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 Posted August 26, 2020 by Third Place Books

Usually, Independent Bookstore Day involves a few more events than it does this year, but that doesn’t mean we love it any less!

Do we miss the prize wheel? Stamping passports? Blackout poetry? The photobooth? We do! We miss it all so much! But most of all, we miss seeing all of you, and hearing about your bookstore adventures -- and, of course, recommending you our favorite books.

So here’s a list of some of the books we wish we could put in your hands on Saturday -- and don’t worry, Indie Bookstore Day will be back next year!
 


 Posted August 24, 2020 by Stephen

Radical publisher Verso Books celebrates its fifty-year anniversary this year, and it could scarcely be more timely.


 Posted August 20, 2020 by Katelynn

I don't know about you, but I could really use a laugh or two...or a million... right now. But with such serious and important topics occupying our thoughts and newsfeeds, it can be difficult to dredge up any humor on our own. 


 Posted August 11, 2020 by Danielle

Many readers balk when they see the term romance. If you're picturing a steamy, clutch cover of half-naked heroes and heroines, you're picturing an older era of romance readers. Today's romance readers seek out emotional depth, high drama, snapping plots, and lots and lots of happily ever afters (or happily for nows). It's a million-dollar industry made up of stories centering women's experiences; and while there's plenty of male-centered romance out there also, your average reader is hungry for a satisfying read which prioritizes female happiness.


 Posted July 29, 2020 by Allie

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that none of us are doing much traveling this summer. We’re certainly not doing much traveling internationally. Luckily, there are other ways to peek into new cultures and environments, even when we can’t be there physically.

So for all of you struggling with wanderlust, I compiled a brief list of some recent books by authors from around the world -- hopefully they can at least tide you over until we can get out there for real.


 Posted July 23, 2020 by Allie

I think at this point we would all be forgiven for wanting to escape 2020, and what better way to do so than to read some high fantasy? 

High fantasy ticks all the boxes for what I need right now: it’s often long, so it fills up many hours; it explores complex ideas and themes for maximum distraction potential; and most importantly, it’s set far, far away from the United States in 2020. 


 Posted July 10, 2020 by Katelynn

Recently, the only thing that has kept me grounded (besides books) is seeing some bonafide earthy ground and the things that come from it. I go for walks in the woods, sit on the beach, tend my plants, or enjoy the crazy drama that is bird watching. In exchange for things like picking up trash, growing some flowers, dropping birdseed, or literally nothing at all (mother earth is that generous), these outdoor outlets help to revive a little bit of my dampened spirits.

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 Posted July 2, 2020 by Nicole

During this weird and tumultuous time, these lovely things that authors are creating have been incredibly inspiring and heartwarming to see. Enjoy!


1. V.E. Schwab: No Write Way on Instagram


 Posted June 29, 2020 by Rene

We at Third Place Books are committed to fighting systemic racism. Today we want to share one of our efforts to hold the publishing industry accountable in this fight as well.


 Posted June 27, 2020 by Allie

Months ago, before Covid made a nuisance of itself, and kids left their houses for school, I got a call at the info desk from a local middle schooler. This child had a few questions to ask me for a school project. 

I’m not sure what I expected -- maybe help finding books on a topic they were studying. I settled in. These unexpected conversations are my favorite part about working at a bookstore, and while I’m certainly not a tutor, I’m pretty confident in my ability to at least find the right book to send a middle schooler in the right direction. 


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