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Tuesday
Jan282014

If You Like "The Fault in Our Stars," You Might Also Like...

If you (like me) loved reading The Fault in our Stars, by John Green, here are a couple of other similar books you may enjoy.

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Thursday
Jan232014

Million Book Donation Project continues in 2014!

African Moons – Arusha, TanzaniaHalf Price Books has always strived to donate books to as many worthy and wonderful non-profit organizations and schools as we can. After all, as our co-founder Ken Gjemre once said, “Books should fill our lives, not our land.”

So, once again, in 2013, we set forth with the goal of donating a million books as part of our Million Book Donation Project. Without further ado, we are pleased to announce our final total for the 2013 calendar year was 1,491,364 books donated.

We’re moving full-steam ahead with donations in 2014. To check out our current donation count for the year, or to request books for your organization, visit hpb.com/million.  

Zan Wesley Holmes Jr. Middle School – Dallas, TexasWe consider it a priviledge to partner with such great organizations in the community and around the world. It's incredible to see what good things they do with the books we provide.  

You can read just a sample of these donation stories here, and see a complete list of donation recipients.

If your organization has received books from Half Price Books, we'd love to hear your story and see how the power of reading is changing lives one book at a time. Please leave a comment below. 

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Emily is Public Relations Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at @emilytbruce.

Thursday
Jan162014

Read the Movie: Your Spring Guide to Movies Based on Books

 

It's time to give you a heads up if you want to get ahead of your movie watching by reading the novel. First off, a couple of movies on our last list have been pushed back and are now opening the first quarter of this year. August Osage County now has a release date of January 10, and Monuments Men will hit the screens February 7. The holiday movie season is past us and it is time to get the new year started. There are quite a few movies coming out based on popular books. Grab a copy and get a jump on this new year's movies by reading the book first.

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 1 by Marcus Luttrell

Based on the failed mission "Operation Red Wings" which tasked four members of SEAL Team 10 on June 28, 2005 to kill Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. They were quickly compromised and under attack. Lone Survivor stars Mark Wahlberg and Emile Hirsch. Movie will be released in theaters January 10.

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

Depressed single mom Adele (Kate Winslet) and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man (Josh Brolin) a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. Movie will be released in theaters January 31.

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

Burglar Peter Lake, played by Colin Farrell, falls for an heiress as she dies in his arms. When he learns that he has the gift of reincarnation, he sets out to save her. Will Smith, Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe also star in this all star cast love story. Movie will be released in theaters February 14.

Endless Love by Scott Spencer

Many of you might remember this story in the 1980s, film that starred Brooke Shields. I guess it is time to have a remake for the new generation with Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer. The story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart. Movie will be released in theaters February 14.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human/vampire, guardians of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discretely within our world. Her legacy is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi. This is her story. Directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls and Freaky Friday). Movie will be released in theaters February 14.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice Prior, a teenager with a special mind, finds her life threatened when an authoritarian leader seeks to exterminate her kind in her effort to seize control of their divided society. Stars Shailene Woodley (The Descendants), Theo James and Kate Winslet (The Reader and Titanic). Movie will be released in theaters March 21.

What book will you read first before you see the movie?

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Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

Wednesday
Jan082014

50 Fiction Books That Might Just Change Your Life

Is there a book that changed your life? You may never forget the first "grown-up" book you read –– When a reader is at a pivotal age of adolescence, a coming-of-age story somehow can empower you to come into your own. Sometimes a work of fiction can teach you some truth about yourself. For some, a life-altering book might be the one that set you on a new course for the future, or helped you heal from your past.

From a poll of Half Price Books staff of Bibliomaniacs, here is a complete list of fiction books that just might change your life. Hopefully, you will find them as inspiring as we did.

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Monday
Dec302013

Mission Accomplished: I Read 100 Books in 2013

Like many of you (50K of you, in fact), I resolved to read more in 2013. I challenged myself to read 100 books before the year's end. And I can proudly say I did it!

Since I work for a bookstore and mingle with publishers year-round, I'm lucky enough to always have a good book on hand, including some advanced reader copies. Here's a look at my 15 favorites among the 100 books I read in 2013, along with my ratings of each. The first 13 on my list earned themselves a 5-star rating. Keep reading to learn how you can enter to win a $100 HPB Gift Card.

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