Get To Know Me

I have quite a few new followers since I started this blog almost three years ago. I figured I’d give a little info about myself and fill out this random survey I found in the depths of Tumblr.

First off, my name is Camille (or Millie or Milliebot), I work in finance, I’m getting close to 30, and when I’m not reading or adding to my book hoard, I can usually be found on the couch with one of my two cats (Lilu and Artemis) and my husband (commonly referred to as Sweetbeeps.) I have a hard time focusing on movies and TV (though I was very recently sucked in by both John Wick movies) but I have a weakness for cooking competitions, especially Cutthroat Kitchen, Chopped, The Great British Baking Show and more recently, Cooks Vs. Cons.

I also enjoy arts and crafts, have been known to doodle (especially during meetings) and I write creatively (and if you couldn’t already tell, an addiction to asides via parentheses.) I have a slight purse addiction and a slightly larger necklace/pendant addiction. I’m a mild neat-freak and a firm believer that you look with your eyes, not with your hands. 😀

I like video games (Skyrim has been my obsession for a while now) though I’m terrible at them and don’t play often and if I could afford to eat sushi, or at least avocado maki, every day, I would. I’d like to travel outside the U.S. more (oh yeah, I live in New England) but I have been to France and Aruba.

I started this blog as a way to share my thoughts on the books I was reading and connect with other readers and I still think I’m finding my voice. I’d like to develop a review style that feels less formal, as well as add more unique features to my blog, like my Judging A Book By Its Cover posts.

That’s sort of me, in a nutshell. On to the survey:

What/who got you into reading?

I’m not really sure – I know it started when I was young. I assume much of my passion for reading comes from being read bedtime stories by my Mum and Nana. I do recall trying to steal library books from the school library in earlier grades – don’t worry, my Nana made me return the books. I’ve been book hoarding for so long now that I’m not even sure when that started. When I try to think back, it seems like I’ve always been drowning in books, though I know that’s not the case and I assume my hoarding truly picked up in late high school once I had a job.

Your first favorite book?

Harold and the Purple Crayon? Ollie Forgot? Or maybe, judging by how beat up my copy is, Goodnight Moon – though I don’t have concrete memories of being read this, apparently Mum read it to me often. One of the earliest books I remember wanting to re-read was Blood and Chocolate and it’s a book I still love to revisit.

Your current favorite book?

I could never pick just one book! But I often reread Pride and Prejudice and The Hobbit. Warbreaker, The Lies of Locke Lamora, and The City of Dreaming Books as well as almost anything by Tanith Lee are up there too. But I could go on for ages about my favorites.

Least favorite book of all time?

That’s an awfully big title to award a book – I will say I failed to finish Little Women in high school and at the time, truly detested all the characters. Since then I’ve read quite a few terrible YA books and I’m really not sure who would take the crown, though Lumiere comes to mind.

What book/s can you not live without?

All my books! Seriously, don’t friggen take away any of my books! I would certainly not be the same person without books.

Any authors that you hate?

I kind of hate Helen Fielding for what she did to the characters of Bridget Jones’s Diary with her sequel (though I still love the original). I also heartily dislike Sarah J. Maas even though I’ve only read one of her books – it’s unlikely I’ll give her a second chance. But I don’t think I truly “hate” any author.

What popular book do you just hate?

See prior comment about Sarah J. Maas. 😀 I also disliked Uprooted and I seem to be very much in the minority on that one. A lot of YA books just don’t grab me the way they do for others, and generally leave me downright frustrated. I haven’t completely given up on the genre but it’s just not for me. Again, hate is too strong a word.

How many books to you read in a month?

Anywhere between about 6-12 depending on what’s going on in my life. It’s a vain attempt at keeping up with the amount of books I buy a year and my insurmountable TBR pile.

How many books to you read in a year?

In the past couple years, upwards of 110. But my TBR list literally consists of several hundred books (and those are just the ones I own!)

What do you do to get through a reading slump?

Buy a new book! Honestly, I don’t get slumpy too often, but if I do, I tend to just take a day off from reading and binge some crap on Netflix. That or I re-read a favorite.

Favorite genre?

Again, I can’t pick just one! My tops are sci-fi, fantasy and middle-grade (is that really a genre though? I feel like it’s more of a recommended reading age or something…I don’t know. Anyone else have thoughts on middle-grade and YA and NA being genres or some other type of cateogry?)

Least favorite genre?

Romance

How many bookshelves do you own?

Nine! And they’re not nearly enough.

How many books do you own?

Around 1,800.

Biggest book haul?

I was on vacation a few years ago and my friend took me to five bookstores (or maybe more, I can’t even remember.) I bought somewhere around 45 books (mostly used) and ended up mailing most of them home because even though I could actually fit most in my bags, they would have been too heavy for me to carry through the airport.

How many books do you get/buy in a year?

Not sure – I’m currently trying to track that this year and differentiate between what books I buy versus receive as gifts or trades. I have a feeling the number is higher than the number of books I read in a year though. –insert heavy sigh here–

Favorite series?

Like with many questions on this list, I don’t think I can pick just one answer. But I especially love the Claidi Journals, The Abhorsen Trilogy, Artemis Fowl, Enola Holmes, The Deverry Series (despite still only being about halfway through with that) and Lady Trent’s Memoirs. I’m sure I’ve left out a zillion other favorites, but I can’t sit here all day!

Least favorite series?

Nothing immediately comes to mind – at least not a completed series. If I don’t enjoy the first book or two of a series, I don’t waste my time reading the rest. I read half of the Twilight books…does that count?

Longest series you own?

Probably my Deverry series by Katharine Kerr, weighing in at 15 books. I think Sweetbeeps has a series that’s longer, but at the time I read it there were only 13 books.

Pick the 23rd book on your bookshelf, open it to page 86 and find the 13th line. Type it out.

I happen to be nearest to my largest bookshelf and I just went along the top row and landed on The Absence of Nectar (which I’ve read multiple times, though not in quite some time) by Kathy Hepinstall.

“Boone,” I shouted, “get the tweezers!”

Do you read:

Classics? I do, though I haven’t read many. Sadly, many don’t interest me and my focus has mainly been on Jane Austen. But I do have some Dickens I’d like to get to, as well as a handful of classics on my Nook that I might give a shot someday. I am currently reading (and enjoying!) Gone With The Wind. Is that a classic yet?

Fanfiction? Not nearly as often as I did back in high school, but I’ve been known to browse for Skryim, Doctor Who, Sherlock and Once Upon A Time fics in recent years.

Smut? Typically only when I’m reading fanfiction! Every now and then I’ll pick up a “steamy” romance but usually the cheesiness leaves me groaning and I find them hard to get through.

Poetry? Not usually, no. I do own a book of haikus by Wang Wei that I enjoy, but that’s about it.

Any other readers in your family or circle of friends?

In more recent years, yes! My mum is often too busy to ready though she enjoys it. Sweetbeeps is a fairly frequent reader (though better at starting books than finishing them) and I’ve managed to get a couple of my close friends into hoarding recently. I’ve got a good handful of people I know that read and sometimes we even read the same stuff.

Does your family support your reading habits?

Yes, though they don’t fully support my buying habits – at this point I hope they’ve realized there’s no stopping my hoarding.

Favorite book turned movie?

Sadly, I’m too much of a critic to enjoy most movies based on books. But I do think Howl’s Moving Castle, Memoirs of a Geisha and Austenland are great movies, even where they differ from their sources.

Least favorite book turned movie?

One of the recent ones that comes to mind is The Martian. I think the movie really sucked all the tension and drama out of the story. I also despise The Hobbit movies and actually dozed off a little during the first one. Ok, so I didn’t watch the other two and you can rag on me for hating them without having seen them, but why would I support movies that are (unnecessary) sequels to one I didn’t enjoy?!

Do you like e-books?

Not particularly. I mainly read them when I receive them for review or, more rarely, if there’s a book I really want that’s on crazy sale for $1.99 or something. I appreciate their convenience, but the reading experience is lost for me when a book goes digital and I often have a hard time focusing on the story, even with authors that I love.

Paperback or Hardback?

I love them both! When I’m looking to own a nice edition, I make sure to buy the hardback. In fact, if I had more money to spend on books, I’d buy more hardbacks as they’re also sturdier. It’s really budget that has me buying paperbacks more often than not. Paperbacks are typically more portable too.

Do you use a library?

I do! The real reason I don’t visit my library as often as I’d like is because I borrow too many books and I need to focus on the books I already own. But I’ve been visiting mine more regularly in the past year and I hope to go there more just to read or write – it’s a lovely little place.

Do you want to be an author or are you content to just be a reader?

I would love to be published someday! I write here and there, but I don’t work at it as often as I should yet.

Book/s that made you cry?

There have been many over the years, including the work of the great George R.R. Martin. But memorable a pair of books that got my waterworks going are The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and its companion, The Love Song of Queenie Hennessy. Both made me cry, but I was basically ugly sobbing at the end of Queenie. If you haven’t read them, I highly recommend – and please, read Harold first, to maximize the pain and heartbreak of Queenie’s story. 😀

Book/s that made you scared?

I don’t read many books from the horror or thriller categories, but one book that shot my anxiety through the roof and had me almost jumping out of my skin was Into the Darkest Corner. I think my reaction was a mix of the excellent writing and the fact that it was one of the first thrillers I’d actually read.

Won any writing competitions?

I have actually, in high school. I think it was my sophomore year (or maybe freshman…) and I submitted a short story and won first place and a bit of a cash prize too! I hope that wasn’t my peak. XD

A book/writing related job that you would love to do?

I bet there are many I would like, if given the chance to try them out! I might make a fair agent or editor. If I’d kept up with graphic design, book design would be fun as well.

Do you have book buying bans for yourself?

I tried once and after a month of not buying books, I went nutso the second the ban was up and bought way too many. I’ve been doing better at budgeting and setting spending goals instead (eg: spending less than a certain amount each month). Especially this year I’ve been working on being more discerning in regards to the books I’m buying and how badly I want to read them. But I’ll always buy books and it’s not something I ever want to stop doing!

What do you use for a bookmark, if any?

I typically use bookjigs for hardcover books (they’re metal clips that you can slide on the cover of the book and have a lovely picture and a ribbon to use as your actual page marker) and magnetic bookmarks for my softcover ones. I have several of each style and find they work best because there’s really no risk of them falling out and losing my place.

Congrats if you’ve made it to the end! Thanks for sticking around!

The 7 Habits of a Highly Effective Bookhoarder

Are you new to the bookhoarding scene and looking for pointers on how to live up to your fullest hoarding potential? Well, I’ve put together a few tips to help you on your path to building a successful hoard of books.

  1. Love Books and Reading – this may seem like a no-brainer, but to truly build a fantastic hoard of books, you actually need to love them. And while you will probably never read them all, you should at least want to!
  2. Buy More Books Than You’ll Ever Read – it’s not a proper hoard if your TBR pile isn’t insanely long and probably impossible to ever read in your lifetime. You may think, “But I want to read all the books I own!” and that’s an excellent goal, but for a true hoarder, it means  you don’t own enough books!
  3. Buy Multiple Editions – found a cover you love but already own the book? Buy it!  Already own three copies of the same book, when you find another beautiful edition you want? Buy it! Nothing says “bookhoarder” like a large collection of the same book!
  4. Invest In Your Collection – If buying books is your thing, budget your money for it. But don’t go broke! Bookhoarding is a life-long marathon, not a sprint, so don’t forfeit your rent money for a sweet collectors edition.
  5. You’re Not a Library – this is certainly a personal preference, but from my experience, when you lend books to people, they don’t always come back, or come back in the condition you gave them out in. How can you build your hoard if you’re constantly letting books out of your sight and maybe never getting them back? Of course, this is at the hoarder’s discretion, but the key to hoarding is holding on to all those books.
  6. Encourage Hoarding (and Reading) in Others – the best gift is to pass on your love of books and reading to others. When you know other hoarders, you can talk about your collections together, discuss books you’ve read, compare cover art and have someone to tell you “Oh, just buy it!” when you’re on the fence about adding yet another book to your collection. Plus, reading is magic and what better gift is there than to inspire a love of reading in another?
  7. No Regrets – this is possibly the most important habit. You cannot properly hoard books if you are constantly regretting large or expensive purchases or feeling guilty for owning hundreds (thousands!) of books that you may not ever read. This can also be the hardest habit to keep up with, as people who don’t understand your bookhoarding will often ask you why you’re buying more books when you haven’t read the ones you own, or why you need yet another copy of Pride and Prejudice when you already own 16 of them. But stay positive in the face of adversity!

I hope you found this list helpful – if you have any other tips or tricks to bookhoarding, please feel free to share them with me!

The Classics: Are They For You?

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I don’t know about you, but I have a love hate relationship with “classic” literature. First off, let me start by ranting about how everyone assumes just because I read a lot, that I’m an expert on classic literature. I may have touched on this before, but many people assume that just because I own over 1,000 books, and I spend most of my free time reading, that I’ve read all the classics. Well, sorry, but I haven’t. I’d like to read several of them, but unfortunately many of them can be a chore to get through.

Pride and Prejudice happens to be one of my favorite books, and I’ve read several of Austen’s other works, and I appreciate her wit and style. In fact, I make a point of trying to read Pride and Prejudice every year. However, that doesn’t mean I like every book written in the 1800s. In fact, I really wanted to like Jane Eyre but found the book to be incredibly boring and I skimmed through several parts. Sadly, I prefer the movie version with Michael Fassbender, ohmygourd and I felt that the book could have been cut down by about a third. But on the other hand, I read David Copperfield towards the end of middle school and loved it. I definitely want to read more Charles Dickens. I also want to read Wuthering Heights. But back on the negative side, I couldn’t even finish Dracula or Little Women, I found them both too boring to even finish. I really want to read Moby Dick, but I’ve been putting it off because I’m pretty sure I’ll hate it. I’ve decided not to attempt Anna Karenina because I don’t think I could get through that either. Even the wiki on that book is too long to read!

So as you can see, I’m pretty divided. I’m sure there are reasons that classics are considered classics, but that doesn’t mean I should want or have to read them just because someone else judged them to be classic. Most of the time I just feel too removed from the writing style.

How about you – Do you enjoy the classics? What books in the classic category have you read? Any in your TBR?

The TBR Pile: How Do You Do It?

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To Be Read piles – I think we all have them (and if  you don’t, what’s your secret?!) and I’m curious to know how you manage yours. As I’ve mentioned before and I’ll totally mention again I have over 400 books that I OWN that I need to read. And I’m constantly acquiring more, so that number isn’t likely to go down anytime soon.

I keep track of all the books I own and the ones I need to read on Librarything. What I’ve done is make myself a “priority TBR” – a little list written on a post-it that I keep in the cover of the little journal I log my reading progress in. It’s constantly changing based on review copies I might receive, recommendations from friends, new books I really want to get to, or old books that I’ve been thinking about for a while.

I went a little crazy on Netgalley recently, so I have quite a few e-books to read before they hit the shelves, plus some new and old purchases that I’m just dying to get to. But I might add items to this list at any time, or completely disregard what I have scheduled next. I’ve always been horrible at planning out what I’m going to read – I  see people who post their TBR lists for each month, and even if they don’t complete their list, they usually seem to stick to it, order-wise. I’ve never been able to do that. I’ll change my mind at a moment’s notice when it comes to what I’ll read next.

Right now my little post-it has 24 titles on it, with room to spare. Now, I’m not giving myself any time limit, this is just the order I want to try to stick to. Wish me luck!

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How do you TBR? Are you a list-maker like me? Do you keep it all in your head? Do  you even try to plan anything out, and if so, do you usually stick to  your plans?

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Chronicles of Narnia

Time for another edition of Judging a Book! We all judge cover art a little, even if it doesn’t necessarily sway us into buying or not buying a book. This week I’m showing off my Chronicles of Narnia set.

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I have wanted to read this series for quite some time now (having only read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in middle school), but up until recently I only owned the omnibus edition which was just too bulky. A few years ago I tried to start the series from the beginning and became fed up with trying to lug the book around. Then I saw this beautiful cover art, and my search began.

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These are 1994 editions put out by HarperTrophy/HarperCollins Publishers with cover art by Leo and Diane Dillon. They are amazing! I was especially captivated by the art for The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, and ended up buying my set off a seller on Etsy.

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To Read or Re-Read?

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I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve mentioned before that my TBR pile is massive (literally hundreds of books) and I’m trying to read at least 100 books a year, just to keep up with my ever-growing collection. But sometimes I become overwhelmed with my options and I usually have a hard time deciding what to read next. Sometimes I just need a break – but I can’t just stop reading. It’s rare a day goes by where I don’t at least read a few chapters of something. I love reading; I want it in my daily life. So when I need a break, I go crawling back to a familiar favorite and re-read something I know I love.

Usually it’s Pride and Prejudice,  The Hobbit, or, if I’m feeling particularly dedicated, the Song of Ice and Fire series. But more recently it was a book I discovered in middle school, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus (see a description here). Back in the day, when I used to visit libraries, I found this book and immediately fell in love. I checked this book out over and over and finally bought my own copy and to this day, it remains the book I’ve read more times than any other. I’ve completely lost count at this point. It’s a short book – only around 250 pages – so it doesn’t take me long to go through it.

To me, reading a familiar favorite is the same as watching your favorite movie over and over – granted, it takes longer to read a book, but for me, the experience is well worth it.

I know I pick up several books a year that I’ve already read. I’m still mainly reading new books in an attempt to master the monster collection I own, but I have no issues going back to something I’ve already read. I know some people (re: my step-dad) simply don’t understand how I could read a book again if I already know how it ends, and I’m sure others are confused as to why I would invest time re-reading a book when I have 400-something books to read for the first time. But in the end, it’s my time, and I’ll read what I please! ;D

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I’m curious, do  you ever re-read books? If so, what do you always go back to?

Seven Deadly Books…I Mean Sins!

I found this little questionnaire over on Chelsea’s blog – Books For Thought.

1. Greed. What is your most inexpensive book and most expensive book?
Inexpensive: I’m not sure if I can pick just one. I’ve received several over the years as gifts and free review copies as well – so any that don’t cost me money are inexpensive!

Expensive: I enjoy vintage books, though I can’t often justify spending a lot of money on copies that I’m afraid to touch. But I did find a lovely copy of Andrew Lang’s Red Fairy Book at an antique store and shelled out around $30 for this copy from 1890. It’s in pretty decent condition too. I would love to have the rest of the colors from this time period, but I doubt if I found them all I’d be willing to invest the money.

2. Wrath. What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?
Charlaine Harris! I used to love her Sookie Stackhouse series – it was fresh, innovative and full of sexy vampires! Then each book began to repeat the same old story – Sookie gets beaten badly, somehow survives, still associates with the people who put her life in danger.  Then there were more and more descriptions of her daily routine – I felt like each page was talking about her putting on her uniform for work, doing her hair and makeup, and oh my gawd I wanted to throw the books across the room! Sadly, I continued on as the quality of writing deteriorated and gave up after reading book 10. After investing so much time (and money into several hardcovers!), it was sad to give up but I just couldn’t take it anymore. I didn’t finish the series and ended up swapping all but the first five books, which I consider to be her best. It still saddens me to think of how that series went downhill (for me at least!)

3. Gluttony. What book have you deliciously devoured over and over with no shame?
Blood & Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. I am planning on re-reading it for the first time in a couple of years, but I absolutely love this book. I discovered it in middle school and after borrowing it from the library I immediately bought my own copy and it has to be the book I’ve re-read the most. It’s not life changing, but totally engrossing. Maybe I’m nostalgic, but I’ll  never get tired of this book. If you’re interested in young adult…well I guess it would be considered “paranormal romance”…check it out! Here’s a link to it on Amazon!

4. Sloth. What book have you neglected reading due to laziness?
Oh man, probably ALL of the classics. Okay, exaggerating a little,  but I’m seriously lacking in my classic education. And there are some that I very much want to read (i.e. Moby Dick, Treasure Island, Wuthering Heights) and some that I don’t think I’ll bother with (sorry Steinbeck!)

*Side note: Does anyone else find that as an avid reader your friends, family, or even strangers, just assume that you’ve read every book ever? I constantly have people who are outright shocked that I haven’t read book x, y or z, especially where the classics are concerned! They say things like “Oh, you must have read East of Eden, what did you think?” Nope. Haven’t read it. I’m sorry, I read what I want to read, when I want to read it!

5. Pride. What book do you most talk about in order to sound like a very intellectual reader?
I don’t think I have anything that’s really intellectual – realistically the most intellectual books I’ve read are Ishmael and My Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. They both truly made me think about human life and how our society works and how desperately we need to change some aspects of how our societies and cultures function. However, I don’t really talk about those books. I’d say that I actually brag about the fact that I read (and loved) The Hobbit for the first time in fifth grade.

6. Lust. What attributes do you find most attractive in male or female characters?
Personality. I know it sounds cliché, but as a reader I  have the freedom to imagine a character any way I please. Even if you give me specific details (or a full-blown description of every inch of their body – anyone else run into that and roll their eyes?), I can choose to ignore that and make people as beautiful or ugly as I please. But it’s how the character talks and acts that makes them attractive. That’s what makes me want to really know them. I like my men a little snarky, a little stubborn, maybe willing to fight – depending on the genre – but also with a sense of humor. A little sweet, but not overly so because then they just seem like those unrealistic, overly romantic, painfully dreamboats that internet memes are always going on about. You know…something like this:

That stuff just makes me roll my eyes.

7. Envy. What books would you most like to receive as gifts?
THESE

But in all honesty, I love books so much than any book is a wonderful gift. My amazon list is over 100 books, that that’s not even every book I’d like to own.

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How about you? Any book indulgences or special relationships?

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Alice In Wonderland

Time for another look at some of the books I can’t stop buying various copies of! This time I chose two tiny ones from my Alice collection, both given to me by my dear friend Melissa.

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Left: A Canterbury Classics edition edited by Florence Milner, illustrated by F.Y. Cory. Rand McNally & Company, 1902. At the end of the book there’s an “Easter greeting to every child who loves Alice” written by Carroll in 1876. There’s also a biography on Carroll and some notes on the text. At the very end there’s a section called “Suggestion to Teachers” that advises when “reading any masterpiece, the first care of the teacher should be not to get between author and child.” It reminds teachers that Carroll understood and wrote for children, so they must be allowed to experience this book in their own way and they will be more likely to imagine and understand what’s going on. I particularly enjoy the closing paragraph:

“The difficulty will arise, not in talking down to the child, but in thinking up to him. Let the spirit of the child lead you; then he will love the book and will read it over and over again, laughing the wholesome laughter that has no sting in it and learning countless things about animals, language, human nature, and the spirit of gentleness.”

Right: Inscribed on the front page is “To Bernadine with love from Aunt Mollie.” One of Macmillan’s Pocket American and English Classics, edited “for school use” by Charles A. McMurry and illustrated by John Tenniel. Macmillan Company, 1905. This edition opens with a preface from Carroll written in 1896 then goes on to a background on the author. The next section is “Poems Misquoted by Alice” and it made me smile. It explains that some of the poems Alice attempts to reference may not be familiar to American children and the correct versions are given.
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And now…enjoy the pictures!

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Book Tour Part 2 – Not in Boston

To finish off our little vacation, my friend and I visited two more local bookstores!

The first was the Shire Book Shop, which was actually recommended by another friend – this place was way bigger than I imagined! They’re in a warehouse/factory type building and their bookmarks claim they have over 150,000 used books!

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20140617_123423This place was cluttered and homey,  but very overwhelming. There were piles of books everywhere, some shelves filled with books not for sale, others filled with vintage books waaaay out of our price range. Shelves towering above our heads! Mostly I just stared in wonder – hardly even reading the spines. I seemed to forget every author I was in search of.

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20140617_124605The staff (though few) were very kind – they  have free tea! The woman behind the register even wrapped our hardcover book jackets in a protective plastic sleeve (which is actually what I do to all my hardcovers when I get home). I definitely want to go back, with a printed list of books/authors that I’m looking for in hand.

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20140617_130132Next stop was Bearly Read Books, which was way closer to my house than I knew! It’s a cute little gem, also very homey and cluttered, but with beautiful high-backed chairs. They also profess to be able to find any book for you – anywhere in the world! – but I haven’t taken them up on that offer yet.

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It was an excellent vacation, especially for book junkies like us!

Boston Book Tour

I have a few reviews to post – but I’ve been on a little vacation while a friend is visiting from Maryland, so I’m going to put those off for a few more days. I wanted to give a little update on what we’ve been up to however…which is shopping for more books!

On Saturday we went to Boston and visited 4 different book stores!

We started with Brattle Book Shop, near Downtown Crossing, which is my favorite bookstore in Boston. They’re a used bookstore with something for everyone – every genre, newer and older books, as well as a rare book room (that I’ve never been in because I don’t want to tease myself by looking at books I can’t afford.) They even have a wonderful alley outdoors that’s filled with bargain books.

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After our purchases at Brattle we went to Commonwealth Books, which actually has two locations – naturally we went to both!

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Then we finished up the day with my second favorite shop, the Brookline Booksmith! They sell new books upstairs (along with an assortment of things such as paper goods, bookmarks, socks, scarves, jewelry, etc) and used books downstairs! It was my first time headed into the used book section and I was pleasantly surprised.

20140614_154216-1Today we happened to stop by a Barnes and Noble location I’d never been to and tomorrow we’re off to two more shops! What a wonderful vacation!

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