Local Store Events Round-Up: July

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

PLEASE NOTE! Many of our stores are closing early on July 4th, so be sure to check your local store’s webpage before heading out to do some Independence Day book shopping.

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FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program

There’s still time to participate in FEED YOUR BRAIN! Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. To help keep appetites up for reading, Half Price Books is hosting the FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program now through Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Kids ages 14 and under can earn 5 HPB Bookworm Bucks as a reward for reading over the summer. Pick up a reading log at your local HPB today. Get started and learn more about Top Reader Prizes.

7 Days of Summer Savings

Attention: HPB Mailing List subscribers! Check your mailboxes for fantastic coupons good for 20% to 50% off any single item in store Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, July 13. If you’re not on the HPB Mailing List, it’s not too late! Subscribe to the HPB Email List today online and get your own store coupons to use at any Half Price Books retail location. Coupons not valid online or at HPB Outlet. See coupons for details.

Pearland, Texas

Video Game Night

Join us on Thursday, June 27, from 7-9 p.m. for Video Game Night at your Pearland HPB. Here’s your chance to play and compete for a $10 HPB Gift Card. Everyone’s a winner with 10% off all games and accessories during this event. Offer good at this store only.

North Oaks – Houston

Saturday Sidewalk Sale

Come to your North Oaks HPB for a Sidewalk Sale on June 29. Look for fiction and nonfiction books, plus DVDs for $3 or less, Young Adult books for $1 or less, and comics for 25¢. Sale at North Oaks location only.

Oklahoma

HPB at SoonerCon 22

Trek, transport, teleport or beam yourself up to the Reed Conference Center in Midwest City. Look for the HPB booth at SoonerCon from Friday, June 28 to Sunday, June 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. We’ll have manga, RPG books and more. Plus, free tote bags while supplies last. See you there!

Louisville, KY – Springhurst/Freys Hill

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.

Mesa, AZ

Trivia Tuesdays

Do you like to trifle with the trivial? Pop in and test your trivia knowledge at your Mesa HPB on Tuesdays this summer. Answer three literary/pop culture questions correctly and enter to win a $10 HPB Gift Card! One entry per customer, one winner chosen each week, and need not be present to win. Offer at this location only.

Drive-In Movies at the Bookstore

July marks the 66th anniversary of the Roswell UFO incident. In recognition of this, your Mesa HPB is offering free Drive-In Movies at the Bookstore. Join us on Family Friendly Friday, July 19, for E.T. or check out Classic Sci-Fi Saturday, July 20, for War of the Worlds. Movies start at 7:30 p.m. Tinfoil hats are optional.

Dallas – Northwest Highway

The Steampunk Omnibus

The Seadog Slam presents The Magnificent and Stupendous Steam Powered Omnibus of Art, Science and Knowledge at your Flagship HPB. Celebrate the culture of steampunk with a living gazette of poetry and literature, fine arts, gears and gadgets, music, manners, and more. You are invited to dress in your finest steampunk garb and enjoy the experience on the first Wednesday of the month, this Summer, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. See you July 3!

Pirate Poetry with Seadog Slam

Avast me buckos! Dock yer jollyboat at your Flagship HPB as The Seadog Slam presents an evening of Pirate Poetry and Tales of the Sea on the third Wednesday of each month this Summer. And if ye be a pirate too, perhaps ye will be persuaded to read yer poems as well. Join us from 7:30-9:30 pm on July 17!

Animal Adoptions

Cute kitties and canine companions will visit 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 July 20!

Apple Valley, MN

Apple Valley Freedom Day Parade

Look for BW, the HPB bookworm, along with HPB bibliomaniacs at the annual Apple Valley Fourth of July Parade. We’ll have Summer Savings coupons while supplies last. The fun starts at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 4. See you there!

LexingtonFayette Place and Sir Barton Place

Bluegrass Music, Live!

Your Fayette Place and Sir Barton Place HPBs have free, live, Bluegrass music this summer. Our music on the patio will feature the smooth pickin’ and sweet twang of The Blue Dawg Trio. Also, be sure to check out our music section for CDs, LPs, sheet music and more!

Bluegrass on alternating Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.:

  • At Sir Barton Place on July 6 and 20
  • At Fayette Place on July 13 and 27

Algonquin, Ill.

HPB at Summer Cruise Nights

Hop in your rod & wheels and cruise on down to the Sonic Drive-In for Summer Cruise Nights on Tuesday, July 9 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Keep your peepers peeled for the HPB booth where you can score a nifty tote bag and coupons.

Houston – North Oaks, Humble, TX

Book Signing with George W. Padgett

Local Author George Wright Padgett will sell and sign his book, Spindown at your North Oaks HPB on Saturday, July 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at your Humble HPB from 4 to 6 p.m. This sci-fi novel explores sociological themes set against the backdrop of a mining community on Jupiter’s moon, Ganymede.

Houston – North Oaks

Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don’t worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you July 16!

Humble, TX

 

Live Music with Karyna Micaela & Zach Balch

Come to your Humble HPB for a free live performance by singer/songwriters Karyna Micaela and Zach Balch. Come hear their jazz-infused pop sound as part of their summer tour, On the Good Road, on Saturday, July 20, from noon -1:30 p.m.

Southern Saturday

Join us at your HPB Humble store and meet southern writer Melinda McGuire on Saturday, July 27, from 1 to 3 p.m. Ms. McGuire will be selling and signing the second installment of the Nelson and Cora saga.

Garland, TX

Book Signing with Regina Stone Matthews

Local author Regina Stone Matthews will sell and sign her latest children’s book, Detective! Elizabeth Marie Hutchinson-When I Dream at your Garland HPB on Saturday, July 20 from 1-3 p.m. Hear about Elizabeth’s latest journey as she and her friends try to catch the Wilson Middle School thief and learn the importance of community and helping others.

Penn Park – Oklahoma City

Book Signing with Jessie Duncan

 Local author Jessie Duncan will sell and sign her fantasy book, Dragon Enchanters: The Irish Princesses at your Penn Park HPB on Saturday, July 20 from 3-4 p.m. Come hear about the five disobedient princesses who are sent back to protect the world from power hungry gods.

Mason, Ohio

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at your Mason HPB to take a bite out of reading. Load up the kids and bring them to Half Price Books where they can read a book this Summer to Cooper, the Border Collie Mix, on the third Sunday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. See you July 21! Presented in partnership with Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

Storytime – Multiple Locations

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

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, TX – Stop 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.

Plano, TX – Our new Plano store will share a fun story with the kiddos each Sunday at 2 p.m.

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

Rockwall, TXVisit 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. Storytime 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 storytime. 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.

Preston Village – DallasJoin us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Lynnwood, WA – Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Mesa, AZ – Our Mesa bibliomaniacs will tell you a tale at Storytime Sunday on the first Sunday of each month from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. See you July 7!

Heubner Road – San Antonio – Stop by the first Sunday of every month for Storytime Sunday, where our staff will read one of our favorite children’s books, geared toward booklovers ages 2-8. See you July 7!

Camelback – Phoenix, AZ – Stop by our Camelback store for a special storytime on Sunday, July 14 from 2-3 p.m. Coloring activities and light refreshments will be provided.

Corpus Christi, TX Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime 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 July 14!

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 storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

Edmond, OK – Enjoy a fun story with the folks at the Edmond HPB at 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you July 13!

Paradise Valley – Phoenix – Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on the second Saturday of each month. See you July 13!

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KYBring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for storytime. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more. See you July 20!

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 July 27!

Sir Barton Place, Lexington, KY – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Sir Barton Place HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. See you July 27!

Special Sales – Multiple Locations

Seattle

Summer Warehouse Sale

HPB prices just got better. Join us for a fantastic book sale at our Washington Warehouse, on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Everything will be $3 or less Saturday with prices dropping to $1 or less on Sunday. Merchandise will be restocked Sunday. You can find our Warehouse Sale just north of 85th on the west side of Greenwood Avenue in Seattle. Get there early for the best selection and fill your shelves with great books, movies and music at great prices.

St. Paul, MN

Everything $3 or less at St. Paul Tent Sale

As part of Highland Fest, join us just outside the St. Paul Half Price Books store on Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 for a Tent Sale for people of all ages! Tent Sale runs 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday – Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Everything will be $3 or less (mostly less)! Hardbacks and paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, music, movies, games and more. Sale at St. Paul location only.

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.

Pearland, Texas

Twofer Tuesdays Pocket PBs

Looking for fun and cheap Summer reads? Your Pearland HPB is having Twofer Tuesdays for pocket paperbacks. Cruise on in anytime on Tuesdays this Summer and get two pocket-sized PBs for the price of one. Offer good at this location only.

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.

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.

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.

Music Fridays

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

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.

Half Price Books Outlet – Bloomington, Indiana

Vinyl Thursdays

Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is having Buy One LP, Get One Free each Thursday. Thumb through our vast, cool selection of LPs, all priced at 50¢ or less. See store for details.

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.

 

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.

Friday Poetry Readings

Do you love rhymes? Verse? Poetry?

Then drop by your Appleton HPB.

Where at 7 p.m. every Friday night

It’s poetry that our Bibliomaniacs recite.

Whether it’s free verse that’s your style,

Or its rhymes that always make you smile,

We’ve got a poem just waiting for you,

Even if what you love is haiku.

Lexington, KY

 

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day at both the Sir Barton Place and Fayette Place HPBs in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you July 26!

Phoenix – Paradise Valley

Vinyl Final Friday

Join us on the last Friday of each month to listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 15% off all vinyl LPs from 7-10 p.m. at your Paradise Valley HPB. Offer good at this location only. See you July 26!

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

-Emily

Top Cats of Literature

Cats have peppered our literature for centuries as mysterious, clever, and sometimes mentally unsound, but always lovable characters.  Here are ten of my favorite cats of literature.

Puss in Boots—Charles Perrault included the story of “The Master Cat” in his book Mother Goose Tales, which introduced the Mother Goose legend to the English-speaking world.  “The Master Cat,” later to be known as “Puss in Boots” is about the youngest son of a miller who receives as his inheritance a very clever cat, who requests and receives a pair of boots from his young master.  The cat then decides to make a fortune for his master and begins making gifts to the king on his master’s behalf. This clever cat then tricks an ogre into turning himself into a mouse, which Puss devours, moves his master into the ogre’s home, and tricks the king into giving his master the princess’s hand in marriage.  Clever cat, huh?

The Cat that Walked by Himself—Another clever cat from Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. This cat tricks the woman into letting him into her cave, sit by her fire and feed him three saucers of milk a day, but he is still the Cat who walks by himself and all places are alike to him.

The Cheshire Cat—This iconic cat from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland grins while making mischief. My favorite conversation in the book is when Alice meets him for the first time, and he explains why he is mad: “You see a dog growls when it’s angry and wags its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.”

The Cat in the Hat—Speaking of mischief, this cat takes the cake—and balances it on his head.  With his cohorts Thing One and Thing Two, this Cat in the Hat just wants to play with you. He bounces up and down on a ball, while Thing One and Thing Two fly a kite down the hall. He makes a big mess, I really must say, but the moral is always put your toys away.

Jennie Baldrin—This sweet little stray from Paul Gallico’s Jennie kindly teaches Peter Brown, a little boy who has turned into a cat, how to behave like a cat. She teaches him how to treat a dog, how to catch a mouse, how to make himself twice his size and above all, when in doubt—wash.

Tobermory—An interesting story by Saki, Tobermory tells about the dangers of teaching a cat to speak, though in Tobermory’s defense, if you don’t want to know, don’t ask, or at least teach him social etiquette first.

Koko—This crimesolving cat with ultrasensitive whiskers has helped his human Jim Qwilleran solve approximately 30 crimes in Lillian Jackson Baum’s The Cat Who Series.  Along with his cohort Yum Yum, Koko brings Jim’s attention to things that he would have otherwise overlooked, including feeding times.

Pixel—The cat referred to in the title of Robert A. Heinlein’s novel, The Cat who Walks Through Walls, Pixel has an uncanny and inexplicable tendency to show up wherever the narrator happens to be and at one time actually walks through a wall. The explanation of this is simply that Pixel is too young to know that such behavior is impossible.

Melissa/Kitty—I don’t feel I can make a list of cats in literature without mentioning at least one cat from a book by Shirley Rousseau Murphy.  She has written many books with cats as main characters, but my favorite is Melissa or “Kitty” from Murphy’s The Catswold Portal, though as a shape-shifter, I’m not sure if you can classify her as a cat.  Melissa, a human in her world, discovers that she can turn into a cat and is the in reality a queen. Pursued by those who stole her kingdom, she escapes into our world as a cat and is reluctantly adopted by a painter.  Unfortunately, she has a habit of turning back into a human at inopportune times.  Plus, she still has to return to her world and do battle to claim the kingdom that is rightfully hers.

The Rum Tum Tugger—Of course, I had to include a cat from T.S. Eliot’s Old Posssum’s Book of Practical Cats. Let’s face it. These cats are so cool they had a musical made about them. My only problem was which one?  Jennyanydots? Mungojerrie? Mr. Mistoffelees? Macavity?  Finally, I decided on The Rum Tum Tugger, because I have loved so many cats that will do as they do do and there’s no doing anything about it.

Did I miss any of your favorite cats of literature?

June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.” So if you are looking for a furry feline friend to help you solve mysteries, get rid of pesky ogres, or just sit on your lap and purr, consider visiting your local shelter.

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

Best Young Adult Book Club Fiction

Two months ago we posted our list of the Most Popular Book Club books, compiled from submissions from our 3,000 bibliomaniacs, and then last month published the Top Underrated Book Club books. You may have noticed a lack of Young Adult titles on those lists, and for good reason — we were saving them for this month’s list:

(1) The Fault in our Stars by John Green; (2) Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli; (3) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; (4) Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli; (5) Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver; (6) The Perks of a Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky; (7) Looking for Alaska by John Green; (8) Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley; (9) Winger by Andrew Smith; (10) Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta;(11) Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma; (12) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson; (13) Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride; (14) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline; (15) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E Lockhart; (16) The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti; (17) Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews; (18) Every Day by David Levithan; (19) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein; (20) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell; (21) The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour; (22) Boy 21 by Matthew Quick; (23) Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell; (24) Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi; (25) Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd; (26) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld; (27) Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld; (28) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson; (29) Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King; (30) The Giver by Lois Lowry; (31) The DUFF by Kody Keplinger; (32) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

There were a ton of titles we wanted to include but didn’t quite make the cut — so which ones would you have included on this list? Let us know in the comments! – Kristen D.

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

Feed Your Brain Q & A with a Half Pint Summer Reader

It’s time to learn a thing or two! My summers were either filled with lots of Texas heat or long camping vacations, all perfect opportunities to read. I long for the days of lazy book-filled summers and am always so happy to see that the tradition continues in the next generation! I found one first grade graduate who is excited about her summer full of reading.

I hope Mary Pope Osborne gets a chance to see this! Series books, like Magic Tree House, can be a great way to catch young readers’ attention and get  them excited about starting the next book!

Our little bookworm’s recommendations:

   

Are the little readers in your life busy feeding their brains? It’s not too late to get started! 

What do you think about these recommendations? Do you have any series books for young readers to add to the list?

 Have a great summer and don’t forget to FEED YOUR BRAIN!  — Becky 

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

Summer Musts for Booklovers + Chance to Win a $25 Gift Card!

Booklovers don’t leave home without a book in hand. Especially when going on vacation.

This summer reading list has something for everyone! Perhaps you’re jetting off to the mountains, taking a leisure cruise to a tropical island, or dashing away for a 3-day weekend at a bed-and-breakfast. Or, maybe you’re “stay-cationing” this summer and need some entertainment to satisfy your wanderlust, an hour of escape while the kids are occupied, or just a few moments of solitude before bed.

No matter what your summer plans are, you need to check out these must-reads. Plus, you could win a $25 HPB Gift Card to stock up on books for your summer vacation. Keep reading below for details.

For a day at the beach: 1) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, 2) Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, One Fifth Avenue by Candace Bushnell, 4) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn; For a long, weekend getaway: 1) This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Trapper, 2) The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls, 3) If Jack’s in Love by Stephen Wetta, 4) The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes; For a week-long vacation: 1) Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, 2) The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovette, 3) The Story of Sisters by Alice Hoffman, 4) The Secret History by Donna Tartt; For wanderlust at home: 1) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, 2) On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 3) Life of Pi by Yann Martel, 4) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

HOW TO ENTER: Tell us what book you’re reading this summer! Just make a comment below and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a $25 HPB Gift Card! Use the hashtag #summerreads to tell your friends on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest what book you’ve got your nose in right now. Winner will be randomly selected from blog comments. Deadline to enter 4:00pm CST Friday, June 21, 2013.

Meredith is Associate Creative Director at Half Price Books Corporate.
You can follow her on Twitter at @msquare21.

Best Songs by Brian Wilson (and the Beach Boys)

Brian Wilson — 71??? That’s right, this Beach “Boy” turns 71 this month.  He’s been making music for more than fifty years, and is still releasing albums.  I saw The Beach Boys with and without him in the seventies, and I got to see his live re-creations, during the ‘00s, of his Pet Sounds and Smile albums.  (I also saw a “Beach Boys” concert in the nineties, but neither Brian nor his brothers were anywhere in sight.)

So, to mark Mr. Wilson’s birthday, here’s a list of my all-time favorite BW songs.

“Good Vibrations”

No surprise to find this on a list of Brian Wilson’s best.  The much-honored 1966 song was the group’s first million-seller.  The recording process involved seventeen sessions at four different studios, with the pieces assembled to make the final, fluid product. The ’66 version featured a theremin (the sliding, warbly instrument often used in sci-fi flicks) and the lead vocals of brother Carl.

Trivia: Tony Asher wrote lyrics for the song initially, but Beach Boy Mike Love’s lyrics were used on the 1966 album and single.  The 2004 version includes Tony Asher’s lyrics.

“I Get Around”

In my opinion, the first four bars of this single are the best intro in pop music.  The rest of the song maintains that energy.  Despite the clash of the trite, cool-teen lyrics with the complex harmonies and arrangement, it all works, and was stunning upon its release in 1964.

Trivia: This song was the group’s first number-one hit.

“God Only Knows”

The influential Pet Sounds album is often considered to be Brian Wilson’s masterpiece.  It was influenced by The Beatles’ Rubber Soul and, in turn, influenced the Beatles Sgt. Pepper album, but was not initially as successful as previous Beach Boys albums.  “God Only Knows,” one of several hits from Pet Sounds, is an exceptionally gorgeous production, among many on the album.

Trivia: Brian and lyricist Tony Asher worried that the song wouldn’t be played on the radio because it had the word “God” in the title.

When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)

This one is my runner-up nominee for best vocal song opening ever.  With its thoughtful lyrics and complicated arrangement, this was not like anything else out there in ‘64.

Trivia: The song was part of the Today! album, which initiated the group’s transformation from songs about cars and surfing to more conceptual themes.

Wonderful

An odd little gem from 1967, it was part of the fractured Smile project, and appeared on the Beach Boys’ Smiley Smile and on the 2004 Brian Wilson Presents Smile album.  My favorite version was recorded in 1995 on the album of remakes I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times.  It was done without the Boys, but with a fine band and a soulful trio backing Brian’s lead vocal.  The song is rich and strange in any form, but this version’s worth looking for. 

Trivia: The album I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times was co-produced by Don Was of Was (Not Was), who also directed the documentary of the album’s recording.

Little Saint Nick

The Beach Boys Christmas Album of 1963 contained five original numbers, of which this song, also issued as a single, is a standout.  It has all the elements of the group’s early hits: rich harmonies, chugging guitars, and a falsetto coda fade.  With other lyrics, it would’ve just been a part of the Beach Boys’ hit parade, instead of a holiday classic. 

Trivia: Another song on the album, “Christmas Day,” was the first Beach Boys song to feature the lead vocals of Al Jardine (who later sang lead on “Help Me, Rhonda”).

Orange Crate Art

This non-Beach Boys song was actually written by Van Dyke Parks, whose role with Brian Wilson was usually only that of lyricist.  But Parks wrote the music and lyrics for this 1995 album opener and let Brian arrange and sing the ornate vocals.  The pair had high hopes for the Orange Crate Art album, but, alas, it flopped.

Trivia: Mike Love was not a fan of Parks’ arcane lyrics, referring to them as “acid alliteration.”

Be Here in the Morning

Brian has said that the 1968 Friends album, one of the band’s worst sellers, was among his favorites.  I like it a lot, too, but it is pretty lightweight.  Along with the title song, “Be Here in the Morning” has a bright and sunny West Coast aura.  Another album highlight, “Little Bird,” was one of the few Beach Boys songs written by brother Dennis (with an assist from brother Brian).

Trivia: Another of Dennis Wilson’s songwriting partners was Charles Manson.

The Warmth of the Sun

This beautiful ballad was the B-side to the bouncy ’64 hit “Dance, Dance, Dance.”  It was written by Brian and Mike Love the night of JFK’s assassination, but is actually about unrequited love.  Brian’s unexpected chord changes and lush harmony arrangements are stellar.

Trivia: This song was covered by Brian’s dad Murry on his one and only album, The Many Moods of Murry Wilson (a real collector’s item).

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

30 Adventures Stories You Don’t Want to Miss Out On

Have you ever searched for buried treasure or escaped from murderous pirates?  Have you ever chased an assassin through the streets of Hong Kong?  Have you ever escaped from prison to exact revenge on your enemies?  Would you like to?  Well, as Tom Clancy once said, “The only way to do all the things you’d love to do is read.”  So, we polled our 3,000 bibliomaniacs to find 30 adventures stories you don’t want to miss out on.

(1) Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson (2) Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne (3) The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (4) Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll (5) The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas, père (6) Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke (7) River of Doubt, by Candice Millard (8) The Hunt for Red October, by Tom Clancy (9) The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, by C.S. Lewis (10) Un Lun Dun, by China Mieville (11) Mutiny of the Bounty, by Charles Nordhoff & James Norman Hall (12) Summerland, by Michael Chabon (13) The Wizard of Oz, by Frank Baum (14) The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas, père (15) The Bourne Identity, by Robert Ludlum (16) The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, by Rudolf Erich Raspe (17) The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman (18) First Blood, by David Morrell (19) The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (20) Swiss Family Robinson, by Johann David Wyss (21) The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley (22) Hatchet, by Gary Paulson (23) Jaws, by Peter Benchley (24)  Call of the Wild, by Jack London (25) The Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling (26) The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford (27) Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel Defoe (28) Crocodile on the Sandbank, by Elizabeth Peters (29) King Solomon’s Mines, by H. Rider Haggard (30)  20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne

So, did we miss your favorite adventure?  Let us know. We’re always up for a good adventure.

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

Local Store Events Round-Up: June

Local Store Events Round-Up: June

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

All Stores

FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program


Research shows that children who do not continue reading through the summer can lose a month or more of progress made during the school year. To help keep appetites up for reading, Half Price Books is hosting the FEED YOUR BRAIN® Summer Reading Program now through Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Kids ages 14 and under can earn 5 HPB Bookworm Bucks as a reward for reading over the summer. Pick up a reading log at your local HPB today. Get started and learn more about Top Reader Prizes.

Pearland, Texas

World Environment Day

 

HPB has strived to reuse, recycle and resell resources since our start in 1972. Join your Pearland HPB in honoring World Environment Day on Wednesday, June 5. Each customer will receive a free reusable tote bag with purchase. Offer valid at this location only. Don’t forget to bring your tote next time you shop. 

Dallas – Northwest Highway

The Steampunk Omnibus

The Seadog Slam presents The Magnificent and Stupendous Steam Powered Omnibus of Art, Science and Knowledge at your Flagship HPB. Celebrate the culture of steampunk with a living gazette of poetry and literature, fine arts, gears and gadgets, music, manners, and more. You are invited to dress in your finest steampunk garb and enjoy the experience on the first Wednesday of the month, this Summer, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. See you June 5!

Animal Adoptions

Cute kitties and canine companions will visit 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 June 15!

Pirate Poetry with Seadog Slam

Avast me buckos! Dock yer jollyboat at your Flagship HPB as The Seadog Slam presents an evening of Pirate Poetry and Tales of the Sea on the third Wednesday of each month this Summer. And if ye be a pirate too, perhaps ye will be persuaded to read yer poems as well. Join us from 7:30-9:30 pm on June 19.

Chicagoland

Printers Row Lit Fest

 

Look for the HPB booth at Printers Row Lit Fest on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Your ChicaGO-TO Bookstore will have a wide range of items to peruse including Chicagoland regional interest, Young Adult, graphic novels, and vintage Life Magazines. Can’t make it to Lit Fest? Then check out any of our 8 Chicago area stores.

LexingtonFayette Place and Sir Barton Place

Bluegrass Music, Live!

Your Fayette Place and Sir Barton Place HPBs have free, live, Bluegrass music this summer. Our music on the patio will feature the smooth pickin’ and sweet twang of The Blue Dawg Trio. Also, be sure to check out our music section for CDs, LPs, sheet music and more!

Bluegrass on alternating Saturdays from 2-4 p.m.:

  • At Fayette Place on June 1, 15, & 29
  • At Sir Barton Place on June 8 & 22

Algonquin, Ill.

HPB at Summer Cruise Nights

Hop in your rod & wheels and cruise on down to the Sonic Drive-In for Summer Cruise Nights on Tuesday, June 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Keep your peepers peeled for the HPB booth where you can score a nifty tote bag and coupons.

Camelback – Phoenix, AZ

Mystery PBs Halfy Hour

It’s a Friday afternoon just like any other Friday afternoon. A glance out the front window reveals your neighbor. Your neighbor is struggling with a stack of paperbacks. Despite the effort, he looks deliriously happy. Want to solve the happy neighbor mystery? Then come to your Camelback HPB on Friday, June 14, between 3 and 5 p.m. Spoiler alert: Buy one mystery paperback and get one of equal or lesser value for half off. Offer good at this store only.

Mason, Ohio

Dog Days at Half Price Books

Join us at your Mason HPB to take a bite out of reading. Load up the kids and bring them to Half Price Books where they can read a book this Summer to Cooper, the Border Collie Mix, on the third Sunday of the month from 1 to 2 p.m. See you June 16! Presented in partnership with Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

Houston – North Oaks

Knitting and Crochet Club

Are you a knit-wit? Hooked on crochet? Ambistitcherous? Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 4 to 6 p.m., at your North Oaks HPB for our Knitting and Crochet Club. Bring your own yarn and don’t worry about frogging or darn overs. Come for the camaraderie and stay for the fun. See you June 18!

Louisville, KY – Springhurst/Freys Hill

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.

Storytime – Multiple Locations

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

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. Also, join us for a special storytime on Monday, June 10 from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate Maurice Sendak’s birthday. We’ll have a special reading of Where the Wild Things Are. “there should be a place where only the things you want to happen, happen.”

Lincoln Square – Arlington, TX – Stop 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.

Plano, TX – Our new Plano store will share a fun story with the kiddos each Sunday at 2 p.m.

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

Rockwall, TXVisit 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. Storytime 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 storytime. 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.

Preston Village – DallasJoin us for storytime from 3 to 4 pm every Sunday afternoon.

Lynnwood, WA – Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday.

Corpus Christi, TX Load up your half-pint readers and visit us at Moore Plaza for Storytime 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 June 9!

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 storytime every Wednesday from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Snacks will be provided. Recommended for kids ages 1 to 6.

Edmond, OK – Enjoy a fun story with the folks at the Edmond HPB at 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you June 8!

Paradise Valley – Phoenix – Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 pm on the second Saturday of each month. See you June 8!

Hurstbourne – Louisville, KYBring the kids the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m. for storytime. Join us for sing-alongs, coloring contests, story-telling and more. See you June 15!

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 June 29!

Sir Barton Place, Lexington, KY – Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Sir Barton Place HPB for Storytime Saturday. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2 to 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month. See you May 25!

Special Sales – Multiple Locations

 Indianapolis, Indiana

Clearance Sale at the Fairgrounds

Big location, big selection, big savings! Everything will be $3 or less! Come to our Clearance Sale at the Indiana State Fairgrounds on Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., & Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Agriculture Bldg. All Half Price Books locations in the Midwest are contributing merchandise to create our biggest Clearance Sale event yet, with more shopping carts, better organization and even lower prices. The first 200 customers each day will receive a free HPB tote bag!* And starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, we’ll donate unsold merchandise to any person or organization with a 501(c)(3) status. So come to the Half Price Books Clearance Sale and fill your shelves with great books, movies and music at great prices! See you there!

San Antonio

HPB at Texas Comicon 2013

Ready to geek out in San Antonio? Come to the Texas Comicon from Friday, June 21 -Sunday, June 23 to meet Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars and look for the HPB booth. HPB will sell comics, manga, graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy novels, DVDs and more.

Columbus, Ohio

Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center

Everything will be $2 or less at our First Clearance Sale at the Ohio Expo Center, Friday & Saturday, June 21 & 22, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., & Sunday, June 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Lausche Bldg. Half Price Books stores throughout the Midwest are contributing hundreds of thousands of books, movies and music to create this great Clearance Sale event! The first 200 customers each day will receive a free HPB tote bag!

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.

Music Fridays

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

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.

Half Price Books Outlet – Bloomington, Indiana

Vinyl Thursdays

Your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet is having Buy One LP, Get One Free each Thursday. Thumb through our vast, cool selection of LPs, all priced at 50¢ or less. See store for details.

Fill-a-Bag for $15

1-DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Wednesday, June 19. Come “Fill-a-Bag for $15” and stock up on select fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with select merchandise from our assorted Bargain Tables and get your whole bundle for just $15 plus tax. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bloomington, IN 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.

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.

Friday Poetry Readings

Do you love rhymes? Verse? Poetry?

Then drop by your Appleton HPB.

Where at 7 p.m. every Friday night

It’s poetry that our Bibliomaniacs recite.

Whether it’s free verse that’s your style,

Or its rhymes that always make you smile,

We’ve got a poem just waiting for you,

Even if what you love is haiku.

Lexington, KY

Vinyl Fridays

Move to the groove while you shop! Join us on the last Friday of each month. Listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 20% off all vinyl LPs all day at both the Sir Barton Place and Fayette Place HPBs in Lexington. Discount at this location only. See you June 28!

Phoenix – Paradise Valley

Vinyl Final Friday

Join us on the last Friday of each month to listen to classic tunes on vinyl and get 15% off all vinyl LPs from 7-10 p.m. at your Paradise Valley HPB. Offer good at this location only. See you June 28!

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

-Emily