Adventures in Book Hunting: Volume 7

Adventures in Book Hunting: Volume 7

In Which We Have a Panic Attack in Gibson’s and Buy Books to Make Us Feel Better

I had a doctors appointment last week. Two, actually. Doctors appointments not only make me notoriously anxious, but it was raining. Heavy rain and/or thunderstorms make me very anxious. So. Thus the panic attack.

I had been waiting literally weeks to go to Gibson’s; I had a whole list of things coming out basically every week in July, as well as a full stamp card (good for 20% off your whole purchase when you use it!) so I was trying to wait until most everything was released, and I could go all at once to spend said stamp card. However, after falling ill *again*, *just continuously sick for like six weeks if we’re being honest*… *but I really hate going to the doctor*…I ended up at the doctor’s office several times in one week, in order to have a bunch of useless tests run on me. So naturally, I had to reward myself for a job well done by going to Gibson’s (and the following day, Target!).

I came armed with the list, as per the usual. On it this week were:

  • The Pallbearers Club by Paul Tremblay
  • Dream On by Angie Hockman
  • Just Like Home by Sarah Gailey
  • The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Booked on a Feeling by Jayci Lee

It should be noted that like three of these were not even out yet at the time that I made it to Gibson’s. 😦 I was off by a day for Just Like Home and The Daughter of Doctor Moreau, and Booked on a Feeling didn’t come out for yet another week.

So my only hope was to get the first two on my list, and luckily, they were both in stock, because Gibson’s is the absolute best.

The worst part about this trip was that it was absolutely POURING outside and as previously mentioned, I *cannot* with the heavy rain. I had to drive around the block twice just to get a spot, and I was lucky enough to get one right in front of the building…but the parking meter was therefore very far away from my car, in the rain…and I had to make the very difficult decision to not pay for my parking (sorry, city of Concord) and just pray that no cop wanted to be out in this weather, either. The whole time I was inside, I was stressing about this, as I should be – so I didn’t spend nearly as much time browsing as I typically would!

Fortunately enough, in the romance section and right in my line of sight was From Bad to Cursed, by Lana Harper: the sequel to Payback’s a Witch that I absolutely adored earlier this year! I had no idea it was already out, so that was my bonus book for this trip. I was honestly even more excited for that one than I was the other two.

Here’s my whole haul, sans rain:

I already digested The Pallbearers Club, and yes, it is just as weird as you think it is. I was left unsure how to feel about it, because I think the writing was top notch, but I still dragged through it. I liked it, but also I didn’t. I’m sure that helps inform your reading choices, hahaha.

Dream On looks so stinkin’ cute; I wasn’t going to read it but that cover has me.

We’ll see how that one goes!

So after a ~complete panic attack~, I left with three books, no parking ticket (!!), and some peace of mind. Thanks Gibson’s ❤

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

Bookstore Review: Gibson’s Bookstore

Bookstore Review: Gibson’s Bookstore

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hello friends! I’m trying something new! Once a month on the first Friday I want to share with you a review of a bookstore. I love bookstores: love the smell, love the vibe, love being amongst friends (books, of course). And I want to share the love!

Gibson’s Bookstore is the obvious choice for my first review. It is a well-loved favorite of mine, being only 15 minutes away in Concord, New Hampshire.

I recently left my library assistant position in Barnstead after four amazing years working with the love of my life, books, beside my very best friends. Those very same pals got me a very generous gift card to Gibson’s as my parting gift, which I happily took there this past week.

I’m obsessed with Gibson’s front tables. Every Tuesday they refill them with that week’s new releases in hardcover and paperback. They’re my first stop when I come in and inevitably the thing that hooks me after I’ve paid and supposed to be headed out. They do an incredible job with this selection and I love the effort to stay current.

And speaking of the selection, Gibson’s is amazing. The books available are carefully curated, thoughtful picks by a staff that reads a really wide range of genres. Each and every area of the store contains a great assortment of incredible books.

The Laydown Podcast is an awesome project by some staff at Gibson’s. While I’m not a consistent listener, I have loved listening to some of my favorite authors talk about their books and the stories behind them. Lyssa Kay Adams’ episode was incredible and I love recommending it when I recommend her books. It adds something special to the reading experience, and I think that has a lot to do with Gibson’s staff being readers themselves, and knowing just what readers want to know.

Lastly, while it’s not the store itself: Gibson’s website has improved leaps and bounds. I actually love to peruse their site now, organized by genre, and get some ideas of what’s new or popular. They’re super efficient with their online orders, and their website was a life saver during COVID. I was more than happy to spend my money locally, with a business as involved as Gibson’s is.

So during this trip to Gibson’s Bookstore, my book haul included: The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary, The Burning by Tim Madigan (adapted for young readers), It Happened One Summer by Tessa Bailey, and Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda. Stay tuned for those reviews. 😉

Have a lovely week! Check out Gibson’s Bookstore this weekend, in store or online!!