Posted by: Lisa Hill | August 12, 2017

2017 National Bookshop Day

I am just off to Bendigo for the writing festival, so I won’t be visiting my favourite indie bookshops today, but this is National Bookshop Day so I hope that wherever you are, whatever you do, visit a bricks-and-mortar bookshop and buy a book today!

Persons following self-imposed book buying bans because of their bulging TBRs can either consider this a Dispensation for the Day, or buy a book for someone else.

(But lest you think I should practise what I preach – I went to Benns Bookstore in Bentleigh last week and bought a stack of new books – and yes, of course, I will buy books at the festival from the festival bookshop.)

Must go, the traffic will be building and we have a long drive ahead of us!



  1. Safe driving! I’ve done my buying for the time being.

    • Oh Bill, I don’t know how you do all that driving. I am worn out after a couple of hours to Bendigo and back… Next time I think I’ll take the train.,..

  2. Have fun🐧🐧🐧

    • You too, you’re en route somewhere too, right?

  3. That’s a great initiative. I’m still in Portugal and won’t be able to read in Portuguese any time soon.
    Have fun at the festival.

    • I’m loving your posts about Portugal. It makes me want to go back and see more of it.

  4. Didn’t realise you’re a Benn’s Bookshop Bentleigh patron too. That shop was my go to Bookshop forever growing up over there…now I support Readings in Carlton…went yesterday & bought Black Rock White City.
    Thanks for all the reviews Happy National Bookshop weekend!!

    • Oh, yes, I love Benns. Nice people, great range, terrific places like Noisette to take coffee afterwards with the new book.

  5. I bought a book for my husband (about walking the Larapinta Trail) so my own TBR stack isn’t showing even more strain than it already is!
    Will look forward to your BWF reports.

    • Oh, what’s the book? #SmallWorld Tony Messenger runs a fundraiser via the Larapinta Extreme Walk every year, and Joe from Rough Ghosts has just done it.

      • It was a guide book by John Chapman. My husband really wanted to do it about 20 years ago but there were really no guides available and no support. Now he’s not as fit (!) but there’s lots of support (from basic food drops to glamping). He’s thinking 2018.

        • Tell him to look into Tony Messenger’s Larapinta Walk. It’s a fundraiser for indigenous women, and I know for a fact that walkers who find the going a bit too tough can hitch a ride with the support crews.

  6. I didn’t know about this day, but by coincidence I bought 6 books in a gorgeous little shop on the Kent coast, so now feel that I’ve done my part! Hope the writing festival is a good one and don’t forget to share your book purchases with us

    • I saw the photo of your purchases on Facebook, what a splendid hoard:)
      PS I bet you didn’t know I was born in Kent! (A Kentish Maid, I think, not a Maid of Kent).

  7. I am ever obedient to your commands so would love to go to a bookshop – problem is I can’t drive because of my broken bones. Sigh

    • Oh, no, what happened… I thought you were doing so well…

      • I fell while helping at a charity fund raising event and broke my bone near the shoulder in three places. Ended up after three weeks needing surgery to put a plate in…

        • Oh Karen! You have been in the wars… sending you lots of good karma …

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