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Book Fetish: Sherlock Holmes

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Like many people in the early 2010s, I was introduced to the Sherlock Holmes stories through the BBC adaptation. At the time, my family was preparing to move away from our hometown and I was worried I wouldn’t fit in at my new high school. Escaping into books was how I coped with fear and uncertainty, and reading the Sherlock Holmes books and short stories was a welcome distraction from my worries. Today, rereading them feels like visiting an old friend.

I know that I’m not the only person who feels this way. Between the thrill of trying to solve a good puzzle and Sherlock’s enigmatic way of doing so, there’s a lot to love. Readers who loved Sherlock Holmes created one of the first examples of modern-day fandom, as strong today as it was over one hundred years ago. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle may have disliked the detective he created, but today, Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character in media of all time.

For this Book Fetish post, I’ve put together a round-up of Etsy items inspired by Sherlock Holmes. If you’re new to the stories and inspired to read more after checking out this merch, this Sherlock Holmes Reading Pathways will help you find the best place to start.

picture of a grey scarf embroidered with a violin and the quote, "Life is full of whimsical happenings."

Embroidered with a violin and a quote said by Sherlock to Watson, this fleece scarf comes in four colors: grey, black, burgundy, and brown. $24

photo of a Sherlock Holmes-themed bookscape

This Sherlock Holmes-themed bookscape includes an original mystery that you can piece together by looking at the clues on the scene. $89+

photo of a necklace with a lock and key charm and a miniature Sherlock Holmes book

With this miniature book necklace, you can hold one of your favorite books close to your heart wherever you go. $19

photo of a candle inspired by 221 B Baker Street with notes of aged paper, cedarwood, sandalwood, vetiver, amber, and leather

For an especially atmospheric reading experience, light this candle inspired by 221 B Baker Street. $28

photo of a pillow with an illustration the interior of 221 B Baker Street printed on it on a blue couch

Bring a little literary flair to your home decor with this accent pillow. $40

image of a crosstitch pattern showing Sherlock Holmes in sillhouette, inside of which there is a Victorian-era scene of London

If you’re looking for your next crafting project, this Sherlock Holmes-inspired crosstitch pattern makes for a great choice. $6

photo of a Sherlock Holmes-themed party kit called "Murder at Riddlestone Manor"

Interested in holding your own murder mystery dinner? This printable party kit brings Sherlock and Watson back for an original mystery. $20

photo of a red book-shaped sticker with a cat in sillhouette. above the cat is the text "Purrlock Holmes"

This waterproof sticker is perfect for sharing your love of the greatest consulting feline detective: Purrlock Holmes! $4

A Sherlock Holmes-inspired yarn skein set with burgundy, gold, forest green, blue, and lilac colored yarn sitting next to a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories

In the mood to knit something cozy? You can’t go wrong with this Holmes-inspired yarn skein set. $30

photo of a pillow shaped like a Sherlock Holmes book

If you tend to fall asleep while reading, this Sherlock Holmes-themed pillow will make a perfect headrest. $49

photo of a red purse shaped like a book with the book title "Hound of the Baskervilles" on it

Stylish and practical, this Hound of the Baskervilles-inspired handbag makes for a great conversation starter. $44

For more about Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective, check out this Rioter’s experience reading nothing but Sherlock Holmes retellings for a month.

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