Every year, in the beginning of fall, I prepare for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and create a toolkit of writing supplies, milestone rewards for meeting writing goals, and things to make my writing environment super cozy. This year, I thought I’d share my writing toolkit. So, I spent most of the past month tracking down items from Amazon that you, dear reader, could put in your NaNoWriMo Survival Kit that I use. I tried to find a combination of tools that would fit in all readers’ and writers’ shopping lists, in general. You know, things to make a stressful task fun and comfortable. Things like cozy blankets, gallon-sized mugs, chocolate candies for rewards, etc. But then I found something even cooler on Amazon.
They have an entire section of their store dedicated to trending products. They call it Movers and Shakers.
I’m not a nosy-snoop, but I was intrigued by the things that other readers and writers buy. I figured that you might also be curious to know what goes on readers’ and writers’ shopping lists as well. So, I searched high-and-low (let’s be honest—I went shopping) through all the trending and popular things to find the books and writing tools that were clearly bought by readers and writers. I spent a huge amount of last month (procrastinating) researching all the books and writing tools that would be useful to you, dear writer. Here are the best things I found.
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The Books on Readers’ & Writers’ Shopping Lists
**NOTE: I know I said that these books are a peak into readers’ and writers’ shopping carts, and while that’s true, I want you to know that I have read all of the following books. They are best-sellers for a reason (some for entertainment purposes and others for addressing important themes and conflicts). I highly recommend them.
1. This best-selling novel (that makes sleeping a thing of the past) is on many readers’ and writers’ shopping lists.
Helpful review: “This is one of my favorite books of all time, the only one I’ve ever read that successfully kept me up at night because I was afraid of something coming out of the pipes. Stephen King never disappoints.” —Sam Ferris
2. All the Light We Cannot See. This. Book. Is. Amazing. Dear writer, I read this a few months ago, and it ~gave me ideas.~ A touching-heartbreaking-chilling-fantastic story in itself, but it also inspired my own writing. Definitely worth a read.
3. Another best-selling book that stays with you long after you’ve finished it. Elie Wiesel’s memoir of his survival during the Holocaust, Night, is widely-taught in high schools for a reason. I’d encourage you to check it out if you missed it in school.
Helpful review: “‘Night’ should be required reading for everyone. This is a short but heart wrenching telling of the Holocaust. I could only read a few pages at a time because it affected me so. How Wiesel survived is a miracle. Truly deserving of the Nobel.” —KathR
4. Things Fall Apart is another fascinating novel (one that doesn’t get covered much in high school), but it’s another important book to read. It tells the story of how colonization affected the community, customs, and way-of-life of a West African tribe.
5. Death Note English Collector’s Edition includes all twelve volumes (over 2,000 pages) of the best-selling manga and a never-before-seen epilogue chapter.
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6. A beautiful teapot and infuser to help keep you caffeinated and refreshed.
Helpful review: “Oh, what a gorgeous little teapot! I love watching the tea steep, getting darker a little bit at a time. The holder for the tea leaves is really roomy, so the tea leaves just float around inside it, letting it steep really well and is also very good at keeping even the small leaves in, so you get a clear, beautiful tea with no bits floating in it. It is sturdier than it looks, too. The size is small, maybe 2 cups of tea at a time. I’ve started to use it to make cold brewed coffee too, and that is really fun!” —Susan from Laguna Beach
7. A memory foam back pillow because sitting down and writing shouldn’t be physically painful.
Helpful review: “Very well designed product that was clearly well thought out. Washable covers (it comes with brushed and mesh covers), strap to fold it in place in the car or chair, and a thoughtful side handle that I assume is to adjust position once you are sitting. Thick, with memory foam so it mold to your shape when sitting. And also comes with an external gel pad that makes it even more comfortable. I tried several and liked this one the best. Good value for the money too.” —suespitts
8. A delightful distraction for the times when your writing buddy isn’t around and you need to relieve stress.
Helpful review: “Well, this stuff is just delightful. I have ADD and was looking for something fun and quiet to keep my hands busy at work. I’m at a call center, and sometimes I need something to help me focus. This is more than I could have asked for.
I’ve actually been eyeing the Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty for years, and the price was great, but the cool chromatic color shift putty sold me. It has a green/gold shift that’s hugely entertaining. What Amazon didn’t tell me was that the Oil Slick putty has a shape memory! Twist it or swish it and watch it showily shift to its original shape. It will flatten out in the tin for this reason, which is fun to pry out of the tin later on. Overall, there are no negatives with this stuff (except the given that hairs can get stuck in it if you aren’t careful) and I already want a second tin to keep at home!” —Lacy Lambert
Price: $10.79+ (available in different colors)
9. All the Post-it note pads you will ever need to brainstorm and flesh out a novel idea. This writing tool is a simple staple on many readers’ and writers’ shopping lists.
There you have it! A collection of the things I found that were trending on readers’ and writers’ shopping lists. Were you surprised by some the tools mentioned? What kind of writing tools and books are on your shopping list?
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