Holiday Haul at Half Price Books

Globish, The Story of English, APA Manual
Merry (early) Christmas to me!

Tonight I found the reference book section at Half Price Books… for some reason I’ve never meandered over to that section before. I was limited by the cash in my wallet, but I took home three beautiful books: Globish: How the English Language Became the World’s Language, by Robert McCrum; The Story of English, by McCrum, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil; and the APA Publication Manual. Yes, please.

I first came across The Story of English in high school; we watched the nine-hour PBS documentary in our Etymology class, and I loved it. Haha! Now I’m excited to read the book and what appears to be a companion book of sorts in Globish. Have you read either of these? I’m also happy to have a hard copy of the APA Manual to dog-ear. Yay for new books and great Christmas break reading!

Kelsey Mitchener, editor


Gift Guide | Gift Ideas for Word Lovers

gift ideas for writers, readers, editors, librarians, authors

‘Tis the season for gift guides! I love seeing what can be pulled together from the far corners of the internet: fun pieces you can’t always find (easily) in stores—or maybe that’s just me, living in Smalltown, USA. It’s like window-shopping from your armchair! Since I get such a kick out of them, this year I thought I’d try my hand at creating a gift guide of my own, so I’ve put together a list of gift ideas for word lovers of all stripes—editors, writers, readers, librarians…

1. Color Reference Drawers | Land of Nod, $109

It’s now sold out, but I’m in love with this technicolor card catalog.

2. Poe-ka Dots Tote | Out of Print Clothing, $20

Disembodied Edgar Allan Poe heads in one of my favorite patterns? I’m sold.

3. By the Book Pendant | Kate Spade, $54

4. Lined Paper Notepad and Legal Notepad (similar) | Rifle Paper Co., $8

If you know me, you know I’m fanatical about all things Rifle Paper Co. Both of these notepads are on my wishlist.

5. Pen Temporary Tattoo | Peagreen Designs for Tattly, $5 for two

Check out the pencil design, too.

6. Personal Library Kit | Knock Knock, $16

So mini. So cute! Plus you can find refills on Amazon.

7. A Diagrammatical Dissertation on Opening Lines of Notable Novels Poster | Pop Chart Lab, $30

Check out the dimensions on this enormous piece!

8. Banned Books Match Book Set | Out of Print Clothing, $8

9. On the Road Travel Thermos | Penguin, $26

Anything strike your fancy? What’s on your wishlist this year?

Kelsey Mitchener, editor

Edit: Check out my second gift guide for word lovers, too!

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