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Bookmarked: The Reading Light Edition

Welcome back to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the reading light edition.


I'm sure many readers in our PAPER/PLATES community were the types to huddle under the covers at night and read by flashlight. I know I was...sometimes my mom would come in my room and feign indignation that my light was still on (how'd she know?! I was under the covers!), but I think she was secretly proud to be raising a little bibliophile. Anyway, reading is usually pretty magical, but the right ambient lighting can bump the magic to the next level. 

I was absolutely stunned when I discovered this gorgeous Lumio Book Lamp. (Thanks, swissmiss!) It's a lamp that looks like a book that you could read by and it would light up your real book...and it's just a whole bunch of meta glory. You can really open and shut it, too! What an inventive way to rethink a normal switch. The price point isn't awful, but it's more likely I'd spend $160 on a book lamp for a really amazing present for someone else than as a splurge for myself.

So in the meantime, here's a super cute clothespin clip light!  Though it lacks the artsy factor of the Lumio Book Lamp, it is incredibly practical, clever, and whimsical. You can't beat $8, either. This feels like the perfect me-treat.

Are any of you particular about your reading lights?  Would you pick up one of these options? 

At The Table With...Amy Thielen, Author of The New Midwestern Table

B.J. Novak's "One More Thing" & Raspberry Tart