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In Praise of WORD

WORD LogoSo, true story: one of my favorite independent bookstores is a store I’ve never actually been to. Crazy, right? WORD Bookstores in Brooklyn (and Jersey City) is a great store, but it’s the people working there that really make this indie rise above the rest. This is how I fell in love with WORD:

One of my favorite authors is Sarah MacLean, and WORD is her local indie. She’s done signings and events there, and nearly every time she has a book published, she’ll personalize pre-ordered copies from the store. Awhile back, she helped start the WORDS of Love romance of the month club. With a six-month subscription, each month members get to pick from a selection of romances that MacLean has chosen, usually around a particular theme.

I was a member of WORDS of Love for about a year, and every month, I couldn’t wait to see which books would be available. Between WORD staff and MacLean, I was introduced to so many new-to-me authors and got to read so many fabulous books. In fact, WORDS of Love is to blame for my Jill Shalvis addiction. I read one Shalvis book as part of the monthly club, and have since bought pretty much every book Shalvis has published – new releases and backlist books.

But when my subscription ended just before I moved abroad, I didn’t renew, partly because I wasn’t sure about how the whole international shipping thing would work out and partly because I needed to save money. I missed it, though, especially since I knew MacLean had a new book publishing this fall. I had been waiting for Chase’s story since the very beginning and there was no way I was going to wait until late December (when I was back in the US) to get my own copy. Enter WORD.

On a whim, I sent a tweet asking if they shipped internationally. To my surprise, they replied positively! A few emails with incredibly helpful and lovely staff members later, I had an international pre-order: not only would I get my copy of Never Judge A Lady, but it would be signed. And while it may have taken a few extra days to reach me across the Atlantic, I was thrilled WORD was able to help me out.

Could I have ordered the book from Amazon? Sure. I don’t know that it would have been cheaper, given shipping costs from either the US or the UK (Ireland doesn’t have its own Amazon portal). But the book wouldn’t have been signed, I wouldn’t have gotten a special Rules of Scoundrels reporter’s notebook, and I would have been supporting an independent bookstore that goes above and beyond to help readers connect with their favorite authors.

I used to work at a bookstore (a chain, but don’t hold that against me) and I know that, generally, anyone can sell you a book you already know you want to buy. But indies like WORD are making the bookstore and the book buying process an experience, one that goes far beyond an exchange of cash for goods. WORD is doing it right, on just about every level (their Tumblr is regularly filled with awesome things including this post that I loved because puns) and despite not ever living in Brooklyn (or Jersey City), I will continue to support them virtually for as long as I can. They have earned this loyal customer.

So… if you’re near Brooklyn (or, I guess, Jersey City) and you want to buy books for someone – or yourself (no judgment here) – you should really go to WORD. You don’t have to take my word on it (pun intended!), but you probably should.

[This post is entirely my own. WORD did not ask me to write it at all. I just love them that much.]

[Photo Credit: WORD website]

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Aw, were you expecting a fun review of a Douglas Adams novel? My apologies.

Instead, today’s post is a quick note to let my loyal readers (all….five? of you) know that I’m officially in Ireland now! I arrived earlier this week. Since I anticipate needing some time to settle in and, more importantly, figure out a steady Internet connection, I’m putting LND on hold.

I’m still reading, of course. (I’ll never stop reading!) And I have a few books I know I’ll want to talk about, if not fully review. So I will be back. I just don’t know when I’ll be back. I could surprise even myself a post a review next week. Or maybe it won’t be until next month. I don’t know. But I’m not disappearing. This is not “goodbye.” It’s just a “so long….for now.” I’m giving myself some breathing room for a pretty big transition.

See you soon – and as always, happy reading.


[Photo Credit: Google Images]

Book News, Aug. 16th

I’m coming down to the wire, bookworms! Less than two weeks to go before I fly east for awhile. With all the craziness of an international move (seriously – House Hunters International makes it look WAY too easy), I’ve been finding it difficult to unwind and read. But – of course – my “to read” list continues to grow. Alas, the life of a bookworm. With summer also coming to an end soon, what have you been doing to hold on to just a little bit more summer? Let me know in the comments, after you’ve soaked up some Book News:

  • Darn those women and their support of other women! (Sarcasm, obvs!) Kelly Jensen continues to knock it out of the park with her Book Riot posts and one from earlier this week is no exception. In reporting that Twilight author Stephenie Meyer will produce one of Lois Duncan’s novels, Jensen explores the the harsh “feminist” train of thought that discredits Meyer’s influence, solely because of Twilight. Regardless of what you think about that series, it helped open numerous doors for other female-center books and movies. And Meyer is now using her clout to help other female authors, screenwriters and directs get their projects made. Why on earth would a successful woman helping another woman succeed be a bad thing? (Pretend, for a moment, that we don’t live in an obviously patriarchal society.)
  • Dragons lay waste to Westeros! Jon Snow is secretly a Targaryen, despite not looking like one at all! Everyone dies just like in Hamlet! I know no idea if any of these theories are even remotely true, but according to George R.R. Martin, some of his fans have already guessed his long-planned end game for his Song of Ice and Fire series. Even with two books to go, Martin says he’s left “subtle and obscure” clues in his books, and some fans have picked up on them. Though he’s debated changing things up, he’s not going to. Which means, when A Dream of Spring is finally published, there will be at least a few Game of Thrones fans rejoicing over their own cleverness.
  • You get a Harry Potter cover, and you get a Harry Potter cover! Harry Potter covers for everyone! Both the US and the UK publisher of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series have recently released new cover art for all seven books. Though US fans won’t be able to buy copies of the UK covers (unless, of course, you actually go to the UK), Book Riot has compiled many of the different covers, with their varying art styles, in one handy post. I’m personally fond of the most recent covers from Scholastic, and the Swedish cover for The Deathly Hallows is pretty darn cool, too. If only we could say the same thing for Italy’s cover. Eek!
  • I scream, you scream – July was apparently National Ice Cream Month (seriously – how did I not know that?!) and Quirk Books celebrated by conjuring up some tasty ice cream flavors based on books. There’s the Clockwork Orange Creamsicle, if you like a bit of weird with your dessert, War and Peach, a flavor as epic as Tolstoy could ever hope for and Oliver Twist, a flavor that will have you begging for more. Sadly, none of these flavors are real, but if Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert can have ice cream flavors named after them, surely Harry Potter can too. Right?

As always, happy reading.

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