narnia books), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), and Madeline L’Engle (A Wrinkle in Time) and Frances Hodgson Burnett (The Secret Garden) celebrated her birthday on Thanksgiving.
There’s a chapter in Anne of Avonlea when Anne’s friends gather to celebrate her birthday with her. There’s only one problem. It’s not her birthday.
“I was just on my way over to invite you to help me celebrate my birthday on Saturday,” said Anne.
“Your birthday? But your birthday was in March!”
“That wasn’t my fault,” laughed Anne. “If my parents had consulted me it would never have happened then. I should have chosen to be born in spring, of course. It must be delightful to come into the world with the mayflowers and violets. You would always feel that you were their foster sister. But since I didn’t, the next best thing is to celebrate my birthday in the spring.
I almost wish I could do the same thing with all these wonderful birthdays – just move them to another time of year where they can get the attention they so richly deserve! Many of these authors wrote some of my favorite books and created characters that became life-long friends and it seems a shame that their birthdays should get drowned simply because they fall on or around Thanksgiving. But since that seems a little silly, I am simply going to mark the occasion with a cup of tea, a slice of cake, and by reading one or two of my favorite passages. It’s a busy time of year for me, with lots of orders to make up and ship out, but this is one of the joys of re-reading stories that I know so well. I can open to almost any part of the book, read a page or two and then get back to the rest of my day without wondering what will happen next. It’s like a quick little visit to an old friend who is always glad to see you!
It’s time for the C. S. Literary Jewelry Winter Giveaway! One lucky winner will spend Christmas in Narnia with this gorgeous Narnia ornament from the Papuan Lass Etsy shop. Inspired by The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe from C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia books, this handmade Christmas ornament is a beautiful way to add a touch of bookish charm to your Christmas decor.
Thanksgiving is just a little over a week away and stores everywhere are getting ready for Black Friday weekend and the official beginning of the holiday shopping season. But here at C. S. Literary Jewelry, we have a special tradition. Every year, one week before Black Friday, I have my Annual Thanksgiving Sale. Available exclusively to my newsletter subscribers, the C. S. Literary Jewelry Thanksgiving Sale is my biggest sale of the year and my way of saying thank you to all my customers for supporting me throughout the year.
This year, my Thanksgiving Sale will be held on Friday, November 18th. For one day only, you can save 30% on orders under $100 and 40% on orders of $100 or more! You won’t want to miss your chance to get great Black Friday deals on my handmade literary jewelry, get a head-start on your Christmas shopping, and find perfect the holiday gifts for book lovers, bibliophiles, and bookworms.