Books Are My Bag, Independent Bookshop Week

Independent Bookshop Week 18th-25th June

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Independent Bookshop Week kicks off this Saturday, and it’s their 10th birthday, so there’s lots going on! Have a look here to see where your nearest independent bookshop is, and find out how they’re celebrating!

Bookshop Crawl!

This means that my favourite national holiday, the Bookshop Crawl, is back! It’s a brilliant way to discover new bookshops, meet fun people, and do a hell of a lot of walking. The official day is Saturday 25th June, but you could do yours at any time during Independent Bookshop Week! Hopefully it will be a sunny day like last year (though perhaps not quite so hot), rather than the torrential rain we had in 2014! This year, there is a challenge, which I am totally down with: while it’s fun to set your own goals, a challenge makes it even more fun. Also there are prizes!18_Twitter-IBW-gencrawl-banner_01_v01-01_1

Let me know if you’ll be taking part, especially London-based people!

Independent Bookshop Week tag!

BAMB have created a tag with some questions to answer, if you’re so inclined (or if you just want to see what everyone else says!):

  1. What book(s) are currently in your bag?
  2. What’s the last great book you read?
  3. What book have you gifted the most?
  4. What’s your favourite independent bookshop?
  5. What’s been your favourite book recommended by a bookseller (or fellow Booktuber)?
  6. What’s your favourite bookshop memory?
  7. What do bookshops mean to you? What do you love about them?
  8. What are the books that made you? Which books have most affected or influenced you?
  9. What book do you recommend readers gift for Father’s Day?
  10. What book is currently at the top of your TBR pile?

I’ll be thinking about my answers over the next few days, and writing about it sometime during IBW.

Independent Bookshop Week Book Award!

And finally, the annual IBW Book Award.Last year’s winners were The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, An Island of our Own by Sally Nicholls and A Walk In Paris by Salvatore Rubbino. The shortlists (in Adult, Children’s, and Children’s Picture Book categories) are below, and the winners will be announced on Friday 17th June.


  • A Spool of Blue Thread – Anne Tyler (Vintage)
  • A God in Ruins – Kate Atkinson   (Black Swan)
  • The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District – James Rebanks   (Penguin)
  • The Green Road – Anne Enright    (Vintage)
  • SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome    – Mary Beard (Profile Books)
  • The Road to Little Dribbling – Bill Bryson (Black Swan)
  • The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees – Robert Penn (Penguin)
  • The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science  – Andrea Wulf (John Murray)
  • The Loney – Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray)
  • A Place Called Winter  – Patrick Gale  (Tinder Press)


  • Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright – Chris Riddell  (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury    -Cressida Cowell  (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here  -Patrick Ness  (Walker Books)
  • The Astounding Broccoli Boy   – Frank Cottrell Boyce (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • Pugs of the Frozen North – Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre  (Oxford University Press)
  • My Brother is a Superhero  – David Solomons (Nosy Crow)
  • The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair – Lara Williamson   (Usborne Publishing)
  • Kensuke’s Kingdom – Michael Morpurgo (Egmont)
  • Whistling in the Dark – Shirley Hughes  (Walker Books)
  • One – Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury)
  • The Person Controller – David Baddiel (HarperCollins)
  • Time Travelling with a Hamster – Ross Welford (HarperCollins)


  • What the Ladybird Heard Next  -Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks   (Macmillan Children’s Books)
  • GRRRRR! – Rob Biddulph    (HarperCollins)
  • Mog and Barnaby – Judith Kerr   (HarperCollins)
  • Tree – Patricia Hegarty and Britta Teckentrup (Little Tiger Kids)
  • Stanley the Amazing Knitting Cat  – Emily MacKenzie (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Bear Who Went Boo – David Walliams & Tony Ross (HarperCollins)
  • The Mouse who Reached the Sky – Petr Horacek  (Walker Books)
  • Vikings in the Supermarket  – Nick Sharratt (David Fickling Books)
  • Warning! This Book May Contain Rabbits – Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press)
  • I’m a Girl  – Yasmeen Ismail   (Bloomsbury Children’s Books)
  • The Bear and the Piano – David Litchfield  (Frances Lincoln) Children’s Books
  • Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies    (Simon & Schuster)

Which do you think should win? Let me know!


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