News: Books Are My Bag 2014

BAMBThis year’s Books are my Bag campaign launched on 9th October and there are plenty of ways to get involved.

There will be many bookshop parties tomorrow as well as the chance to pick up the Books are My Bag tote bags. Tracey Emin has designed a collector’s edition bag which will be available from tomorrow (11th October,) but be quick if you want to get your hands on one. Jen Campbell’s, The Bookshop Book is the official book for this year’s campaign and it looks fantastic.

Throughout October, Books are My Bag are also running #ThisBookshop. Just tweet what your favourite bookshop is or if you have your own blog, write a blog post and share on Twitter with that hashtag, #ThisBookshop. The idea is to put bookshops in the spotlight and at the end of October they will award somebody using that hashtag with some book tokens.

PrintThey are also hosting #bookadayuk (details in the banner to the right,) throughout October where there is a new subject to tweet about everyday -just some of the many ways you can get involved.

BOOKS ARE MY BAG, which originally launched in 2013, is a nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops and to promote them. I buy online sometimes. I think we all do but there is nothing quite like walking into a bookshop and loosing yourself for a while as you browse for that perfect book and to see all those shelves containing all those undiscovered stories which transport you to far away places and where you meet characters that can become as real to you as any friend. It may be a strange thing to say but for me, it’s true. That is why campaigns like Books Are My Bag are so important.

For me, bookshops can never be replaced. My favourites are my local Waterstones in Southampton (loads of choice and lovely staff.) However, I do always make an effort to go to Foyles in London whenever I can. I LOVE the store on Charing Cross Road down to the great choice of books, the atmosphere and the cafe is just fantastic (books and tea for me is just a perfect combination.) I also am planning on visiting Hatchards too on my next visit. You know what, just give me an afternoon touring bookshops and I’ll be happy.

Books are my Bag can found on Twitter at @booksaremybag. For a list of participating bookshops and to find out about Books are my Bag events going on nationwide, click here to go to the Books are My Bag website. 


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Novel Kicks was founded in 2009 and is run by Laura who is currently living in Hampshire, and lives with husband, Chris and her cat, Buddy. She would love to be a writer. She’s trying to write the novel she thinks so much about. She’s loved reading and writing since ‘Creative Writing’ classes in primary school. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything she can get her hands on, she loves reading, dancing like a loon, and watching Project Runway and Ugly Betty (her two TV guilty pleasures.) She also has an obsession with chocolate and Jammie Dodgers.

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