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by Tammy Facey (subscribe)
Read. Write. Run.
Published November 7th 2013
Judge a book by its cover
I went into Waterstones on the High Street recently, not particularly looking for anything, but I wanted to check out the new releases and peruse the freshly published aisle. I was walking towards the horror section, but I stopped short because out of my left periphery, something caught my eye. The sheer array of stationery surprised me, and it all pulled at my inner curious cat.

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Book covers


Much like the novels which line the walls, the stationery section had its own bookcase; floor to ceiling, were note pads, journals, rubbers, pens, pencils, etc all in designer and Waterstones-own section.

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Cath Kidston


Cath Kidston and Orla Kiely prints decorate the covers of journals, rulers, and pencils.

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Paper Blanks Diary


The various designs called to my inner shopper, and while I wouldn't say I'm a stationery 'person', a leather bound notebook, or pretty design, will always catch my eye. My mother is one for pens and diaries, so I looked over the Parchment stand which was full of intricately-designed diaries and notepads, with individual covers. As I fingered the spines, and stroked the sometimes embossed cover, I could feel my purse strings come loose.

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Detailled diaries


I put the diaries down because they were too beautiful to ignore. I turned to the more practical pieces of stationery. There were shelves dedicated to 'want' versus 'need'. You may need paper clips, but you might want the pink heart shapes ones, which retail at a higher price. I also spotted some funny notepads, and mugs which have common slang phrases scrawled across them.

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Useful and funny


More classic stationery came in the form of the Literary Transport designed mugs and books. The classic How to Kill a Mockingbird, and Post-Modernism novel: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, were in the Lit' Transport design. Plain and bright colours, with block lettering makes for a sensible, and yet minimalist vibe, which scream cool and cultured. AT 6.99 a mug, I'd say they were a perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for friend.

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Literary Transport goodies


If you're somewhat of a photography fiend, and can't help but snap away you might like their camera-printed notepad. Call it old-school, but noting down ideas and thoughts whilst on the go is how the great novelists started their careers. Plus it will looks pretty cool when you whip it out at work, in class, on the train...

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Cool notepad


I'm a sucker for pretty, kooky, cool, and down right weird stationery; the typography makes me weak at the knees, and the various designs make me silly with my money. Their 'Carpe Diem' (11.99), printed journal is just oh so pretty, and fit oh so snugly into my handbag. It's shallow, but I have judged a book by it's cover, and it made me buy it.

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Seize the day


All of the stationery is priced at average-to expensive range, so you might want to avoid it before payday to save many silly purchases. That said, you always need pink, heart shaped paper clips.
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Cost: Stationery starts at 3.50
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