Stacking the Shelves: Independent Bookstore Day 2016

Last Saturday, April 30, was the second annual Independent Bookstore Day. The event was originally created to drive traffic into independent bookstores. More than 400 bookstores nationwide offered promotions like music, food, drinks, readings, and scavenger hunts, and some even offered exclusives.

Luckily for me, I live in an area that had a plethora of independent bookstores partaking in this joyous day. I decided to visit a bookstore I've never been to before: Papercuts J.P.

The space is small but inviting, and the walls are lined with books from top-to-bottom. As an Independent Bookstore Day treat, Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was there signing books. I was clueless to this fact, and I walked right by him, not realizing I was missing out on meeting a very talented YA author! The regret is so real.

I ended up buying an exclusive bookstore cat zipper pouch, a set of two super-cute notebooks designed by Lotta Jansdotter, a paperback copy of Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend, and a hardcover copy of the Pulitzer prize-winning All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Did you celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2016?

April 2016 Reads

April was not the best reading month for me. In fact, it was my slowest one all year. I only read one full-length novel. This is all due to finals, job hunting, and finishing up a ton of projects culminating in the end of my academic career as a publishing grad student. I read a ton of non-fiction for school and work, but it doesn’t feel quite the same as getting a significant amount of pleasure-reading in. All in all, I read 25 books, down 5 books from the 30 I read in March

  1. The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Graphic Novels
  1. Luna the Vampire Volume 1: Grumpy Space by Yasmin Sheikh
  2. Complete Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Leah Moore, & Erica Awano
  3. Bob's Burgers: Well Done by Loren Bouchard
  4. The Fun Family by Benjamin Frisch
  5. The Toad (Disgusting Critters) by Elise Gravel

Illustrated/ Children’s Books
  1. Max at Night by Ed Vere
  2. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
  3. Who Broke the Teapot?! by Bill Slavin
  4. The Liszts by Kyo Maclear
  5. Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff
  6. Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
  7. Not Today, Celeste!: A Dog's Tale about Her Human's Depression by Liza Stevens
  8. What Would It Be Like? by McArthur Krishna, Ayeshe Sadr, Ishaan Dasgupta
  9. Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman
  10. Yitzi and the Giant Menorah by Richard Ungar

Other Genres
  1. The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders
  2. The Clever Cookbook: Make Incredible Meals Fast and Stress-Free With Cooking Shortcuts by Emilie Raffa
  3. Recipes From Many Kitchens: Celebrated Local Food Artisans Share Their Signature Dishes by Valentina Rice
  4. Book Design by Andrew Haslam
  5. InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe Indesign by Nigel French
  6. Ultimate Interview: 100s of Great Interview Answers Tailored to Specific Jobs by Lynn Williams
  7. The DIY Book PR Guide: The Happier Guide to Do-It-Yourself Book Publicity in Seven Easy Steps by Emma Noble
  8. The Savvy Author's Guide To Book Publicity: A Comprehensive Resource-- from Building the Buzz to Pitching the Press by Lissa Warren

  1. A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) by Ursula K. Le Guin

How was your April?
Get any substantial reading time in?

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