My Bookish Wedding!

I’ve been super busy the past couple of months and for a very good reason: I got married! Planning a wedding is not easy, and one thing I struggled with was how many bookish details to include. If it was just me planning, this wedding would have been bookish from top to bottom! But my husband and I wanted the wedding to represent both of us, and he doesn’t read. (How do I survive? Easy. I make more and more outrageous book references until he squints at me and asks “Is that from Harry Potter?”) So, what bookish details to include?

We eventually chose to write our own ceremony script together. In it we included two book quotations that I selected and a couple math and science puns that he added. It ended up being a nice blend of his humour and my bookish love, and I think it showed how our relationship works.

In addition to the ceremony, I found this really beautiful paper at Michaels. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I loved how subtle it was but that it still showed some book love. This ended up being used for our place cards.

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I hadn’t planned anything else for the wedding, but my amazing sister showed up with two awesome gifts as decorations in our reception hall. The first was a monogram created on a page from an atlas, with hearts depicting where my husband and I met, got engaged, and where we were married. I love how personal it feels!

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My sister also made this incredible heart for us – out of book pages! While I normally wouldn’t agree to using a book to make a decoration, I melted when I saw this. It meant so much to me and I think it’s beautiful!

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I absolutely loved these touches to our decor. These details meant a lot to me and they were that perfect little bookish touch that I wanted on my wedding day.

#read150

read150This year Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. I have seen a lot of really great campaigns launched to celebrate Canada and this special year, and this week I had the delight of discovering one more at a place I hadn’t thought to look: at my library.

My local library has put out a challenge to all of its patrons: read 150 books this year in honour of Canada’s birthday. They’re using hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and even have a form on the library website for people who don’t use social  media.  Patrons are sharing pictures of the last book that they read and the library is giving away prizes to a lucky few.

read150-magazineMy favourite part is that the library has put out a reading guide magazine that lists many great reading recommendations. It features a variety of themes including places, people, and age groups. The best part? They’ve flagged all of the Canadian authors with a maple leaf, and they have Canadian authors in all of the categories. I love that this guide was handed to me. I think it’s a great way for the library to be involved in such an important Canadian event!

I had already thought to myself that I wanted to read more Canadian works this year – it’s the ideal time to do it! Hearing about this campaign and flipping through the reading guide has motivated me even more. I already have my eye on several interesting books by Canadian authors, about Canadian culture, and with Canadian settings. I can’t wait to get reading. read150-maple-leaf

Picture source: https://calgarylibrary.ca/great-reads-for-2017/