Every reader loves their bookish merch. One of the most popular bookish swag over the years has increasingly been book pins or book buttons. While I do love my pins, I don’t really go out of my way to collect them. I haven’t really purposely tried to collect or buy them. Much of my collection has come from Book Expo, Book Con, author signings, and a few other bookish events like B&N’s Teen Book Fest and Epic Reads Day. I have also collected a few pins more recently from pre-order campaigns.
Today I’ll be shortly discussing and sharing my favorite bookish pins as well as a glimpse at my collection. I’ve definitely thought about getting a banner for my pins, but I really like using my own BookBub lanyards from Book Expo and Book Con.
Harry Potter 20 Years of Magic- 20 years of magic later and even I still love some good HP merch. I received this at Book Expo 2018.
Stay Sweet (inspired by Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian)- This favorite is likely influenced by the fact that Stay Sweet is one of my all-time favorite books. I received this from the awesome preorder campaign, which also included a signed bookplate and a Meade Creamery T-shirt. But what else could be cuter than an ice cream pin? I’m always tempted to pin this on to my denim jacket or vest, but I live in fear that it will fall off.
Alex & Eliza (inspired by Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz)- I have a love-hate relationship with the Alex and Eliza series (loved Alex and Eliza, really disliked Love & War, and will likely read All for One because I am Hamilton trash). I coveted this Alex & Eliza pin for a while, purely out of my love for Hamilton. This pin was originally included in the preorder campaign for the first book, but I received it from Penguin at Book Con 2018.
Night Court Enamel Pin (inspired by A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Mass)- This SJM fangirl loves her some ACOTAR and Throne of Glass inspired swag. I received this Night Court enamel pin from the preorder campaign for A Court of Frost and Starlight. As someone who’s preordered SJM’s last four books, I have to say that she has some of the best preorder campaign swag.
Amulet of Orynth (inspired by Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas)- This pin was the preorder incentive for Kingdom of Ash. I love how well its color scheme coordinates with the final Throne of Glass installment.
Fangirl (inspired by Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)- This Fangirl pin was one of my first bookish pins. It’s pretty basic, but who wouldn’t love a button based one of their all-time favorite books? I received it at Rainbow Rowell’s signing at Book Con 2015.
Throne of Glass Pins (inspired by Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas)- Like I said, I am a sucker for SJM swag. I believe the I Heart Rowan and I’d Rather Be in Terrasen pins were originally included in the preorder campaigns for Queen of Shadows, but I picked these up from Bloomsbury at Book Con 2015. While I do ship Celaena and Rowan, I still need a I Heart Chaol button for sure.
I Survived the Owlcrate Line (Owlcrate)- Owlcrate also owns the swag game. I love this humorous pin inspired by their often long (but worth the wait) lines at Book Con. Their convention pins also often include discount codes!
Praise Be (inspired by The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood)- While I‘m not the biggest fan of its TV adaptation, at least the TV show inspired this pin I picked up at Book Con 2017.
Mermaid (inspired by Leigh Bardugo’s The Language of Thorns)- My love for this pin is inspired by own wish to be a mermaid (okay, my own wish to least try out one of those mermaid tails you can get on Amazon) and of course, my love for Leigh Bardugo’s books.
Do you collect bookish pins or buttons? What are some of your favorites? Share in the comments!