Day 1Where better to start than the Strand? The Strand is basically the heaven of all bookstores. It has four stories (the top of which is rare books, including a first edition copy of The Great Gatsby), an amazing selection, and great prices. I left the Strand after many hours with about twenty pounds of books (and a much lighter wallet).
Keep Calm and Read On Magnet; The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket; The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson; Trickster's Choice by Tamora Pierce; This is NOT a Writer's Manual by Kerri Majors; A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray; Rebel Angels by Libba Bray; The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
I now own every one of Libba Bray's books which makes me unbelievably happy as she is one of my FAVORITE authors EVER.
Next stop was to Books of Wonder, an independent bookstore that specializes in children and teen books. They, too, have rare and signed books, including a signed copy of The Prisoner of Azkaban (my favorite HP book) that I ogled for about ten minutes. Even though I was broke from the Strand and shouldn't have been spending anymore money on books that day, I did buy one book. A.) It's a sequel that I've been waiting for for a year. B.) Books of Wonder is awesome and I really wanted to support it, even if it was just one purchase. So what book did I buy?
A Darkness Strange and Lovely by Susan Dennard (rereading Something Strange and Lovely before I dive in and it's just as good the second time around!)
But that wasn't the end of my bookish adventures. After dinner with my brother, we went to see Potted Potter, an Off-Broadway show where two actors (Dan and Jeff) tell all 7 Harry Potter books in 70 minutes. It is *brilliant* and utterly hysterical. Seriously, if you get the chance you should go see it.
I've been to the city many times and I've walked past the NY Public Library countless times before. Somehow, though, I'd never been inside. First of all, it's gorgeous. Second of all, there was an awesome exhibit going on about Children's Literature, which included an ARC copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, the author of Mary Poppin's umbrella, and the books Nathaniel Hawthorne (yes, that Nathaniel Hawthorne) wrote for his kids, among other books.
After the library and lunch at the Mac Bar in Soho, we went to the bookstore next door called McNally Jackson Books. This was cool because it has a printing press and also because I spotted a Fierce Reads bag there. :)
Next stop was the Scholastic Store which has a great selection of teen books as well as a Harry Potter section. (Unfortunately they were all out of Ravenclaw skip caps.)
After all of this, it was time to gather all of my books (which my arms were aching from carrying all over the city as this point, but it was totally worth it) and head home. It's okay, though, because I have a lot of reading to do.
What did you get in your mailboxes this week?