Stationary Book Tag

Oh, stationary. Who doesn’t remember the thrill of carefully picking out fresh, crisp notebooks and pens at the beginning of each new school year? I strongly disliked school, but boy, did I love school supplies. As an adult I was able to rediscover some of that childhood joy when I discovered the wonder that is Muji while in Japan, and I became so obsessed with their stationary that I begged my partner to bring me back some supplies when he went to New York on business. Because New York gets Muji, while we do not. The East Coast / West Coast rivalry is real, at least when it comes to retail outlets.

Muji pens make a fine point.

Though once again not actually tagged by anyone (ahem), I spotted this tag over at Nut Free Nerd, and being a fellow lover of both the written word and writing implements I was inspired to give it a go myself.

  • Thank the creator: Sam @ RiverMooseReads, I am much obliged!
  • Answer the questions.
  • Add pictures! (If you want to)
  • Tag (about) 5 people. Ahem. I will politely decline this step, for I am rebellious, and also not much of a book blogger type. 


Oh, how to pick a single book? One series I loved with a passion in my youth was C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. While I enjoyed the entire series, my absolute favourite entry was The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Action, adventure, a dragon and a pirate mouse! It also introduced me to the word “odious”, which is so deliciously descriptive.


A library card! Honestly, it’s free (even in Calgary!) and it gives you access to thousands of print books, audio books, ebooks, movies and more! It really is an absolute staple for any reader.


I…What? I don’t understand. Why would you own multiple copies of the same book? I don’t own more than one copy of any book.


I read a lot of picture books, and let me tell you, there are so many incredibly beautiful covers. Here are just a few of my current favourites!


Mugin and Jin, the odd couple-like mismatched pair of ronin in the anime Samurai ChamplooA truly fantastic pairing in a truly fantastic, and highly, highly recommended, anime series.


Destroy a book?!



Funnily enough, the only series I own in its entirety is a manga series I purchased eons ago, when I was still in high school! Marmalade Boy isn’t a particularly great series (I’ve always been more drawn to shonen than shojo manga), but it’s a short one, and I remembering scoring the entire set from a local comic book store for a steal.


I hope you enjoyed this little stationary-themed diversion, and if you decide to try your hand at it, let me know! I’d love to read your answers!

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  • Reply Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Haha a pirate mouse, that sounds unique!

    Plenty of people own multiple copies of the same book, but I am also not one of those people, unless you count a few books for which I own an ebook and a paperback. But even if new cover versions are pretty, I don’t have the money to buy multiples, I’d rather spend the money on a new book to read!

    I also hate those questions in tags about destroying books or making them not exist or whatever! Just because I don’t like a book, there are still others out there who do like it!

    March 14, 2017 at 7:34 am
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      I guess I’m a bit of a funny book lover in that I enjoy reading but don’t really feel any attachment to books themselves, so I rarely buy or collect books. I’d rather spend that money on travel! 😉

      And so true – there are plenty of books that I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, but they might be just the perfect read for someone else!

      March 15, 2017 at 4:55 am
  • Reply Dragonfly @ ourfamiliarium

    oh I love this post! 🙂
    Yup I’m a sucker for stationary! I had to STOP altogether, like a real addict because once I start buying them I CANNOT STOP Jane! Yup nothing like new school supplies. I love buying them for my kids 🙂 I’m afraid now to go check Muji LOL! Would we wake a monster??? too late I guess! I’m too curious now 🙂 From a East Coast dweller and bookworn sister… Sorry West Coast sis! ;-P
    Now I want to read the little Gardener so badly 🙂 WHAT A COVER!
    Books and destroyed are two words that should never be in the same sentence! Too much of that has happened throughout history! 🙁

    March 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      Yes, a fellow stationary addict!! I have such a weakness for journals – I always tell myself that I’m going to write my next great manuscript in them…and end up using them for grocery and packing lists. But hey, at least I use them! 😉

      The Little Gardener is such a lovely story, and the illustrations are so pretty!!

      And yes, as a librarian, freedom to read is kind of a passion of mine. I might silently be judging people’s reading choices, but I’ll fight tooth and nail for their right to make those (bad) reading choices! 😉

      March 15, 2017 at 4:58 am
  • Reply Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

    Ah yes, I remember the thrill of getting new school supplies as well 🙂 I agree, I’m also not one of those people who needs multiple copies of the same book – I’d rather have more of other books. And your answer to the question on which book you’d destroy is hilarious 😀

    March 14, 2017 at 7:08 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      There’s nothing quite like fresh, crisp journals and shiny new pens! 🙂

      And yes – there are so many things to buy and do, and so little money to do it all with..!!!

      Thanks for reading!! 🙂

      March 15, 2017 at 4:59 am
  • Reply Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight

    This is so fun! I LOVED shopping for school supplies! Always had to get the best new Trapper Keeper, along with all the folders to go with it. Lisa Frank was my GIRL. I just aged myself a lot, didn’t I? 😉 I do collect multiple editions of books- but only books I LOVE. Like I have 13 different Hunger Games series editions. But I don’t do that with most books haha. But I am TOTALLY with you, I could never destroy a book- not even one I hated!

    March 16, 2017 at 3:11 am
  • Reply Asti || atypicalnarrative

    Oh Chronicles of Narnia. I actually never really got into that series (book-wise or movie-wise). I read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and I think I enjoyed it, but for some reason never stuck with it. I agree though, odious is definitely a delicious word.

    And I’m with you on the owning multiple copies of a book thing. The only series I own multiple copies of is The Lotus Wars by Jay Kristoff and the main reason for that was because I was split between countries while reading it. I have both the US and UK editions, and each are actually in their appropriate country. (Oh wait, I take that back. I also own two editions of LotR but that’s because one was for pleasure when the movies came out and the other was required reading for high school and I think we were all supposed to have the same copy to make required readings easier.)

    Lovely answers! 🙂

    March 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm
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