Books are my bag.


You may have heard about the Books Are My Bag campaign back in October. Well the campaign isn't over! And I thought with the holidays fast approaching, it would be good to plant the reminder. Books Are My Bag celebrates one of the things I love most--visiting your local bookshop. Physically going in and browsing. Speaking to staff for their knowledge and recommendations. And maybe walking out with something unexpected.



I'm not sure if "_____ are my bag" is a phrase commonly thrown around in the US. It's certainly something I hadn't heard of before I moved to the UK. So for those that need a little clarification, "books are my bag" is akin to saying books are my jam or I am really into those paper squares with squiggly ink things on the pages. The lovely people behind the BAMB movement sent me a goody bag, some of which is pictured above*. If you can't tell, their colour of choice is definitely not orange. I took Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit on my Thanksgiving trip to the US and it was an excellent quick read!

I know multiple people on my nice list are getting some books from me for Christmas. If you're struggling to think of a gift for someone, the people at Penguin have an online hotline giving personalised recommendations. And BAMB also has a sister site featuring a Book Advent Calendar with some boss ideas. I know there's not much I like more than spending an afternoon in the new Foyles at Charing Cross. That and the Brick Lane Bookshop might be my top favourite bookshops in London.

If you're curious to the books I'm coveting, I have a little list up on my GoodReads. (You'll see I'm a bit of a hardback junkie.) And if you like, I'd love to know what your favourite (local?) bookshop is!


*Note: This post is not sponsored. I just wanted to share the love and a campaign I support!

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  1. I work at a gorgeous independent bookshop (and café) called Booka in Oswestry, North Shropshire. We are backers of the Books Are My Bag campaign and the slogan is plastered throughout the shop. It's lovely to see the checkout get so busy around the holidays and I only hope it's the same in other independent UK bookshops, even if we are rushed off our feet! Go Team Indie!

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    1. Sounds like such a lovely place! Thank you for sharing, Jessie :) Indie bookshops ftw.

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  2. Great picks on your Goodreads, and your bedspread/duvet cover is so nice!

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  3. Oh you've got that Bookshop Book! I was thinking of buying it for my mum once/if it comes out in French -- let me know if it's any good :)

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  4. Lovely post! I asked for some books for Christmas and specifically told “Father Christmas” to order them at our local bookshop. ;)
    PS: Your plog pictures are always on point! May I ask what editing software you use?

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    1. These were edited in Lightroom with VSCO presets.

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