Hello Friends! One thing I love seeing is used book hauls. I am always so jealous of people who have these cool used book stores where they live because up until recently I hadn’t found one in my city besides Half Price Books. Well I am here to share with you that I have located one here in San Antonio and have fallen in love with it!
The other day after leaving group therapy as I sat in my car I had this urge to go book browsing. There is a Barnes and Noble about six miles from my job but that wasn’t what I was in the mood for. I went on google and typed in used book stores near me, and Nine Lives Books popped up showing that it was only eight miles away. I drove over there, honestly not knowing what to expect. My fingers were crossed though and upon walking in, I immediately regretted being in this city for going on five years and just now discovering this place!
This gem is floor to ceiling full of books. As soon as I walked in there was a stand of old romances and science-fiction novels on clearance for 50 cents. I made my way to the right and there were rows of nonfiction. Along the book shelves were boxes on the floor of books to find a place for. I made a left at the end of the nonfiction row and there is a section of children’s books and old records for record playing. I kept walking straight and found myself in the romance section.
At first glance, all I see is two rows and a grocery basket with a sign that lets me know all contents inside are 1 dollar or less. But no, Friends. I am so glad that as I browsed through the hundreds of Debbie Macomber books this place has, I noticed that there were more books behind the ones I was looking at. On my first visit I was able to find two books by Debbie Macomber that I have never seen in Barnes and Noble. I recently read book one in her Blossom Street Series and really wanted the physical copy. I was so close to just ordering it from Amazon but I found it in Nine Lives for $1.98. I walked out that day with not only that book but also the second book in the series. I checked, and had I wanted to, I could’ve left the store that day with the entire Blossom Street Series but other titles were catching my eye! As I was picking up my stack of books to leave, out of the corner of my eye–I have no idea how I missed this book initially when I was looking at books by this author–I see book one in Raeanne Thayne’s Haven Point Series, Snow Angel Cove. I flipped out. This is another title that I was so close to biting the bullet and just ordering from Amazon but I left Nine Lives with it for $1.98.
I have now visited this store two days in a row. Overall I have hauled eight books and spent $13.50! Aside from the price though I am so happy I have discovered Nine Lives Books for a few reasons.
- I’m glad I am out of this mind state I used to be in where all my book had to be new. There is something very cool about hauling a book knowing it came from someone else. Some have their last owner’s names on the inside flap. Some have telephone numbers. I just imagine some older woman cleaning out her closet or garage and taking a big box of books in to get some cash or store credit for. I mean there are some super vintage books in this store, all I could do is imagine how long someone had them for before giving them up.
- Being new to romance, I don’t want to just focus on new romance. I want to back track a bit and read some older novels. I think shopping used is really going to come in handy for this. I saw so many older titles by authors I have never heard of–books that when I flipped open the book, were published in the late 70’s early 80s. It’s going to be very cool to see how the genre has evolved over the years and I know I won’t find these older titles shopping at Barnes and Noble.
- So many Friends have said “Support your local used book store.” I chatted with the book seller today who is an older gentleman who reads science-fiction and horror. He was telling me basically he’s a book collector and his house has stacks and stacks of books. I really appreciate what him and his team are doing and I am so excited that I finally have a used book store I can support. I can’t imagine where all these amazing books would end up if places like Nine Lives Books weren’t around.
So share with me Friends, do you have a cool used book store where you are? Let me know some cool titles you’ve found browsing the shelves in yours! Until next time, take care of yourself–xoxo, Bree!
Married Mom of 3. Military girl. Reader. Falling in love with romance novels.