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Article  •  7 October 2021


5 ways to celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day

It's time to let your favourite bookshop know you love them. Here are some simple ways you can celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day.

One of the things book lovers have missed most during the pandemic is spending time getting lost among the shelves at their local bookshop.  

Wandering through reminiscing with our favourite classics, discovering a new must-read or curling up on a comfy couch to flick through a couple of pages is a favourite pastime for many that has sadly been put on hold due to gruelling lockdowns.

That’s why it is more important than ever to celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day on Saturday October 9, honouring all the things we love about our local stores.

While a lot of us can’t celebrate in the way we normally would, we can still support our local bookshops and let them know we miss them.  

1. Buy a book

Buying a book from your local bookshop is the easiest way to share the love. Give your local store a call, send an email and/or check out their website. Many bookstores have closed their doors to browsing customers but can still offer click and collect, payment over the phone, online purchasing or free delivery.

2. Listen in to the Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast 

Journalists Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales, who have just published their new book Well Hello, are dedicating an episode of their Chat 10 Looks 3 podcast to Love Your Bookshop Day.

They are discussing all the things there are to love about bookshops. Listen in to celebrate with them while on a walk or before cosying up with your own book at home.

3. Post on social

Pick up one of the latest books you’ve purchased from you local bookstore and let everyone know what you’re reading. Jump on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or TikTok and tell us everything you love about your local bookstore along with the tags #loveyourbookshopday #LYBD2021.

4. Catch up with your book club or start one yourself

Book clubs are the best communities for discussing, debating and reviewing new releases or classics.

If you haven’t checked in with your book club due to lockdown, suggest a new book you could all start reading together.

If you’re not part of a book club it’s the perfect opportunity to call up your fellow bookworms to get one started.

5. Give a gift

A touching gesture for a friend or family member you haven’t seen for a while could be the perfect way to celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day.

Buy a novel from your local bookshop to support them while also bringing some warm and fuzzies to a loved one.  

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