Saturday, April 10, 2010

Dewey's Read-a-Thon-GO INDIE MINI-CHALLENGE!

Hello Readers! First of all CONGRATS! Because if you are still up and reading, I know you must be tired I know I am, so thanks for sticking around...This is my first mini-challenge ever and it is titles GO INDIE! I totally support my independent book store, Books and Books, in Coral Gables, Florida. Why? There are always author events during the year, they always support our schools, our students, our teachers...I always have Debra Linn recommending to me or our book club great reads...
Thanks to them, South Florida is a much richer, "sunnier" place... And to top that,  all with a great cup of capuccino, cafe con leche or a Misha cupcake too! (They also serve great food.)
As part of this challenge I want you to name your favorite independent store and why. All posts will be entered in a raffle. First place will be a $15 gift certificate to the INDIE shop of the winner's choice; Second place (2 books) and Third prize (1 book) that winners can pick from a selection I have; some of them are autographed and some are ARC's. GOOD LUCK! ¡BUENA SUERTE!

47 comments:

  1. My favorite is Books & Books!!

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  2. Here's my post about my favorite indie bookstore, Chaucer's:

    http://helensbookblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-indie-bookstore-challenge.html

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  3. I wish we had an independent bookstore around here-ours got bought out by Books A Million a few years ago. It sounds like you are having a great reading day :)

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  4. Oh, Powell's, definitely. And I don't even live in Oregon! But that store is a booklover's heaven.

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  5. I love going to the Poisoned Pen, all the cool authors go there for signings *winks*

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  6. we don't have a really great local indie store here in hawaii (unfortunately), but i do shop online at indiependent books from time to time and i've always had an amazing experience with them!

    thanks for hosting this challenge!

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  7. We don't have any real close, but my favorite is 2 hours away in Naperville, IL. It's called Anderson's and they are just an awesome bookstore, and always bring great authors for signings!

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  8. Go indie! http://mamalibrarian.blogspot.com/2010/04/dewey-24-hour-read-thon-minichallenge_2745.html

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  9. Glee Books - http://www.gleebooks.com.au/ Sydney, Australia. Great store. I feel much better giving my money to independent stores rather than big business.

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  10. Here in South Korea I don't have any bookstores close to me. When I travel to Daegu I love visiting Buy the Book which is a used bookstore/restaurant for the ex-pat crowd. When I need to trade my read books or look for something interesting to read, I know I can find something there http://contemporarylit.about.com/u/sty/independentbookstores/indie_bookstores/Buy-the-Book-Cafe.htm

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  11. Common Good Books! Garrison Keillor rocks my socks off.

    (There's also a really great used bookstore just of the University of Minnesota campus, but the name is escaping me at the moment...they have a parrot, and two Boston terriers, AND three cats! Oh, and a bazillion books.)

    http://serenebean.livejournal.com

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  12. Dog Eared Books in San Francisco - tough call, though!

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  13. We don't really have any good indie bookstores that I know of. I know Seattle has some great ones but not where I am :).

    Though I have to admit I don't buy from amazon at all so I support the brick and morter bookshops :)

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  14. My favortite book store is one called bookends it's a used book store. The only other one we really have close by is a Hasting's Entertainment

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  15. We don't really have many indepedent bookstores around here, only Borders and Waldenbooks. There is this great used book stored right down the street! Its called All About Books. Its a small little place with wall to ceiling bookshelves filled with so many books. All hardback books (great newly released) are all priced at a fixed rate of $3.5 and all the other books are 4 dollars or more unless you have store credit from bringing in any of your used books. The books aren't even in bad condition because everyone who donates loves books too and treats them well. I could spend hours there and only $20 and get probably 5 or more books

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  16. Another Russo's Books person :)

    http://lovelife.livejournal.com/302686.html

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  17. Does it have to be a member of that Indie book website? Also does it have to sell only new books? Books for Less where I live is good for new or used books at marked down prices. Hardly ever a book over $10.

    I'm definitely tried. It's 2am here.

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  18. Nice contest :)

    I'm from the Philippines and we have three leading bookstores here but I can say that I love National Bookstore most because of its wide array of books and at affordable prices too! :)

    check out their site: www.nationalbookstore.com.ph

    this is welski from www.themused.webs.com ^_^

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  19. Mine is Andersons Bookshop - which ROCKS!!!!

    http://www.bookworminginthe21stcentury.com/2010/04/deweys-readathon-hour-19-go-indie.html

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  20. My favorite is The Book Loft in Columbus Ohio. I could get lost for hours in all their rooms.

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  21. I love my local indies, so I'm going with Literary Guillotine in Santa Cruz.
    My post:
    http://readingbytheshore.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-update-3.html

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  22. We used to have an idependant bookstore, like 4-5 years ago, then it became a hand-bag place, then, last year it became H&R Block.

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  23. My favorite is definitely Powell's because it's big and quirky and fun and has a lot of everything, which it wouldn't be able to do if it were part of Monolithic Books or something. I never, ever go to Portland without stopping in. Was there for the Public Library Association conference in March 2010, and bought quite a bit there, even though publishers throw free books at librarians like there's no tomorrow.

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  24. My favorite Indy bookstores are Bent Cover Books and Thrifty Joes. One is in Glendale, AZ and the other is in Phoenix, AZ. Both are amazing! Go check them out if you're in AZ! :)

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  25. I gave more of an update on what's going on in Seattle with Elliott Bay than actually getting around to answering your question about why I like it. But, it's an important topic.

    http://bibliofreakblog.com/memes/readathon-post-5/

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  26. My favorite indy book store is BookPeople in Austin! http://tiamet.livejournal.com/413323.html

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  27. I <3 Tattered Cover in Denver!

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  28. The best one close by is "One Green Horse" in the next town south. I love it because it is so homey! The have couches, an old table and chairs, oriental rugs, its like they encourage you to come and sit and read! The owner is real nice and I always get into a good conversation with her.

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  29. You can find out about my favourite bookstore here: http://jennys-books.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-updates-april-10th.html

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  30. Here's my link for Chester County Book Co.

    http://ramblingsofabookcrosser.blogspot.com/2010/04/read-thon-hour-19.html

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  31. Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, Arizona because:

    1) They're the closest at 30 miles from my house.
    2) They're hip and in-touch with multiple generations.
    3) They're nice.
    4) They have a great event calendar.
    5) Every time I've ever asked a question or asked for help I've been treated like I was the only one in the store. I've never heard, "Well, corporate said..." I hate it when salespeople blame their stupid policies on "corporate."

    Goooooooooooooooooooooooo Changing Hands! :o)

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  32. My favorite indie bookstore is Murder by the Book in Houston, TX. They have the best author events.

    shelcows AT gmail DOT com

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  33. Without a doubt-Powells Books in Portland.

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  34. Here's my favorite indie post: http://librariansbookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/towels-and-ladies.html

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  35. Prairie Lights Iowa City! They just got a wine bar, which I'm sure I'll use in about eight months haha.

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  36. I used to live in Miami and I LOVED Books and Books. And I lived in the Pacific Northwest and could spend hours at Powell's!

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  37. Politics & Prose in D.C. is my local independent bookstore and it's great. The staff is knowledgeable. The stock is deep. And they host readings nearly every day of the year. In the last year alone I've gotten to see Jasper Fforde and Barbara Kingsolver -- and I'm sure there will be more as the months go on!

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  38. Shout out to INKWOOD BOOKS in Tampa! They are my favorite indie bookstore. They have great author events, cute store and friendly staff. Their Web site is great too.

    Great challenge idea!

    Jill @ The Magic Lasso
    http://mrstreme.livejournal.com

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  39. I'll second Powell's, though I also don't live anywhere near Portland.

    In Santa Cruz, I love both Bookshop Santa Cruz and the Literary Guillotine. The latter is mostly for textbooks, but what a great name, right?

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  40. Good to see another Floridian! Only problem up here in Orlando is our ONLY indie store (Urban Think) just went out of business. It is pretty sad when a community of over a million people can't support one freaking indie!!!!

    http://sandynawrot.blogspot.com/2010/04/24-hour-read-thon-hour-20-and-back-for.html

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  41. Sadly, my favourite independent bookstore is having serious financial difficulties right now. All of the details are in my post, here.

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  42. I ditto the comment on the awesomeness of Politics and Prose. Their selection is terrific and I belong to two book groups there (the James Joyce group and the Scifi/Fantasy group)

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  43. My favorite indie store is this little bookstore/coffee shop at oulu, finland. They have amazing coffee and sometimes they have like poetry nights and other cool stuff...

    milkareads[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  44. My favorite indie store is Powell's and I don't even live in Oregon. Visited years back and the whole experience has stayed with me all these years.

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  45. My favourite independent book store is Bolen Books in Victoria, BC (my hometown). It's quite a big store, considering it isn't some big chain, and every time I go back to visit family I always spend a few hours in there browsing all the new releases and fiction shelves. Can't wait for my next trip home!

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  46. I would like to THANK everyone for stoping by and entering my first mini-challenge. I slept for two hours and just got up. I will do the raflle during this hour and post/send emails to the winners. Thank YOU for supporting your local independent book stores. GO INDIE!

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