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Ok, yes it's true, whenever I travel and happen to see a bookstore, I KINDA go in. The Husband and I went on a roadtrip to Boston last weekend to go visit a couple of our friends who live up there (they just bought a place! I'm jealous of their attic which I can see being remodeled into a cool library). We also eat a lot on these trips, but since this is a *book* blog..I give you Harvard Bookstore:

This bookstore was pretty nice.. small compared to The Strand and Powells, but I liked the selection. It has a used and remainder book section in the basement (scifi/fantasy was only 2 shelves, no dedicated romance section, but the used copies seemed to be good condition copies and there was a good used YA section), and the new books upstairs.

The staff was also pretty friendly. I was looking for Kristin Cashore's Graceling and I couldn't find it. I ended up just buying a couple of bookmarks, but when I left the store, what do I see? Graceling on display in their window, with a sticker that says signed by the author!  I popped back inside where the girl at the desk found me a autographed copy of my own AND said Kristin Cashore was doing an author event there November 24th at 7pm. Anyone in the Boston area who wants to see Kristin Cashore read from Fire should go. I have a volunteer who promises to go to Harvard Bookstore and get a book signed for me. Since I already have Fire signed (from BEA), I'm going to make him get Bitterblue when it comes out, heheh. Here's the haul from the trip (I was good):

The bookmarks I bought are made out of stamps laminated together. I liked the fish ones from Manama, Dependency of Ajman, and the other ones are Boris Vallejo(!!) stamps from "Batum". The Boris Vallejo ones tickled my fantasy reading sensibilities. If you're interested in the sheet set it came from, click here.




Originally posted on janicu.vox.com

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(Anonymous)
Nov. 23rd, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Small Bookstores Rock!
I do the same, if I go anywhere you'll see me scouting for independent bookstores and metaphysical shops. I just love them. There is something about a place that gets its natural scent from old books.

I'm glad you enjoyed it and the buys look awesome!

Magaly (From Pagan Culture)
janicu
Nov. 23rd, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Small Bookstores Rock!
Yes, they rock! I feel like little antennae start twitching madly if I see the word "book" in big letters on a sign somewhere. :)
fantazydreamer
Nov. 23rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I love browsing new to me bookstores. Especially the indie ones. Congrats on your finds! I just got a copy of Graceling, I won it over at TJ's Book Love Affair blog.
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