Hello Book Lovers!
If you don't know about Books Around the Corner here's a little history. We're an online independent bookstore, woman and disability-owned, that opened our doors in 2018. We can't believe we are about to celebrate our fifth anniversary this fall. We've had many challenges and changes. Our most recent is that we are now fully online and ship nationwide and are in the process of moving to Forks, Washington.
Who am I? My name is Stephanie Rose and I've been the owner and founder of Books Around the Corner and this READ IT! Program. Due to developing severe disabilities over the past few years I, with the help of my dedicated customers, have pivoted and kept Books Around the Corner alive in a new way. I have learned that just because you have a disability doesn't mean you can't follow your dream and I will continue to do so every day I can.
One of our virtual monthly book clubs!
I have spent so much of my own investment beyond monetary into Books Around the Corner. My time, my tears, and every ounce of my heart and soul are part of this shop. I want to continue helping readers discover new books, making lasting friends, and provide a community of readers with virtual book clubs, monthly book subscriptions, a Little Free Library and fun virtual events for years to come.
2023 is also a special year because it's the first year we started our READ IT! Program.
WHAT ARE WE RAISING FUNDS FOR?
We want to raise funds to be able to provide not only a personal pan pizza, a button, and a certificate of completion, but also a free blind date with a book to every participant. Our overall goal is to also use some of the funds to create a national publicity and marketing campaign to be the very first indie bookshop to run a comparable program on a national level. The BOOK IT! The program is only open to children in schools. That's why we've founded The READ IT! Program which is open to all ages and we want to reach readers across the country.
ABOUT OUR READ IT! PROGRAM
Do you have a reading goal for 2023? Do you struggle with finding your next read? Are you in a reading slump and looking for a way to get your reading going again? Are you searching for the nostalgia of receiving a certificate of completion, a button, and your very own personal pan pizza that you received as a kid in your BOOK IT! Program ?! Don’t worry Books Around the Corner has you covered! Unlike that program, this challenge is open to all ages not just kids in the U.S.
HOW TO SIGN UP?
- To signup fill out the Google Form HERE with your reading goal
- Purchase at least one of your 2023 reads with Books Around the Corner and email us to let us know that particular book is part of your challenge
YOU'VE REACHED YOUR GOAL NOW WHAT?
Email us a list of the books you've read or share your Goodreads challenge link if you record it there or a photo of it if you have a reading journal. Then you will receive an EXCLUSIVE READ IT! Program Button, official certificate of completion, and your very own personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut (gift certificate will be emailed).
One grand prize winner will receive a Books Around the Corner Book Bundle with books, swag, and other bookish items mailed to them.
By completing your reading goal you are automatically entered. Tag us @spookybookshop and #readitprogram in your stories and posts for extra entries. AND if you do any of the prompts for any of the months that's also a bonus entry!
JANUARY – Read a book by a BIPOC author
FEBRUARY -- Read a young adult book
MARCH – Read a book that has less than 300 pages
APRIL – Read a sci-fi book
MAY – Read a fantasy book
JUNE – Read a book by a debut author
JULY – Read a book being adapted into a TV show or movie in 2023
AUGUST – Read a book published in 2023
SEPTEMBER – Read a banned or challenged book
OCTOBER – Read a spooky book
NOVEMBER – As we celebrate our anniversary this month, read a book that has a bookstore theme and/or setting
DECEMBER -- Read a book that takes place in the winter or during Christmas
We appreciate you taking the time to read this. Thank you for donating. Every dollar will help make this happen! We love our READ IT! Program and we hope you will too!
Stephanie & Spooky