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#MicroblogMondays 89: Rings and Things

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Remember how I couldn’t find the jacket for Harry Potter 4?  I finally bought a new copy this week so the bookshelf in the kitchen would look orderly.  I now have an extra copy of the book (actually, a 4th copy of the book), and beyond donating it, I was trying to think up something creative I could do with it.

There is a British artist who turns old books into jewelry.  I don’t think I would want to wear Book 4 — but it made me think about which book I would want turned into jewelry.  I would love to wear The Phantom Tollbooth, first and foremost.  After that, Fellowship of the Ring.  After that, The Magician’s Nephew.

What would be your top three books to wear, not read?


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1 Mali { 05.09.16 at 7:41 am }

Interesting question.
One of the little books I received when I was about 6 or 7 that sparked my love of travel. (There were two of them.)
Little Women or Anne of Green Gables
The third is hard. I’d choose one of my favourite books. Maybe Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi, or Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy.

2 Middle Girl { 05.09.16 at 8:09 am }

I’m not much of a jewelry person but if I had to choose, any of Nikki Giovanni’s collections, “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison and “Indemnity Only” by Sara Paretsky.

3 Persnickety { 05.09.16 at 8:10 am }

Oh, that’s hard. LM Montgomery’s The Blue Castle, Bujold’s Curse of Chalion, and maybe illustrations from one of Colin Thompson’s books (how to live forever, tower to the sun, the last alchemist)

4 Cyn K { 05.09.16 at 8:44 am }

I’m like Middle Girl. I don’t wear much jewelry, so this doesn’t really appeal to me. I clicked through to see the examples and nothing jumps out at me. I do love the idea of a metaphorical suit of armor made of books, their words protecting me against the cruelty and stupidity of the world.

5 Karen { 05.09.16 at 8:47 am }

Love this question. I think for me, I’d also do The Fellowship of the Ring, but also Eat, Love, Pray, and To Kill A Mockingbird.

6 Lavonne @ *Our Wish* { 05.09.16 at 9:20 am }

Hmm if I had to wear a book, it would probably be any of the Charles Bukowski books, he’s fabulous, and a bit vulgar. Which I love. haha!

7 Ana { 05.09.16 at 9:53 am }

I LOVE this idea, but when I clicked on the site, the jewelery didn’t actually appeal to my style…But if I had to choose, Anne of Green Gables, for sure. Or Gone with the Wind. My favorite heroines during my formative years.

8 Lori Shandle-Fox { 05.09.16 at 10:10 am }

What an interesting thought. Somehow the Scarlet Letter came immediately to mind. I wouldn’t mind having a huge “A” brooch on my chest. The first biography I ever read was Wilma about the great Olympic runner Wilma Rudolph. Jewelry evoking her would be inspirational to look at all the time. And then… any Nancy Drew book: Maybe a charm bracelet with symbols from a bunch of the book covers. I read the whole series when I was 10 and 11. What a happy memory and the beginning of a love for books and especially mysteries.

9 Cristy { 05.09.16 at 10:16 am }

Oooo. This is cool.

Books to wear: The Secret Garden, Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Light Bearer and the Hobbit.

10 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 05.09.16 at 11:24 am }

I have a falling-apart copy of 1001 Nights that might be neat as jewelry. Or the Secret Garden.

As for your extra Harry Potter, if you decide to keep it, there are lots of cool things you can make from hardcover books. Have you seen the floating shelves made from books? I’ll see if I can find you a link.

11 Traci York { 05.09.16 at 11:35 am }

Before my brain even woke up, these three popped into my head – Storm Front (Jim Butcher), Illusions (Richard Bach), Stardust (Neil Gaiman).

And thanks for inspiring my own post today, Mel!

12 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 05.09.16 at 11:42 am }

So i found this: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-your-own-invisible-84057 I thought there was a version with just one book per shelf but maybe not.

Also, if you don’t mind cutting it up, you can make a secret compartment for hiding your router or magic wands or whatever: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-make-a-book-cover-disguise-for-your-wireless-router-171857

13 Conceptionally Challenged { 05.09.16 at 11:56 am }

Fascinating idea. Since I love colors, I’d probably pick something that will make a colorful piece of jewellery. Maybe a Keith Haring art catalog?

14 Kim { 05.09.16 at 2:20 pm }

Actually, I would love to wear a Harry Potter book ๐Ÿ™‚ Probably my favorite – #3 – Prisoner from Azkaban. I love the element of time travel and the time turner necklace Hermione wears in this book.
I’d also choose one of the Pigeon books by Mo Willems because they trigger fond memories of bedtime reading with my daughters.

15 sharah { 05.09.16 at 8:03 pm }

Alice in Wonderland, Hamlet, and my favorite engineering statistics book ๐Ÿ™‚ Altough I have to agree that that site’s style doesn’t really match my own. I’m sure there’s something on etsy, somewhere, though.

16 Jess { 05.09.16 at 8:05 pm }

That’s a hard one… I never thought of wearing a favorite book. I think I would pick Beloved by Toni Morrison, The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, and Hyperbole And A Half by Allie Brosh (in part because it’s super colorful). Interesting idea to think about! I’m glad you found your book to complete your kitchen shelf. ๐Ÿ™‚

17 apluseffort { 05.09.16 at 11:19 pm }

I bought my mom and sister these literary tote bags for Christmas last year http://www.litographs.com/. My mom got Emily Dickinson & my sister got Emma. I would want to wear Anne of Green Gables, The Lorax, and the score to a work of Chopin ๐Ÿ™‚

18 chandni { 05.10.16 at 10:13 am }

Hi Mel,
I ve written atleast 4 mircoblog posts and this is the first time ive managed to link it up
am delirious …
I love this format and I plan to stick to it for a long time now…

19 Vinitha { 05.10.16 at 3:18 pm }

My favorite books are Poems by Emily Dickinson and Harry Potter series. But not sure about wearing them.

20 loribeth { 05.24.16 at 7:32 pm }

I see I forgot to answer the question at the time this was posted. :p I’m still not sure what book I’d want to wear — but this reminded me that a girlfriend who knows I adore the book & movie “Gone With the Wind” once gave me a pair of earrings. Both earrings show the cover of Life magazine with Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh as Rhett & Scarlett on it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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