Best of the Decade: 1930s

Editor’s Note: This year, our Half Price Books calendar once again features lists of books, movies and music. We’re heading into a new decade with a new focus…the past. Each month, we’ll share a list of events, inventions and, of course, books, movies and music, from every decade since the 1900s right here on the blog. Enjoy!


The Chrysler Building makes its mark on the Big Apple and up in the sky, it was a bird, a plane! This time it’s everyone’s favorite reporter turned caped hero…given that there’s a place to change nearby. Superman swoops in to save the day and we showcase a slew of other things that capture the hearts, and bookshelves, of the nation in the 1930s.

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Checking in with the Million Book Donation Project

Since we’re well into 2020 now (where does the time go?!), let’s check in on our 2020 Million Book Donation Project!

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In case you’ve forgotten, the Million Book Donation Project is exactly what it sounds like – Half Price Books makes a pledge to donate at least one million books to great non-profit organizations and schools across the country. Since we officially launched the program in 2012, we’ve donated more than 11 million books!

As of today, we’ve already donated 100,490 books across the country in 2020, including some to our friends at Eastside Elementary in Cleveland, TX.

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Need some books for your organization or school? Make a donation request and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

2019 Million Book Donation Project Wrap-Up

At Half Price Books, we know the importance of reading in everyone’s lives. That’s why we’ve always made book donations a priority since we were founded back in 1972. As our co-founder Ken Gjemre once said, “Books should fill our lives, not our land.”

So we’ve taken great pleasure in continuing our Million Book Donation Project in 2019 – we are pleased to announce we’ve donated… Continue reading

2019 HPB Author Events Recap

It has been a wonderful year of author events and book signings for Half Price Books! More than 100 authors visited our stores or spoke at offsite events. Booklovers poured in from all over the country to listen to their favorite authors speak and get their books signed. We are honored to be able to provide a place of community for authors and their readers. Watch our recap video to get a glimpse of all the authors we hosted in 2019!

Thanks so much for watching! We hope you were able to come to some of these events this year, and we look forward to seeing you in stores in 2020. To stay informed of HPB events and more, visit hpb.com/events or join our email list.

A Book Nerd’s Look at the Best Books of the Decade (2010-2019)

As 2019 comes to an end, “Best Books of the Decade” lists are bound to start popping up everywhere. This is ours; along with a list of the best books I’ve read this decade. Of course, as a used book store we also want to remind you that every book is new if you haven’t read it yet!

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot—A nonfiction book and winner of the National Academies Communication Award (published 2/2/2010)

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  • Honorary mention: Room, by Emma Donahue (published 8/6/2010)
  • Best book I read in 2010: Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett (published in 1929)

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A Bestseller Flashback: 2019 in Books

Editor’s Note: Our buyers hand select new bestsellers that are sold in our stores. It is our pleasure to present a closer look at our favorite Buyer’s Picks from 2019!

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Golden State (Ben Winters)

This book is set in future America where lies are criminalized. The main character is a detective whose job it is to seek out lies being told within his community. Through an investigation of a woman’s death, he uncovers a separate conspiracy within the government. It’s fast paced, well written and I couldn’t put it down – especially through the second half. I highly recommend it for fellow lovers of thrillers – especially those of us who are growing a bit tired of the wife/husband theme that is popular right now. You’re really going to love this book! Continue reading

Meet the Bibliomaniacs: The HPB Concord at the Willows Team

Hey Concord, we’re back! Our new Concord at the Willows store opens November 21! In this edition of Meet the Bibliomaniacs, we would like to introduce you to the entire HPB Concord at the Willows staff. Take it away, team!

 

What is your favorite part about working at HPB?

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Laura: I have to say that working around people who are as obsessed with books and movies as I am is one of the main reasons I love working at HPB.

Bee: All the fantastic people I work with! We are a big ‘ole book family!

Emily: Having an excuse to talk about books or movies or music all day and call it work.

Aubrey: Getting to work with all the cool stuff that comes in and having a good time at work with my coworkers!

Dan: All my groovy coworkers.

Cheryl: I love the people I work with.

Kayla: Getting to work with people who are as passionate about books/movies as I am.

Bleu: I love seeing all of the cool books, movies and video games that come through the buy counter. I also really love the staff I work with.

Brandon: Treasure hunting for clearance books

Jake: I have the best staff in the world

Ariel: We are professional treasure hunters! Having the opportunity to interact and connect with people from all walks of life.

Sea: Working with people that are cool and fun to work with and are just as nerdy as me.

Erin: Getting to work with books!

Sally: The best part about working at HPB is discovering new books, learning from fellow book lovers and exposing customers to different ideas.

Mary: Seeing all the cool, unusual books that come to us over the buy counter. And then shelving them. And then talking to people about them. Basically I like to be around books and book people. 🙂

Scott: I have always worked with books and/or movies in one way or another. And I love media of all types, but I feel like my co-workers here are integral to the enjoyment of being employed here. Continue reading

Meet the Bibliomaniac: Gillian Pratt- Krygowski

Gillian is the South Ohio District Manager and has been with Half Price Books since 1998. We are lucky to have her! Like many HPB Bibliomaniacs, not only is she a voracious reader, she also exhibits several bookish and crafty superpowers as well. Last year, when Gillian heard that the author Delia Owens was planning a visit to our Flagship location in Dallas, TX, she asked us (begged us) to present Ms. Owens with a square of fabric for the author to sign. Delia Owens was delighted and honored to be a part of Gillian’s @BookClubQuilt project and graciously signed the quilt square. Want to know more about this literary crafter! Meet Gillian and her beautiful project:

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