Spreading Bookish Love and Support
Hello, friends! How are you holding up? I've been working from home this last week and it's equal parts weird and great. I can still get a lot done, but it's weird not being physically in the office! As an introvert I didn't think I'd miss the social interaction aspect of work but..here I am, eating my words. I do have pretty awesome coworkers!
The picture above is my #sweetsixteen stack, which was started by Erica (@sand_between_pages) on instagram! Since we're all missing March Madness, the sweet sixteen stack includes sixteen books we love (mine would make some great quarantine reads!)
During this time I am making extra effort to support small businesses. I've been getting takeout from local restaurants. Of course, I've been thinking about ways to help local bookstores, as well. I wanted to share some ideas I've found and supported.
1. Libro.fm: Love audiobooks? Using the code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW you can directly support your local bookstore with your membership (I chose Powell's in Portland, OR). You can join yourself, or give a one month gift membership. Proceeds from gift memberships go directly to the local bookstore as well. (Sneak peek: My blogiversary is coming up on Tuesday....I feel a giveaway coming on....:)
2. Buying books online directly from your local bookstore! Though many bookstores are closed due to restrictions in the respective states (I'm in Oregon and everything is closed down other than essentials) many bookstores are taking online orders or offering curbside pickup, depending on your area. Powell's in Portland, OR is still taking online orders but have said they're backed up in mailing out the orders due to both getting lots of orders (yay!) and now the Governor's Stay Home order.
3.Donating to BINC (Book Industry Charitable Foundation)I first heard about this organization this week when Reese Witherspoon talked about it on her book club Instagram page!
4. Support authors! So many authors have had book tours or other events canceled...I've been trying to show those authors extra love by buying their books, sharing their new releases on social media, etc.
What are some things you're doing to help your local community during this time? Hang in there, friends. We're all in this together!