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13th May
written by Steph
Yesterday, I stumbled across this hilarious post over at Vol 1. Brooklyn, which analyzes what your book bag says about you. For those interested, my preferred book bag is a Strand book tote... In my defense, it's not the same model as the standard beige bag/red logo version as showcased on Vol 1. Brooklyn, but I doubt that matters. *Gulp* Also, it doesn't mean I didn't get a good chuckle from the list! Have a happy Friday and enjoy!


  1. I love The Penguin Tote: You had a really enjoyable time flirting with the idea of working in the publishing industry. This tote bag is all you have to remember those times by.

    I have a history of stealing book bags from my mother, who accumulates an impressive number at conferences. So, basically, I think my bags probably say I’m cheap and will appropriate other people’s belongings if they look sturdy and able to hold many books. Hard to deny.

  2. 05/13/2011

    Really funny post. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that my book tote is a bag with my company’s logo on it (and no, not in anyway related to publishing). Maybe I should get a tote bag from the Paris Review so I can appear smarter?? Ha!

  3. 05/14/2011

    I saw this and thought it was so funny! Thanks for sharing it with everyone!

  4. Wow, this is hysterical! Love that B&N plants you firmly in Westchester. I don’t live in New York, any more, so I’ve been rocking my Charis book store bag ( from the “oldest feminist book store in the south” WHICH I am sure there would be some hysterical witty blurb about has the list been made national.

  5. 05/15/2011

    @ Claire: I love quirky book bags, I can’t lie! But in the end, you’re right that the most important thing is their sturdiness and the number of books they can hold! ๐Ÿ˜€
    @ Kathleen: For real! Knowing what I do now, I kind of wish I had a NYRB Literary Greenwich bag! Oh the stories about me it would tell! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    @ zibilee: I rarely link to these types of things but this was just too funny not too!
    @ Pam: I can only imagine what those guys over at Vol 1. Brooklyn would say about your Charis bag! I am sure you would not escape their scorn…
    @ Kim: Oh go ahead and do it! Maybe it is a clichรฉ but they have some really cute bags there!

  6. Funny! I want to get a Strand tote when I’m in NYC for BEA ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 05/15/2011

    I have a Powell’s tote that came with an Indiespensible order, so that doesn’t really support that theory. But I do have a Powell’s sweatshirt that I bought while at the store, so I’m a total bookstore tourist after all.

  8. 05/15/2011

    I have a Cath Kidston bag to haul my books around – all floral-y and girly!

  9. 05/15/2011

    I thought that post was entertaining too. But my tote, the Faber 80th tote, was nowhere to be seen. I cringe to think what that might mean for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. 05/15/2011

    Cute and funny! Mine are a local independent bookstore one, plus an illustrated one of a girl reading (ex libris style). ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. 05/16/2011

    I like my bookcrossing bag. Bookshop over here are not big on tote bags ๐Ÿ™ I’m going to NY soon and will get my hands on some.

    PS: I don’t read the Paris Review but read like the bag ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. 05/16/2011

    @ softdrink: Oh, I think the sweatshirt might be worse than a bookbag! The ultimate tourist souvenir! ๐Ÿ˜€
    @ Nicola: Floral-y and girly is totally the way to go! My friends gave me this delightful bag that was meant to be a knitting bag for my birthday but it’s so pretty that I’ve just been using it as a purse.
    @ Frances: Do you think a Faber 80th tote is somewhere between a Penguin tote and a Paris review tote?
    @ kiss a cloud: Love the idea of the illustrated girl reading tote! And of course, I’m all for supporting the indies!
    @ Alex: I don’t read the PR either but the bag is really cute… And I hope you get lots of wonderful loot when you’re in NY! The Strand really does have a wonderful selection of totes.

  13. 05/22/2011

    My book tote is a bag that my mom made for me (a couple years ago), in my favorite color scheme (red). I think to her it was a tote bag in general — but to me, it was perfectly book-size :-). It actually is big enough to carry more than one book and also magazine-sized, so it goes with me everywhere I have to wait around for my kids’ activities.

  14. Hahahaha. This is brilliant! I love the Penguin one; am I excused from owning one because I more than flirt with The Penguin Group by actually having a monogamous working relationship with them?! I have so many book totes but my favourite bookbags are my Persephone jute bag and my Penguin A Room of One’s Own canvas bag.

  15. 05/24/2011

    @ Valerie: I have a few other bags that I sometimes use to haul books around that I don’t think were meant specifically for books but they’re so sturdy and cute I can’t help toting them around every now and then. Often a purse just won’t do because it’s hard for me to get a single book in there if it’s not a mass market paperback.
    @ Claire: Yes, I think you get a pass on your Penguin tote bag! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also, If I am ever lucky enough to visit the Persephone shop, I may have to get a tote bag too!

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