Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare Review

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Attention Shadowhunter fans, Cassandra Clare is back with a new tale following a cast of new characters on the West Coast. Lady Midnight is the first book in her new trilogy The Dark Artifices set within the Shadow World. We are introduced to the Los Angeles Institute in The City of Heavenly Fire, book 6 in the Mortal Instruments Series, where we witness the hostile takeover by Sebastian and his army of Endarkened. Lady Midnight continues five years after the events of the Mortal Instruments and follows Emma Carstairs and the remaining members of the Blackthorn family. Emma is still haunted by the brutal murder of her parents, refusing to believe they were just another casualty of Sebastian’s evil reign. She sets out to investigate a slew of strange murders in the Shadow World, murders that resemble the way her parents were killed five years prior. What she discovers is a tangled web of love and betrayal in this heartrending first installment.

This was the first book that I loved the main characters and their romance, instead of the side characters, i.e. Magnus and Alec, rather than drooling over Jace and Clary. Emma and Julian were great characters, both separately and together, I loved their dynamic. Emma is fierce, determined and sassy female protagonist that made me laugh and terrified me, she is lethal. Cristina Mendoza Rosales, a Shadowhunter from the Mexico City Institute, is sort of studying aboard in L.A. and is best friends with Emma. She’s the most mature character in this book and I instantly loved her. The whole Blackthorn family is easy to love, each have their own strengths and weaknesses and their family dynamic felt real. There was one side character that surprised me and that was Mark Blackthorn. He’s a morally ambiguous character who once you think you’ve got a grasp on he slips through your fingers like smoke. I’m intrigued by his past in the Wild Hunt and how that is going to play out in the last 2 books. He’s quickly becoming my favorite.

Overall, I absolutely loved this new chapter in the Shadowhunter chronicles. I did find it hard to get into, at first, after getting to know characters for 6 books then introduced to new ones slowed my reading a bit. However, once I grasped the personalities of these new faces I fell in love with them and I couldn’t put the book down. We do see some familiar faces from her previous series such as Clary and Jace and others who make cameo appearances, as well as fan favorite Magnus Bane. You cannot have a Cassandra Clare book without having the High Warlock of Brooklyn pop in from time to time. With the cameos of familiar characters, it helped me fall back into this world that I know and love so much. I recommend picking this book up if you loved the previous books set in this world. I do, however, highly recommend you pick up  this book after reading The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Device, there are references to events that happen in City of Heavenly Fire and you need to read Clockwork Princess before that book. Read them in order of publication.

Review by Amanda S.
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Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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Going into this book, I was expecting something along the lines of The Hunger Games. A gripping survival story sprinkled with some rebellion. What I got, was not that at all. The story starts off with the main character waking up in an elevator being brought into the Maze. The author gives no backstory as to why there is a maze, why only boys are given to the maze, why they have no recollection of their lives before the Maze, and his language usage is ridiculous. He substitutes curse words with his own words, and as a result of it, it makes the book and him, sound immature. (He has the characters say klunk instead of s**t)
Once inside the Maze, the main character is placed into a “job” with other boys that are in the Maze. Jobs include: butchers, farmers, and Runners. The runners go outside that Maze to see what is out there and to see if they can find an escape. This tried too hard to simulate the Districts from Hunger Games, and epically failed.
The story was supposed to pick up the pace when he introduced the first girl to the Maze. Her arrival shook the foundation of the camp. They had never seen a girl in here before and are wondering what it means. While all this is going on, the main character becomes a runner. He gathers a small party to go explore the outside of the maze.
My final opinion of this book, if you want to read it, go borrow it from your local library. If you enjoy it, go purchase the rest of the series. It tried too hard to be “the next Hunger Games” type of series, and fell horribly flat. It physically pained me to read this book.

Review by Meg Bahr

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Review: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is the first in a new young adult sci-fi trilogy centering around an invasion of the planet Kerenza by two rival corporations set in the year 2575. We follow Kady Grant, a spunky, computer savvy girl who dreams to explore the universe, and Ezra Mason, a caring guy with a great sense of humor. At the beginning of the novel Kady has just broken up with Ezra before the sky rains fire upon the colony as a warship, Lincoln, attacks without warning or cause. The two exes have to put aside their feelings of anger and heartbreak to work together in order to escape the invasion. During their escape Ezra is injured and carted off to the ship Alexander to undergo treatment and Kady boards the Hypatia. The fleet is accompanied by a third ship Copernicus housing more refugees and Kady’s mother. The fleet is pursued by the invading ship on their way to a nearby jump gate but they are under heavy fire and the Alexander sustains major haul damage. With the Alexander limping through space the fleet slows to help in its aid but the Lincoln is hot on their trail.
This book is unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The format in which the story is told is through a dossier of the invasion and the events that follow. We are immersed into the story by interviews, instant messaging conversations, military files, transmissions between ships, medical documentation, and schematics. The flight sequences were so creative in their delivery to make you feel like you were sitting in the cockpit of a Cyclone fighter. Amie and Jay were smart in how they set up the moments of calm with hilarious emails and IMs and the intense and heart pounding events with page layouts that had you frantically turning pages. Each of the characters were relatable and easy to love right from the start, both, Kady and Ezra, were great as individual characters and together. Sometimes in popular YA you find that certain characters are better appreciated when they are with another main or supporting character, this was not the case and it was refreshing. I have to admit to a fictional crush on Ezra because his sarcastic sense of humor made me laugh out loud and I adored his romantic side.
Illuminae’s twists and turns will keep you guessing about what is going to happen next and you’ll never see the end coming. There were several plot twists in the book that stopped me in my tracks and I had to put it down to process what I had just read. You will laugh and cry and cheer out loud during your reading and you’ll want to tell everyone about this book.

I have nothing negative to say about this book, it was a fantastic fast paced read that kept me glued to its pages until the very end. This book isn’t just a beautiful cover it is stunning inside and out, pick up this book and take a peek under the dust jacket and flip through the pages.

CXZRplbWsAAGVsC I cannot stop thinking about this book.

If you are looking for something new in the YA genre or if you want to ease into sci-fi I would recommend picking up Illuminae. It’s a total reading experience that you do not want to miss out on. The format of the book is very easy to read and figure out, you will find out that it reads like any other novel.

I can see why this book received so much hype last year at BEA/Bookcon and among book bloggers and YA authors. My only regret is that I didn’t read this sooner!

I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

The sequel, Gemina, will be hitting shelves sometime Fall 2016.

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Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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The Handmaid’s Tale tells the story of Offred, a handmaid whose job is to birth a child to the Commander of Gilead. Women in Gilead are not allowed to read, are not allowed to have jobs, and cannot have any money. In the story, we find out that radical religious groups took over the country. Some people are taken away and never seen again to work in a radioactive war zone, some are allowed the choice to return to the lands of their faith, and some are kept in the country to provide rather hard services for a select group of higher-ups. What puts Offred in a dangerous situation is that she has not been able to conceive a child, and this is her 3rd family that she has been with. If Offred cannot become pregnant, she will be sent away. Throughout the story, we hear of Offred’s past, before the radical group takes over the country, and how Offred is living in a place where women are only valued for their reproductive abilities. We see through her eyes the oppression, the hardship, and the heartbreak Offred has had to face. Perhaps the most interesting characters in the story are the women. While some may be vindictive and cruel, the wonderful thing that this book does is make them three-dimensional and human. Offred is also such a relatable character. Most of the women in the book are all people we know in our lives. This is probably one of the book’s many strengths. When reading this book, it is very easy to think of someone when certain characters are introduced. Being a Gender and Women’s Studies major, this book is perhaps one of the most interesting pieces of fiction that every feminist or pro-woman thinker should read. While there are some problematic parts of the book, a reader will not be able to miss many of the similarities this books has with our world right now. I would very much recommend this book. It is powerful in many ways: emotionally, physically, and at times spiritually. When reading, you cannot help but think of certain parts of our society today. It is also not just for feminists and gender studies students. It is a book that anyone can read, as long as they are prepared for an emotional roller coaster!

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Book Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. 336 pgs. YA Fiction. Image found on google.

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

(Summary excerpt from

***This review contains spoilers***

This beautifully written book captured my attention from the moment I opened its stunning cover. The elegant writing style pulls you in and sings about a world turned upside down by tragic events of guilt and innocence. I thought that I knew the direction the book as going and how it was going to end but I was completely blindsided by the ending. I’ve never read an ending quite like this one and it was the best example of the saying, “Karma is a bitch.” The characters were well developed and I related to two of the characters, Orianna and Amber. I laughed, cried and cheered with them.

The story is told in dual perspectives, Amber and Violet, that overlap each other and a third character, Orianna, who is the connecting factor. Amber is serving time in a girl’s detention center, Aurora Hills, and sees no end to her sentence in sight. She keeps her head down and knows her place within its cinder block walls. Amber’s position is to push the library cart down each wing and pass out books, she takes pride in her job to make sure the books are nice and organized. She differs from the other girls in the facility because she is viewed as innocent, the other girls have taken part in violent crimes but Amber appears to be there by guilty association. When Orianna is sent to Aurora Hills she becomes Amber’s new cellmate which changes both of their lives forever. Violet is an eighteen year old on the cusp of starting her new life at Juilliard to pursue her dreams of being a famous ballerina. Three years ago a violent act took place behind the dumpsters at her school involving two fellow ballerina’s, as well as, Violet and Orianna. Orianna, a girl who was a natural at ballet and a genuine friend, was convicted of the crime that took place that fateful night three years prior. She was sent to Aurora Hills where she meets and befriends, Amber. But her tale is told through Amber and Violet because Orianna is dead.

This book touches on great topics such as bullying, peer pressure and domestic violence. Showing how each can effect people’s lives by leading them down dark paths. Rachel and Harmony bully Violet, one day they are sweet and the next calling her names, but when boys enter their ballet class the bullying reaches a new height. Cody seduces her into a very compromising position and unbeknownst to Violet the other girls are recording the whole ordeal. They continue to tease and torment her about said incident. As the story progresses we find out that Orianna comes from a broken home and Violet comes from a wealthy family. While Violet and Orianna have a great friendship from the outside we see that Violet manipulates her best friend by using her big heart against her. Violet pressures Orianna at a young age to hold her ballet progression back so Violet can strengthen her feet to begin pointe lessons. It’s all done indirectly but nonetheless it’s evident that her jealousy of Orianna forces her lash out in a passive aggressive manner. Violet’s jealously manifests into rage when Rachel and Harmony’s teasing goes too far, subsequently resulting in the death of the two girls. Violet throughout the whole novel denies any involvement in the act and pins it on Orianna. Guilty by association Orianna is the one punished and takes the blame for Violet, who doesn’t defend her friend once. In the case of Amber she claims to be innocent on the outside but inside she is guilty. Her mother married an abusive man and Amber quietly plots ways to get rid of him. At first it is harmless things, merely wishing him gone but it then escalates to attempting to poison him and tampering with his car. After several attempts at fiddling with her stepfather’s car she gives up but it explodes one evening causing his death. Amber being home all day sick should have been her saving grace but her mother chooses the stepfather’s side. This sends Amber to the detention facility.

I want to take a minute to talk about Orianna. She effected the lives of everyone around her and I couldn’t help but feel a strong connection to her. She’s the type of friend that everyone needs in their lives, a pure soul, who is always there for you and will do things for other people without a selfish agenda. She is such a strong presence in this book without being a primary voice, but her voice is the loudest. She made me feel the most throughout the entire book and I couldn’t help shouting out with joy at the ending (I had to put the book down to gather myself before continuing.)

The supernatural element to the story was one of the best elements of the story. I didn’t see it coming at all it took me completely by surprise; it elevated the ending to a new level. Karma. The best use of karma with a supernatural element in a young adult contemporary that I have ever read and I wish it would happen in real life. Orianna appearing to Violet at the end was super creepy (in a good way) and I found myself glued to the pages waiting to find out what was going to happen.

I usually read series and trilogies, my book cases are packed with never ending series. It’s not often that I read a standalone novel; the story has to be special in order for me to even think about picking it up. The Walls Around Us is a very special book. This book is everything and more. The characters and the story will stay with me for a very long time and I can say that this book is going on my top reads of 2015. I can’t wait to reread it. I love this book. I love the characters and the writing. The writing is beautiful; I cannot stress this enough. I’m finding it extremely hard to adequately describe my feelings. It’s just so good. I urge everyone to go out and pick up a copy and begin reading immediately; you do not want to miss out on this stunning novel! If you love a good young adult paranormal suspense then this is a book for you. Since this is a YA novel expect themes appropriate of that age group (sexual situations and implied drug use.) I highly recommend this book.

I gave The Walls Around Us 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Review by Amanda S.
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Review: Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

“In the realm of psychological suspense, Thomas Harris stands alone. exploring both the nature of human evil and the nerve-racking anatomy of forensic investigation, Harris unleashes a frightening vision of the dark side of our well-lighted world. In this extraordinary tale — which preceded The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, Harris introduced the unforgettable character Dr. Hannibal Lecter. And in it, Will Graham — the FBI man who hunted Lecter down — risks his sanity and his life to duel a killer called…

The Red Dragon

A quiet summer night…a neat suburban house…and another happy family is shattered — the latest victims of a grisly series of hideous sacrificial killings that no one understands, and no one can stop. Nobody lives to tell of the unimaginable carnage. Only the blood-stained walls bear witness.

All hope rests on the Special Agent Will Graham, who must peer inside the killer’s tortured soul to understand his rage, to anticipate and prevent his next vicious crime. Desperate for help, Graham finds himself locked in a deadly alliance with the brilliant Dr. Hannibal Lecter — the infamous mass murderer who Graham put in prison years ago. As the imprisoned Lecter tightens the reins of revenge, Graham’s feverish pursuit of the Red Dragon draws him inside the warped mind of a psychopath,, into an unforgettable world of demonic ritual and violence, beyond the limits of human terror.”

(summary from

I grew up knowing about Hannibal Lecter but I had never seen the movies or read any of the books, for the simple fact that I was too young and the subject matter wasn’t age appropriate. However, I have older cousins who were old enough and at family gatherings I would overhear their conversations, plus Hannibal is part of our pop culture. My first brush with the famous fictional cannibal was with the NBC show Hannibal ,which is set before Dr. Lecter is captured by Will Graham. With the next season not premiering until April of next year I needed to fill the empty space that Hannibal and Will had created. I wanted to see how it was going to end for the two of them and to get better acquainted with Harris’ work.

These past few weeks I’ve been so busy with hardly any time to just relax but on those rare spare moments I could not put this book down. This book is way out of my reading comfort zone, I usually read YA Fiction with the occasional Sci-Fi novel, but murder mystery thrillers have never made my list. The style in which this book is written did, at times, confuse me. A chapter would start off with Will Graham as the main focus and then immediately changes to another character for a single sentence and then switches back. I settled into the style after getting into the meat of the book and found it to be mirroring the way Graham’s mind works, he sees a swinging pendulum when he enters the thought process of the psychopath and he is able to jump from one reality to the next. Graham enlists the help of Dr. Lector to help capture the Dragon but I was disappointed that Hannibal wasn’t more involved in the case. There was only one meeting between the two and a few letters from Hannibal to Will but he was scarcely used. I felt that there was a missed opportunity to use Hannibal in a more devious way in conjunction with the Dragon. Hannibal being resourceful, cunning, and manipulative could have played an interesting role in bringing the Dragon and Will together in a cat and mouse scenario.

That being said the evolution of the Francis Dolarhyde character was fascinating. I really enjoyed reading his backstory and how everything that happened to him from birth through his adolescence molded him into the Dragon. Getting into his head captured my full attention and I felt sorry for him after reading it. Nothing in his childhood excuses his killing of the Jacobi and the Leeds families but it was the neglect and abuse that he suffered that rewired his brain to kill and torture. After his mother abandoned him because of his disfigurement his grandmother raises him and his overwhelming need to not disappoint and ultimately protect her lead to his first kill, a chicken. He loses himself to the feeling of relief the kill gives him and he experiments with other pets. It was disturbing to read how he gets off sexually while reviewing the films of his kills and that of his future kill and I found myself having to pause while reading. When he meets Reba McClane everything starts to change for him but the damage has been done he is too far into his own sickness that he cannot escape.

I really enjoyed this book and was surprised as to how deep I dove into its pages. The ending caught me completely off guard even though I should have seen it coming. I am eager to read the rest of the Hannibal Lecter series to see what the cannibal is capable of.

Review written by Amanda S.
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Review: The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Vol.1: Origins

The Vampire Diaries Stefan’s Diaries vol.1 Origins. YA Fiction. 237 pages. image found on google

I apologize for such a late review. I’ve been trying to read The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and I’m finding it very hard to pick up.

“A love triangle that will span eternity…

The year is 1864 and the Civil War rages on. But seventeen-year-old Stefan Salvatore is fighting a battle all his own. Engaged to marry someone he does not love, Stefan falls for a mysterious girl named Katherine. With her gleaming curls and mischievous brown eyes, Katherine is beautiful and seduction…but she also harbors a dark secret: She’s a vampire.

Based on the popular CW TV show inspired by the bestselling novels, Stefan’s Diaries reveals what really happened between Stefan, Damon, and Katherine—and how the Vampire Diaries love triangle began.”

Summary from the back of the book.


Being a huge fan of the hit television series I absolutely had to read Stefan’s Diaries to find out more about the brother’s troubled past. I think every fan has their favorite brother, although mine isn’t Stefan, he plays a key role in Damon’s past and how he became the vampire he is in the books and the show. I initially thought the entire book was going to be written as journal entries but that is not the case. There are a few entries scattered throughout the book but for the most part it is a retelling of Stefan’s human life, how he met Katherine Pierce up until he is forced to turn his beloved brother into a vampire. In comparison to L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries series the narrative isn’t as strong and is a very easy read. However, putting that aside, it was a very interesting read because the single episode in which the back story of the Salvatore brothers was told seemed to give just enough information to satisfy the audience before returning to the original plot line. I enjoyed getting inside Stefan’s head and understanding why he acts the way he does in the show. What I found interesting, and I wish was mentioned in the show, was that he was originally propositioned by his father to marry a girl, Rosalyn, to create a business alliance with her father, a wealthy banker. Even though he didn’t love her he wanted to try to find the qualities within her personality that would make him fall for her. The show made it seem like he was completely obsessed with Katherine and thought of no other woman, or cared about anything else. This showed a side of Stefan that I think the fans would have loved to have seen and for die-hard fans of Damon would maybe sympathize more with Stefan. I do see him from a different light now but I still find Damon to be my favorite. Another thing about this book that I loved is that you see how much he truly loves his brother and how he strives to do his best to please his father and make him proud. No one can deny that Damon is the rebellious type and is very strong willed and we see that their father put more weight onto Stefan’s shoulders to be an upstanding citizen and heir to their estate. Even when Katherine enters their lives and flips everything upside down Stefan is still cautious about his actions and tries his hardest to still be a good son in his father’s eyes.

I recommend this book to the fans of the show since it follows the storyline more closely to the series more than the books. For fans of the show who haven’t read the original books by L.J. Smith, I urge you to go and read them as they are fantastic and will keep you up late to finish the books. My advice is to not read them on a school night, but we all know how well that works out. This series is written by a ghost writer but if you do a basic search of The Vampire Diaries series it should come up with the results.

Review written by Amanda S.
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On Amazon, Overstock, and surviving as an independent bookstore, part 2

by Erin

At least once a week at Books With A Past, I have an exchange that goes something like this:

Customer: What a great store!  It’s such a shame that independent/used/small bookstores are dying out.

Me: Yes, it’s hard, but we’re trying!  Do you shop in used bookstores often?

Customer: No, I usually just download stuff on my Kindle.

say what?

There usually follows a brief pause while I consider beating the customer about the head with said e-reader.  Then I remember that the collected works of Kipling (preferably hardbound) would make a more effective weapon, and that makes me feel better.

So, the question is, what can local communities do to keep their independent bookstores? Well, the best option is to put your money where your mouth is.  If you feel that an independent bookstore adds depth and value to your town, help us stay here!  We always love to hear how valuable we are to our communities (we all want to be the heroes of our own stories, after all) but what we really need is your support.  We need you to buy books from us.  We need you to tell your friends about us.  We need you to pick up the phone and call us with a request rather than use 1-Click Ordering.

We also need you to be cool. Amazon and other online vendors count on a process called showrooming.  What this means is that they expect a certain number of customers to go to a local store, see an item in person, and then buy that same item online at a lower price.  Not cool! A lot of retail industries are experiencing the effects of this process. It’s not just your local independent bookstore’s problem.  And, okay, for a very expensive appliance from a major manufacturer or something like that, I totally get it.  If I could save $800 by going online, I’d probably do it too.  But come on!  We’re talking like $16 here.  Is it worth $16 to keep your local bookstore as a resource in your community?  I am, of course, biased.  But I think it’s worth it.

So, customers, here’s your mission, should you choose to accept it: Buy one more book a month at your local bookstore.  That’s it–just one extra book.  It doesn’t have to be the most expensive book, but we’d really kind of like it if it weren’t the cheapest either.  The important part is your consistency.  We need to know that you, our customers, are there for us in person, the way we’re here for you.  We love our customers; we love playing matchmaker between you and the perfect book. We love talking and laughing with you, carrying on conversations across multiple visits over many months.  We love sharing our wisdom and hearing yours.  (Tina, our buyer, thanks the guy who told her how to keep chipmunks out of her garden.)  I love what I do and I want to be here for many more years.  But I don’t know how many more times I can hear, “That’s ok.  I’ll just order it on Amazon.”

On Amazon, Overstock, and surviving as an independent bookstore, part 1

by Erin

It’s probably not common knowledge among readers that and are each engaged in a battle to undercut the other on hardcover book prices.  However, this is a big deal for booksellers like me.  These titans of industry either don’t realize or don’t care what they’re doing to related small businesses in America.  And from one perspective, that’s understandable.  It’s not their job to make sure that Main Street, USA survives and thrives.  It’s not their job to keep their small, independent competitors above water.  Their job is to make money.*

So, what do we indies do to stay afloat?  It’s our responsibility to show our customers that there’s more to a bookstore (and really, more to a book) than the sticker price.  We just can’t beat Amazon’s prices, and that’s not going to change any time soon.  And not to be state-the-obvious girl, but we have overhead (you know, those pesky things like rent and utilities) that we have to cover as well.  Still, as an independent bookstore owner I want to show my customers that there’s value beyond good prices to their patronage of my shop.  The people who work at Books With A Past are committed to providing our shoppers with an excellent experience.  Yes, we sell used books, and yes, we have price-conscious shoppers.  But we also remember what those shoppers like and what they’ve already read (with the help of our handy-dandy point of sale system); we can recommend new books and authors with a great deal more personalized knowledge than Amazon can.  We are not selling tomatoes.  We are selling knowledge, experience, and fun!  (Not to mention some really spectacular books.)  To answer my above question, what we strive to do is provide a much better experience for our customers than any search algorithm ever could. And we’re always looking for new ideas. Is there more we could be doing to make a trip to Books With A Past worth your time?  We want to be your independent bookstore of choice for many years to come, so we’re always open to suggestions!

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