Books Are My Bag

13 Oct

Books Are My Bag is a UK campaign to celebrate bookshops. For many people, bookshops conjure fond images of book readings, in-store cafes and delight at the discovery of a new author. In fact, 56% of all book buying decisions are made by bookshop customers, and high street bookshops (both chains and independents) still account for almost 40% of books bought by consumers! Yet, many high street bookshops are under threat, especially from online retailers.

I suppose these bags are good reminders to people to buy more books. After all – orange is the most impulsive colour! However, there are certainly more stylish solutions out there if you want to show off your inner bookworm.

Roald Dahl by Waterstones, Animal Farm by Out of Print Clothing.

I ♥ GIRLS WHO READ by For Books' Sake and Girls Don't Read Comics by Kate or Die.

I ♥ GIRLS WHO READ by For Books’ Sake and Girls Don’t Read Comics by Kate or Die.

Book-themed tote bags and library bags are definitely not in short supply. The ones above are a little more flashy than the free Books Are My Bag totes that you can still pick up from your local bookshop.

And let’s not forget… a book can literally be a bag.


I made my copy of ‘Wetlands’ into a bag by following the instructions over at Rookie, but here are some more by actual professionals:

Nancy Drew Book Purse by retrograndma on Etsy.

Anne of Green Gables Book Purse by NovelCreations on Etsy.

Junkie Book Clutch by Olympia Le Tan.

Junkie Book Clutchx by Olympia Le Tan.

I don’t have a problem with repurposing a book into a creative accessory. However, I still have a problem with these bags.

With a bag that size… where am I going to put my book?!

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