Sunday Salon: Weekend in Raleigh

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Hope everyone has had a good Sunday and weekend!

As for me.... I had a read-a-thon FAIL. =( I really didn't even get to attempt much because we ended up being out of the house almost the entire day. We were home for about 1 1/2 hours in the middle of the day but I slept for an hour of it! I tried to sneak in reading during the car drives but apparently everywhere we had to go was fairly local, lol. So, I'm really hoping that next time I can truly participate -- read the whole time, take place in the mini-challenges, help cheer others on, etc. We shall see...

But as I've mentioned, Jason and I spent the weekend in Raleigh, NC. My brother-in-law was kind enough to indulge us, among other things, in our love of bookstore hopping. ;) We went to a very small used book store, Reader's Corner, that was full of some much older books. I did find two treasures there to take home though... I bought the young adult book, Monster by Walter Dean Myers, that I have had my eye on for a while. (Thought it would be great for the read-a-thon, but, well...) I also bought for Jason The Truth About Chuck Norris which gave us some hearty laughs as he read aloud from it in the car! Then we headed right down the street to Nice Price Books which was fairly big. They also had old cassettes and records on sale there. I didn't end up purchasing anything there. After that we headed over to what appears to be THE indie bookstore of Raleigh, NC, Quail Ridge Books & Music. They had a beautiful store and wow, author events GALORE!!! If I lived in this area I would certainly be there a lot. I'll have to look out for events there during any future trips to Raleigh.

One of the funnest things about Quail Ridge Books surprised me.... I took a quick trip to the bathroom and was surprised to walk into what appeared to be a living room with a toilet...


You can't see it but there is a chair in the opposite corner from the toilet, and there is a rug on the floor. See all those pictures? Those are all autographed pictures of authors!! Many of them had a little comment in their autograph about how they are being displayed in the bathroom. =) It was hilarious! I apologize to the woman waiting outside the bathroom for me while I held up the bathroom an extra minute to take some pictures...

Those three bookstores were on Saturday. Then today we went to another used book store that was enormous! They had their books organized very well and had many older books and many newer books that just came out. I was able to pick up some books there as well: Shattered: Six Steps from Betrayal to Recovery to add to my collection of books to use for therapy, The Bluest Eye and Beloved because I've been inspired to read some books by Toni Morrison, and The Falls because I've had my eye on this book for a while, I adore Joyce Carol Oates, and because the copy they had there was beautiful with a gorgeous cover. =) Jason picked up Waiter Rant which I'm sure I'll read and find hilarious since I spent some years with wait(ress) rants of my own!

And those are it. We did many other things while in Raleigh, I promise! =) I just wanted to highlight the bookish parts of the trip for everyone. I definitely recommend checking out all these stores if you're in the area!

4 comments:

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

Oh, I'm so jealous (in a good way!) of your bookstore visiting and shopping ... and taking the photos in the bathroom (and holding up the next patron) is absolutely priceless. Only a true book blogger would take photos of that bathroom, which is awesome. :)

Amanda said...

I'm sorry Readathon didn't work out, but that picture is AWESOME!!

Zibilee said...

Oh wow! It sounds like you had an amazingly wonderful bookish weekend, and like just the kind of trip that I would love to take. Also, that photo is hilarious and I am glad you got a photo of it to share with us! I hope you have a very stress-free week and get lots of reading time in!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Cool! I love it. How funny. I love when bathrooms have fun art.

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