One More Page Books

2200 N. Westmoreland Street, Arlington, VA 22213 * 703-300-9746 * Mon-Sat: 10 am - 8 pm; Sun: noon - 5 pm

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I Am A Blog Cheater

Yes, that's pretty much true.  Much of what I post is straight information or reviews by friends. While I put my stamp on it, I don't put too much that's personal out there. 

A number of people have suggested I post about getting the store off the ground.  Before the store was open, I was too frustrated. The first year of the store, I was too crazed.  Now that we're moving into year 2, I'm still crazed, but know that it will continue that way for the foreseeable future, so here are some initial comments...
  • Lost count of the number of people who've told me it's their dream to open a bookstore.
  • Also lost count of the number of people (generally well-meaning) who wonder how a bookstore will make in the ebook/Amazon era.  (Please don't say this -- we're tired of hearing it)
  • You meet the most amazing people in bookstores -- I've also lost count of how many people I've met that I so enjoy talking with -- who make me smile just by walking into the store.
  • Humbled at least 10x a day when someone asks me about a book that I haven't read yet.
  • Often in awe of my staff who are so friendly, knowledgeable and genuinely interested in people and books.
  • Love listening to authors talk.
  • Learned that Ron Charles is a rock star in our store.
  • You will never have enough money or book stands.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Our Top Books for February

Our top 20 for February does not match the traditional top 20 and we're glad of that! Our customers have great taste.

1) F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers - laugh out loud funny
2) Weird Sisters - now out in paperback - one of our favorites!
3) Tiger's Wife
4) Fault in Our Stars - a store favorite

5) March
6) Hunger Games - are you reading for the movie???

7) Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
8) Dead End in Norvelt
9) To Bless the Space Between Us : A Book of Blessings
10) Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey : The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle - all Downton Abbey books are flying off the shelve

11) Preacher - now out in paperback - love this book
12) Plan B : Further Thoughts on Faith
13) I'm Dirty! - a go-to picture book
14) Cartoon Guide to Calculus - surprise hit
15) Inside Out and Back Again
16) Monster's Ring : A Magic Shop Book
17) Cutting for Stone
18) Goodnight iPad
19) House at Tyneford
20) Warmth of Other Suns