So I’m sure it comes as no surprise to hear that I have some pretty awful book buying habits. If I looked at my bank account and sorted by how much money I spent on books this year, it would be appalling… which is precisely why I don’t do that!
However, buying books is one thing that makes me incredibly happy. Holding a brand new book that holds an amazing story brings me an amount of joy that I don’t experience on a day to day basis. So, that is why I have some pretty terrible habits.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this bad habit (raise your hand if you’re terrible about buying books!) and I try to cut back, but sometimes when I go on independent bookstore adventures I can’t help myself.
Last night my awesome, favorite friend, Alisa, took me to Schuler’s Books in East Lansing before we saw Trevor Noah give a lecture at Michigan State University. I was in absolute awe at how amazing this store was! It’s huge and full of new and used books galore. It has a really cute café with places to sit while you peruse their huge selection of books.
I love supporting independent bookstores. My absolute favorite is Literati in Ann Arbor. It’s a very cozy store which great recommendations and adorable old typewriter in the basement. They also have a really cute café next door to the shop. Literati also hosts a ton of live events with author signings and readings. It’s, honestly, the perfect place. If you ever find yourself in Ann Arbor, Michigan, you definitely need to visit Literati!
Some other independent bookstores everyone bibliophile should visit in their lifetime are Strand and Powell’s. Both of these stores are HUGE and are such a good place to visit if you ever find yourself in New York or Portland.
And, finally, let me tell you about the books I got! I went in with one book I had to buy and left with four… that’s the power of an amazing independent bookstore.
The first book (the one I had to buy), was Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner. Matthew Weiner is the creator of Mad Men and that is one of my favorite shows so when I found out he wrote a book, I had to get my hands on it! This book is pretty short (only 144 pages) so I’m expecting it to be a very quick read and am excited to get into it.
The second book I found in Schuler’s used books section. It was a hardcover copy of Friend Request by Laura Marshall. I had been going back and forth on this book for quite some time since I’m usually hesitant about thrillers, but finding the hardcover of this for more than half off definitely helped me make up my mind!
Second to last book was a signed copy of There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins. I’ve been seeing some pretty great reviews of this one on bookstagram so when I saw Schuler’s had a signed copy, I had to grab it! I love signed books and have been dying to read this one.
The final book I grabbed was Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I am so excited about this book because I’ve heard nothing but good reviews on it and the format of this book is so fun. I love books that include diagrams and pictures and documents in them to enhance the story. I think this one will make an appearance on my December TBR list!
What do you guys think about my haul? Read any of them? Got an recommendations of independent bookstores I should check out? Let me know in the comments!