Tanya Natalie and her father, Gerard, run a second-hand bookstore in Hornsby, The Bookplate, that has been in operation for nearly 30 years. In these strange times of social distancing and self-isolation, they are now experiencing an uneasy sense of uncertainty around the fate of their business.
In a bid to keep the business going through these next few months, to keep providing some much-needed literary stimulation packages to anyone who needs it, and to still be providing books to the community when this pandemic is over, Tanya Natalie has had to think outside the box.
From Monday, customers will be able to answer a short personality questionnaire to determine their perfect match – in the form of books! With your answers, Tanya will use her experience of over 15 years in the literary industry to find the perfect set of 5 – 7 books to keep your minds occupied during these times, for only $50. If that isn’t enough to capture your interest, to reinforce health regulations and advice around social distancing, your books will be dropped on your doorstep free of charge.
As Tanya was quoted as saying, “Our community is important to me – and so are books and reading. Of all times, now is when we need a little bit of escapism in our lives. I still want this shop to be here when this pandemic is over – and I know my dad does as well. I’ve had to ban him, temporarily, from coming to the shop so he’s not too happy about that! It’s going to be a difficult few weeks for all of us, because we’re all in this together, so I want to do what I can to ease your mind through the power of reading a good book – by bringing the books to you!
To access the questionnaire and receive your personality-based book bundle, please click HERE. When Tanya receives your answers, she will email you with payment options (either over the phone or via bank transfer) and to organise delivery of your books.