My roommate took me on a small vacation yesterday to one of the small islands where she spent her summer. The day started out pretty awesome: great breakfast, I saw a couple of porpoise on the ferry ride out, and I got some great inspiration for my book at the national park we went for a hike in. The downside was none of the Orcas were close enough to see. Afterwards she took me on a bookstore tour of the island, which was actually only two bookstores, but they were both super cute.
The first place was a more mainstream bookstore, lots of new releases, a great selection, and it's where I found the beautiful copy of The Raven. Penguin Classics are releasing these amazing edition of six different horror books, they are even giving away a set a week during the month of October. I'll post the link below for anyone who wants to enter to win all six. I also found the second book in the Bryant and May series, the Water Room. Which I've been scouring my local bookstores for, for months. I also added a few books to my library list that I'm not overly sure I'll enjoy, but had an interesting enough synopsis to pull me in.
My roommate saved the best stop for last. Inside of a little house, tucked away from the main downtown, is an adorable used bookshop. I walked into the door and every single surface is covered in books. Each room held a different a genre of books, all of the cookbooks were conveniently stored in what use to be the houses kitchen. Not only do these two ladies have a wide variety of books, but could tell you where everything is. Each book has been categorized in the computer and there were books behind books behind books. I was in book heaven. My roommate grazed the shelves, found herself something and was done in 10 minutes tops. I however, I was digging through boxes, going back to shelves, and an hour later still felt like I hadn't even scratched surface. Sadly we had a return ferry to catch, but I'm definitely going back. My best finds yesterday where in that little shop.
This island definitely has a tourist season when all the boats dock to enjoy our mild summer weather. A good portion of these books don't even look like they were read once, but were probably sold before those boats left for warmer weather this winter. Something I don't feel bad about taking advantage of. I'm all for rescuing books and find them a new home.
I probably spent way too much money, but hey, at least I blew it on books. The entire day was pretty awesome, the weather was beyond beautiful, and I finished Secondhand Souls on the return ferry.
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