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#IndieThursday: Shopping Trip!

15 Sep

Jenn at Jenn’s BookShelves (also one of my favorite local bloggers) recently started a new series on Twitter celebrating Indie Bookstores. I’ve tried to become much more thoughtful and conscientious of where I make my book purchases. I stay entirely away from Amazon.com if I can help it (for books at least. But when they’ve got West Wing seasons at 16 bucks a piece? Yeah, I’m helpless when it comes to Aaron Sorkin). I had to buy a couple of cookbooks for my mom and the only bookstore convenient to me at work is Barnes & Noble. But for the most part, I shop Indie.¬† (One of the difficulties of shopping Indies is that since Olsson’s in Penn Quarter closed a few years ago – one of the great DC indie chains – I have no store near my office aside from B&N).

Last weekend, I celebrated my birthday by flying to Boston and then driving to Maine with friends for a wedding. But before we left the Boston area, I made a trip to one of my favorite bookstores, Brookline Booksmith, in Coolidge Corner.¬† No matter what, whenever I visit my friends in Boston, I make a pilgrimage to the Booksmith. Their selection is fantastic – I always know I’m going to find something I’ve been looking for elsewhere or something I’ve never heard of. The booksellers are incredibly helpful and they list employee recommendations¬† throughout the store on shelftalkers. I’ve found some stellar books just by using these recommendations.

This trip was no exception. I picked up four paperbacks:

The Curfew by Jesse Ball
Pretty by Jillian Lauren
Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time by Courtney Smith
The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

Great haul, huh?

After somehow finding space in my suitcase for those, I spent a couple fabulous days freezing my butt off on the coast of Maine, just north of the New Hampshire/Maine border. It was a beautiful wedding, and I got to spend my birthday weekend with my very best friends in the world. On the way back to Boston, I put on my best innocent smile, and convinced my traveling buddies that we needed to stop in Portsmouth, NH so I could visit RiverRun Bookstore (and meet Liberty who came running into the store and yelled, Is anyone here Rachel?? LOVE.)

Of course I had to pick up a few things there too!


Other People We Married by Emma Straub
Mudbound by Hilary Jordan

So I managed to come home from a three-day trip with six additional books. Because of course, I brought a couple with me to start with. Needless to say, my suitcase was rather heavy by the time I got home. What are your favorite indie bookstores? Join the conversation on Twitter by sharing your most recent purchase at an indie book store by using the hashtag #indiethursday!