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How to celebrate Independent Bookshop week

  • Submitted: 21st June 2021

Indie Bookshop week is here!

Happy International BookShop Week! There are always reasons to buy a book from your local independent or any independent for that matter, but this week there are even more.

It’s vital to keep these magical stores that sell words, adventures and worlds of imagination alive and in a year that has been so hard on booksellers up and down the country, let’s buy a book to say thank you to authors and booksellers everywhere for keeping the magic alive when the real world has been so bleak and difficult.

How to celebrate Independent Bookshop week

I visited Forum Books new store ‘The Bound’ at Whitley Bay and bumped into Ann Cleeves, Trevor Wood and Robert Scragg. I haven’t bumped into an author for ages and then three come along at once. I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere.

Here’s what happened…..( I’d like to think that this picture was taken for my welcome haha but it’s one from when the store opened….)

Bookseller James, Ann Cleeves and owner Helen in the picture:

Back into bookshops - a journey to a world of reading

(c) The Bound Whitley Bay

Just look at this place:

Back into bookshops - a journey to a world of reading

(c) The Bound Whitley Bay

My day started with some fuel

How to celebrate Independent Bookshop week

Sourdough bread toast from Dil and the Bear

Books set in Bookshops or bookish settings

This is one of the books I’m reading at the moment. First time I had tried a Chai latte too. Very nice although I thought it was coffee but it’s apparently tea! Who knew? haha

How to celebrate Independent Bookshop week

Chai latte from Dil and the Bear

Purchases made but these are going to be feature books on The BookTrail so I am reading under

wraps for now…..

How to celebrate Independent Bookshop week

Books set in Bookshops or bookish settings

How to celebrate Indie Bookshop week

Visit a bookshop or two

Buy a book or two

Visit a new cafe and try something new to fuel your book buying

Chat to authors you bump into

Smell the books

Love being around books

Stroke the spine of a book or two – that is a book hug.

Ask a bookseller for book recommendations. They are SO good at this. They know LOTS and guide me to books I might not have looked at before

Smile at everyone in a bookstore. You are amongst friends.

 

A few more bookshop memories:The Stripey Badger, Grassington,  Yorkshire

The Stripey Badger Bookshop (c) TheBookTrail

The Stripey Badger Bookshop (c) TheBookTrail

Then there’s Cogito Books in Hexham Northumberland and just look at that book title! Find a book AND love this week?

Main-Cogito-bookshop

Books make us happy, cry, smile and and give us comfort but can they help you find love?

 

Happy Indie Bookshop week everyone!

Books set in Bookshops

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