I love chatting about books and bookshops online and I love chatting about books and bookshops offline. You just can’t stop me. Books Are My Bag kindly sent me a Reading Survival Kit full of bookish goodies, so I’m equipped and ready to tell you all about the campaign.
Books Are My Bag launched in September 2013 and is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops and the importance of buying books on the high street, from both chains and indies. This year’s celebration begins on Thursday 9th October (Super Thursday, one of the busiest days of the year in the publishing calendar) followed by Big Bookshop Parties on Saturday 11th October, where they’ve aimed to get an author into every bookshop (ask your favourite/local bookshops what they’ll be doing!). Don’t know where the nearest bookshop is? Use this map! I’ll be heading to one of my favourite bookshops on Thursday to buy some books to celebrate Books Are My Bag and then hopefully back on Saturday to tell you all about their Big Bookshop Party! I loved participating in Books Are My Bag last year (you can read my blogpost all about it here) and so I’m looking forward to reading/hearing about what everyone gets up to this year.
I had asked for my Reading Survival Kit to be sent to my workplace, but it didn’t really occur to me that I’d be sitting there working away only to be given a HUGE BOX FULL OF ORANGEY GOODNESS. After I’d recovered from the orange explosion, I realised it was easy peasy to transport home! Here’s what I was sent…
You will likely be familiar with the classic Books Are My Bag orange tote, but this year there will also be another one available, exclusively designed by artist Tracey Emin.
Jen Campbell’s The Bookshop Book is the official book for Books Are My Bag 2014. I love books about books and bookshops, so I can’t wait to get started!
It was great to see Mark Forsyth’s The Unknown Unknown included as it was the last book (well, little pamphlet!) I got to work on at my previous job. It’s all about how bookshops enable you to discover new books, particularly books you didn’t know about before. It was also this year’s official pamphlet for Independent Booksellers Week 2014, but now it’s available for £1.99 everywhere!
Thank you Books Are My Bag for giving me £10 worth of National Book Tokens to spend on Thursday! I’ve been loving National Book Tokens this year – I’ve received them as Christmas, birthday and leaving presents, and it’s great because I can buy books (and in high street bookshops) without feeling guilty about it!
I’m terrible at putting nail polish on, but I’ll give it a go on Saturday!
And not forgetting the tea to snuggle up with while reading…
I think I’ve found new pyjamas!
Books Are My Bag will also be using the hashtag #ThisBookshop throughout October so join in with the conversation. Tell everyone about your favourite bookshop, your best bookshop memories, what bookshops mean to you – anything and everything bookshop related! They’re also running a prize draw – just use the hashtag and a random winner will receive Book Tokens to spend in bookshops everywhere! I’ll be blogging about the books I’m buying next week and the bookshop I visited, so check back!
Visit booksaremybag.com (or follow @booksaremybag) to find out more about the campaign. If you’re unable to visit bookshops, but would love to support them, I’d suggest using Hive, which donates a percentage of every sale to a bookshop (of your choice or your nearest).