Books Are My Bag & City Books, Hove

Books Are My Bag – nationwide campaign to celebrate bookshops – ran from the 9th to the 12th last week. To partake in the festivities I popped to my new favourite book shop – City Books – to spend money I don’t have on books I probably don’t definitely need.


City Books is situated in Hove, down Western Road away from Churchill Square. It may seem a little off the beaten track, but from the centre of town it is only a 10 minute walk away.

The Staff are lovely, I had a very knowledgeable lady help me chose between Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë. Had she not come to my rescue I may have fallen into the classics section – which is so wonderfully vast – never to return.

I also bought Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald and Chéri by Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette. I’m happily falling back into classics and vintage novels, they seem to relax me more than modern writing.

I’m currently reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall:


It certainly is a book of many chapters, but what marvellous ones they have been. I don’t think Anne will usurp Emily as my favourite Brontë, nevertheless, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is as interesting as her sister’s novels – though lacking the supernatural.

I think it is an important time to celebrate bookshops. I realised after I had been to City Books that, while shopping on Amazon is easy, nothing brings me the same excitement as staring at a long wall of classics and wondering what to buy. You can’t get that feeling shopping online. There is so much more discovery in a book shop, more opportunities to discover new books. Not to mention sharing a love of books with the staff, and having a good natter.

What did you do for Books Are My Bag?

10 thoughts on “Books Are My Bag & City Books, Hove

  1. Would that I had a local bookshop to spend my money in, but our only independent closed five years ago and now it Waterstones or online. I would also have pointed you in the direction of ‘Wildfell Hall’ rather than ‘Agnes Grey’. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


  2. Wish I’d been in the UK for this one—I love independent bookshops, and think this was an excellent idea for a campaign. That expert help from a knowledgeable bookseller is something Amazon’s “recommendations” will never come close to replicating.


  3. I know the world is moving past this, but I love buying books in a store. I would much much much rather be able to go into a place and come out with a physical thing, rather than buy it on Amazon (or Book Depository or whatever) and wait and wait.


    1. I find my impatient nature means that I find Amazon quicker, so I fall into that trap monthly. This bookshop is near my work, it’s an hour away from where I live sadly.

      But, like you, I find something far more satisfying about going into a bookshop – something happier.


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