50 Greatest Love Stories Ever Told (in a book)

Every great love story has a bit of conflict. You know? That moment of angst when you want everything to work out so they can live happily ever after. Life, not just romance fiction of course, has a chapter or two of conflict as well. But luckily, August 25 is “Kiss and Make Up” Day.

Here are the 50 Greatest Love Stories Ever Told (in a book) to inspire you to do just that. Start reading and get ready to pucker up!


1. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen • 2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell • 3. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë • 4. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy • 5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare • 6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen • 7. Emma by Jane Austen • 8. Atonement by Ian McEwan • 9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte • 10. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier • 11. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen • 12. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez • 13. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden • 14. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald • 15. Cold Mountain by Charles Fraizer • 16. Bridges of Madison County by Robert James • 17. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss • 18. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mashima • 19. Possession by A.S. Byatt • 20. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough • 21. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel • 22. Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak • 23. The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje • 24. Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer • 25. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres • 26. The Odyssey by Homer • 27. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andia • 28. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett • 29. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles • 30. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green • 31. Bridget Jones’ Diary by Helen Fielding • 32. The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory • 33. The End of the Affair by Graham Greene • 34. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger • 35. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins • 36. The Princess Bride by William Goldman • 37. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen • 38. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt • 39. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion • 40. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King • 41. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell • 42. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta • 43. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern • 44. The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver • 45. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson • 46. Love Story by Erich Segal • 47. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon • 48. Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh • 49. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks • 50. The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

What’s your favorite love story (in a book)? Your #greatestlove?

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

Top School Required Reading You Didn’t Hate

As summer ends and the kids prepare to head back to school, our thoughts naturally return to the required reading we were forced to endure the last time we sat in a classroom.  The books that spring quickly to my mind are William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, John Knowles’ A Separate Peace, and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, three books which I would be happy to never see again in my life.  Now, we know that not all required reading makes you question the sanity of your English teacher.  So, we asked you what were the books on your required reading list that you enjoyed.  (Enjoyed might be too strong of a word.  Liked? Tolerated? Didn’t throw across the room in a fit of frustration and boredom?)  So, without further ado, here is the list of required reading you—didn’t hate.

(1) To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; (2) Brave New World, by Aldoux Huxley (3) Night, by Elie Wiesel (4) Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen (5) The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (6) Lord of the Flies, by William Golding (7) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (8) The Giver, by Lois Lowry (9) A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (10) All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque (11) 1984, by George Orwell, (12) War of the Worldsby H.G. Wells (13) Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte (14) East of Eden, by John Steinbeck (15) Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (16) Uncle Tom’s Cabin, by Harriet Beecher Stowe (17) A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (18) The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde (19) The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (20) Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

(21) Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut (22) The Iliad, by Homer (23) Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (24) The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells (25) The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien (26) Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury (27) On the Beach, by Nevil Shute (28) The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck (29) A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (30) The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck (31) The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (32) Legend, by Marie Lu (33) The Ramayana, by William Buck (34) Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott (35) Animal Farm, by George Orwell (36) The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway (37) Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte (38) The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck (39) The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch (40) As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

(41) Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck (42) Alas Babylon, by Pat Frank (43) Anthem, by Ayn Rand (44) Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (45) Indian Killer, by Sherman Alexie (46) Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonthan Swift (47) The Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder (48) James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl (49) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (50) Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse (51) Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous (52) The Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell (53) Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom (54) Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor M. Dostoevsky (55) Same Kind of Different As Me, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore (56) The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, by H.W. Brands (57) Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy (58) The Diary of Ma Yan, by Ma Yan (59) O, Pioneers! by Willa Cather (60) The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho

Reading this list I remembered several books I read and loved in school.  What about you?  Did your favorite required reading title make the list?

And if you are preparing to go back to school yourself, we hope your required reading list is full of books you—don’t hate. — Julie

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

Best Children’s Books to Turn Reluctant Readers into Bibliophiles

Do you remember your first chapter book? That first book you read that was more pictures than words and was thicker than half an inch?

I actually don’t, but, oddly enough, I do remember my sister’s. While she was a straight-A student and a teacher’s pet, she just wasn’t that into reading. The first book she got excited about was Island of the Blue Dolphins. She was so proud, and while her habit for reading didn’t start as early as mine and she struggled to keep the habit going, she slowly found inspiration and entertainment in books.

While studies show that most reluctant readers are boys, girls are not immune to the affliction. Many times, it is just a matter of finding the right read for the reader.

Like my sister, it may be an award-winning novel that wins your reluctant reader over, but for lots of kids, just finding the right book to tap into their interests is all they need to get a good habit going.

NON-FICTION 

From graphic novels to historic tales, these are a few books that can make learning fun.  Whether they like science, history, art or sports figures non-fiction addictive for young readers!

Elementary School

The Who Was…? series by various authors 

The What was…? series by various authors 

The Baseball Card Adventures series by Dan Gutman 

Investigating the Scientific Method with Max Axiom, Super Scientist by Donald B. Lemke 

Middle School and High School

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson

A.D. New Orleans: After the Deluge Josh Neufeld

Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso

Modern Bodies: Dance and American Modernism from Martha Graham to Alvin Ailey by Julia L. Foulkes

The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katherine Harmon

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

NEWBERY AWARD WINNING FICTION 

While some of these Newbery Award winners might be hard to tackle or overwhelming by oneself, reading award-winning classics like these together can really get a reluctant reader’s habit started, and they might just bring back some fond memories for the adult reading buddy! Here are just a few:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1959)

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (1961)

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (1972)

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (1978)

The Giver by Lois Lowry (1994)

Holes by Louis Sachar (1999)

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (2004)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean (2009)

FICTION SERIES AND GENERAL FICTION

Elementary School

Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osbourne 

Animorphs by Katherine Applegate 

Goosebumps by R L Stein 

Hardy Boys series by Franklin W. Dixon

Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene 

Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney 

Matt Christopher Sports Classics series by Matt Christopher

The Great Brains series by John D. Fitzgerald

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell 

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

A Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket

Middle School and High School

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling 

The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan

The Princess Diary series

The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card 

The Chronicles of The Black Company series by Glen Cook 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton 

Grendel by John Gardner 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 

Back to my sister —  when she was in third grade, she had to get glasses, and it was a pretty strong prescription for a little kid. It’s important to consider all the reasons why a child doesn’t take to reading. Sometimes it is not just that they are not exposed to books — it could be he has difficulty distinguishing characters, or, like my sister, it could be her eyesight isn’t perfect and reading is uncomfortable. Creating habits early is key to creating a lifelong reader, so parents and teachers can help by reading together and working to solve the mystery of the reluctant reader. Ah…a mystery, time to revisit those Nancy Drews!

Want more tips on getting kids reading? Here is a great article from KidsHealth. Have fun reading this summer and all year long! Any great books for reluctant readers you would recommend? — Becky

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

#Bookbeard — Let’s make it a thing (also, a giveaway!)

We’ve all seen Catbearding — admit it, many of you have done it. In fact, we know you’ve done it, because otherwise the Internet wouldn’t be full of people using their cats to make beards

Well, we think it’s time for a new spin, so without further ado, may we introduce:

BOOK BEARDING: 

Fun, right? It’s a “here’s what I’m reading” + a selfie in one. What’s better than that? Nothing, that’s what. So let’s do, this, booklovers. #Bookbeard. Let’s make it a thing. (Oh, and also, there’s a giveaway associated, so that’s a bonus reason to participate.) 

Giveaway Details:

1) The #BookBeard giveaway will take place on Instagram. To enter the giveaway, you must: 

  • Follow Half Price Books on Instagram
  •  Upload a picture of yourself Book Bearding* to your personal Instagram using the hashtags             #bookbeard #giveaway, and tag @halfpricebooks in the picture.
  • If you tweet your Instagram picture mentioning @halfpricebooks and #bookbeard, you will be entered twice

(*Book Bearding is defined as someone who holds a book (cover art facing out) over his or her mouth, but below the nose (like a beard)). 

2) We will do one giveaway (for a $10 HPB gift card) a week for four weeks in August. Each week will have a different theme and a winner will be announced by 4 pm CST on August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

  • Week One (August 2-9): Book of Your Choosing, and/or Favorite Childhood Book 
  • Week Two (August 9-16): Required Reading You Didn’t Hate
  • Week Three (August 16-23): Favorite Book of All Time
  • Week Four: (August 23-30) What You’re Reading Now 

Giveaway entry periods will be:

  • Week One: 3:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 9 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)
  • Week Two: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 16 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)
  • Week Three: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 – 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 23 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)
  • Week Four: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23- 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 30 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

UPDATE: Week Four Deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 3 at 3:00 p.m. CST. Winner will be announced at 4 p.m. CST. 

Fine print: 

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Entrants must follow HPB on Instagram, and pictures must be uploaded to Instagram tagging @halfpricebooks and using the hashtags #bookbeard and #giveaway to enter. If Instagram pictures are tweeted mentioning @halfpricebooks and #bookbeard, entrants will be entered into giveaway twice. No limit on number of entries per week (i.e. people can submit 5 book beard pics and be entered to win 5 times). Employees and family of employees may participate but will not be eligible to win giveaway. Gift card prizes are only valid in-store and may not be used online at hpbmarketplace.com or at the HPB Outlet.

What are you waiting for? Go #BookBeard!

— 

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

HALF PRICE BOOKS’ BOOK BEARD GIVEAWAY OFFICIAL RULES 

OFFICIAL RULES 
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. THE FOLLOWING GIVEAWAY IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY. DO NOT ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY IF YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES.

ELIGIBILITY: The Half Price Books, Records and Magazines, Incorporated (Half Price Books) $10 Gift Card Giveaway for the 2013 Book Beard Giveaway (the “Giveaway”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Half Price Books and their respective parent companies, affiliates, promotion and other vendor agencies involved in this Giveaway, as well as the immediate family members (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee, are not eligible to win the gift card. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Giveaway is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. 

GIVEAWAY TIMING: The Giveaway entry period begins Friday, August 2 at 3:01 p.m. CDT and ends Friday, August 30 at 3:00 p.m. CDT (the “Promotional Period”). Four (4) winners will be chosen during that time (one per week). 

Week One: 3:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 9 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

Week Two: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 — 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 16 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

Week Three: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 – 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 23 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

Week Four: 3:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23- 3:00 p.m. CST Friday, Aug. 30 (winner announced at 4 p.m. CST)

DESCRIPTION OF GIVEAWAY: Via online method only, entrants will have the opportunity to win four (4) Half Price Books Gift Cards for use at Half Price Books retail locations (not valid online at HPB Marketplace or at Half Price Books Outlet locations). Entries will be accepted starting at 12:01 AM CDT on Monday, July 15, 2013 until 11:59 PM CDT on Monday, July 29, 2013. Gift Card Giveaway winner will be randomly selected and announced after Monday, July 29, 2013.

HOW TO ENTER: The Book Beard giveaway will take place on Instagram. To enter the giveaway, entrants must: 1) Follow Half Price Books on Instagram 2) Upload a picture of themselves “Book Bearding” to their personal Instagram using the hashtags #bookbeard and #giveaway, and tag @halfpricebooks in the picture. Book Bearding is defined as someone who holds a book (cover art facing out) over his or her mouth, but below the nose (like a beard)). If entrants tweet their Instagram picture mentioning @halfpricebooks and #bookbeard, they will be entered twice. All entries must be received by 3:00 PM CST on the last day of Giveaway. No limit on number of entries per week. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.

WINNER PRIZE SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION: This is a game of chance. Odds of winning are based on the number of eligible entries. Winners will be selected at random using a.n independent auto-generated selection process available at http://www.random.org/integers/. Prize notification will be announced on Instagram and will be completed by 4 p.m. on August 9, 16, 23 and 30 (after the entry period for the prior week has ended). The prize is not transferable; no prize substitutions or cash alternatives are allowed except as may be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Entrants who live outside of the United States or fail to complete all required entry rules will be disqualified. One randomly selected winner will be chosen among the entrants.

PRIZE AND RETAIL VALUE: Four (4) winners will receive one (1) $10 Half Price Books Gift Card (the “Prize”) valid for purchases at Half Price Books retail locations. Gift cards are not valid as a payment method online, nor at Half Price Books Outlet locations. Prize is valued at $10 (US). Sponsor will not replace any lost, mutilated, or stolen gift cards. All federal, state, and local taxes and fees are the sole responsibility of the winner. Sponsor will comply with all income tax reporting obligations.

AGREEMENT TO OFFICIAL RULES: Participation in the Giveaway constitutes full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent on fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

BY ENTERING THE GIVEAWAY, participants release and hold harmless Sponsor, and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees, and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss, or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Giveaway or any prize won, including any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in the Giveaway. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of this offer, administration of the Giveaway or in the announcement of prizes. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with this Giveaway, or the integrity and/or feasibility of the Giveaway is undermined by any event including but not limited to fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or public enemy, satellite or equipment failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, hacking, or any federal, state or local government law, order or regulation, order of any court, or other cause not reasonably within Sponsor’s control (each a “Force Majeure” event or occurrence), Sponsor shall have the right, in its sole discretion, to abbreviate, modify, suspend, cancel, or terminate the Giveaway without further obligation and, if so, Sponsor reserves the right, but not the obligation, to award the prize from among all valid and eligible entries received up to the time of such Force Majeure event. All entries are the property of Sponsor and are not returnable. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION: This Giveaway is intended for viewing in the United States only and shall be construed and interpreted according to U.S. law. Do not enter this Giveaway if you are not a resident of the United States. Repetitive automated electronic submission of entries is specifically prohibited, and any such entries will be disqualified. Entries will be deemed made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. In the event of a dispute, the potential winner may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the identified Instagram account, and Sponsor’s decision will be final. Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries, including any error that may result in an erroneous appearance of qualification for a prize. Sponsor is not responsible for any problem or technical malfunction of any computer equipment or software that results in loss of entry. WARNING: ANY ATTEMPT BY ANY PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY COMPUTERIZED SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE GIVEAWAY IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

USE OF ENTRANT’S PERSONAL INFORMATION: Information collected from entrants is subject to the HPB privacy policy.

WINNERS LIST: The name of the Prize winner may be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope postmarked by August 30, 2013 to: Half Price Books Corporate Office, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas TX 75231, Attention: 2013 Book Beard $10 Gift Card Giveaway. SPONSOR: The Half Price Books, Records and Magazines, Incorporated, 5803 E. Northwest Hwy. Dallas TX 75231

Local Store Events Round-Up: August

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

All Stores

Become a Dork Do-Gooder at HPB

Do you spend your days wanting to be more like Nikki Maxwell of the Dork Diaries? If so, then stop by your local HPB and pick up a Dork Do-Gooder Day Official Participation Sheet. Kids who complete 5 Do-Gooder activities before October 1 can bring back their participation sheet (signed by a parent or guardian, of course) for a special Dork Do-Gooder Day celebration on Tuesday, October 1. See store for details. 

ARIZONA

Mesa

First Sunday Storytime

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 Aug. 4!

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.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley

Second Saturday Storytime

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 Aug. 10!

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 Aug. 30!

CALIFORNIA 

 

Fremont

Fremont Festival of the Arts

 

Look for the HPB booth at the Fremont Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 & 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. We’ll have coupons and free tote bags while supplies last. And, don’t forget to check out our newest California location at The Fremont Hub.

ILLINOIS 

Algonquin

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, Aug. 6 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.

INDIANA

Avon

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.

Bloomington – Half Price Books Outlet

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.

Kids & YA Outlet Sale

Get 50% off all children’s and young adult books at the Outlet. Shop your Bloomington Half Price Books Outlet from Friday, Aug. 2 through Sunday, Aug. 4 and stock up on great books to entertain your family this summer. Plus, freebies and fun doorprizes for kids! With savings this big, you won’t want to miss out!

Sale discount not valid at Half Price Books stores, online at HPB Marketplace, nor on any gift card purchase.

Fill-a-Bag for $15

1-DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Wednesday, August 21. 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.

Fort Wayne

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.

Greenwood

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.

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.

Indianapolis

HPB at Gen Con Indy

Look for HPB booth 659 at Gen Con Indy in the Indiana Convention Center from Thursday to Sunday, August 15-18. HPB will have copies of Forbes senior editor, David M. Ewalt’s book, Of Dice and Men: The Story of Dungeons & Dragons and The People Who Play It, signed by the author. Plus, D&D, RPG, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy books, movies, games, and more. Free tote bags while supplies last.

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village

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.

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.

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar

CD Thursdays

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to get through your week? Stop by your Northbrook/Greenbriar HPB every Thursday to get an additional 20% off all CDs! 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.

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.

KENTUCKY

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 Aug. 3, 17 & 31
  • At Fayette Place on Aug. 10 & 24

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 Aug. 30!

Lexington – Sir Barton Place

Last Saturday Storytime

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 Aug. 31!

Louisville – Hurstbourne

 

Third Saturday Storytime

Bring 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 Aug. 17!

Louisville – 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.

Last Saturday Storytime

Stop 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 Aug. 31!

OHIO

Mason

 

Storytime Tuesday

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

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 pm. See you Aug. 18! Presented in partnership with Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati.

OKLAHOMA 

Edmond

Monday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your week? Stop by your Edmond HPB every Monday to get an additional 10% off all CDs, LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes. Offer good at this location only.

Mad Science Spectacular

Have you ever wondered how scientists create experiments? If so, come to your Edmond HPB on Saturday, Aug.10, from 2 to 3 p.m. for Mad Science Spectacular, where children of all ages can learn about the scientific process of how to do an experiment.

Second Saturday Storytime

Enjoy a fun story with the folks at the Edmond HPB at 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you Aug. 10!

TEXAS 

Arlington – Lincoln Square

Storytime Sunday

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.

Arlington – South Arlington

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.

Storytime Sunday

Pack 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.

Burleson

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.

Martial Arts Day at HPB

Your Burleson HPB is having a special one day event highlighting the importance of sports, physical fitness, and staying active through the martial arts. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring demonstrations from Authentic Kung Fu Burleson, Brett Potter Tae Kwon Do, and The Texas Fighting Syndicate MMA. Look for additional discounts on sports, fitness, and martial arts books, DVDs and magazines.

College Station

Onedia N. Gage Book Signing

Author and minister, Onedia N. Gage, will sell and sign her new book, The Measure of a Woman: The Details of Her Soul at your College Station HPB on Saturday, August 10 from noon to 2 pm. This is Gage’s second volume of poetry.

Corpus Christi

Second Sunday Storytime

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 Aug. 11!

Dallas – Northwest Highway

PhotoVoice with Vickery Meadow Center Youth

The Community Room at your Flagship HPB will hold the exhibit, PhotoVoice, a collaborative community effort with the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and the Eagle Scholars program. Sponsored by the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas, professional photographers teach young students how to use photography to advocate for environmental safety improvements in their community. The photo exhibit runs from July 31 to August 14.

$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.

Storytime Sunday

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

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 Aug. 7!

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.

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 Aug. 17!

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 Aug. 21!

Dallas – Preston Village

Storytime Sunday

Join us for storytime from 3 to 4 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Fort Worth – Ridgmar/Westover Village

Digital Media Sale

Stock up on movies and music for the weekend at your Ridgmar HPB’s Digital Media Sale! Stop by for an additional 20% off all CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays on Friday evening, Aug. 2, from 8-10 p.m. Sale at this location only.

Houston – North Oaks

Onedia N. Gage Book Signing

Author and minister, Onedia N. Gage, will sell and sign her novel, Promises, Promises at your North Oaks HPB on Saturday, August 3 from 5 to 7 pm. Read about Dr. Antoinette (Toni) M. Harden’s life journey to find unconditional love.

L.B. Simmons Book Signing

Author and chemist, L.B. Simmons, will sell and sign her novels from the Mending Hearts Series at your North Oaks HPB on Saturday, August 10 from 5 to 7 pm. Read about Alex and Blake’s relationship in Running on Empty and Recovery.

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 Aug. 20!

Humble

Onedia N. Gage Book Signing

Author and minister, Onedia N. Gage, will sell and sign her novel, Promises, Promises at your Humble HPB on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. Read about Dr. Antoinette (Toni) M. Harden’s life journey to find unconditional love.

Storytime Wednesday

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.

L.B. Simmons Book Signing

Author and chemist, L.B. Simmons, will sell and sign her novels from the Mending Hearts Series at your Humble HPB on Saturday, August 10 from 1 to 3 pm. Read about Alex and Blake’s relationship in Running on Empty and Recovery. Treats provided by Joanie’s Table.

Mesquite

Storytime Sunday

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.

Pearland

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.

Plano

Storytime Sunday

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

Rockwall

Storytime Sunday

Visit us in Rockwall each Sunday at 3 p.m. for storytime. 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.

San Antonio – Heubner Road

First Sunday Storytime

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 Aug. 4!

 

Washington

Lynnwood

Storytime Sunday

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

WISCONSIN 

Appleton

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.

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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