Bookish Company Promotional Post: My Top 10 Favorite Apparel Designs from Literary Book Gifts

Hi guys! I’m super excited about this post because it is the first ever promotional post I am doing to spread the word about some amazing bookish products! A few weeks ago, Literary Book Gifts reached out to me to help promote their line of bookish clothes and bags that bring some of our most beloved classics to life. I am in love with so many of these designs that I am sharing with y’all my top 10 designs!

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Literary Book Gifts offers a variety of designs on t-shirts, tank tops, hoodies, and tote bags! Their vast collection is not limited to the designs I’m showing you here today. All shirts and hoodies are available for both men and women, and they come in a variety of colors and sizes. Tote bags only have one color and size per design.

I also have a special promo code that you could use to get 20% off every single one of your purchases! Isn’t that sweet? Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see both my blog’s exclusive promo code along with a link to Literary Book Gifts! Now here are my top 10 designs!

Disclaimer: I am not receiving any compensation, payment, or goods in exchange for creating this post. I am reviewing and sharing my top 10 designs to help spread the word about their products.

10. Jane Austen (Women’s T-Shirt)

Jane AustenI have to be honest: I’ve never read a Jane Austen book. I know, that’s pretty bad. But it’s on my bucket list, and I will get to one someday. Fans of Austen’s writings will love this design as it’s both cute and filled with inspirations from six of her novels, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park. I don’t know the Easter eggs hidden on this shirt, but all I can say is that it is very neat and very well-designed.

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9. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (Tote Bag)

The Wind in the WillowsThe Wind in the Willows was one of my favorite novels as a kid. I loved meeting with Mr. Toad, Mole, Badger, Ratty, and the rest of the characters. The green backdrop of this design makes you feel like you are in nature, and it’s so great to see Ratty reading a book underneath a tree on the front. This is a really nice bag that definitely brings back some nostalgia.

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8. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Tote Bag)

Treasure IslandI remember reading Treasure Island as a kid and having some of the wildest adventures on the seven seas! It may have been such a long time since I’ve read this tale, but this design really takes me back. I really love how the design in printed in gold, so it matches with the characters’ search for treasures and riches. It’s so intricate that it’s beautiful.

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7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (Women’s T-Shirt)

Wuthering HeightsHere’s a classic that I really want to read but I’ve never had the time to pick up. But I do know what kind of happens in the story, which is why I love this design. Catherine’s ghostly figure looks both eerie and mysterious, and the shirt does a marvelous job of capturing the essence of her as spiritual being.

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6. Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (Tote Bag)

Peter PanOkay, I have to admit I’ve never read Peter Pan. And I’m not sure if I’ve even watched the movie, and if I have, it’s been when I was a very little kid. But this design truly captures the essence of Neverland. It’s charming, it’s mystical, and it’s magical. The color scheme meshes together very well, and the birds makes the story fly off from the page. I’d definitely get this tote if I had the chance.

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5. Ulysses by James Joyce (Men’s T-Shirt)

UlyssesI’ve never read Ulysses before, and I’m not sure if I ever will. It’s probably the most difficult novel to read, yet one of the most rewarding ones to finish. I’m not too familiar with the story at all, but I can say that I’m in love with this design so much. It’s so simple, yet it captures your attention. For those not acquainted with the story, it makes you stop and wonder what significance this bow has. I know I’m curious. This design may be very simple, but it’s beautiful at the same time.

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (Men’s T-Shirt)

Jane EyreJane Eyre is probably my favorite classic ever. I read it over the summer, and I enjoyed each and every page. The romance between Jane and Mr. Rochester is not only one of the most iconic love stories but also one of the best. To see this design with the two of them dancing together warms my heart so much. The resilience of their relationship truly comes to life on this shirt.

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3. Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (Tote Bag)

Moby DickI have a very funny reason why I love this bag so much. One preppy clothing brand that is very popular here in the South is Vineyard Vines, and you can easily distinguish it by their whale trademark. (I don’t wear any of their clothes, though.) Upon first seeing this design, I just loved how it reminds me so much of Vineyard Vines, but it’s better! This whale is way better than their whale because this whale is Moby Dick! And it’s very cute, too. I would honestly get this bag if I could to show off Moby.

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2. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Women’s T-Shirt)

Little WomenI haven’t read Little Women in such a long time, though I have watched a recent movie version of it. It’s such an amazing story, and from the moment I first saw this, I was geeking out a tiny bit. I just really, really love this design, and it’s so great to see all four of the March sisters on the front! The March’s is definitely one of the best fictional families ever, and it’s great that you can be with them–literally–wherever you go.

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1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Men’s T-Shirt)

Walden T-ShirtWhen I studied Transcendentalism in my AP English Language and Composition class last year, I began to fall in love with Henry David Thoreau and his writings. I was so intrigued by Transcendentalism and its focus on simplicity and nature that I was one of the few in my class who actually enjoyed this lesson. Although I haven’t read Walden (though I really want to), I have read On the Duty of Civil Disobedience. I think this design truly captures the essence of Walden–it possesses an old-timey feel as it depicts Thoreau’s log cabin and the surrounding nature. I’m just in love with this shirt. I might be biased since I’m a big fan of him.

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Don’t Miss My Exclusive Promo Code!

Thanks so much to Literary Book Gifts for providing me with this special promo code! This code will give you 20% off any and all purchases you make, and there’s no expiration date or minimum required purchase attached! All you need to do is enter it when you check out, and you are good to go!


If you want to check out these designs along with the rest of their collection, please click the link below to go to the Literary Book Gifts website! I found myself wanting to continually search and look through everything they have, and I’m certain that you will find yourself browsing a lot on there, too!

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Happy Reading!

What is your favorite design? Do you like bookish apparel and accessories?

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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Summer of Authors Finale!: Exclusive Interview with Patty Blount, author of The Way It Hurts

Hi guys! Today is the last day of July, so that means that the Summer of Authors has come to an end! Wow, 16 interviews and guest posts in 2 months? In the upcoming months, we’re limiting the number of guest authors we have on the blog, but we’re still going to have some amazing authors, so you don’t want to miss them! To conclude the Summer of Authors, we’re having Patty Blount, award-winning author of Some Boys and Send! Tomorrow, she is releasing her newest book The Way It Hurts, and you don’t want to miss it! I’m so glad I’m having her on the blog today to talk about her latest book and some other fun stuff, so I hope you enjoy!

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There may be two sides to every story, but sometimes there’s only one way to set things right…

Music is Elijah’s life. His band plays loud and hard, and he’ll do anything to get them a big break. He needs that success to help take care of his sister, who has special needs. So he’d rather be practicing when his friends drag him to a musical in the next town…until the lead starts to sing.

Kristen dreams of a career on stage like her grandmother’s. She knows she needs an edge to get into a competitive theater program―and being the star in her high school musical isn’t going to cut it. The applause and the attention only encourage her to work harder.

Elijah can’t take his eyes off of Kristen’s performance, and snaps a photo of her in costume that he posts online with a comment that everybody misunderstands. It goes viral.  It goes viral. Suddenly, Elijah and Kristen are in a new spotlight as the online backlash spins out of control. And the consequences are bigger than they both could have ever imagined because these threats don’t stay online…they follow them into real life.

Patty Blount

1. Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?

PB:  I loved reading. Books are magic! Books that make me cry, break my heart, laugh, or breathe hard in fright are incredible mystical feats.  Books have been my escape, my bliss, my friends and my hope since I was little. I’m not sure when I began dreaming of writing books of my own. It’s always been there. But I never thought I was good enough. And then one day, I decided I had to try and find out for sure. I guess I wanted to be the kind of magician who could make other readers cry, laugh, gasp, or fight.

2. What are your favorite books, genres, and authors? Which ones have impacted you and your writing style the most?

I read all genres. I grew up on Nancy Drew mysteries and later Harlequin romances. I’m a big Nora Roberts fan. I love science fiction – particularly Jeff Somers. I adore Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. I think every author I read influences me a little.

3. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?

Writing is fulltime but I also have a fulltime day job. I write instructional materials for a large corporation. When I’m not writing or working, I’m probably reading!

328416164. Your latest novel The Way It Hurts releases tomorrow August 1st, and it features two teens whose lives revolve around music and their goals for fame and success. Is music a big part of your life like Elijah and Kristen? What are some of your favorite bands?

My taste in music is pretty broad. I’m a big Neil Diamond fan. I love hard metal, too. Drowning Pool, Thousand Foot Krutch, Disturbed, Skillet, Metallica. Still love Bon Jovi. And lately, I’m loving The Zac Brown Band. I’m not the least bit musical but music does influence me. It sets my mood. Like there’s NO way to be sad after you listen to Shut Up and Dance; it’s just such a fun song.

5. Many of books, such The Way It Hurts and Some Boys, explores the themes of cyber-bullying, online trolling, sexism, and rape culture. What made you passionate about these topics, and how do you want your novels to impact readers, regardless of gender?

I almost lost my oldest son to suicide back when he was in sixth grade. He was bullied so badly, it’s left lasting scars. But back then, he didn’t yet have a phone and wasn’t online. I am so grateful for that because I’m sure if had either, I would have lost him. I think social media exacerbates the impact by extending the reach of bullies and I want readers to understand it’s not a game when they use social networks to spread hate.

6. If you were to form a band, what role would you be, and what would you name the group? Which genre of music would you probably perform?

If I were musical, I’d play lead guitar in a rock band. We’d be called Serial Comma. Or maybe I’d sing.

7. You’ve already written and contributed to nine books! That’s amazing! Out of all of them, which one is your favorite? Which novel was the most challenging to write?

Ooo, this is hard. They’re all my favorite at some point. I think I love NOTHING LEFT TO BURN the most. The most challenging to write is always the one I’m currently working on. Always! I reach a point where the words all suck and the characters annoy me. But I soldier on and do my best to write past that doubt.

Patty-Blount_052_F-240x3008. What about contemporary romance novels drew you as an author and reader to start writing books in that genre?

I would love to write other sub-genres like suspense, horror, etc. I adore romance because it fills me with hope. I have a ghost story that’s still unpublished. And a bit of a rom-com called Crossing the Line that’s about teen race car drivers. I may self-pub them one day. As much as I enjoy reading about magic, I am drawn to contemporary romance because I think that’s the kind of magic I can believe in after I’ve closed the book. It endures.

9. In addition to be an author, you are also a blogger and contributor at YA Outside the Lines. How did you become a part of YA Outside the Lines, and what is it like being a part of the blog?

Oh, I love my Outsider family! It’s by invitation. The incredible author, Kimberly Sabatini, author of TOUCHING THE SURFACE, invited me. This is a fantastic group of YA authors and I’ve only met a few of them in real life. We’re all at different stages of our writing careers, so collaborating on the blog is a great way to learn from masters. Take Bill Cameron, for example. He’s a gifted author of mysteries who just released his first YA. He has the most imaginative ways of showing you the seedy underbelly of life. I find his phrases stick in my brain .

1850968310. Which emojis would you use to describe your reaction whenever your books are nominated for or win an award or accolade, such as a Firecracker Award and a RITA Finalist for Some Boys and a Junior Library Guild Fall Pick for Send? Explain (with words 😉) your choices.

Smiling face/ Astonished face with open mouth/ hearts and lots of exclamation points!!

11. What are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in the future?

I’m working on a companion story to Some Boys that’s not yet titled. It’s based on the Brock Turner sentence. In this story, the dual narrators are brother and sister and though the book has romances for both characters, it’s not the main focus. The family bond is the story…and how surviving a rape and managing the lack of justice impacts everybody in that family.

12. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors or writers?

Read. Read as much as you can and decide what you like and why. Pay attention to the books that make your pulse pound, your eyes tear, and your heart ache. Then study how those authors did that to you. That’s magic right there. Learn and incorporate their magic into your own. For example, I love how Jeff Somers writes a fight scene. He deliberately slows down the action so I feel every hit. I’ve closed his books sweating like I ran a marathon.

And I like how Nora Roberts write a love scene so it feels like I’m the one being kissed. She immerses you in pure emotion. So now I try to make my characters’ emotions that deep, that intense.

If you want to be scared, read Dean Koontz and Stephen King. Study how they develop their monsters.

You don’t copy and you don’t mimic. You learn which means you figure out how to incorporate those results, those impacts, into your own narrative voice.

Thanks so much Patty for coming onto our blog!!! 🙂

About the AuthorPatty-Blount_052_F-240x300

Patty Blount grew up quiet and somewhat invisible in Queens, NY, but found her voice writing smart and strong characters willing to fight for what’s right. Today, she’s the award-winning author of edgy, realistic, gut-wrenching contemporary and young adult romance. Still a bit introverted, she gets lost often, eats way too much chocolate, and tends to develop mad, passionate crushes on fictional characters…and Gilles Marini….and Sam Heughan. Let’s be real; Patty’s not nearly as cool as her characters, but she is a solid supporter of women’s rights and loves delivering school presentations.

Patty is best known for her internet issues novels, including SOME BOYS, a 2015 CLMP Firecracker winner and SEND, a 2012 Junior Library Guild Fall Pick. Visit her website at, where you can sign up for her newsletter. She blogs at YA Outside the Lines and is also active on Twitter and Facebook. When she’s not writing, Patty loves to watch bad sci-fi movies, live tweeting the hilarity, and scour Pinterest for ideas on awesome bookcases. Patty lives on Long Island with her family in a house that, sadly, lacks bookcases. She loves hearing from readers, especially when they tell her she’s cool (even though she knows it’s not true), and is easily bribed with chocolate. Never underestimate the power of chocolate.

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Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

Are you excited about The Way It Hurts? Have you read any of Patty’s books?

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