‘Books Are My Bag Day’ – A Celebration of Bookshops

I love wandering around bookstores; running the tips of my fingers along all those spines, pulling down books of interest, glancing at the cover art, reading the blurb. They offer a unique atmosphere of solace – one of those rare havens where we can disappear and gain a peaceful hour away from the hustle and bustle of the high street. So you can imagine my delight when my local Waterstones store asked me to join them in the celebrations for Books Are My Bag (BAMB) day last Saturday.

Raring to go

We live in a world where the internet is part of our home and presents so many new avenues to purchase goods. On occasion it can be more convenient to buy at the press of a button. But high street shops offer a unique hands-on experience and there is no reason why they shouldn’t be able to share the market with online suppliers. Interestingly, according to the BAMB website, “56% of all book buying decisions are made by consumers in a bookshop and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers.”

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Finding a Gem

It’s not often as an adult that you walk into somewhere and feel like a five year old in sweet shop. That’s what happened to me this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon I was invited to do a signing of The Truth Will Out at Kibworth Bookshop as part of the Leicester Reading Festival. I’d never been there before, although I’d seen the window on their webpage and it looked very cosy. But nothing prepared me for that special feeling when you walk into loveliness.

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Meeting Friends – Old and New…

Over the last few weeks I have been visiting nearby Waterstones shops to sign books and promote The Truth Will Out. I love book signings. It’s like somebody giving you a license to hover in a bookstore for several hours, browse the books and talk to engaging and interesting people.

These events have become a family affair for us. Hubby usually drives us there, chats to any friends who call in and keeps us supplied with lattes. Daughter bakes cakes or cookies, hands out bookmarks and chats to readers. It’s lovely that everyone is keen to get involved, not least because it means I don’t feel guilty for neglecting precious family time!

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