Tuesday Thingers – Bookstores

What’s your favorite bookstore? Is it an online store or a bricks-and-mortar store? How often do you go book shopping? Is your favorite bookstore (or bookstores) listed as a favorite in LT? Do you attend events at local bookstores? Do you use LT to find events?

Don’t forget to check out my “Far World: Water Keep” contest.  The book was fantastic and I would love for you to read it too!
Due to BookMooch and Advance Readers Copies being sent to me, I haven’t done much book shopping lately.  This is probably a good thing, because my two TBR shelves have turned into a TBR bookshelf, which is now threatening to collapse under the weight of book piles. 

That being said, my favorite place to go and browse is Half Price Books.  I like to take my huge wishlist and meander up and down the aisles.  I love Half Price Books because of their dedication to the environment, literacy programs, and the local community.  Also, although they’re a chain, they’re a small chain and not a big box store.  Plus, for awhile there, the guys in there all knew me. 

I only move from Half Price Books to Borders, Barnes and Nobles, or Amazon (generally) if there is a specific book I need for book club, theme read, etc that I cannot find at Half Price Books, or if I have a gift card.  Of course, I generally come away with more than I intended to. 

The bookstores in my area do not actually seem to have very many events, unless you count the occasional sale.  I will, however, be (hopefully) going to an event at a bookstore in a few weeks.  This is an event I learned about on LibraryThing, but only because someone who works for Algonquin Books is on LibraryThing and shared their list of author events.  Ariel Sabar, author of my favorite book in May, “My Father’s Paradise,” (see my review) will be at a bookstore in Chicagoland in September and I’m planning to go and try to see him.

14 comments to Tuesday Thingers – Bookstores

  • I wish- oh! -wish we had a HP bookstore here! But I agree that BM and ARCs have cut way down on my book buying.

    BTW, My TBR case is stacked horizontally and two deep to accomodate more books 😀 And I’ve STILL run out of room!

  • Half Price Books is amazing! I still shop at Borders and Amazon for newer things that I can’t find at HPB. I take a list too! I have certain sections I always have to hit, fiction, clearance section, YA, graphic novels, memoir, and art books. That usually takes a good chunk of time. I don’t usually get a chance to browse the dvds or music, LOL!

  • That sounds really exciting! You’ll have to blog about the event. I’ll live vicariously through you. The only authors who hold signings, etc. in this area are those who have written books about Roanoke. Blah.

  • I’d never heard of Half Price Books and looked it up and it looks fantastic! I wish we had one here.

  • Yea for Half Price Books! They are the best, aren’t they? I can spend hours in there. And I really like the staff at my location, too – you can tell that they are actually readers. It’s a great place!

  • Sadly, there is no Half Price books near me. And it’s too bad the local stores don’t have events. I’m lucky that my favorite store sponsors book clubs and parties and booksignings and all sorts of things.

  • No Half Price Books near me, either. Wish there was because so many people love it! Although I don’t really need another way to add to my TBR pile. I usually only take a list if I’m looking for specifics. I prefer to just browse and often when I see certain books I remember that they were recommended. I’m not very good at keeping an actual wishlist.

  • Right – I totally forgot about used bookstores! There’s a half-priced bookstore called Book-a-holic that I love in Wichita. They actually have three locations now and I always come out with a book or two (or more…)

  • We have a couple of Half Price Books here in Phoenix, and I’ve been studiously denying their existence. The only thing keeping me from filing bankruptcy when I go “booking” is my Palm. I have all my NTR (Need To Read) lists in it by genre, and I make myself focus on the books in those lists exclusively. If I start to browse, I’m sunk! LOL

  • Hmmm, I actually did write something for your Far World contest, but I’m debating on whether or not to send it to you.

  • (it’s not very “magical”)

  • I take my wishlist with me wherever I go, but sadly I never use it because I’m a terrible impulse book buyer :)

  • Lol my TBR pile turned into a shelf too…. Gotta stop getting new books!

  • I’m a HPB addict. I love that bookstore and now I even live not a mile away from one. It’s dangerous! :)