Thursday saw the launch of this year’s Books Are My Bag campaign, a nationwide celebration of books and bookshops that hopes to encourage book lovers to visit their high street bookseller instead of the online retail behemoths when they want to buy a book. Now in its third year, and with the support of all the UK’s major trade publishers, this is the biggest BAMB campaign yet. There are hundreds of BAMB parties going on at bookshops across the country today – find your closest participating bookseller here. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to get your hands on the rather risqué limited edition tote bag designed by Grayson Perry, or the beautiful children’s tote designed by Lauren Child.
This year’s theme is #desertislandreads, and Books Are My Bag would like to know what eight books you would have with you if you were stranded on a desert island. After much deliberation, I think I’ve settled on my eight. It was so hard – I swapped American Gods and The Buried Giant in and out so many times!
Tell me yours in the comments below!
‘Pop in to your local bookshop. Book people are nice people and bookshops have become more than a place to buy books. In many small communities they are a valuable social hub for like-minded folks. But don’t forget to buy a book too!’