Top 10 Woody Allen Movie Quotes

Woody Allen turns 77 this month.  He has written and directed more than forty movies, and starred in most of them.  He has published four short story collections and several plays, and, starting out, wrote for comedy shows and his own stand-up routines.  He’s had a long career of great one-liners and gags!  Here are just a few.

1.         From Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Mob wife Tina Vitale, on her ex: They shot him in the eyes.

Agent Danny Rose: Oh my God—he’s blind?

Tina: He’s dead.

Danny: Of course. The bullets would go right through…

2.         From Play It Again, Sam (1972)

Allen Felix: Yeah, I’m fine. I snapped my chin down onto some guy’s fist and hit another one in the knee with my nose.

3.         From Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

TV Producer Mickey: And Nietzsche, with his theory of eternal recurrence. He said that the life we lived we’re gonna live over again the exact same way for eternity. Great. That means I’ll have to sit through the Ice Capades again.

4.         From Small Time Crooks (2000)

Crook Ray:  “The Brain.” That’s what the guys used to call me, right?

Crook Benny: But, Ray, that was sarcastic!

5.         From Take the Money and Run (1969)

Cello teacher Mr. Torgwell, on criminal Virgil’s cello lessons as a child: He had no conception of the instrument.  He was blowing into it!

6.         From Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Playwright David Shayne: Was there nothing in the original draft that you feel was worth saving?

Actress Helen Sinclair: The stage directions were lucid. The best I’ve ever seen… and the color of the binder. Good choice.

7.         From Annie Hall (1975)

Alvy Singer on Los Angeles: I don’t want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.

8.         From The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Screen actress Cecilia: I just met a wonderful new man. He’s fictional, but you can’t have everything.

9.         From Love and Death (1975)

Boris:  The question is: Have I learned anything about life? Only that human beings are divided into mind and body. The mind embraces all the nobler aspirations, like poetry and philosophy, but the body has all the fun.

10.     From Bananas (1971)

Announcer Don Dunphy: Good afternoon. Wide World of Sports is in the little republic of San Marcos where we’re going to bring you a live, on-the-spot assassination. They’re going to kill the president of this lovely Latin-American country and replace him with a military dictatorship. And everybody is about as excited and tense as can be. The weather on this Sunday afternoon is perfect, and if you’ve just joined us, we’ve seen a series of colorful riots that started with the traditional bombing of the American embassy, a ritual as old as the city itself.

Do you have a favorite Woody Allen line? – Steve

Steve is Staffing & Development Manager (aka the “Buy Guy”) at Half Price Books Corporate.

NaNoWriMo 2012 Check-Up: How’s your novel coming along?

I have been writing stories and poems since I was 13 years old and created my first character sitting on the floor of a van, coming home from camp.  However, I never even knew National Novel Writing Month (@NaNoWriMo on Twitter) existed until last year when Kristen D. participated in it. This year, I swore I would participate, too.

As I am writing this, my word count stands at 46,390.  I have written 170 pages and 11 chapters. I’ve started talking in a West Texas accent. I can’t stop yawning. My cat thinks I don’t love her anymore and I think I’m getting sick. Not to mention that if anyone decided to go through my Internet history, they would think I have an unhealthy preoccupation with hunting, game wardens and feed mills, (which I guess is better than when I was researching army ranks and sniper weapons systems), but I digress.

I have 3,610 words to go, and if I can stay awake, I just may make it to 50,000 and succeed in my first NaNoWriMo challenge. 

Cross your fingers for me, and good luck to all you budding novelists who are participating in NaNoWriMo.

So did you participate this year? If so, where does your novel stand?

Julie is Production Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

Local Store Events Round-Up: December

Happy holidays, gang!  Lots of cheery holiday events going on at your local HPB during the month of December, including a few visits from a very important gentleman named Santa.  (Ho, ho, ho!)

We hope to see you out for some of these great activities and, of course, some holiday shopping.  We have extended hours at many of our stores in December (and shorter hours in some cases – bibliomaniacs need to get home on Christmas Eve to get ready for Santa, too!) so check the store pages for specifics. 

Dallas – Northwest Highway

Santa Claus at Half Price Books

HPB is full of excitement because Santa Claus is coming to our store! In keeping with Christmastime traditions, Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick will be making appearances at the Dallas Flagship store.  Bring the whole family — fido too — for a memorable snapshot with Santa. Donations appreciated and will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Here’s Santa’s appearance schedule:

Saturday, Dec 1: 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 2: 1-5 p.m.

Friday, Dec 7: 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 8: 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 9: 1-5 p.m.

Friday, Dec 14: 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 15: 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 16: 1-5 p.m.

Friday, Dec 21: 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 22: 1-5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 23: 1-5 p.m.

Ornament Sale

On Friday, Dec. 7 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., we’ll have our 3rd annual Half Price Books Ornament Sale!  Half Price books employees from across the country send in their creative, handmade ornaments for this special sale.  The proceeds will go to the North Texas Food Bank. 

Meet and Greet Boxer Rescue

Looking for a loyal friend, a lovable buddy, a canine companion? On the second Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., NorCal Boxer Rescue will bring Boxer dogs available for adoption to our Flagship HPB store. Come see these lovable dogs looking for a good, forever home.  See you Dec. 8!

Animal Adoptions

Cute kitties and canine companions will be visiting our Flagship HPB on the third Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m. The League of Animal Protectors, a nonprofit animal rescue and adoption organization, will have a select group of adoptable pets looking for good, forever homes.  See you Dec. 15!

Humble, TX

HPB Humble Book Club

Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our Humble HPB Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 8 to 9 p.m. Here are the upcoming books for discussion:

December 3 – The Old Curiosity Shop, by Charles Dickens

First Thursdays Poetry Nights

Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to our Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7-9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you Dec. 6!

Led by Students, for Students

Recite a favorite or share your own

First Thursday of the Month is spent

Together, not alone

Holiday Madrigal Choir Performance

Are you looking for some holiday spirit? Come and listen to a live performance of Christmas Carols at your HPB Humble! The Madrigal choir of Atascocita High School will be performing in Dickens era costumes at our store on Friday, December 7, from 5 to 5:50 p.m.

Cedar Rapids, IA

Holiday Bell Choir Performance

Ring in the holidays at your Cedar Rapids HPB! The bell choir of First Baptist Church of Marion will perform at our store on Wednesday, December 5, at 7 p.m. Plus, cookies and cocoa will add to the holiday cheer!

Irving, TX

Santa Claus at Half Price Books Irving

Santa will also stop by our Irving location! Canned food and/or monetary donations appreciated and will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Check out Santa’s schedule:

Saturday, Dec 8: noon-2 p.m.

Sunday Dec 9: noon-2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 15: noon-2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 16: noon-2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 22: noon-2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 23: noon-2 p.m.

Rockwall, Texas

Santa Claus at Half Price Books Rockwall

He’ll be at HPB Rockwall, too!  Canned food and/or monetary donations appreciated and will benefit the Rockwall Helping Hands Food Pantry. Here’s Santa’s schedule in Rockwall.

Saturday, Dec 8: 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 15: 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 16: 1-4 p.m.

Friday, Dec 21: 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec 22: 1-4 p.m.

Sunday, Dec 23: 1-4 p.m.

Clear Lake – Houston

Pet Adoption Cat-urdays

Looking for a cuddly kitty? A fancy feline? A companion cat? On the first Saturday of each month from noon to 4 p.m., Bay Area Pet Adoptions will bring lovable cats available for adoption to our Clear Lake Half Price Books. Come see the kitties looking for a good, forever home.  See you Dec. 1!

Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati; Mason, OH

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at our South Ohio locations to take a bite out of reading.  Load up the kids and bring them to Half Price Books where they can read a book to a loveable pup. 

  • Kenwood Galleria – read to Rudi the Shih Tzu each Tuesday from 4-5 p.m.
  • Mason – read to Bella, the Pug on Dec. 9 from 3 – 4 p.m.

Fort Worth, TX – Ridgmar/Westover Village

Toys For Tots

Your Ridgmar HPB will be a designated toy collection center for Toys For Tots on Saturday, December 8, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Stop by and drop off new and unwrapped toys for the less fortunate children in the community.

Fort Worth, Texas – Hulen

Book Signing with Michael Graves

Author/photographer Michael Graves will be selling and signing his book, Ghosts: A Spiritual Journey at your Hulen HPB on Saturday, December 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Graves is a lifelong enthusiast of the paranormal and has spent the last two years researching and photographing well-known haunted locations. He appeared on A & E Biography’s, My Ghost Story.

Springhurst/Freys Hill – Louisville, KY

Monthly Coloring Contest

Grab a crayon and unleash your inner artist! Stop inside the Springhurst Half Price Books and get involved with our Monthly Coloring Contest. Each month, a new coloring sheet is available for our pint-sized customers. Throughout the month, children ages 13 and under may submit their coloring sheet for entry. At the end of the month, 4 winners are selected (one from each age group). Winners receive a Half Price Books Gift Card and the honor of having their artwork displayed in store.

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament

Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 Half Price Books Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. A tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules.  We’ll see you Dec. 15!

Tacoma, WA

Feed the Hungry Food Drive

Help us reach out and help to feed the hungry in our community this holiday season. Now through Monday, Dec. 31, the Tacoma store will collect food donations for Northwest Harvest, St. Leo Food Connection, Salvation Army and other Tacoma-based food banks. No expired food or perishables please.

Toy Rescue Mission

We’re on a mission. Together, with your help and the volunteers at Toy Rescue Mission, we’re going to bring delight to children in need throughout Pierce County. Now through Monday, December 31, our Tacoma store will collect toy donations for infants to teens. Reach into your toy chest and re-gift your previously-loved plush animals, dolls, building blocks, trucks, board games and puzzles. Also accepting donations of holiday wrapping paper, individually-wrapped candy canes and other wrapped candy. New toys also gladly accepted.

Dublin, CA

Feed the Hungry Food Drive

Now through Monday, December 24, your Dublin Half Price Books will collect canned food donations for the Alameda County Community Food Drive. Bring in 10 canned food items to donate and we’ll give you 10% off your entire purchase. Offer good at this location only.

Edmond, OK

Santa Storytime and Photos

Our Edmond Half Price Books is full of excitement because Santa Claus is coming to our store! Santa is flying in on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. for a special Santa Storytime and photos. Of course, we’ll have Santa’s favorite snack, cookies and hot cocoa.

Storytime – Multiple Locations

Many of our stores have weekly or monthly story times.  Check out this month’s listings:

Huebner Road, San Antonio – Join us the first Sunday of every month for Storytime Sunday at 2 p.m.  The staff will read one of their favorite books, geared toward booklovers ages 2-8.  See you Nov. 4!

Northwest Highway – Dallas – Join us every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. for a story and special craft activity.  Recommended for kids ages 10 and under.

Lincoln Square – Arlington, TXStop by the Lincoln Square Half Price Books every Sunday at 2 p.m. for a fun tale.  Recommended for kids ranging from infants to 6 years of age. Refreshments will be provided.

Mesquite, TX Pack up your kiddos and visit our store in Mesquite every Sunday for Story Time and Crafts. Sit down and enjoy a good tale and free activity with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Readers and arts-and-crafts lovers of all ages are welcome.

Rockwall, TX Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for a fun story.  Stick around and get crafty with us with a new activity for kids each week. Story time recommended for kids ranging from pre-schoolers to 5th graders.

South Arlington, TXPack up your little readers and come to South Arlington HPB for a fun story time. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. every Sunday afternoon. Recommended for kids ranging from 2 to 8 years of age. 

Corpus Christi, TX Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Story Time Sundays. We’ll share a tale from 2 to 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month.  Recommended for kids ranging from pre-school to 4th grade.  See you Nov. 11!

Mason, Ohio – Sit down for a good tale each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon at our Mason Half Price Books.

Humble, TX – Bring the kids for a children’s story time every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m.  Snacks will be provided.  Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6. 

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KY  Bring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for story time. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more.  See you Nov. 17!

Springhurst/Freys Hill – Louisville, KYStop by the Springhurst store on the last Saturday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m., where we’ll have stories, games, activities and snacks.  See you Nov. 24!

Special Sales – Multiple Locations

Dallas-Fort Worth Stores

Save 15% at HPB with your DFW public transit pass
Present a valid DART, TRE, or T transit pass at the register and get 15% off your entire in-store purchase at participating Half Price Books locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Offer valid now through Monday, Dec. 31 only. Discount details. Visit to learn more about the new DART Orange Line.

Burleson, Texas

Tuesday Night Specials
Stop by our Burleson location each Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. for discount specials. Great savings may include 20% off DVDs or 30% off fiction hardcovers. You won’t know what’s on sale until you visit. Tuesday Night Specials valid at this location only. Ask in store for details.

Northwest Highway – Dallas

Comic Book Wednesdays

Pow! Comics just got cheaper! Half Price Books on Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas will be reducing all regularly-priced comic books to the sale price of 50¢ each on Wednesdays only. Recurring each week on Wednesdays until further notice. Collectibles and bargain bundles excluded.

$1 VHS Fridays
Feed that VCR! Shop our VHS collection every Friday and save even more on video tapes of all genres. All VHS in stock priced at $4.98 or less will be sold for just $1.00 on Fridays only, until further notice. Offer valid at Northwest Highway location only.

Greenwood, Indiana

Comic Book Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, stop by our Greenwood store to get 20% off all single-issue comics, including clearance and collectible issues. Offer good at this location only.

Clearwater Village – Indianapolis

Comics Sale Wednesdays

Comic fans and collectors, don’t miss our weekly Comics Sale Wednesdays. Save 20% off comic books at our Clearwater Village HPB in Indianapolis, Indiana. Come back each week as we restock with new adventures in store! Sale excludes graphic novels and manga. Continues each Wednesday at this location until further notice. No superhero powers required.

Vinyl Fridays

Join us for a LP shopping spree! Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays at our Castleton Commons HPB.  Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! No exclusions. All LPs discounted each Friday at this location until further notice.

Avon, Indiana

Retro Thursdays

Think it’s still cool to be old school? Stop by the Half Price Books in Avon every Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, comics, graphic novels and manga. Offer good at this location only.

Northbrook/Greenbriar – Indianapolis

Retro Tuesdays

Listen up media aficionados! Join us each Tuesday and get 20% off all vinyl, cassettes, VHS, comics, manga, graphic novels and video games at our Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB in Indianapolis. Discount at this location only. No other discounts apply.

Music Fridays

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by the Greenwood HPB every Friday to get 20% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Comic Books Sale
Whamo! That’s right! Stop by the Fort Wayne location every Thursday and save an additional 20% off all comic books in store. Sale at the Fort Wayne HPB location only.

LP Day – Fridays
Join us each Friday for LP Day. All LPs will be 20% off, with some of your favorite songs being played on the turn-table.

North Olmsted, Ohio

Weekend DVD Sale

Stock up for a movie marathon! Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 19 – 21, buy 2 DVDs and get 1 free of equal or lesser value.

South Arlington – Arlington, Texas

Retro Media Fridays

Get ready for a throwback! Join us at the Four Corners HPB in South Arlington every Friday night from 7-10 p.m. All retro media is 20% off – including LPs, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, VHS tapes and LaserDiscs.

Appleton, WI

Vinyl Fridays

Get 20% off all vinyl on Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m. at our Appleton HPB. Like what you hear? Records playing in the store are 50% off. Come back each week for new discoveries and savings! Discount at this location only.

Lexington, KY

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. and listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs at our Sir Barton Place HPB in Lexington. Discount at this location only.  See you Oct. 26!

Edmond, OK

Sports Saturdays

Show you colors! Wear a shirt supporting your favorite sports team into our Edmond HPB on any Saturday and you could score a door prize. Door prizes will be given away throughout the day. Rah, rah, rah! Sis boom bah!

Second Sunday Sidewalk Sale

Join us at our Edmond HPB every second Sunday of each month for a sidewalk sale. We’ll have lots of items marked $3 or less. Sale at our Edmond store only.  See you Dec. 9!


As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if anything has been added throughout the month.

Happy Holidays!


Introducing the latest in retro-nostalgic holiday fun — “Halfy Call-A-Days,” the Half Price Books Holiday Hotline!

Our talented Bibliomaniacs are at it again! They sing, they write poetry, they give great book, music and movie recommendations . . . and they can really spread the holiday cheer! So this year HPB created a toll-free line where you can dial in for holiday greetings any time, any place, straight from our Bibliomaniacs to you! Hurry, don’t delay! Call 1-855-HPB-FONE right now!

Our HPB Halfy Call-A-Days Kazoo Crew gives you a special preview!

So, grab a cup of holiday tea or cocoa at your desk, at home by the fire or even while you wait in line at the grocery store and take a moment to relax and enjoy the holidays. Dial up Jim Swayze at 1-855-HPB-FONE that’s (toll-free) 1-855-472-3663.

Add it to your contacts and call back often!

If you are wondering what you might hear, some options include:

  • A special greeting from the Half Price Books Santa Claus
  • T’was the Night Before Christmas in the Bookstore, an original poem written by Elizabeth E. on the HPB Development team (and read by Tim, our HR director)
  • Up On the Housetop performed by the Buy Guy
  • A Holiday Funny brought to you by Our Customer Service Department
  • Auld Lang Syne  performed by some Caroling Marketeers
  • And a bonus track from Jim Swayze!

Our warmest wishes to you this festive season! – Becky

Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bexican75.

Another Thanksgiving Tradition — Family Games & Puzzles

It’s THAT week again, and if your table isn’t set and ready to go, I am here to assure you, you still have plenty of time. Dig into the inner reaches of your closets and playrooms and dig up all the fixin’s…for November 18-21 is National Games and Puzzles Week! Oh, you thought I meant that other thing that is happening this week?

 I know, everyone is thinking about turkey and pie and early morning trips to your favorite retailer for Black Friday deals, but the folks at The Million Minute Family Challenge encourage, nay, beg you to spend a few precious moments playing this week!

If your family growing up was anything like mine, a few minutes of play often ended in intense challenges, plotting, scheming, team-picking and utter ridiculousness with the likes of: all-ages charades, a 42 dominoes tournament, a dining room table-turned jigsaw puzzle station- all non-digital, no technology necessary and memories 100% guaranteed to last a lifetime. Why, it seemed like the food and stress of the holiday was all but forgotten. 


Need some suggestions? Check out some of the great selections in the puzzles and games section at your dear ol’ Half Price Books! Go forth, choose a few games or puzzles you love, old and new, and GET PLAYING!

Are you a jigsaw junkie? Here’s a record of one personal jigsaw journey which keeps me laughing to this day:


So which game or puzzle is your family’s favorite? — Becky

Becky is Marketing Communications Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @Bexican75.

Super Easy Homemade Bread

Tomorrow is Homemade Bread Day! So roll-up your sleeves, cover yourself in flour and bake a loaf of love. This bread recipe makes a wonderfully crunchy, delicious and super easy bread that has become a staple in my household. Once you have mastered this recipe, there are many more bread books to enjoy!

Step 1:

Boil a pot of water and preheat oven to the “warm” setting. In an oven-safe bowl combine flour, salt, warm water and yeast. Mix by hand until a ball of dough forms and is slightly tacky (add water or flour as needed). Place the bowl of dough and the pot of boiling water in the warm oven to steam and proof for about 30 mins. Remove dough when it has doubled in size.

Step 2:

Place your dutch oven in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees. Once the dutch oven is fully heated, remove from the oven and coat the bottom of the pan with a handful of corn meal to prevent the bread from sticking. Place dough in the hot dutch oven pan and return to the oven to bake for 30-40 mins or until golden brown. 

Step 3:

Remove cooked loaf from the dutch oven and allow to cool completely.

Step 4:

Slice and enjoy!

I am always looking for new loaves to love. What’s your favorite bread recipe or bread book?

Stephanie is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter at @saltpepperpress.

Nine Notable Nom de Plumes

In honor of George Eliot’s (Mary Anne Evans) birthday today, let’s take a look at nine noteworthy literary pen names. Did you know these authors had “secret identities”?


Row 1: George Eliot – Best known for: Silas Marner (1861), Middlemarch (1871), Real name: Mary Anne Evans; Mark Twain – Best known for: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), Real name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens; Currer, Ellis & Acton Bell – Best known for (respectively): Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights & Agnes Grey (1847), Real names: Charlotte, Emily & Anne Bronte; George Orwell – Best known for: Animal Farm (1945), Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), Real name: Eric Arthur Blair.

Row 2: Dr. Seuss – Best known for: The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960), Real name: Theodore Geisel; Voltaire – Best known for: “Plato’s Dream” (1756), Candide (1759), Real name: François-Marie Arouet; O. Henry – Best known for: “The Gift of the Magi” (1906), Real name: William Sydney Porter; Pablo Neruda* – Best known for: Veinte poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (1924), Residencia en la tierra (1933), Real name: Ricardo Eliecer Neftalí Reyes Basoalto *Legally adopted his pen name in 1946; Lewis Carroll – Best known for: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Through the Looking-Glass (1871), Real name: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Most of the authors above chose to write under a pseudonym either because they wanted their work to be taken seriously (especially challenging for women before the 20th century), or because they were hiding from a possibly disapproving family member or society. Would you publish under a pen name (or do you already have one)? Let us know in the comments! – Kate

Kate is Promotions & Direct Mail Coordinator at Half Price Books Corporate.

Hey HPB Girl, it’s Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is here today to share his love for reading and whisper sweet nothings about books and the power of the written word. So please, enjoy this little Monday treat. Ohh… and you are welcome, ladies.

Get a piece of Ryan Gosling for yourself with his tear-inducing movie, The Notebook, or brush-up on feminist theory with your favorite sensitive thespian.

Stephanie is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate
You can follow Stephanie on Twitter at @saltpepperpress.

Anticipating James Bond’s Skyfall: 8 Things You May Not Have Known about Bond Girls

No one is anticipating the newest James Bond film, Skyfall, more than me. The first Bond film came out five years before I was born, so I have been watching James Bond my whole life. I know the films are formulaic, but the formula works: action, exotic locations, and of course, the Bond Girls. But Bond girls are more than a pretty face. Here are some interesting and fun facts about Bond girls that you may not have known.

Did you know…? Ursula Andress won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1962 for her role in Dr. No. She is also the “quintessential” Bond girl and has become an American icon; she is most memorable for coming out of the water onto the beach in her white bikini while singing Underneath the Mango Tree. She also played the role of Vesper Lynd in the James Bond spoof film, Casino Royale in 1967.

Did you know…? that Cassandra Harris, who played Countess Lisl Von Schlaf in the For Your Eyes Only with Roger Moore, went on to marry a yet-to-be James Bond, Pierce Brosnan.

Did you know…? Eunice Gayson was the first bond girl to appear twice. She played Bond’s love interest, Sylvia Trench, and was scheduled to appear in the first 6 Bond movies, but the idea was scrapped after she appeared in Dr. No and From Russia with Love. The character of Sylvia Trench can be credited with giving the cinematic Bond his most iconic catchphrase; at the Chemin table, when Bond asks her name, she replies: “Trench, Sylvia Trench” and when she asks Bond his, he replies in the now-familiar style, mimicking Trench’s own cadence.

Did you know…? that Daniela Bianch, who played Tatiana Romanova, had such a thick italian accent that her voice was dubbed over in the film From Russia With Love.

Did you know…? that Barbara Bach, who played Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me is married to Beatle Ringo Starr.

Did you know…? that Maud Adams was the first to play two different bond girls — the villain’s girlfriend, Andrea Anders, in The Man with the Golden Gun, and she also played the title role of Octopussy. And a little side note: she is in the background in A View to a Kill.

Did you know…? that Halle Berry is the first Bond girl to have won an Oscar, although it was for her role in Monster’s Ball. (OK, Kim Basinger also has won an Oscar for those of you who want to consider Never Say Never Again as one of the official Bond movies.)

Did you know…? Skyfall actress Naomie Harris plays Eve Moneypenny, a regular Bond character throughout the years. Though she does not appear in 2006’s Casino Royale (the first Bond film in which she doesn’t appear), a reference arises in a scene between Bond and Vesper Lynd. In the scene, Vesper appears for the first time introducing herself with “I’m the money” (referring to her role as a Treasury accountant), to which Bond replies, while looking her over, “Every penny of it.” You might remember Naomie from The Pirates of the Caribbean; she plays Calypso.

Enjoy Skyfall this weekend. And remember, no talking or texting during the feature film. (Especially this one.)

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

40 More Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down: Customer Edition

We love hearing from our customers, especially when it comes to books.  So, we were ecstatic when we received such an overwhelming response to our blog post, “40 Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down.”  We also received more than 200 suggestions for more books that were so engaging, so intriguing, so page-turning that our customers just couldn’t put them down.  However, this is a Top 40 list, so we could only take those books that the most customers commented about.  So, without further ado, here are 40 More Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down.


(1) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (2) A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving (3) The Fault in our Stars, by John Green (4) 11/22/63, by Stephen King (5) Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon (6) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (7) The Giver, by Lois Lowry (9) A Voice in the Wind, by Francine Rivers (10) Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley (11) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, by John Berendt (12) A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini (13) The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern (14) Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen (15) East of Eden, by John Steinbeck (16) On the Road, by Jack Kerouac (17) The Shack, by William P. Young (18) Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld (19) The Gunslinger, by Stephen King (20) Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts

(21) The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver(22) Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom (23) The Fountainhead, by Ayn Rand (24) Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett (25) Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (26) Circle of Friends, by Maeve Binchy (27) Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan (28) A Game of Thrones, by George R.R. Martin (29) Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (30) The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant (31) Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (32) The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein (33) Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosney (34) The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (35) Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell (36) The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (37) The Good Earth, by Pearl Buck (38) Divergent, by Veronica Roth (39) Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden (40) The Golden Compass, by Phillip Pullman

Others that got multiple mentions were Someone Knows my Name, by Lawrence Hill, The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd, The Other Bolyen Girl, by Phillipa Gregory, Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand, The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, Big Stone Gap, by Ardianna Trigiani and Skinny Dip, by Carl Hiaasen.

 I think one customer put it perfectly, when she said, “I guess there is a book for every person and thankfully people have different tastes.  Otherwise, it would be a very boring world.”

 So, is your favorite on this list? — Julie

Julie is Production Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.