This Sunday is Mother's Day. What are you getting your mom for the occasion? A card? A bouquet of flowers? Or a bouquet of fruit? (I heard those are yummy.) Knowing my mom, she'd like a nice mug. She already has a good collection going. And she also loves books. So a literary mug would be right up her alley.
OEDb, which is an online resource on "college rankings and free courses anywhere online," has listed "10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians." I would say that these mugs would also be great for moms and for anyone who is a book lover. Among the literary mugs spotlighted is this great one featuring a quote from Sherlock Holmes on one side and an image of the fictional detective on the other:
The "Sherlock Holmes Eliminate the Impossible" mug is being sold on Etsy.com, available at the store of missbohemia. (On a side note, this quote was uttered by Holmes in one of my favorite episodes of the BBC series starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The episode, "The Hounds of Baskerville," is what sucked me into watching Sherlock to begin with. It aired during season 2 and features some exceptional acting on the part of Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman (as Watson), and Russell Tovey, who played the emotionally and psychologically tortured Henry. But I digress.)
Another great mug is this one featuring the titles of twenty-two banned books, including Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg, Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
This Banned Book Mug can be purchased through the Unemployed Philosophers Guild website. It would be especially great to carry it around with you during Banned Books Week, an annual week-long event (taking place this year September 21 through 27) in which the freedom to read is celebrated and attempts to ban, challenge, or otherwise censor books are drawn attention to, often in creative ways depending on the library or other institution that participates in this event.
Other literary mugs featured in the OEDb article reference The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Henry V by Shakespeare, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Amid all of these mugs is a lone teacup with saucer that, appropriately enough, is a nod to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll:
The white teacup with saucer has a hand-drawn/painted "Drink Me" sign on it and can be bought on Etsy from CoralBel. On the web page that shows the teacup and saucer, CoralBel says: "All mugs are right-handed, which means the design is facing outwards away from the drinker. Quote 'Left Handed' in the Note to the Seller box if you would like your mug to be left-handed." Very good to know for you left-handed fans of lovely teacups and Lewis Carroll.
To see all "10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians" (and moms), go to the OEDb article at THIS LINK. Be sure to place your order today if you want one of these great mugs to arrive in time at mom's for Mother's Day.
PS. As they say, "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." I have quite a few mugs myself, but my favorite is this one from The Strand bookstore in New York: