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Celebrating the Bookshop…

I will be hosting an event this afternoon that is all about celebrating your bookshop. In gearing up for the event I was doing some research and I was shocked to discover that whilst we have a World Book Day, World Book Night, National Library Day (though my local library seemed to have no idea there was one) and the UK has Independent Booksellers Week. I am not dissing any of the other ventures, I love them all, but we don’t have a World Bookshop Day itself that everyone everywhere can join in with? Maybe that is a bit simple and simplistic minded of me? It just seems a little bit strange and I am left pondering why on earth not? Books and bookshops obviously need each other, only it always seems to be the book that gets the biggest support… what about the shop?

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Now if anyone suddenly announces there is one worldwide I will hold my hands up and apologise, because I googled and googled and googled to try and find one. To be fair Australia, a country that I think is imminently sensible in so many ways (not forgetting that it brought Kylie, Kath & Kim and Marieke Hardy), did throw a National Bookshop Day in August 2013 yet, so far at least, there doesn’t seem to be anything happening this year. As I mentioned there is, lucky us, an Independent Booksellers Week in the UK yet not everywhere else and I think it would be nice to unite it worldwide too, rather than just our own turf, and not just the indies though I know they are bloody important… all bookshops are under threat though aren’t they?

I love a good bookshop – I think this is quite obvious – be they a lovely independent, a dusty/musty second hand shop or even a high street store (and I think some of these need to be celebrated and supported too, I am in constant fear that any moment Waterstones will suddenly announce its being bought by Amazon and then the world might end) I find it very hard not to fall into them. I don’t always purchase masses of books but I try and buy at least one new and a couple of second hand books from bookshops every month. I love the atmosphere, which is always relaxed (though I heard that story about the madwoman who wanted people to pay to peruse in her bookshop) and you can wander and browse and just get lost in a world of book… just down your very road, well, almost if you are lucky.

You can guess what is coming can’t you? Yes, I think that we should start our own World Book Day and currently I have given it the oh-so original title ‘Celebrate The Bookshop’…

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I mean what will it cost (the constant fear of anything that sounds like an initiative or cause) really? One of the things that is so fantastic about book lovers is that they can’t shut up about books, hence the wonder of books successes just based on the word of mouth phenomena. All we need to do really is pick a day, later in the year (and I am wondering if I should get in touch with the team behind Australia’s National Bookshop Day last year and Independent Booksellers Week and see if we could all do it on the same day, this could be delusions of grandeur), and mention it to all our friends, print off posters and the like, I wish you could print off book marks, blog about it here there and everywhere and then on the day go to out to our local bookshop/s and buy a few books. Simple as that surely? It will be like a bookish revolution all through the simple magic of sharing the love and, as I said, spreading the word and supporting local bookshops everywhere.

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I have even been pondering a blog where people, everywhere, can write about their favourite local bookshops and make some sort of world wide book shop guide. You’d think I hadn’t just got a new job and had lots of other projects on the go would you. But hey I love books and they make me think and want to see about doing things like this.

So what do you think? Do you think it is sad that we don’t have a day that officially spreads the love of the physical bookshop (any variety) worldwide? Do you think we should have one? Who is in with me to try and make one happen and if so what could we do next? I think we need some patrons and I can think of three who I might ask, any you would suggest though?  I am off to do more brainstorming, emailing, and hosting the event on it… I wonder what the audience there will make of the idea? If you have any additional thoughts or ideas you can email savidgereads@gmail.com too. I will report back with everyone’s thoughts and updates very soon.

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My Desert Island Discs

I have decided to do something a bit different and do something completely un-bookish on Savidge Reads today despite tagging it with a Simon’s Bookish Bits label. As I mentioned earlier in the week books have been slightly on the back burner here at Savidge HQ and I have been turning to some utter trash TV, fabulous films, Pride and Prejudice (the good version), and music. Music is possibly my all time second love behind books and so I thought I would do a post on it. Seeing ‘Heartburn’ on the telly the other day one of my all time favourite songs came on the soundtrack. This set me off thinking… what are my all time songs?

When I think of favourite songs and the stories behind them I cant help but think of a superb radio show we have in the UK called ‘Desert Island Discs’. This radio show, which has been running since 1942, sees well known people of all varieties imagining they are stranded on a desert island with only eight songs and a luxury item, etc. They also have a look back over their lives so I thought I would have a whim of grandeur and imagine what I would choose right now should the BBC ask *hint*. Without further ado here they are…

Smooth Operator – Sade
This has to be the first song on the list because it’s the first song that I can actually remember (though the first music I ever remember is The Archers theme oddly enough) from my childhood. It reminds me specifically of dancing around my Mum’s bedroom in Matlock Bath when I was little. (Another song I remember vividly form that time is Wham’s ‘Bad Boys’ which my aunties played constantly – they were about 14 and 16.) According to Wikipedia I would have been about 2 years old when this arrives. Apparently I used to sing ‘Move Over Red Eye’ instead of smooth operator.

Love Game – Lady Gaga
I could have chosen a couple of songs by the Gaga because she is the writer of modern anthems frankly. I chose ‘Love Game’ because in part it is my favourite song of album one and also back in late 2007 I interviewed her – and was only the second UK journalist to do so. It was a surreal moment as she was wearing huge sunglasses and had dancers sat on each side of her trained to stare at you. Anyway I got the lyrics to this song (we had the advance album) mixed up and promptly kept saying something that wasn’t ‘disco stick’ so when it’s on it makes me smile.

Viva Forever – Spice Girls
I never claimed to be cool before you all start taking the mickey out of me for this one. The Spice Girls were the biggest band ever during my school years. I remember everyone in my year being completely obsessed, the pencil cases, the Walkers crisp packets, lollipops – I could go on. This one of all their singles was special to me in part because it came out after Geri left, I can’t lie I was rather upset. More importantly it is because it reminds me of my little sister being a very, very little baby. I used to get to look after her a lot and when she would cry at 16 years old I would pop this on and sing to her and sure enough off she would go to sleep.

Yellow – Coldplay
Now I know they aren’t exactly indie but I do like some indie music (I went to Knebworth to see Oasis – yeah was proper into all that indie Britpop) and some proper bands. I liked Coldplay from the off as the second time I left home I ended up living in Kent and had my first joyous times in a house share. This reminds me of that time, and a new level of independence, because I dated someone for a while who sang it to me in the bath and it evokes a lot with me.

Into The Groove – Madonna
With a legend like Madonna it is really, really hard too choose one specific song but in the end I had to choose ‘Into The Groove’ because I really remember this as a youth in and also very much in my late teens, early twenties and even now. It reminds me of places I lived as a kid, my first big nights out clubbing and some of my friend’s recent weddings. In a weird way for me it’s a really timeless song that completely reminds me of good times.

Super Massive Black Hole – Muse 
Now you might be surprised to see Muse in my list of songs but I love Muse, I have all their albums. Out of all their songs I think ‘Super Massive Black Hole’ is incredible. I don’t know if anyone else has a theme tune that you can simply pop on and it gives you some weird kind of confidence? It was also a song that became a bit of an anthem when I came out of a long relationship and you know how you need a good anthem in times like that. It stills cheers me up now if I pop it on.

Coming Around Again – Carly Simon
I heard this song recently when I watched ‘Heartburn’ and it started me off with the whole idea of this post. This song reminds me of my Mum and my Gran, as they both love her. It also really reminds me of Newcastle where I went with my mother when she went to University, it’s also where I met Polly of Novel Insights all those years ago. I can really remember the flat we lived in, not quite halls but not far off, and how we would both sit and listen to the album of the same name for hours when we were eating dinner, or just pottering around – we didn’t have a telly that I can remember. A very nostalgic favourite.

Confide in Me – Kylie Minogue
Could quite possibly the song that I would choose above all the others if I only had one to take on a desert island! It’s quite a haunting song, and very unlike a lot of her other work. I was a Kylie and Jason child and I really remember she had disappeared for a few years and came back with this and I couldn’t wait to get my mitts on it. I remember saving my pocket money to buy this single on tape and getting it in Bath of all places. I then made Granny Savidge and Bongy (my granddad) play it about ten times – and it’s a good 5 minutes long – on their car stereo when all they probably wanted to listen to was Classic FM. It’s a song that having turned to it so often I associate with all times in my life. I can turn to it be I happy, sad or in between it always does just the trick. That probably sounds odd doesn’t it?

So that’s my 8 songs that I would take on a desert island, did it help you get to know me a little bit better? Would you have guessed any of these songs might feature? I wondered if some of you would take up the challenge of choosing their 8 desert island discs so we can get to know you all a little better, what do you think? Let me know if you do, and let me know what you thought of my selection!?!

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