Since Independent Bookstore Day was over the weekend, Andy and I couldn’t wait to make our visits to local bookstores within Hunterdon County. We set our sights on three local stores, with a last minute stop over to Pennsylvania to visit a book store that has many wonderful titles.
Our first stop was over to Act2 Books in Flemington, NJ. This location has many Classical books, along with Contemporary and Sci-Fi/Fantasy selections. I had fun browsing the selections available, and settled on picking up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I already had a copy of this book on my old Nook, but it’s still packed away in a box from a recent move. I also own a physical copy of a Pride and Prejudice retelling (Pride & Prejudice and Zombies), but don’t want to begin that without reading the story that started it all!
We then drove around the corner, and down Main Street to visit Twice Told Tales/Moonstone Mystery Bookstore. This location has a bigger section of Children/YA books, as well as Adult Literature and many Mystery selections. I stopped by Twice Told Tales a month ago to search for the first book in the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I was unsuccessful, but I purchased Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi instead. I haven’t began reading it yet, but I’m looking forward to it! Yesterday I bought Hollow City by Ransom Riggs. Hollow City is the 2nd installment of the Miss Peregrine series.
Our third bookstore visit was at The Book Garden in Frenchtown, NJ. This is a lovely shop set in a home. I love the way the titles are set up throughout the rooms of this small home. I also adore the little gnome sitting on the front steps of the shop! The Book Garden has a pretty decent selection of adult and children’s books. I purchased a copy of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and ‘Are You My Mother’ by Dr. Seuss. I was also given an Advance Readers’ Copy of ‘Prarie Fever’ by Michael Parker, which was a pleasant surprise! The Book Garden’s strong pull towards community outreach and networking reminds me of the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City. Bank Street Bookstore primarily caters to educators, yet its drive to connect with community and diversity is extensive.
Our last bookstore stop was at The Doylestown Bookshop, in Doylestown, PA. Since we were already near the PA border, we decided to make a trip to Doylestown and browse the stories. I’ve visited this book store on previous occasions, and I enjoy the extensive collection of books they contain. I always make sure to leave with a fun children’s title, since they have an extensive collection of books for early childhood educators. I also enjoy the adult literature and YA choices available. Yesterday I purchased ‘Radio Silence’ by Alice Oseman, and ‘Hop’ (a springtime picture book) by Jorey Hurley.
I had such a fun time adding on to my personal book shelves during Independent Bookstore Day. Of course, many of these titles are going into my growing TBR pile! They will be read, eventually. I never get tired of adding more titles though…and I took the time to support local businesses, a definite positive!