Used Book Tour #2

Last Saturday, my friends and I took our second Used Book Tour and it was just as much fun as the first (well, a little better in one aspect — I was able to purchase more books!).

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This was stop #1. See the rack to the left that says, “Free Books”? Well, I found one book on that rack that will be part of someone’s Christmas present!

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This was stop #2. I didn’t make any purchases here, but the lady running the store was very friendly and helpful, and the photo below is her sweet doggie/sidekick. He was so well-behaved and quiet, I walked past him twice and didn’t see him! His name is Winston.

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T G Books was stop #3 and it was definitely our favorite stop. The two ladies working there were so welcoming and helpful. I purchased quite a few books here (my biggest haul for the day). The photo below is a cute reading corner they have inside the store.

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Of course we had to include a comic store on the tour. I didn’t buy anything here but at least I was dressed for the occasion.    🙂

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Stop #5 was The Book House and the book rack out front had books that were 25 cents apiece or 5 for $1, so one of my friends and I spent quite a bit of time looking through them. Together we came up with 5 books, then we went into the store and were amazed at how full of books it was! I found many treasures, but didn’t actually purchase anything here.

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Our sixth and final stop for the day was The York Emporium, whose looks were deceiving. It looks quite small from the front, but it turned out to be quite large inside and houses upward of 500,000 books! We spent quite a bit of time in this store.

These are my purchases from the day. My friend, Ben, found the Batman Knightfall book for me at TG Books, and I was thrilled. It’s actually a chapter book, not a comic book, based on the comics! Bane is Batman’s nemesis in this story and the author was a DC Comics editor for some time. Yes, I am a huge Batman fan! Ben also found the Speed Racer DVD (brand new, never been opened) at the York Emporium. When we went on our previous book tour, Ben found the first book I purchased on that tour — an historical western book. So, after this tour I told Ben he has to come with me every time I want to go book shopping because he always finds my greatest treasures!  As for the books in the last photo, I collect Maeve Binchy’s books. I love her stories set in Ireland. I also am a recent fan of Lori Wick, since some friends loaned some of her books to me. Sophie’s Heart is my absolute favorite so far, and since that was one that was loaned to me, I was very happy to find my own copy.

 

Do You Like Connecting with your Favorite Authors?

FALL IN LOVE WITH A GOOD BOOK

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Photo by Aung Soe Min on Unsplash

That’s what the landing page of Find Christian Books says. Have you heard of “Find Christian Books”? No?

Well, let me tell you about it. It’s a new website, created by JP Robinson, to help both new and already-established authors share their talent and personal stories with the world. It makes it easy for readers to find new authors of Christian Literature, both fiction and nonfiction, or keep up to date with authors you already know and enjoy.

It’s a place where readers and writers can connect, and if you can’t find the author, you’re looking for, on the site right now, keep checking as they’ll be adding new authors in the coming months.

They even have a newsletter you can sign up for that will give you information on promotions, offer you free reads, and more!

The thing I like best about it is that there are direct links to the author websites that enable you to quickly read more about your favorite author or any that are new to you. And, if you can’t find the Christian author you’re looking for, you can contact that author and tell them about “Find Christian Books” and they can apply to have their book(s) listed on the site.

Do you enjoy Christian Literature? Then, what are you waiting for? Go check out Find Christian Books now!

 

Used Bookstore Tour

What fun things happen when you and your friends love books and writing! One of my friends came up with the idea of doing an online search for used bookstores within a reasonable driving area. She found quite a few! So, she planned two “used bookstore tours” for us in two different areas. So, on Saturday, October 5, 2019, we went on our first tour. We left around 10:30 a.m. and didn’t return until 8 p.m., but we had so much fun and found some great stores!

The first store was by far my favorite. It is an old barn that has been converted into a bookstore that sells old used books. It has four floors!

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This is where I sat perusing an old book about Virginia City during the time of the Old West. I ended up buying the book.

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This was our second stop. My friends found great deals here! I purchased one book, that I found completely fascinating, here.

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Okay, so Barnes and Noble isn’t a “used” bookstore, but we stopped anyway, and being from a small town with a one-floor Barnes and Noble, imagine how excited we were to enter a Barnes and Noble with a second floor! We had a lot of fun in this store!

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This is a magnet I found in a bargain bin at Barnes and Noble. I laughed and showed it to one of my friends who then insisted on buying it for me because she said, “It fits.” (I think it’s because I have a strong personality and strong opinions. And, yeah, I don’t have a lot of money.)

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This store only had a small section of “used” books.

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No “used” books here either, and it was a very small store with more gift items than books.

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We thought this store’s prices were kind of high for “used” books.

Our next stop was a comic book store. (Yeah, I know, not a “used” book store.) Also, I forgot to take a photo of the outside of this store, but I took a photo of one of my favorite items inside the store:

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This was supposed to be our last stop, and it was out last “used” book store. This store had three storefronts in a strip mall. Another one of my friends bought a Langston Hughes poetry book here, just because I said, “I like Langston Hughes’ poetry”.

We did actually stop at a Five Below as well. They often have some very cool books for writers.

We had so much fun on this tour. Our next one will be in just a couple days! Have you ever done anything like this?

 

 

 

A Fun Convention!

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I have instilled a love of reading in all three of our boys as I spent hours reading aloud to them, complete with different voices for each character, while homeschooling. There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing one of our boys excited about a book series and meeting an author.

Therefore, when our youngest son and I attended our local homeschool convention the first Friday and Saturday of  this month, one of the first booths we visited in the vendor hall was the booth of one of our youngest son’s favorite author, Chuck Black — author of “The Kingdom Series” and “The Knights of Arrethtrae Series”. Our son had already read the entire “Kingdom Series”, although he didn’t own all of the books.

He had taken the four books, two from each series, that he does own along to the conference with him to ask Mr. Black to sign them. Well, as a mom who loves to feed our sons’ love of reading, I love to buy them books. Therefore, we bought ALL of the books in both series that our son didn’t have, as well as the “Wars of the Realm” trilogy also written by Chuck Black (in other words, every book Chuck Black has written that our son didn’t have). I also purchased several other items related to the books, including the Arrethtrae Game.

It’s a lot of fun to take our son along to the homeschool conventions now that he’s old enough to take a real interest in what he likes to learn. I took him to hear one of the speakers talk about a history curriculum that she created; that I want our youngest son to do, and before she was finished speaking, he leaned over and whispered to me, “I can’t wait to study this stuff!”

We also went to a couple of talks by Mike Snavely of Mission Imperative. These talks captured and held our attention from start to finish. Mike is very personable and includes some humor and personal stories in his talks. We had visited his booth in the vendor hall and I had purchased five DVDs and a book about Dragons for our son. Then after hearing another of Mike’s talks, I returned to his booth and purchased his curriculum on Creation for our youngest, who LOVES Creation science.

We also saw a booth in the vendor hall that was selling a physical science curriculum that had some really cool projects for the student to build and supply a type of power to. Our youngest LOVES to build things — he’s obsessed with Legos, so we stopped to check out this stand. It turned out to be a great science curriculum that allows him to build some fun things and also, fill out paperwork and learn the scientific method. So, yes, we bought this too!

Now we can’t wait to start our new school year!

The Connection Between Stories and Real Life

As a writer and avid reader, I’m always interested in learning about the lives of other writers, both those who have already passed on, and those still living and writing today. I love to meet writers who are currently living and writing as well.

That’s why I love books and movies like “The Man Who Invented Christmas” which is about the life of Charles Dickens. I have seen the movie and it will always be one of my all-time favorites. I have the book but haven’t had the time to read it yet, but plan to in the near future.

I have also seen the movie entitled “Good-bye Christopher Robin”, which is about the life of A.A. Milne, and what a heart-breaking story that is. A.A. Milne led a very difficult and sad life. I also have the book the movie was based upon, but have not have the time to read it, but, again, plan to read it in the near future.

I usually prefer reading books to seeing movies, because books can give you a much more detailed story, not to mention that often movies change or leave out some of the important facts. Movies even sometimes fictionalize something that they really shouldn’t, especially when they deem the movie “based on a true story”.

I also enjoy visiting places that we read about in books. A few years ago, I planned a family vacation for us and we went to Chincoteague, Virginia because our youngest son and I had just finished reading all of the “Misty of Chicoteague” stories and wanted to see where Misty and the Beebe family lived. While on the island, we visited a museum where we learned that Paul Beebe had passed away, when he was young, in a car accident, but his sister, Maureen was still living on the island, but was older and had health issues and so wasn’t receiving visitors any longer. However, we did get to see some precious items that had belonged to the Beebe family because they were displayed in the museum. One of the items was the family Bible.

It’s so interesting to find and/or visit places we read about or places we know authors live or have lived. It helps to give you a better picture of the writer and their stories. Because even fiction stories are written by real live people, every story has a connection to real life, and that is fascinating.

How about you? Do you like to know more about the people who write the books you read or are you simply satisfied to enjoy their stories?

The Joy of Sharing

As a writer, editor, and reader, I love a good story. A good story excites me and I want to share it with my friends — those who also love a good story. When you have a friend who completely understands that love and excitement of a good story, it just brings so much joy and fun when you can share, with that person, the treasure of a good story.

I have a few friends who fit the above description, but the one who is most fun to talk to about good story, is my dear friend, Sarah. We just love to talk about books we’ve read that we have found to be really good; characters that make us laugh, make us angry, that we can relate to; and movies that have good story and relatable characters. The excitement and joy of a good story just bubbles out of Sarah as she shares, and I catch her excitement and joy, and it works the same way when I share with her.

I treasure this connection with Sarah because she is much younger than I am, and I have found some young people who struggle to relate to older folks, as well as some younger folks who are difficult to relate to, so my relationship with Sarah brings me joy, not just because we relate about good stories, but because she actually enjoys talking to me.

Last Sunday, when Sarah came into church and saw me, she said, “I saw the best movie I have ever seen last night.” When I asked what the movie was, she said, “It’s called The Man Who Invented Christmas.” To which I responded, “Oh, I love that movie!” The woman, whom I had been chatting with before Sarah came in, chuckled at our excitement and enthusiasm and left us to share our joy and excitement over the movie.

But our conversation didn’t stop with that movie. After talking about the movie, we began talking about books we were reading or had recently finished. It’s just such a joy to share something you love with a friend who totally “gets it”.

Do you have a friend you love to share your favorite books and movies with? Does it bring joy to your heart to share with that friend? Good books and movies are worth sharing.