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Must Read: Annie's Nov/Dec Book List.

No one warned me that when you run your own business, November and December are pretty much shot. There's barely time to breathe, much less decorate your own Christmas tree or snuggle up with a good book. My list of nightstand reads, then, is a little slim this month, but that's okay. Something's better than nothing, right?

Last month, I saw the movie preview for Labor Day, a new film coming out early next year. The movie is based on Joyce Maynard's novel of the same name, and since -- of course -- I live by the book-before-movie rule, I snagged a copy of the novel from the store. I've never read Joyce Maynard before, so I can't speak to her other books, but this one was a page-turner. Labor Day follows 13-year-old Henry and his emotionally fragile mother through one Labor Day weekend when their world turns upside down. The book features quite a bit of romance, but because Henry serves as narrator, the plot stays primarily focused on the mystery of Frank, the bleeding man Henry and his mom pick up from their local grocery store. Ladies' book clubs will like this one for the romance factor, sure, but the plot provides plenty of discussion points too. (There's a super helpful book club guide in the back for your convenience.)  

Joshilyn Jackson's new book, Someone Else's Love Story, released last month, and even though I read it this summer (a fun perk of working in a bookstore), I'm recommending it to readers now. I love Joshilyn Jackson; a blogger and friend recommended her to me years ago, and I immediately consumed every book she's ever put out. She's smart and Southern; chick-lit, I suppose, but with grit and redemption, which makes it so much better than other books that fall into that chick-lit category. Someone Else's Love Story is no different from her other excellent novels; I can't recommend it enough!

I made time last month to read the middle-reader book, The Golden Day. Children's books are some of my favorites, and this year in particular it feels like there are so many great selections for a pretty tough-to-please age bracket. The Golden Day received rave reviews, and I understand why. The writing is concise but mysterious; the plot follows 11 schoolgirls as they cope with a devastating loss, but the author handles the mystery and the intensity with grace. The topics are a little heavy for young middle readers, but I still think this one will be understood -- and enjoyed -- by fifth and sixth graders (and their parents!).

Now here's where this blog post gets a little depressing: I honestly can't remember what other books I've read these last few weeks, if any. Instead, two non-fiction titles have remained firmly placed on my nightstand: A Million Little Ways and The Meaning Is in the Waiting. The latter, I've decided, is the perfect book for this Advent season, especially if, like me, you need something to keep you grounded during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. (Fans of Barbara Brown Taylor, this one's for you.) Like my Advent book, A Million Little Ways is also a decidedly religious book, but the message is a universal one about creativity and art and finding your inner artist. Both of these books are what I've heard referred to as "page-lingerers" rather than page-turners, but that's okay. You can take your time through these and enjoy them in the new year. 

Lots of other books are on my nightstand, but I haven't gotten around to actually reading them just yet. There's something comforting, though, about having a stack of books ready and waiting for when this season does pass. In the meantime, I'll be publishing a list of my favorite books of 2013 next week. I'm pretty excited about it, so get ready! 


Book List

Labor Day (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780061843419
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 8/2010

ISBN-13: 9780062105653
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow & Company, 11/2013

The Golden Day (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780763663995
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick, 8/2013

ISBN-13: 9781557256621
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Paraclete Press, 11/2009

ISBN-13: 9780800722449
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fleming H. Revell Company, 10/2013


Thank you + our weekend deals.

We know it's time to tell you all about our Black Friday deals and Small Business Saturday steals, but the truth is, we couldn't let this week go by without saying thank you.
Thomasville loves its local businesses, that much is clear. In a world that's increasingly reading books on a screen instead of in-hand, our bookstore is alive and growing. The Bookshelf has had an outstanding year, even with a change in ownership, and that's due to you and your continued support. Thank you for being the best kinds of customers -- the kind who turn into friends. We love serving you. 
If you're feeling the itch to get some holiday shopping done this weekend, come see us this Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. We'll be offering a few fun deals:
- All weekend, customers who sign up for our email list will be entered to win a $20 Bookshelf gift certificate, and we're offering buy one, get one free on all items on our sale cart. 
- In addition, on Friday, early bird shoppers (10 a.m. until noon) get 20% off hardback books.
On Saturday, customers who spend $100 or more will receive a free, Read Local tote bag ($20 value), while supplies last
Happy Thanksgiving, friends! The holidays are here!
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