November 6, 2015

Oprah's Favorite Things 2015

Oprah just announced her annual list of favorite things. You can check out the entire list by clicking here. I was happy to see some books and book-ish items being recommended, so of course those immediately rose to the top of the list. While most are entirely out of my price range (yowza), it's a nice way of getting ideas and if nothing else, I love that she's promoting literature and reading. Here are the book and book-related items she's tapping with her magical wand this year:
"When I saw these book sets, I wanted to take them home immediately. The print, the paper quality, the custom bands—everything is so beautiful. With more than 150 sets, you’re sure to find a thoughtful gift for the lit lover on your list." - Oprah
This seven-volume set includes The Collected Essays by James Baldwin, Autobiographies by Frederick Douglass, Writings by W.E.B. Du Bois, The Collected Autobiographies by Maya Angelou, Novels and Stories by Zora Neale Hurston, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, and Later Works by Richard Wright. As a collection, volumes include well-loved titles like The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois, Black Boy by Richard Wright, and my absolute favorite Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
This nine-volume Ernest Hemingway set includes Across the River and Into the Trees, Green Hills of Africa, Islands in the Stream, Death in the Afternoon, Selected Letters 1917-1961, and The Short Stories, and my favorites The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls.
I've never actually read Oprah's magazine. Have you? What do you think?
"Put your heart in the write place with these books of 12 fold-and-mail-style letters that use clever prompts (“I knew you were the one for me when...” “What I love about us...”) to make composing meaningful missives a whole lot easier. My favorite is Letters to My Love. I’ve been telling people this for years: What a partner wants to know is how you really feel. This will make him or her swoon!" - Oprah
From the title, I didn't understand what these are but it turns out they're pre-formatted letters so buyers can handwrite in their responses to the prompts provided and then mail or save the letters. The sets come designed for letters to lovers, to your future self, to your baby, and to your grandchild.
"These fabric-covered boxes close the book on clutter. Store receipts, keys, or—praise be—all your remote controls." - Oprah 
These multi-color boxes come in sets of three and measure by 5.25" x 1.75", 10.5" x 7", and 12.75" x 5.25".
What do you think of Oprah's 2015 Favorite Things List? Will you be purchasing any of the items? 

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