INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
Saturday, April 24th
One Day. Hundreds Of Bookstores. Fifty States. Join The Celebration!
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.
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FREE AUDIO BOOK FROM LIBRO.FM AFTER SPENDING $15 AT BOOKS & COMPANY!
When you spend at least $15 USD at Books & Company between April 24th and 26th, you can pick one of the audiobooks listed for free from Libro.fm. It’s our way of saying thank you for shopping local.
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READING ON THE JOB!
Booksellers at Books & Company love talking about books with our customers and our fellow booksellers!
Take a look below at some of our favorites that we've suggested to each other:
Recommended to Kristen by Maureen
Maureen was telling me about this great end-of-the-world book that she had read and it immediately peaked my interest. A great flood came over most of the United States and Myra and her daughter Pearl are trying their best to survive...and then there is word about Myra's other daughter Row. The two set off on a perilous adventure to find Row.
Recommended to Judy by Lisa
The number of characters was a challenge to me, and my unfamiliarity about the geo-political conflict in the Middle East and more specifically the West Bank, almost made me almost give up on it. I am glad I didn’t. As I read, I was drawn more and more into the story and how the lives of the characters affected each other. Rebecca Sacks wove together these many different character’s points of view, into a story showing how each character’s life intersects and affects the other. She needed every single one of those characters to bring to life just how incredibly complicated and delicate the balance of life is in the Israel/Palestine part of our world. Sometimes at the end of “meatier” books like this the story gets lost and the ending falls flat. Not so with City of 1000 Gates. The ending was like a runner breaking the finish line tape at full speed. It was a great ending to a great race.
Recommended to Genavieve by Chloe
What a fun romp through an imaginary royal court! Snarky, witty, and immensely bingeable. I can't wait for more books in the series! (Be sure to check out a Lady's Guide to Petticoats & Piracy for more family drama and mischief)
Recommended to Lisa by Toni
Adunni has a natural curiosity and determination that helps her overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles on her path to receive an education and become a teacher. She wants to have a louding voice that is heard and allows her to help others build a future of their own making. Adunni is someone you won't forget. The Girl with the Louding Voice is a story of hope, determination, and the importance of kindness.
Recommended to Katrina by Ken
Ken recommended this eerie and atmospheric novel to me- set in the 19th century about strange happenings at a girl's school and the dark ways men dealt with them. Ken knows I love dark and unusual books, and though this is historical fiction- not what I read regularly, I really was captured by this feminist story about perseverance and standing up for those who can't stand up for themselves in the face of injustice.
Recommended to Elisabeth by Chloe
Chloe recommended this book during a discussion of The Westing Game, which I loved as a child. I loved this book too. It is more contemporary, but just as fun with twists and turns.
Recommended to Chloe by Katrina and Barb
When I overheard Katrina and Barb talking about what they thought about the ending of Leave the World Behind (spoiler free, obviously) it piqued my curiosity about this already-intriguing book. I’m so glad it did, because I have thought about it constantly since finishing, and it’s definitely a book I want to talk to fellow readers about! As Amanda and Clay’s upstate getaway is interrupted by their rental house’s owners Ruth and G.H., they all struggle to come to terms with an impending apocalypse, especially in the company of strangers.
Recommended to Beth by Lisa
Review from Genavieve: When Lisa & Daniel (of Boswell Books) both rave about a little book that no one has heard of you know you have to give it a chance! I loved every moment of Leonard & Hungry Paul, the writing is so beautiful I sometimes had to pause to just savor the sentences. And the story is so sweetly both a book where nothing much happens and a book where the characters undergo big internal changes.
Recommended to Maureen by Kristen
Being immersed in the protocol, minutiae, and cruelty of becoming a geisha in this novel, is a complete escape in the best sense. Almost 25 years old, this book stands the test of time because of the fascination with geisha culture.
Recommended to Lynn by Ken
Ok...Ken was right again! I was admiring the eye catching, colorful cover of this book (yes- sometimes I think we do pick out books based on their cover!) and Ken gave me his synopsis and I was hooked. Simultaneously funny and moving, the story of two women and their escapades and unlikely friendship kept me hooked to the very last page!
Recommended to Ken by Kristen
This wonderful novel was recommended to me by bookseller Kristen. Teenagers Bahman and Roya meet in a stationery shop in 1953 Tehran, Iran. They fall in love and decide to marry but political circumstances get in the way. We picked this novel for our Afternoon Reading Group a few months ago and had a great discussion.
Recommended to Toni by Katrina
Long before I was a bookseller here at Books & Co. I was looking for a good book to read, an author I hadn't read before, something to grab my attention. I asked the bookseller that day, it happened to be Katrina, and she introduced me to E. Lockhart's We Were Liars. I loved it! I read it in one seating and wanted another by that author (I had to wait for her next book to be published.) This was a few years ago and I am now a bookseller and recommend this book to others. It grabs you from the first page and has twists I didn't see coming. It is a wonderful read for teens and adults alike! Thank you Katrina for the recommendation!
Recommended to Jewell by Beth
This gripping story of an orphan girl’s upbringing in the marsh of North Carolina was recommended to me by Beth. Her story is one of overcoming and achieving, but not without hardships and struggle. I could not put this beautiful novel down.