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Becky
Potluck-genius, insomniac-procrastinator and crafting-whiz. Inventor of the “Hey that’s my Boots!” CEO Paper Doll, the HPB Snuggie, braille t-shirt and Tacky BW Holiday Sweater.
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Film buff and wanna-be chef. Who's up for dinner and a movie?! Crouching Tiger stir-fry or Godfather spaghetti and a bottle of vino. Please, no talking or texting during the movie.
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Recovering English Major with a penchant for poly-blend, bibliophilic worms. Translator & travel agent for HPB’s mascot “BW,” and lover of language, reference works, and back issues of Real Simple.
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Donned in an apron, baking pies and other tempting treats – there's nothing desperate about this housewife. Loves travel, the great outdoors, classic films, indie music and non-fiction.
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The Buy Guy is a quarter-century-plus employee expert on all things books & music; his favorite buy involved hundreds of old theology books from the Mount St. Michael Convent hilltop library in Spokane, Washington.
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Monday
Dec232013

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

As Christmas Day is seriously-fast-approaching, you're either winding down your holiday preparations, sipping a peppermint mocha by the fireplace, or running around like a crazed elf, shopping and wrapping presents during every waking moment. If you're the latter, remember that our HPB Bibliomaniacs are here to help you find great gifts for everyone on your list. We've got great gifts under $10 for all the people you love. And even the relatives you don't.

Regardless, point your sleigh towards Half Price Books before Tuesday, December 24 and take advantage of our holiday promotion. For each $25 you spend in HPB Gift Cards, you'll get a $5 bonus card to use in store during January. There's no limit! Buy as many as you'd like and get stocking stuffers for the whole family! This great offer is also valid online at hpb.com/giftcard through Christmas Eve night. With free standard shipping, too! And since it won't arrive in time, you can choose to send a "spoil the surprise" note to the recipient's email address.

Our stores have special holiday hours this week, so check online or call ahead before you venture out for last-minute shopping. Most stores will close at 6 pm local time on Christmas Eve. All Half Price Books locations will be closed on Wednesday, December 25.

But mark your calendars for Thursday -- we're open for business on December 26 and the whole store will be on sale! That's right -- the Storewide 20% Off Everything Sale (in-stores only). Come to HPB Thursday, December 26 through Monday, December 30 to grab all the goodies you didn't find under the tree and save 20% off your entire purchase.

Happy holidays and a very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- HPB Blog Team

Friday
Dec202013

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Best Book Cover Designs of 2013

It's time for the 3rd annual celebration of book cover design. Typography, illustration, photograhy and graphic design can work together to tell a story and catch your eye.

Here's my round-up of 50 of the best book cover designs to hit the shelves in the past year, including some re-releases, reprinted literary classics and paperback releases, alongside brand new publications in 2013. Enjoy this collection of eye candy.

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Wednesday
Dec112013

Holiday Gift Ideas for Booklovers 

Happy Holidays! Christmas is right around the corner, which means we have both GIFTS and BOOKS on the brain (since we always have books on the brain). So, let's put those two together and round-up some ideas for the hard-to-shop-for booklovers in our lives. 

 (Of course, HPB gift cards always make great gifts too, for the treasure-hunting loved one whose favorite activities include browsing HPB bookshelves.)  

For dads who gets lost in sweeping fantasy, creatures, magic, and high stakes . . .

The Game of Thrones series, by George R.R. Martin; The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon 

For warm-hearted sisters who believe in happy endings . . . 

 The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom; Fly Away by Kristin Hannah

For uncles who like their thrillers with a side of bone-cracking suspense:

Command Authority by Tom Clancy; Six Years by Harlan Coben; Night Film by Marisha Pessl

For your college professor friend who celebrates well-written fiction: 

We Are Water by Wally Lamb; Life after Life by Kate Atkinson; The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

For the college sophomore for whom every day is Friday the 13th:  

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill; Joyland by Stephen King; Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

For the niece who thinks the most fascinating subject matter is humanity itself: 

Autobiography by Morrisey; Mary Poppins, She Wrote: The Life of P.L. Travers by Valerie Lawson; Waiting to be Heard by Amanda Knox; The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill by William Manchester and Paul Reid; Countdown by Alan Weisman; The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond 

For the middle school librarian whose only Christmas wish is more books -- always, more books: 

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo; The House of Hades by Rick Riordan; The Cloak Society by Jeramey Kraatz; The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney; The Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renee Russell; Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective by Octavia Spencer 

For the girl who lives in the Teen Fiction section  . . . and is probably working on her own YA trilogy: 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson; The Raven Cycle Trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater;  The Seven Kingdoms Trilogy by Kristin Cashore; Mila 2.0 by Debra Dizra; Pivot Point by Kasie West; The Lost Sun: United States of Asgard series by Tessa Gratton; Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor; Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

For the person who can remember exactly where they were: 

Five Days in November by Clint Hill; Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio; November 22, 1963: Witness to History by Hugh Aynesworth

For the husband who needs to know exactly where his food came from -- and washes it down with a nice Malbec:

Eat Vegan Before 6 by Mark Bittman; Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert: Take a Whiff of That by Richard Betts; The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman; The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond 

For the uncle who loves movies, and the Internet, and everything in between: 

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher; How to Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal and Matthew Inman; What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis, Christian Lochstoer and Svein Nyhus  

What about you? Which books are you giving as gifts this year? -- Kristen 

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Kristen is Public Relations Specialist at Half Price Books Corporate. 
You may follow her on Twitter at @kristendickson.

Monday
Dec022013

Local Store Events Round-Up: December 

Looking for something to do in December? Check out some fun happenings at your neighborhood Half Price Books this month!

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Wednesday
Nov272013

Happy Thanksgiving + Black Friday Deals! 

Hope you're preparing to enjoy Thanksgiving with your family and friends! In the spirit of the holiday, we wanted to take the opportunity to express our gratitude... for YOU! We have the best customers in the world; our 41 years and 118 stores are because of you, and your love of books. 

FYI -- HPB stores are closed on Thanksgiving Day so our staff of HPB Bibliomaniacs can spend time with those near and dear... and stuff their faces, too. But our doors open early on Friday at 7 a.m. local time, across the country. So if you're plotting out your shopping route, be sure to include your local Half Price Books! Get your coupon at http://hpb.com/blackfriday; plus, be one of the first 100 in line when we open at 7 a.m. for a free tote bag and $5 HPB gift card, plus a chance to win a $100 HPB gift card! *Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. While supplies last. Valid at all HPB locations except Half Price Books Outlet; please visit your local HPB Outlet store page for details on their after-Thanksgiving sales:http://hpb.com/outlet.

Check out all the details about Early Bird doorbuster giveaways at hpb.com/blackfriday -- and don't forget to print your coupon. If you're not an early bird, there's still something for you too. Shop in-store any time on Friday, November 29 and save with one of these special coupons. It's your choice! See you in stores Friday!

– HPB Blog Team

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