Local Store Events Round-Up: February 2014

Local Store Events Round-up: February 2014

Looking for something to do at your favorite book store? Check out these fun happenings at Half Price Books stores across the country during the month of February!

ALL STORES

16th Annual Half Pint Library Book Drive

Donate a new or gently used children’s book at any Half Price Books location Sunday, February 16 – Monday, March 31, 2014. The books you and your family have already enjoyed will go directly to local nonprofit organizations, libraries and teacher’s classrooms in your community. For each book you donate during the Half Pint Library book drive, Half Price Books will match it.

 

Booklover’s Weekend

If you’re on the HPB Email List, check your email inbox on Thursday, February 13 for a special offer! If you’re not on the list, it’s not too late to get in on this sweetheart deal! Sign up online or in store today and you’ll get your own store coupon to use during Booklover’s Weekend — Friday, February 14 through Monday, February 17 — at any Half Price Books retail location. See coupon for redemption details. Not valid online nor at Half Price Books Outlet.

ARIZONA

Mesa 

 

Storytime Sundays

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Mesa HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. See you Feb. 2!

 

Valentine Storytime Sunday

Roses are red, violets are blue, storytime is sweet, and free books are too. Your Mesa HPB is having a special Valentine Storytime this Sunday, February 9, at 2:30pm. Participants receive sweet treats and a FREE pre-selected kid’s book while supplies last.

Phoenix – Paradise Valley 

Second Saturday Storytime
Bring your half-pint readers in for a good tale with us from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. See you Feb. 8!

ILLINOIS

Win Books for a Year!

What does every booklover want? More books! To celebrate the opening of our new Schaumburg store, we’re giving away FREE BOOKS for a YEAR! Visit hpb.com/win to enter now and see complete giveaway rules and prize details. Must be a resident of the state of Illinois to win. Deadline to enter is February 24, 2014.

 

Countryside 

Second Sunday Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your Countryside HPB for Storytime Sundays. Sit down and enjoy a good tale with us at 3 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. See you Feb. 9!

 

Rockford – Half Price Books Outlet 


Monday Clearance Box Sale
Your American Plaza HPB Outlet wants to put a little spring in your step on Monday. Stop by Monday, Feb. 3 and get an additional 50% off Clearance Boxes. Wow, that’s $10 for a whole box of books! Offer good at this location only.

 

Veterans’ Drop-In Center Donation Drive

Help support local veterans and their families. Your American Plaza Half Price Books Outlet is collecting donations for the Veterans’ Drop-In Center in Rockford from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 23. For each donation of a $1 or more you could receive a discount of up to 50% off your entire purchase. Limit of 2 discount cards per customer. Cannot be used to purchase gift certificates. Offer good at this location only. See store for details.

 

Ted Iverson Book Signing

Meet local Science Fiction author, Ted Iverson at your American Plaza Half Price Books Outlet on Saturday, February 15, starting at 11 a.m. Iverson will sell and sign his books including the Mission to the Stars series. A portion of the sales benefit the Veterans’ Drop-In Center.

Schaumburg 

Win $100 Gift Card at our Schaumburg Opening
Join us for our Great Opening Celebration Thursday, February 20 – Sunday, February 23 at Woodfield Commons West, 1075 E. Golf Rd. near Toys “R’ Us. First 100 people through the door at 9 a.m. Thursday through Sunday at our new Schaumburg store get a FREE tote bag and $5 gift card!* One tote bag will contain a $100 gift card! Feeling lucky? Visit each day for a new chance to win.
*Limit one tote bag per person, 16 years of age and up. Offer valid 2.20.14 – 2.23.14 at Schaumburg location only. One random $100 gift card winner each day, Thursday – Sunday.

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.

 

Fill-a-Bag for $15
1-DAY ONLY! Your Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal on Saturday, February 15. 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 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.

Chad Gramling Book Signing
Meet Auburn, Indiana native and author Chad Gramling at your Fort Wayne HPB on Saturday, February 8 starting at 1 p.m. Gramling will sell and sign his new book, Legendary Locals of Auburn. Read the stories of the Auburn citizens who dedicated themselves to “Auburn Forever with Honest Endeavor.”

 

Greenwood 

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.

Indianapolis – Clearwater Village 

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.

Indianapolis – Northbrook/Greenbriar 

First Friday Movie Mania

Listen up film fans! Shop us the first Friday of each month and save an additional 20% off all DVD/Blu-ray movies. Have fun with movie trivia contests throughout the day with a chance to win coupons or an HPB Gift Card. Listen to great movie soundtracks while you peruse our great DVD selection. Offer good at this location only. See you Feb. 7!

 

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.

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.

KENTUCKY

Bowling Green-Outlet at Greenwood Market

Magic: The Gathering Game Night

Join us for Magic: The Gathering Game Night on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month from 6-8 pm at your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet. All gaming levels from beginner to advanced are invited to participate in our tournament style game nights. See store for details and game rules. 

Fill-a-Bag for $25

Your Greenwood Marketplace Half Price Books Outlet is offering a special deal for Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16. “Fill-a-Bag for $25” and stock up on fiction, nonfiction, children’s books, music and movies. Fill a free souvenir HPB reusable tote bag with merchandise storewide and get your whole bundle for $25 plus tax. Offer good at Half Price Books Outlet in Bowling Green, Kentucky only

Florence 

Wynn Johnson Book Signing

Meet Wynn Johnson author of An Angel is Born: A Family’s Story at your Turfway Commons HPB on Saturday, February 15 at 6 p.m. Johnson will sell and sign his book about his niece Angel, born with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her dedicated family from the coal-mining town of Weeksbury, Kentucky.

 

Lexington – Fayette Place 

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. Discount at this location only. See you Feb. 28!

 

Wynn Johnson Book Signing

Meet Wynn Johnson author of An Angel is Born: A Family’s Story at your Fayette Place HPB on Friday, February 14 at 6:30 p.m. Johnson will sell and sign his book about his niece Angel, born with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her dedicated family from the coal-mining town of Weeksbury, Kentucky.

 

Lexington – Hamburg Pavilion  

 

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 Feb. 22!

 

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. Discount at this location only. See you Feb. 28!

 

Wynn Johnson Book Signing

Meet Wynn Johnson author of An Angel is Born: A Family’s Story at your Hamburg Pavilion HPB on Friday, February 14 at 4 pm. Johnson will sell and sign his book about his niece Angel, born with Rubenstein-Taybi Syndrome, and her dedicated family from the coal-mining town of Weeksbury, Kentucky.

 

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 Feb. 15!

 

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.

 

KY Vintage Video Gaming Tournament
Join us on the 3rd Saturday each month from 2-4 p.m. for Vintage Video Game Day in Louisville, Kentucky at 10220 Westport Road. Customers can participate in a competition of Nintendo, Super Nintendo and Sega gaming. Score points as fast as you can! Winner receives a $25 HPB Gift Card. Come back each month to keep up with your competitors. Tournament of champions will be held in December. See store for details and contest rules.

 

It’s a Dog Party!

Bow-wowsers! In honor of International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day your Springhurst HPB is planning a Dog Party. Bring in your special pup on Saturday, February 22 from 2-4 p.m. for dog treats, crafts and more. Special canine delectables available for sampling from local dog bakeries. Let’s show Fido who’s a good boy. HPB is a pet-friendly company that welcomes friendly, obedient pets on leashes.

 

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 Feb. 22!

 

OHIO

Westerville 

Monthly Storytime

Pack up your half-pint readers and join us at your Westerville HPB for Storytime, in collaboration with The Goddard School For Early Childhood Development and Zen Kidz Play Cafe. Once a month we offer a themed children’s storytime with participants receiving a FREE pre-selected kid’s book while supplies last. Mark your calendars for these fun upcoming activities:

 

Disney Fun – Saturday, February 8 at 1 p.m.

Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Day – Sunday, March 2 at 3 p.m.

 

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.

Relax with FREE Neck Massage

Shopping at your Edmond HPB can be relaxing and good for your health. Join us on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday afternoons, February 15 -17 for a FREE neck massage from an AMTA Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist. And, after you’re thoroughly relaxed, float on by our Health and Wellness section for ways to enhance this well-being. Mark your calendar now for these dates and times:

 

Saturday, February 15 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 16 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Monday, February 17 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Oklahoma City – Penn Park 

Blind Date with a Book

Your Penn Park HPB is celebrating Valentine’s Day with “Blind Date with a Book”. Join us on Friday, February 14, from 4-10pm, to see if you’ve found your perfect literary match. Sign up for our mailing list and pick a book based on a brief description. Remember, you can’t judge a book by its cover. 

 

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.

Austin – North Lamar 

Storytime Sundays 

Pack up your half-pint readers and come to your North Lamar HPB for Storytime Sundays. Get ready for a bit of a wild rumpus, smiles, silliness and a good tale with us from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

 

Sara Rose Salih Book Signing

Meet Juvenile Fiction author Sara Rose Salih at your North Lamar HPB on Saturday, February 8 starting at 1 p.m. Salih will sell and sign her new book, Tales of a Sevie  part of the Life As We Note It series. Read about a group of best friend girls and the trials, tribulations and laughs they share trying to survive the first year of junior high.

 

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.

 

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 Feb. 9!

Dallas – Northwest Highway 

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.

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.

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 Feb. 15!

Dallas – Preston Village 

Storytime Sunday

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

 

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 Feb. 18!

 

Humble 

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.

First Thursdays Poetry Nights
Are you looking for rhyme and reason? Come to your Humble HPB on the first Thursday evening each month from 7 to 9 p.m. for Poetry Night. See you Feb. 6!

HPB Humble Book Club

Looking to expand your reading pleasure? Join the discussion at our HPB Humble Book Club. We meet the first Monday of each month from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

February 3: The Bridge of San Luis Rey, by Thornton Wilder
March 3: Herodutus’ The Histories
April 7: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith

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.

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 preschoolers to 5th graders.

 

WASHINGTON

Lynnwood 

 

Storytime Sunday

Bring the kiddos to the Lynnwood HPB for storytime from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

 

Olympia – Outlet at Cooper Point 

25% Off Everything Sale

Join us for a Storewide 25% Off Sale at your Cooper Point Pavilion Half Price Books Outlet! Saturday and Sunday, February 1 & 2, everything in the store will be 25% OFF. Offer good at your Half Price Books Outlet in Olympia only.

 

 

HPB Outlet at Chibi Chibi Con 2014

Look for the Half Price Books Outlet booth at Chibi Chibi Con on Saturday, February 22 from noon to 8 p.m. We will sell anime, manga, animation DVDs and more at the Evergreen State College in Olympia. See you there!

 

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.

Madison – Essex Square 

Friday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to start your weekend? Stop by your Essex Square HPB every Friday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

Whitney Way 

Wednesday Music Madness

Looking for some soothing grooves or pounding beats to make your week? Stop by your Whitney Way HPB on the West Side every Wednesday evening, from 7-10 p.m., to get an additional 20% off all CDs, LPs, 45s and cassettes. Offer good at this location only.

 

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As always, be sure to check your local store’s webpage to see if any new events are added throughout the month. – Emily

 

 

If You Like “The Fault in Our Stars,” You Might Also Like…

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

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

This winner of the 2012 Cybil Award for Young-Adult Fiction and the 2013 Westchester Fiction Award is about Greg Gaines, a socially invisible senior who only has one friend, Earl.  Greg and Earl spend their time playing video games and making their own movies.  Then Greg’s mother forces him to befriend Rachel, who has leukemia. However, when Rachel decides to stop her treatment, Greg and Earl must give up their invisible status and make a stand.

The Probability of Miracles by Windy Wunder

Sixteen-year-old Cam Cooper has spent the last seven years in and out of hospitals, but her mother and half-sister won’t accept that Cam’s cancer is terminal. So they decide to move 1,500 miles away to Promise, Maine, a town known for the miraculous events that occur there. Cam wants none of it, but she can’t deny the strange things that happen in Promise.  I’d tell you more, but I don’t want to give anything away.

As you may know The Fault in our Stars was dedicated to Esther Earl, a sixteen-year-old girl who passed away from cancer in 2010. Today, the book This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl has been released.  This book is a collection of journals, fiction, letters and sketches of the late Ester Grace Earl.  If you are looking for other non-fiction titles like This Star Won’t Go Out, here are a couple you might want to check out.

Poster Child: A Memior by Emily Rapp

Emily Rapp was born with a congenital defect that required her to have her left foot amputated at the age of four.  She also became the smiling, indefatigable poster child for the March of Dimes, spending her childhood traveling around the country making appearances and giving pep talks.  Emily writes about her trouble finding artificial legs that can keep up with her activity level and how her disability has impacted her entire life.

 

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer.  After a surgery in which doctors removed a third of her jaw, she returned to school to face the cruel taunts of her classmates.  She writes movingly about what it’s like to want to be loved for who you are and at the same time desperately wanting to be perfect, a contradiction everyone will be able to relate to.

You might also check out This Star Won’t Go Out: The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl, out at the end of January; John Green dedicated TFIOS to Esther Grace, who died at the age of 16 from cancer. As always, Don’t forget to join the HPB Book Club in reading The Fault in our Stars this month, and be on the look out for the movie, scheduled to be released this June. 

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

Million Book Donation Project continues in 2014!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emily is Public Relations Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.

You can follow her on Twitter at @emilytbruce.

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

 

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

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

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

Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

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

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

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

Endless Love by Scott Spencer

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

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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

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

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

50 Fiction Books That Might Just Change Your Life

Is there a book that changed your life?

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

From a poll of Half Price Books staff of Bibliomaniacs, here is list of 50 fiction books that just might change your life. Hopefully, you will find them as inspiring as we did.

One bookseller told us, “I am a first generation immigrant to America, and grew up with very little family. The Phantom Tollbooth, a tale about a lost boy, made me feel like I could fit, somewhere, even if it was only in the imagination of my own mind.”

 

LEFT TO RIGHT: 1. Life of Pi by Yann Martel, 2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, 3. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 4. The Best American Short Stories by Tom Perrotta (editor), 5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

6. The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis, 7. The Last Leaf by O. Henry, 8. So Long, See You Tomorrow by William Maxwell, 9. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, 10. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

11. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, 12. Atonement by Ian McEwan, 13. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, 14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, 15. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

16. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, 17. White Oleander by Janet Fitch, 18. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, 19. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, 20. Foster by Claire Keegan,

21. The Bluest Eye by Tony Morrison, 22. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 23. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, 24. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald, 25. Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

26. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, 27. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, 28. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 29. Without Feathers by Woody Allen, 30. No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July

31. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera, 32. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, 33. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, 34. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, 35. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

36. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 37. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, 38. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, 39. Blindness by Jose Saramago, 40. The Giver by Lois Lowry

41. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, 42. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, 43. The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, 44. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, 45. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

46. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, 47. 1984 by George Orwell, 48. On the Road by Jack Kerouac, 49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, 50. Little Big Man by Thomas Berger.

What book changed your life? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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