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My love for used books and reading on vacation.

I still read paper books.

There is something to be said for flipping through the pages. I mostly buy used because I am not good at returning library books on time. One of favorite used book stores is Tomes and Tales. My kids love the train table that is strategically placed in the children’s book section. Tomes and Tales was the place I picked up my first Sookie Stackhouse novel. Now I’m hooked. This came at a good time. The last Twilight movie comes out soon and I need a distraction. The Stackhouse novels have been turned into the HBO series True Blood, which I have not watched yet but is on it’s sixth season. I will. One day. Right now I am working my way through the books. If you don’t know about the book series it’s kinda every type of genre mixed into one plus vampires and werewolves. And it’s pretty naughty. I picked up a few to read during my current vacation time but I seem to be addicted and I keep running out!Last week, while on family vacation in Long Beach, Washington, I visited a great used book store called Banana Books. They had more Sookie Stackhouse books so that kept me stocked up for a couple of days but today I was back at Tomes and Tales for more Sookie. I can’t help it. I’m on vacation.

One of the fun things I found while flipping through the Long Beach books was bookmarks from two places in Seattle. Boy these books have been around. Seattle, Long Beach and now Canada. Who knows where else. They are wandering books.

So after I run out of these books what should I read? I’m on the sixth now so I won’t have too long before that happens. Then I will finish Eric Clapton’s biography that I borrowed from a friend that still reads real books occasionally.

Am I the only person on earth that doesn’t have an e-reader? (except if you are Erin and reading this I’m pretty sure you don’t because of your cellphone situation, ha ha!)

Have a great night! Maybe read a paper book.


“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.” Jerry Seinfeld


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


12 thoughts on “My love for used books and reading on vacation.

  1. I thought I would never give up paper books, but I’ve become hooked on my e-reader. It just seems to fit my lifestyle better, even though I still love the smell and feel of the real thing.

    Posted by A.M.B. | October 1, 2012, 8:12 pm
    • I hope that I can get one in the next year or two. I stopped collecting books a few years ago (too much clutter) so it does make sense for me too. Hopefully someone I know will upgrade or decide they don’t like theirs and I can buy it off of them 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

      Posted by stephanieough | October 1, 2012, 8:17 pm
  2. HA! I totally have an eReader! I got it about a year and a half ago, and I used it almost daily for the first year and a bit. Then we got an iPad a few months back and that thing sure sucks up a lot of time… Although I do still love my eReader for when I go on vacation – much lighter than carrying books!

    If you are looking for a new series of books to read, I am going to suggest the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon (historical fiction). I have only read the first book in the series (it is long! 800 pages or so!), but it was a good and suspenseful read (and it is a romance story) – my mom has read the rest and she says they are good too!

    Posted by Erin | October 1, 2012, 8:31 pm
  3. I don’t have an ereader, at least not yet. I keep telling myself it would be a good investment but I can’t picture me enjoying the experience of reading as much as I do an actual book. I read Clapton’s auto-biography and was pretty much bored with it. I love Clapton, but his life just wasn’t what I thought it would be. I second the Outlander books I’ve read all but the last one.

    I haven’t seen or heard of the Sookie Stackhouse books so that’s on my reading list now, thanks for a new series to read.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | October 1, 2012, 9:02 pm
    • Good to know about the Clapton book. I may skip it. I read the auto-biography “appetite for destruction” by Steven Adler. I would like to read the rest of the Guns n’ Roses biographies.
      If you end up reading Charlaine Harris’ Sookie books the first one is Dead until Dark. My warning is like the beginning of a movie on TV… contains some graphic language, descriptive sexual situations and some violence. In case you read it and are shocked 😉 For me I think they are pretty funny reads.

      Posted by stephanieough | October 1, 2012, 9:59 pm
      • I red “Appetite for Destruction” my son read it and passed it to me. That one was much more entertaining than Clapton’s. Next trip to the library I will be looking for Dead Until Dark, thanks for letting me know which is the first I hate trying to figure that out. I am addicted to Dexter thought I would read the books, took forever to find the first one, after all that it was a huge disappointment. Appreciate the disclosure, but that only wants to make me read it more. 🙂

        Posted by livingsimplyfree | October 2, 2012, 5:30 pm
      • I read the first three or four Dexter books and didn’t bother finishing them but we just re-started the movie channels so that we can watch the next season. I guess that’s one more thing we have in common!

        Posted by stephanieough | October 3, 2012, 8:23 am
      • Did you know after this season there is only one more of Dexter. They already have the ending written. I’m bummed.

        Posted by livingsimplyfree | October 3, 2012, 2:01 pm
      • I told my husband the bad news. Hopefully they end it well. I hate when tv shows end stupidly!

        Posted by stephanieough | October 8, 2012, 9:54 pm
  4. If you are looking for a home for your already read Sookie Stackhouse books, send them my way please. Also, a good saucy series is the Kushiel Series by Jackie Carey. I will trade 🙂

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | October 2, 2012, 7:42 am

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