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10 Things I Like About Bookshops

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Christmas has come a little early in the Vivatramp household! The wonderful people over at Books Are My Bag  know just how much I love talking about books so they dropped me an email a while ago asking if I would like a 'survival kit' to delve into to promote this year's campaign. After picking myself up off the floor, I replied with Justin Timberlake lyrics (true story!) and awaited its arrival. I actually missed said arrival but, after answering a million questions, I managed to coax it off our next door neighbour who seemed rather intrigued by the size of the box. Hands off, Mr Buchanan! 

'What is BAMB?', I hear you wail. Books Are My Bag is a nationwide campaign to get people using their local bookshops. I'm sure we are all guilty of buying online when we could have bought in store but it's okay because we can use October as a month for bookish repentance! Bookshops across the UK will be holding events and competitions to get readers involved throughout the month so check out the website to see what's going on where you live! Nothing going on? Why not treat yourself to a browse around a bookshop anyway?! Even if you don't see anything that takes your fancy, there's usually cake and good conversation! Feel free to share some thoughts and ideas on bookshops in the comments below! Onto the contents of the kit...

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Can you sense a theme? Orange is actually my favourite colour so this box was extra exciting for me. It's safe to say that the bath bomb has already been used. It was glorious. I'm very grateful for the gift card - any ideas what I should spend it on? If you say 'books', I will spend my afterlife haunting you. I'm pretty sure the 'Seriously?!' notepad was made with me in mind. I'll definitely be handing these slips out to the people that irritate me on a daily basis! I also received a pretty little Topshop nail polish, some balloons and a very punny badge. Surprise surprise, the package also contained books...

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the unknown unknown by mark forsyth

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five quarters of the orange by joanne harris

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oranges are not the only fruit by jeanette winterson

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a signed copy of the bookshop book by jen campbell - thanks jen!
I've only had time to skim through so far but I'd highly recommend buying this for all your bookish pals.

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Look at that cover and the Nirvana reference!

Lastly, I received two snazzy BAMB tote bags - one featuring last year's classic design and the other featuring Tracey Emin's inky design. These are definitely going to be put to good use. 

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I also received a very fetching BAMB tee that I will be lounging around in my pants in for the foreseeable future. I shall spare you the photograph though! Thank you so much Books Are My Bag for sending me this awesome package - it restored my pep and got me all excited about books again. I'm incredibly grateful. I'm also feeling pretty thankful for all of you lot, regardless of whether or not you've just arrived here or whether you've been reading for years. Alright, knob off now -  that's too much sentimentality for one day! Before I go, I thought I'd share a miniature list of 10 things that I like about bookshops:

10 things that i like about bookshops: 
1. the staff are knowledgeable, approachable and more than happy to talk about books for ages
2. they embrace diversity and encourage you to read widely!
3. i always stumble across new books to add to my 'to buy' list
4. i can browse lots of different editions with ease 
5. buying a book from a bookshop feels like a treat & it peps me up
6. there's always cool events going on - signings, book clubs & more
7. you can sit down and read for a while and no one will mind 
8. they put on incredible displays & use handwritten recommendations 
9. they offer lots of different services - from reading nooks to bibliotherapy
10. they're shops...full of books! 

Don't forget to check out the Books Are My Bag website to find out what events are going on in your local area. Furthermore, check out their Twitter account because they're holding daily themed bookish discussions using #bookadayuk throughout the month of October. I need to catch up! I want to know: What's your favourite thing about shopping in bookshops? What's the last book you purchased from a book shop? What would your dream bookshop be like? 




  1. I wish we had a campaign like that over here and I love the second tote bag! Bookshops are the best place to relax. I love browsing through the shelves, picking up books that look interesting and buying a book always makes me happy.

  2. This is so cute! Lucky you!

  3. What a lovely survival kit! I love independent bookshops, but we only have chains where I live... They're still my favourite place to be though! The Bookshop Book looks interesting - I'll look forward to any reviews!
    Beth x

  4. Books are My Bag sounds like a wonderful campaign that is massively needed! It also is working cause reading this post reminded me of a few books I have on my to-read list that I think I'm going to stop by a local bookstore tomorrow after work and purchase!

  5. This is fabulous - a book-filled-fun-feast for the eyes! And what a fantastic campaign - I haven't bought a book in a while (lets leave that there, shall we?!) but, next time I do, the bookshops near me'll get it (And by get it, I mean they'll be blessed with my company and the presence of my debit card).

  6. I love books are my bag, such a great campaign. That bath bomb is one of my favourites, what a great thing to receive alongside some good books to read in the bath. Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit sounds really interesting!
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  7. I want the Tracey Emin bag sooooooo much! Looks like an awesome bundle, too :)

    Chelsea xx
    Love in Modern Life

  8. I love the atmosphere in bookshops: I don't enjoy shopping in general, but bookshops are like no other shops because they're so quiet and peaceful. I love that you can browse for hours (and not look strange) or buy a cup of tea and sit and read the afternoon away. They're a little safe haven in the chaos of the high street!

    The last books I bought were The Fever by Megan Abbott and The Quarry by Iain Banks.

    I haven't decided what my dream bookshop would be like (it obviously requires serious thought) but I've seen so many articles about wonderful bookshops around the world that I'd love to visit. The Honesty Bookshop in Hay-On-Wye is currently at the top of my list!



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