Some will say dragons are mythological creatures men created to explain different natural phenomenon in a pre-scientific world. Others will tell you dragons were how man once made sense of dinosaur fossils. However, any book lover will tell you dragons are a very real and integral part of literature that have fascinated us for centuries and deserve our appreciation, which is why January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day.
How do we appreciate a dragon, you might ask? Let’s take a look at some of our favorite dragon tales to find out.
March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day, a day dedicated to reading the works of the genius that is J.R.R. Tolkien. As I thought back on my previous readings of the epic adventure Lord of the Rings and, of course, my favorite Tolkien book, The Hobbit, I realized that everything I need to know in life, I learned from reading Tolkien.
It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door…You step into the road and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to. (The Fellowship of the Ring)—Any day can become an adventure. Continue reading
As 2019 comes to an end, “Best Books of the Decade” lists are bound to start popping up everywhere. This is ours; along with a list of the best books I’ve read this decade. Of course, as a used book store we also want to remind you that every book is new if you haven’t read it yet!
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot—A nonfiction book and winner of the National Academies Communication Award (published 2/2/2010)
- Honorary mention: Room, by Emma Donahue (published 8/6/2010)
- Best book I read in 2010: Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett (published in 1929)
As someone who loves to celebrate strange, but wonderful holidays, I was excited to come across a “holiday” dedicated to making you feel better by allowing you to voice your frustrations about the Holiday season. That’s right. December 21st is Humbug Day, when you can have 12 humbugs to vent your holiday frustrations.
The creators of this holiday also encourage the reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to learn more about the man that inspired this day, Mr. Ebenezer Scrooge. Of course, Scrooge only says “Humbug” nine times in the book, and only two of them include the interjection “Bah!” Still, if we’re given 12 humbugs on Humbug Day, I say we take them. So here are my 12 Humbugs for the Holidays.
Humbug 1—The décor that goes on sale before Halloween.
Humbug 2—The lights on your neighbor’s house that seem a bit extreme.
Oddball, crackpot, nutcase, misfit or weirdo, no matter what you call them, they are the wacky, original characters that help us think outside the box, be true to ourselves and let’s face it, make life and literature so much fun. Since September 9 is Wonderful Weirdos Day, I have chosen some of my favorite weirdos from books and movies. Continue reading
Booklover’s Day: Get Some Ink
I love the smell of fresh printer’s ink (so it’s a good thing I work in a bookstore), but this year I have noticed another sort of ink that’s soaking up a lot of literary flavor: tattoo ink. So, I got to wondering what sort of tattoos my favorite literary characters would get if they so desired. Continue reading
There’s nothing like calling all your girlfriends and spending the day shopping, getting pampered at the spa and then closing down a restaurant just gabbing, unless it’s getting together at your house for wine snacks and a good movie. Now, I don’t normally need an excuse to get together with my friends, but knowing that August 1 is Girlfriends’ Day is an awfully good excuse to have some fun with the girls. So whether it’s your book club ladies, your crazy college sisters or just your BFF, Half Price Books has books, movies and music to help you celebrate with the girls.
Books to share with the girls:
The Group, by Mary McCarthy
Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
Waiting to Exhale, by Terry McMillan
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, by Fannie Flagg
Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
Divine Serets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, by Rebecca Wells
Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery
How Should a Person Be, by Sheila Heti
June 8 marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of George Orwell’s classic, dystopian novel 1984. To celebrate, here are 13 facts about the novel and its author. Continue reading
If you are part of the HPB Book Club, you are currently reading (or perhaps just finished) Maid, by Stephanie Land, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Putting her dreams of college on hold to have a child, Land finds herself homeless and alone. Navigating government assistance and trying to find a way to provide for her daughter, she starts working for a cleaning service. As a maid, Land witnesses the lives of others while feeling invisible herself. This autobiography of Land’s struggle to provide a better life for her daughter, exposes the struggle of the working poor who long to find the American dream while living below the poverty line.
If you (like me) liked Maid, here are a few other books you may like: Continue reading
On March 28, 1949, the term “Big Bang” originated when British astronomer Fred Hoyle tried to describe a theory of how the universe came to be to the audience of BBC Radio’s “Third Programme.” The Big Bang theory states that the universe originated at a single point and expanded outward, and is the most popular theory of how the universe came to be. It’s so popular that it even had its own sitcom named after it (You didn’t think this blog was all about science did you?).