Being bookish is about more than obsessing over books and authors and the smell of paper and ink. It’s also about the little “extras,” those nifty things that help us bookworms stay organized, find new and interesting books, and keep at least a little money in our wallets at the end of the month. This week’s list is all about paying tribute to those “extras.”
1. The Listography app - I use Listography to keep track of my TBR list, but the full website is difficult to navigate on my phone. Using the app, I can quickly access all of my lists, remove a book I’m about to purchase, and add books that I see at the store, but can’t buy right away, or want to do some more research about.
2. Bookpedia - Bookpedia is a computer program (for Macs only — sorry, PC users) that allows me to keep track of what books are currently on my shelves. The interface looks a lot like iTunes, but with book covers instead of album covers. The extra cool thing about Bookpedia is that it functions as a mini-lending library; if someone qualifies for my lending policy, I can use Bookpedia to log who borrowed a book, when they borrowed it, and set a return date — and I automatically get a reminder as that date draws near.
3. Goodreads - I know this will end up on almost everyone’s list, and in truth I haven’t used it much in the past. I already keep track of my books in different ways, and didn’t need another platform I’d keep forgetting to update. It wasn’t until I read a post about how one blogger uses Goodreads to see reviews of the books he wants to read that I was clued in to that aspect of it. Goodreads is populated by more bookish people than websites like Amazon and even Barnes and Noble, and we’re definitely vocal about loving or hating a book. I haven’t used Goodreads much yet, but I think I will be in the future.
4. Bookmarks - Ah, the lowly bookmark. I have several beautiful ones, but my favorite bookmarks are some torn-up ones I got at Half-Price Books, as well as one from Massolit Books, an amazing bookstore tucked away in a back street of Krakow, Poland. I’ve also been known to make my own bookmarks out of tissues, squares of toilet paper, pressed flowers, and other books.
5. Bas Bleu - The tagline says it all: “Champion of the odd little book.” My source for cute novelty books, as well as games and puzzles, cute bookish clothes, and more “extras” like reading lights, cute bookmarks, and pretty music. “Bas Bleu,” by the way, is French for “Bluestocking,” an old term for a literary woman.
6. Levenger - “Tools for serious readers.” This website’s got it all: sturdy and beautiful lap desks, high-quality tote bags and briefcases, fountain pens and ink, organizers, bookends, bookmarks, even some books and furniture. It can get kind of pricey ($30 bookweight, anyone?) but the two or three purchases I’ve made have been well worth it.
What are some of the bookish “extras” you can’t live without?