Whether it’s on the beach, in a hammock or at your local library, summer reading is in full swing! On those summer days where it’s too hot to do anything but move as little as possible, you can usually find me passing the time with a good book. Biographies, memoirs, fiction — you name it! If you’re a book lover like myself, The Bradford Exchange offers a unique variety of treasures that will really spruce up your personal library collection this summer.
From handcrafted bookends that share your interests in style to first edition replicas of classic and rare books, there’s so much to discover on our site that will surely spark your imagination. Scroll down to see my top picks and share this post to share your love for reading!
Love fairy tales? Imagine how enchanting your book collection would look presented with this 3-piece heirloom bookends collection. Showcasing Snow White and her delightful brood of diamond miners, these Disney bookends are handcrafted and hand-painted to highlight every darling detail, from the intricately “carved” base to their unique personalities!
One of my dreams is to have a library filled with first editions, but since I’m not a millionaire, this is the next best thing! Considered the first great American novels, it makes sense to enjoy “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” as they were originally intended. These exact reproductions feature the same debossed and gilded covers, bindings, patterned endpapers and even the typographical errors of the first editions!
Speaking of adventures, you can enjoy the adventure of the great outdoors this summer without ever having to leave your air conditioning with these bookends! This 3-piece bookend collection showcases 3 handcrafted whitetail bucks atop a rocky “terrain” featuring the stirring deer art of artist Hayden Lambson. Simply majestic!
When I flipped through this first edition replica for the first time, my imagination was transported to Oz in an instant! As the story progresses, the pages change through a rainbow of colors, which is something I’d never seen before. What’s more, it arrives with a FREE exclusive “Inside Oz” insert that shares magical tales and historical facts about the book and its author, which was a very interesting read.
If that last first edition replica tickled your fancy, here’s the best way to display it! Inspired by illustrator William Wallage Denslow’s amazing artwork for Baum’s landmark “American Fairy Tale”, this 3-piece handcrafted bookend collection brings the magic of Oz to life on your bookshelf. I love how Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are posed to appear like they’re holding up the books (and keeping the Wicked Witch of the West contained).
If you’ve been searching for the perfect gift for me…mystery solved! First published in 1892, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary masterpiece contains twelve short stories that still leave readers enthralled today. From the elaborate exterior binding with gilded and debossed embellishments, to the author-approved interior type and illustrations, every detail is painstakingly replicated. What’s the one difference from the original? Elementary, my dear Watson — the price!
I love the look of this 3-piece bookend collection. It reminds me of those personal libraries with the warm, wood-paneled walls, rich leather wingback chairs and velvet smoking jackets. Revered artist Ted Blaylock’s stirring eagle artwork inspires these cold-cast bronze bookends and they’re sure to add a touch of classic American spirit wherever they’re displayed.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my list of books and bookends to make your summer reading extra special, and I’d love to hear what’s on your summer reading list in the comments below. I’ve got a long list myself, but looking at this lineup, I might have to add a few more!
Thanks for reading and be sure to share this post to share your love for reading!Books and Bookends to Enliven Your Library by Beth Simon