​Books Are Making Their Mark Again! Here's Why

Recently I was reading an article over a weekend, which talked about books and how they’re making a comeback after people rediscovered their love of them during all those pesky COVID lockdowns last year.

For me, this couldn’t have come at a better time! After selling out of my bookmarks last year, I’ve thrown myself into creating a brand new range. Designed by yours truly, made in Australia and inspired by our iconic flora, the new bookmarks are made from stainless steel and will be available in a range of beautiful colours and designs in the next month or so.

Red banksia bookmark    Black Flowering gum bookmark

In the meantime, I thought I’d jot down a few reasons why books might be making their way back into our lives (and laps). Here they are!

People Are Tired Of Reading Books On Devices

It’s true! More and more people want nothing better than to curl up with a good book after a day of staring at their screens. Statistics are telling us that the sale of e-books and audiobooks has slowed down dramatically - and that was even before we had a pandemic. It seems that the look, smell and feel of a ripping page-turner has lured us away from our devices. Surely that can only be a good thing!

Everything Old Is New Again

Have you noticed over the past few years that we’ve gone a little bit retro? It’s not only books that are enjoying a renaissance. Vinyl records, 80s covers (I’m looking at you, Tina Turner) and double denim are all making a comeback. I saw some flares in the shops the other day. And don’t even get me started on the mullet. With their relaxing, timeless atmosphere, it’s no small wonder people are returning to their local bookstores in droves. Here are a few of my book shop recommendations:

My Book Shop Recommendations:

  • Berkelouw Book Barn, Berrima NSW
  • Better Read than Dead, Newtown NSW
  • Sappho Books 51 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW
  • Edicole, Perth WA
  • Crow Books, East Victoria Park, WA
  • Petrarch's Bookshop, 89 Brisbane St, Launceston, Tasmania
  • The Book Cellar, 132 High St Campbell Town Tasmania
  • Paperback Bookshop, 60 Bourke st Melbourne
  • Hares and Hyenas 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy, VIC
  • Imprints Booksellers, 107 Hindley St, Adelaide SA
  • Mockingbird Lounge 68 Broadway, Glenelg SA
  • Red Kangaroo Books, 79 Todd Mall Alice Springs, NT
  • Archives Fine Books 40 Charlotte St, Brisbane, Qld

Crow Books image courtesy Weekend Notes

Books Are A Part of Our Home

There’s nothing more indulgent than choosing a much-loved book from your bookshelf and curling up somewhere quiet for a good read (especially if it’s raining). Owning and cherishing a book (or in my case, books) that you absolutely adore is a very special thing. I wouldn’t be without mine! Here are just a few of my favourites:

My Fave Books:

Fiction:

  • Honeybee by Craig Silvey
  • The Last Painting of Sarah de Vos by Domenic Smith
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Crime:

  • The Bluffs by Kyle Perry
  • The Lake by Louise Sharland

Business:

  • Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

Non-Fiction:

  • The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

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