Tomorrow (Saturday the 5th of October) marks this year's Bookshop Day celebrations. Since 2013, every year in October, the Books Are My Bag campaign showcases and celebrates the special, wonderful thing that is a bookshop. Whether it's a high street bookshop, or a bookshop like us (out in the middle of nowhere, an expedition to find), whether they sell new books, old books, or everything in between; there's nothing quite like a visit to one of these wonderful, mythical, magical places.
We thought we'd take part in the fun by (among other things) putting together this little list of ten reasons why you ought to visit a bookshop this weekend:
1. Booksellers are armed with recommendations.
Being surrounded by books all day, everyday, means that we're reading all the time. We get first dibs on new books, and get to rediscover old classics, and because of this, we'll always be ready with recommendations when you ask. Looking for a new thriller to dig into? We got you. Looking for a perfect gift for your bookworm children? We got you. We'll help you find what you're looking for, or something you didn't know you needed.
2. Bookshops smell good.
It's no secret that book lovers LOVE the smell of books. Fresh from the printing press they smell glorious, full of wonder and opportunity, and don't get us started on old books. Our Darwin rare books room smells incredible, that perfect combination of worn leather and old pages, holding so much more than just a story.
3. You support a local community by doing so.
By visiting your local bookshops, you're keeping them going so that they can, in turn, provide things for the community around them. At Bookbarn, we provide jobs, work experience, a meeting place, a study area, craft fairs, an outlet for local businesses; by turning up at our shop, you're helping us to do all of this and more.
4. You could find a book that you'll treasure for life.
Amazon can't provide the experience of being drawn towards a book on a shelf, of feeling that magical pull towards a book that is going to change your life, of standing there devouring the words on the first page, with booksellers and book lovers happily going about their business around you.
5. Booksellers are passionate about what they do.
Booksellers truly are magical creatures. Mary Ann Shaffer described it perfectly when she said, "Booksellers really are a special breed. No one in their right mind would take up clerking in a bookstore for the salary, and no one in his right mind would want to own one-- the margin of profit is too small. So, it has to be a love of readers and reading that makes them do it-- along with first dibs on the new books.”
6. Bookish gifts.
If you're in need of the perfect gift for a bookish loved one, there's nowhere better to find one than in a bookshop. Because not only will you find something really special, you could also be introduced to companies like our personal favourite, Literary Emporium, and other local businesses who will be grateful for your support.
7. You're supporting the continuation of bookshops.
Bookshops are so incredibly important to our society, and we aren't just saying that because we are one. We're saying it because it's the truth, and by showing up to these places you're making a difference, you're keeping the doors open for book lovers young and old who need a place to belong.
8. There's no better place to spend a rainy day.
Let us paint you a picture; you're out in the rain, it's cold, it's windy, you need a place to shelter, and there it is, like a shimmering oasis - the bookshop. You walk in the doors and are hit by warmth and the smell of books. It's peaceful, there are books stacked on every shelf and every surface. Have we tempted you yet?
9. Giveaways and Special Events.
Bookshops are known for their events - Harry Potter Nights and Spooky Storytellings and Author signings, and many more. This weekend bookshops across the UK will be celebrating Bookshop Day with events, giveaways and other special things. Just like us - click here to enter our Bookshop Day giveaway! Don't miss your chance to join in the fun.
10. You'll find a whole bunch of people there who love books as much as you do.
And obviously, the best thing about bookshops, above all, is that everyone else in there with you will love books as much as you. The booksellers, the customers, the authors and illustrators doing talks and signings; all of us share the same passion. Books.
To find out more about the Books are my Bag campaign, head to their website.
Don't miss our Festive Winter Fayre on the 23rd of November! Event details can be found here.
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