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Back to School Shopping Must Haves

I've been back to school shopping for my kids for years, but it just doesn't compare to when it's you cracking open a new notebook, sharpening a new pencil, and even picking out a few new outfits (can't hurt, right?!). I CANNOT HELP MYSELF, I LOVE a new bundle of pens and pencils, untarnished folders, and all the little bookish gifts I've been eyeing and finally splurge on.


I am a SUCKER for stylish totes and bags as we head into the school year. For me, I've been in classes since January and kept on all through summer, it's finally time I treat myself. I've been eyeing this messenger bag, but for my book loving heart, I might get this one too! For bookish totes, these are my latest obsession.

I have a constant and endless supply of bookmarks, but these still stand as my most favorite.

As I am finishing the Harry Potter series, I just CAN'T HELP MYSELF with these pencils! I will also splurge for THESE ones too and this for a mechanical when I feel the need, it's so cute! For pens, I've read these are so great, especially as I write notes I don't want to forget and fear pencil wear. 

This standard journal is excellent, but I also love this leather bound one. But of course, I need the occasional spiral-bound, and this is the tried and true one I always pick up and have on hand.

How have I been living without these sticky notes my whole life?!

Has anyone picked their big cozy fall reads yet?! I'll have mine in tow as I head to the coffee shops Saturday morning, and Michaela will have hers.

To get us through those long nights, we aren't going to feel guilty about a strong diverse novel and a custom cocktail from Bad People Book Club. Ardent10 for 10% off your order!

To make up for that cocktail, I'll pick up a fresh new mug for the next morning's strong cup of coffee.


You have got to tell me what you're picking up as back to school shopping goes into full force! What are your favorite things?!

Back to School Reading & Shopping Guide

Who doesn't love the cool crisp mornings and new school supplies that signal it's time to head back to school? Well, I know most of us book lovers look forward to it like it's Christmas morning. From the books we read at school to new and old books set on campus, these will help to set the tone for back to school. Here we've complied a list we love and that is actually worth mixing up your fall TBR to include a few of these.


Reading Guide

The Giver | Lois Lowry

1984 | George Orwell

Boys in the Boat | Daniel James Brown

Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Little Life | Hanya Yanagihara

Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh

The Secret History | Donna Tartt

The Magicians | Lev Grossman

A Separate Peace | John Knowles

On Beauty | Zadie Smith

A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro

The Year of the Gadfly | Jennifer Miller

Wonder Boys | Michael Chabon

The Marriage Plot | Jeffrey Eugenides

Stoner | John Williams

If We Were Villains | M. L. Rio  

This Side of Paradise | F. Scott Fitzgerald


Back to school reading isn't complete without some fun back to school shopping! Here are a few items we're loving lately and that will get you on the right track for the season. We can stand to splurge a little, right?!

Shopping Guide

Bookworm bags you'll have to have

Book sleeves to protect your book as you toss it in your bag everyday

Cute sets of bookish mugs to fuel your morning

A clever bookmark idea that my son would absolutely love to have

A few pencil sets to stand out, Jane Austen inspired, YA inspired, and for book lovers


Do you have any favorite back to school reads or fun shopping? We'd love to add them to our list!