Hello readers! I’m trying out something new today based on some feedback I got on instagram. April 27th was Independent Bookstore Day. Here in DC, there are so many local indie bookstores that I had trouble deciding what to do. I wanted to hit up some of my favorites, visit some of the ones I haven’t been to before, and maybe even try the full DC bookstore crawl. In the end, I realized that my anxiety needed me to take it a lot more slowly than that. I have been making progress on dealing with my anxiety since I started therapy again last fall, and it’s going pretty well. When I started, I was at the point of feeling full blown panic every time I broke from my routine. Now I can leave the house, go to a new place, meet new people, and still feel anxiety, but not have it turn into an awful panic spiral. But visiting 12+ crowded bookstores all on the same day sounded, well, not at all fun. So I reassessed, and decided to go to just my favorite bookstore – One More Page Books. I’ve been to OMP a bunch of times before. I know the booksellers there, I’m familiar with the layout of the store, the parking situation, the drive to get there. The wild card here was the potential for it to be super crowded, which I was willing to deal with.
I made the right choice, because I had lots of fun. One More Page had lots of fun events going on all day long. There was the Book Seller Bake Off, where each of the booksellers baked a dessert and brought it in for everyone to sample. The cake-pops won, but I didn’t try anything because I’m paranoid about my food allergies.
There was also Battle of the Books. Each of the booksellers picked one of their favorite books to represent, and whoever sold the most copies won. I was convinced to pick up Fierce Fairytales, Red-Tails in Love, and Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death. Fierce Fairytales is a collection of feminist poems inspired by classic fairytales. I’m not a big poetry person, but I’m always trying to challenge myself and try new things, and I thought this would be the perfect book for that, since I already love fairytales. I already talked about Agatha Raisin in my April wrap-up. I borrowed the book from the library, and loved it, so it went into the pile too. Red-Tails in Love is the story of birdwatchers in Central Park and how they followed a pair of nesting hawks over several years. If you know me, you know I am terrible at reading non-fiction, but I challenged myself to read 5 non-fiction books by the end of the year, and if anything is going to keep me interested, it’s birds.
Speaking of birds, I also picked up a book that I have been eyeing since early this year. It’s called The Field Guide to the Dumb Birds of North America. It’s amazing and hilarious. All of the birds are renamed to reflect their true selves, and have an accompanying illustration. My current favorite is the European Shartling. Check it out, and get it for any friend who likes birds.
One More Page was also running a pet scavenger hunt. There were pictures of pets hidden all throughout the store. If you found one, you could take a picture with your phone and once you had found them all, you could pick from the prize box. I was doing pretty terribly at the scavenger hunt until I teamed up with a 3-year old, who luckily didn’t realize that I was the only one benefitting from the partnership. Anyway, we (she) eventually found all the pets and we each got a prize. I took home a slightly damaged, but still beautiful, MinaLima edition of The Little Mermaid.
Lastly, I picked up several books that are on my immediate TBR or that I’ve already read, and know that I want to re-read:
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows – I don’t know much about this book other than it’s a historical fantasy re-imagining of Lady Jane Grey’s story, and everyone keeps telling me that it’s amazing and I need to read it. I also read The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand, and loved that, so I have a pretty good feeling about this one.
Archenemies by Marissa Meyer – the sequel to Renegades, and one of my favorite reads of the year so far.
Undying by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – the sequel to Unearthed, which is like Indiana Jones in space.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer – a Beauty and the Beast retelling that everyone is raving about, so of course I need to read it and also have it for my retelling collection.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu – the first book in the new Eldest Curses series which follows Alec and Magnus as they get up to typical shadowhunter/warlock mischief.
Anyway, that’s all for my recap of Independent Bookstore Day. Let me know if you like this type of post or want to see more event recaps or hauls. Happy reading!