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17 Nov

Literary Baby Names - Boy's Names from Classic Novels / Books

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Here are a few inspiring baby boy names from classic literature, so they can literally have a story behind their name! Find a list of girl's names here.

Boy's Names

  • Abel - From Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Amory - After Amory Blaine from This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Angel - From Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Aslan - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • Atticus - The lovable father from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Bingley - After the charming Mr. Bingley from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • Byron - Inspired by Lord Byron himself
  • Cecil - From A Room with a View by E. M. Forster
  • Claudio - From Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
  • Conrad - From Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
  • Darcy - The handsome (and rich) hero From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Dorian - From The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Edmund - The hero from Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
  • Edward - After Rochester from Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Frederick - After Jane Austen's hero Frederick Wentworth of Persuasion
  • Franklin - From Wilkie Collin's The Moonstone
  • Gabriel - From Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Gatsby - Inspired by The Great Gatsby created by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Holden - The protagonist from The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  • Jay - Inspired by Jay Gatsby created by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Jem - Scout's big brother from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Josiah - From Charles Dicken's Hard Times
  • Maxim - From Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca
  • Pip - From Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver - The lovable orphan created by Charles Dickens
  • Orlando - From Shakespeare's As You Like It
  • Regan - From King Lear by Shakespeare
  • Romeo - From Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
  • Sawyer - After The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Sebastian - From The Tempest, Twelfth Night and The Two Gentlemen of Verona by Shakespeare
  • St. John - Prononced [SIN-jin] or [SIN-jun], inspired by Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Tim - The adorable Tiny Tim from Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol
  • Victor - Named after doctor Frankenstein himself from Mary Shelley's horror classic
  • Wentworth - After Jane Austen's hero Frederick Wentworth of Persuasion
  • Winston - The protagonist from 1984 / Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
17 Nov

Literary Baby Names - Girl's Names from Classic Novels / Books

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Here are a few inspiring baby girl names from classic literature, so they can literally have a story behind their name! Find a list of boy's names here.

Girl's Names

  • Anna - From Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  • Anne - Just like Anne of Green Gables or Anne Elliot from Jane Austen's Persuasion 
  • Alice - From Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Arwen - The half-elf from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings
  • Beatrice - A character from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing
  • Bronte - After the Bronte sisters, the authors behind Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
  • Catherine - The passionate and fiery character of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights
  • Charlotte - The loveable spider from Charlotte's web
  • Daisy - From F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
  • Dion - From Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale
  • Dorothea - Inspired by George Eliot's Middlemarch, A Study of Provincial Life
  • Elinor - The sensible sister in Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility
  • Elizabeth - or Lizzy for short - my personal favourite heroine from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • Éowyn - The noble shieldmaiden from Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien
  • Estella - From Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations
  • Emma - Jane Austen's beautiful, intelligent and favourite heroine 
  • Gwen - From Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest
  • Heidi - From Johanna Spyri’s novel
  • Hermione - Not just a Harry Potter character, the name also appears in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale
  • Hester - Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter 
  • Imogen - From Shakespeare's Cymbeline
  • Iris - From Shakespeare's The Tempest
  • Jane - She is no bird! From Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
  • Jo - After strong-willed Josephine March from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
  • Jude - From Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure
  • Juliet - From Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet
  • Juno - From Shakespeare's The Tempest
  • Katherina / Kate - "Kiss me, Kate!" From Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
  • Lucy - Sweet Lucy from CS Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
  • Lydia - Naughty by nice Lydia from Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice
  • Marianne - The passionate sister from Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility
  • Matilda - The clever and sweet protagonist from this well loved Roald Dahl story
  • Mina - After Mina Harker from Bram's Stoker's Dracula 
  • Moll - From The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
  • Molly - Inspired by James Joyce's Ulysses
  • Natasha - From Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace
  • Pearl - Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter 
  • Penelope - From Odyssey, the poem by Homer
  • Phoebe - Inspired by JD Salinger’s classic The Catcher In The Rye
  • Rebecca - After Daphne Du Maurier's masterpiece
  • Rosalind - From William Shakespeare’s As You Like It
  • Scarlett - From Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind
  • Scout - After Jean Louise "Scout" Finch from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Tess - After Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • Zooey - Cool name inspired by JD Salinger’s Franny and Zooey
04 Nov

Harry Potter Go Mobile Game - Move Over Pokemon!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Oh Lord Voldemort! Imagine a Harry Potter version of the Pokemon Go mobile game! A recent video imagines what this could be like:

It would have:

  • Hunt fantastic beasts (help me Hagrid!)
  • Choosing your house; Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw (Gryffindor obviously)
  • The Maraduer's map, which is similar to the "Pokemon Go" map
  • Finding and collecting chocolate frog cards
  • Exploring locations like Hogsmeade, Diagon Alley, Hogwarts Castle and Ministry of Magic

"Harry Potter Go"'s release date, specs and components are very obscure and may be nothing more than fan theory. But one can dream!

The good news it that the mobile game "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" is as of now in progress! So that is something for Harry Potter fans and mobile gamers to look forward to.

09 Oct

Top 10 Spooky Bookish Gifts for Halloween - No trick - treat yourself!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

There is nothing like a good horror story on All Hallow's Eve. Enjoy these gifts inspired by some of the best beastly books.

You can view our entire spooky selection here.

1. Dracula Book Scarf  

Spend every day with The Count, wrapped up in your favourite novel with this Storiarts Book Scarf™. Terrifying and trendy. Click here.

2. Book Brooch - Handmade - The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe

The Raven Edgar Allan Poe Book Brooch

Handmade book brooch crafted from rescued copies of The Raven and backed onto wood. Click here.

3. Necklace - Lightning Bolt - Frankenstein

Necklace - Lightning Bolt - Frankenstein

'Striking' necklace which will leave a powerful impression! Click here.

4. Magic Notebooks- For Young Wizards - Set of Three 

Magic Notebooks- For Young Wizards - Set of Three

Our set of three magic notebooks makes an ideal gift for Harry Potter fans or perfect for your own magical studies. Click here.

5. Mini Diary 2016 - Paperblanks - Shadow

Mini Diary 2016 - Paperblanks - Shadow

Stunningly ornate 'Shadow' day-at-a-time day planner for 2016. Click here.

6. The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Works - Oscar Wilde - Leatherbound

The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Works - Oscar Wilde - Leatherbound

A lush, cautionary tale of a life of vileness and deception in a stunning leather bound edition, which will forever be beautiful... Click Here.

7. Vinyl Sticker - Lumos / Nox - On / Off Lightswitch Decal - Harry Potter

Vinyl Sticker - Lumos / Nox - On / Off Lightswitch Decal - Harry Potter

Conduct a little magic every time you enter a room with this fun 'lumos' / 'nox' light switch sticker. Click here.

8. Day Diary 2016 - Paperblanks - Edgar Alan Poe - Tamerlane

http://booklovergifts.com/collections/new-in/products/day-diary-2016-paperblanks-edgar-alan-poe-tamerlane

Beautiful diary for 2016 inspired by Edgar Alan Poe, in a deep purple. Click here.

9. Book Print - I Love You with All the Moods - Dracula

ook Print - I Love You with All the Moods - Dracula

This declaration of love is printed onto an up-cycled page from Bram Stoker's classic. Makes a truly original gift for your book loving friend this Halloween. Click here.

10. Little Master Stoker - Dracula - Babylit

Baby Lit Dracula

Witty retelling of Little Master Stoker's classic gothic tale for babies (and you) in a practical board back edition. Click here!

24 Sep

10 Banned Books for Banned Book Week - Shocking!

Posted by Becca Hemmings

Banned Book Week is celebrated on the final week of September and is organised by the American Library Association to celebrate the freedom to read.

They believe that everyone should be able to decide what to read for themselves, rather than have the decision made for them.

Alice in Wonderland

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) - Lewis Carroll

Banned in China in 1931 as General Ho Chien (the censor) believed that attributing human language to animals was an insult to humans. He feared that the book would teach children to regard animals on the same level, which would be "disastrous"!

Animal Farm Banned Book

2. Animal Farm (1945) - George Orwell

Orwell Struggled to get his book published due to the criticism of the U.S.S.R. Once it was published, it was naturally banned in the U.S.S.R and other communist countries. It was also banned in United Arab Emirates schools as late as 2002 due to the talking pigs, which goes against Islamic values.

Catch 22 Banned Book

3. Catch-22 (1961) - Joseph Heller

Banned in several USA states (Strongsville Ohio, Dallas Texas and in Snoqualmie Washington) because it has several references to women as "whores"

Frankenstein banned book

4. Frankenstein (1818) - Mary Shelley

Banned in South Africa 1955 for being "obscene" or "indecent"

Green Eggs and Ham

5. Green Eggs and Ham (1960) - Dr. Seuss

Banned in the People's Republic of China in 1965 for its 'portrayal of early Marxism'. The ban was lifted after Dr. Seuss' death in 1991.

Harry Potter Boxed Set

6. Harry Potter Series (from 1997) - J K Rowling 

Banned in several schools due to it not adhering to Christian values as it contains 'cult and satanic subtext'.

Lady Chatterley's Lover banned book

7. Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928) - D. H. Lawrence

Temporarily banned in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia for 'violation of obscenity laws'; all bans were lifted by 1965.

Lolita banned book

8. Lolita (1955) - Vladimir Nabokov

Banned in France, United Kingdom, Argentina, New Zealand, South Africa and Canada for being "obscene."

Tropic of Cancer Banned Book

9. Tropic of Cancer (1934) - Henry Miller

Banned in the U.S.A in the 1930s - 1960s for sexually explicit content and vulgarity. Also banned in South Africa until the late 1980s.

Adventures Huckleberry Finn Banned Book

10. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) - Mark Twain

Banned in several libraries after publication as the book was considered too 'crude'.


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