Book and A Blanket // Volume I

June 08, 2017

Books and Blankets are a match made in heaven. Here's a recap of who's reading what on which blanket:

Who: Rachel Desztich

Book: Room With A View

Blanket: Grey Grain Stripe Blanket

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Who: Tanya Brown

Book: Bluets By Maggie Nelson

Blanket: Indian Summer Stripe Blanket

 

Who: Emily Faustich

Book: You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

Blanket: Pink Color Block Blanket similar one here.

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Who: Dominique Fletcher

Book: 1984 by George Orwell

Blanket: Indian Summer Blanket

Tag us on social media or email us your #bookandablanket photos to info@shopparadisepeople.com. Give us all your good book recommendations!



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