Today is Jane Austen’s birthday, so obviously I must post a picture of a great t-shirt featuring one of my favorite books. (I am also a fan of the movies, and I am MOSTLY on Team Firth, if you must know, mostly because I dislike that the guy who played Darcy in the 2005 version has proudly noted that he did not read the book in advance — but having just rewatched that one recently I suppose his Darcy portrayal is fine. He is also apparently in Succession, which is on my must-binge list.) IN ANY EVENT: Out of Print books has a lot of fun t-shirts, socks, totes, pouches, journals and more featuring a variety of in-print and out-of-print books. This pretty relaxed t-shirt looks like it would be great for workouts or lounging around (you know, reading books), and is marked to $24 down from $30, and available in sizes XS-3XL.
Also noteworthy: There is a waitlist for this interesting book-recommendation service called TBR — does anyone know of something similar? It’s a great idea for a gift.
In totally unrelated gift ideas — readers keep singing the praises of the Rancho Gordo Bean Club, but every time I check they are sold out/have a wait list. If you’ve gifted one or re-joined recently, please point us the right way!