I don’t know what the weather is like in the rest of the country/world but here in the North East it’s cold and blustery. Autumn is actually my favourite season, with its woolly jumpers, boots, scarves and crunchy leaves. It’s also perfect weather to curl up with a book and a mug of something hot and comforting. I’ll be sharing a selection of cosy books soon but for today I have fabulous mugs.
First up is my favourite Roald Dahl character and all-round amazing nerd, Matilda. I did have a hard time choosing which of the Roald Dahl character mugs to feature (the BFG one is pretty ace, as is Fantastic Mr. Fox), but it had to be Matilda. I’m sure I uttered the same words as her when I’d worked my way through my primary school’s library, but luckily my Mum was a little more sympathetic than Mrs. Wormwood.
Matilda is £7.95 from Bloomsbury & Co.
This comes from an incredibly popular range of designs but this is the original (other designs include ‘Go away, I’m blogging’ and ‘Go away, I’m marking’, perfect for any teacher/lecturer friends). A friend bought it for me last Christmas and I have absolutely no reason* to think that it was because I get grumpy when my reading is interrupted.
It’s bone china and is £9.95 from The Literary Gift Company.
*ok, maybe considerable reason.
I love this range of mugs which are inspired by the ability of a good book to transport the reader somewhere different and magical. The ‘stops’ are places from the book in question, with the Little Women mug featuring ‘Orchard House’ and ‘Camp Laurie’ among others. I adore Jo March so this one was an easy choice but there are also Pride and Prejudice, the Great Gatsby and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas mugs. My inner-geek also likes the fact that they’re stackable for easy storage (no, really).
These are £7.95 from Not the Usual.
Mr Mouse and I recently rediscovered the joy of Scrabble, if not a memory of the exact rules. You’re allowed to swear in various languages, yes? I like the simplicity of these mugs, despite the fact that my initial is worth a dismal 1 point. Sometimes I like to drink slightly more exciting things from pretty mugs, like gin, and having a reminder of my name might be a good plan…
These are £6.95 from The Literary Gift Company.
Finally, if a normal mug just isn’t big enough for you coffee/tea/gin needs then this monster from Emma Bridgewater might be for you. It holds a pint of your tipple of choice and is rather pretty too. It’s not literary but you could fit a lot of marshmallows on the top of your hot chocolate which is enough for me.
Priced at £24.95, it’s obviously not a budget option but Emma Bridgewater stuff is gorgeous and, as I can personally attest, they’re really hard to break… Get yours here.