06 October 2011

The one with all the books.


A couple weeks ago I saw this link pop-up in my twitter feed. Have you heard about Indie Thursday? 

Basically, it's an earnest call to book lovers to support their local, independent bookstores. Shop in your local store. Tweet what you purchased. Spread the love.

I immediately liked the idea, but once I read these reasons to shop indie from  Indie Bound,  I was hooked - 

The Economy
  • Spend $100 at a local and $68 of that stays in your community. Spend the same $100 at a national chain, and your community only sees $43.
  • Local businesses create higher-paying jobs for our neighbors.
  • More of your taxes are reinvested in your community--where they belong.
The Environment
  • Buying local means less packaging, less transportation, and a smaller carbon footprint.
  • Shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money to beautify your community.
The Community
  • Local retailers are your friends and neighbors—support them and they’ll support you.
  • Local businesses donate to charities at more than twice the rate of national chains.
  • More independents means more choice, more diversity, and a truly unique community.
One More Page

So, I headed over to my local store - One More Page Books. The sales associate was super helpful, and she also didn't mind that Gus the Gnome had a mini photo shoot in the store. ;) 

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Did I mention they sell wine & chocolate?!

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I'm really excited to dive into both. :)

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Do you have a favorite bookstore?

If you live in my area be sure to check out One More Page! :)

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  1. I have a Goodreads account, but I never use it. I'm running out of stuff to read...maybe it's time to really use it. I'll find you. :-)

  2. what a great idea! i was just talking to my boyfriend about how we never really go downtown in our small town...sounds like this weekends plans!

  3. a bookstore that sells wine and chocolate?! yes and yes!

  4. I think I'm in love with your boots!

  5. Good choices! Two of my favorites. : )



  6. I added these books to my Goodreads account! :)

    We have similar tastes in books so it's good we are friends on there. A lot of my friends are into romance novels only...ick.

  7. 1. This is such a good idea! 2. You look stunning. 3. I finished Extremely loud & incredibly close a few weeks ago. So good!

  8. I've been looking for a good local bookstore! Currently I am using a friend as "my bookstore" - he has two full-height shelves full of books I haven't read yet so we're on a borrowing system! But I will definitely visit One More Page soon. I can't wait to read your Goodreads review of those two books :)

  9. Jonathan Safran Foer is probably my favorite author. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is an incredibly wonderful book. Local bookstore are great. There's one down the street from my house that sells new and used; plus, they do trades. Great way to save money on newer books.

  10. Thank you for sharing this Ashley! What a great idea! I love it! I've actually been thinking of reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close myself! Let me know what you thought about it! Thank you for always having the BEST ideas!


  11. This sounds like a great idea. I live in a tiny village with no bookshop, and I only go into town about once a month but I try and support independent. There's some great bookshops in town {the benefits of Cambridge!} and where my grandparents and aunt live is my favourite bookshop in the history of ever. I also subscribe to Oh Comely which is written in a disused biscuit factory in London and feels very grassrootsys.

  12. Oh man, such a wonderful idea!!! I only know of one local bookstore that isn't Barnes & Noble and they mostly sell Mormon bibles and religious series' and while that's fine, it's totally not my thing. :(!!! I'll have to do some research!!!

  13. This is such a good way to put it! I'm always keen to shop locally if I can, and books are definintely something I can manage that with. And I'm excited to hear what you think about Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close! Jonathan Safran Foer is one of my favourite authors, and that book is really good!

  14. In Portland, we have Powell's Books (the largest independent bookstore in the world & pretty much what everyone knows about Portland). It's basically a book lovers paradise. You could actually spend all day in there :)

  15. Ash I am off to stalk your goodreads today....I am desperate need of some new books!

  16. Wine, chocolate, AND books? I'm going to have to check this out! Also, I love that you did a Gus photoshoot inside the store!

  17. I have never heard of One More Page BOOKS. I will have to check the store out.

    P.S. Those boots are incredible.

  18. Such a fun idea! I definitely frequent my local bookstore...my favorite one is Changing Hands Bookstore (in Tempe, AZ). I could live there!!

  19. I LOVE those boots - and shopping locally. Have you read "Matched"? It's excellent. I couldn't get into "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close," but so many people are enamored of it - hope you're one of them!

  20. Ooooh, I loved "extremely loud & incredibly close", it became a favourite book immediately after the first couple of sentences :)
    Looks like a great bookstore, i hope you enjoy your reads!

  21. Yay!! You got AVM, my fave!! I've been looking for The Joy of Less bc I saw you had tweeted about it...I like this indie thurs idea, I will have to hit up a bookstore this evening!

  22. extremely loud and incredibly close is AMAZING!

  23. Both of those books are fantastic! Barbara Kingsolver is phenomenal. Poisonwood Bible is another gem.

  24. I love this idea! I moved to this town about a year ago, but I still haven't found a little bookstore that I like. I think you've inspired me to look a little harder though :)

    Hope you enjoy your books this weekend!


  25. you've inspired me to dig a little harder to find a local bookstore near me.

    also, i absolutely adore your boots. need!

  26. I love this idea. My favorite indie bookstore used to be Chapters (closed now) in downtown DC. It was the most quaint little store, complete with the store cat roaming the aisles. I found so many little known gems in there. I still love to pop into Kramerbooks now and then. Would love recs for cute bookstores in NOVA.

  27. great post, Ashley! looks like such a fabulous little book store-- Gus looks like he's at home there, too. ;) i completely agree-- it's so important to support local business. i'll be adding those books to my "to-read" shelf on goodreads, too, btw! *xo :)

  28. "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" is one of my favorite books of all time. You'll love it!

  29. ah i need a new book to cuddle up with! i've been reading comic books, does that count? any bookstore that sells wine and chocolate is a keeper!

  30. great post!! you picked one of my favorites: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. he's an amazing author.

    I was talking not too long ago about this very thing with my "greenville girls" and we decided to really make an effort to support local places when we go out for girls nights...local coffee, local bakeries/restaurants, etc. the food & coffee always seem to be better at the "mom & pop"/"hole in the wall" local type of places. I'm all about local boutiques too...you end up with much more unique clothing & accessories.

  31. I absolutely loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Definitely a great read!

  32. Beautiful idea! I loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, hope you'll enjoy it too! xxx

  33. Kate Asire10/08/2011

    Great post Ashley! Shopping and supporting local is incredibly important. Great book choices as well. Animal, Vegetable Miracle is a fantastic, interesting and eye-opening read. I know you will love it!

  34. What an awesome idea! LOVE shopping local.

    Oh. And Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is my favorite book ever. Enjoy!

  35. I love the wrappers for the chocolate!


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