Julia's Bookshop

September 24, 2012


Friends!!! Ok where to start, and how to keep this brief (ish), so I don't bore you. (Internet shouting might happen.)

I'm on a mission. A QUEST. To let people know about all the FLIPPING AWESOME BOOKS out there for kids. Like, I spend a lot of my spare time looking FOR books, looking AT books, placing orders for books at the library, obsessively poring over Scholastic book orders, haunting used book stores, and trolling publishing sites and lists on Amazon.

Most people, I think (aside from Robyn & Whitney, Vanessa, Danzel, Leanne and Burgin) are not doing this so much. AND THAT'S FINE.

That's why I'm doing what I'm doing. So that you can come see some fab books and not have to struggle though the hordes and piles so much. I have a sense that Julia is not going to be the X-Treme reader that I was. The girl has too much energy to sit still. So I feel like it's on me to make sure she reads some quality stuff, and the classics, and isn't left wandering lost through a vast literary landscape. (Sounds kind of awesome, actually.)

Also, I haven't organized this blog so well. And I haven't done much better on Pinterest.

SO I'VE CREATED THIS ONLINE SHOP. Most of the books on the blog I've talked about will be in the shop. If you've forgotten about a certain book and want to find it but don't know the title and don't want to wade through old posts, go look in the shop! I'll also have books on there that might not be on Pinterest and might not be discussed on the blog. And if you didn't know already, I love baths and tea and treats. So I have some favorites in those categories in the Cool Stuff I Like section of the shoppy. I have a bloggy and a shoppy!

Loveys, I get it. The free money fairies are in short supply. I get most of my books through the library. But I do feel strongly that there are great books that should live in your home that your kids should grow up with, that you should OWN. My dad has passed on his old books to me, and I am passing down to Julia, and hopefully she will pass down to her kids.

So if you feel like owning some books, please do go look in my shop, and if you like, buy one, and then you will have a wonderful book and I will have 4 pennies! (Affiliate links aren't exactly a cash cow of revenue. I'm not sure they are any kind of revenue. At least they're not for me!) I've tried to only place books in there that are classics, are beautiful, are unusual, and are worth actually owning. The books that Julia and/or I have read overandoverandover. And the lists will grow and evolve as time goes on and Julia gets older.

Some books in there will be out-of-print books that are only available used ~ that's ok. I order used books all the time and the ones I've received have always been in really decent condition.

HAPPY BOOK READING TO ONE AND ALL!! xo




15 comments:

  1. Melissa!!! This is so exciting! I'm going to check out your shop today when my little guy is napping. Can you include links to it in your posts about books? I hope you get lots and lots of piles of four pennies! :)

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  2. Oh my goodness!! This is the best thing I've read ALL day! (Internet shouting is sure to occur in this comment as well! And every sentence will end in an exclamation point it seems!) I am SO excited that you've done this. I keep pinning all the gorgeous books you feature. Now they'll be all organized for me in your shop! Yay!

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  3. Wow, what a surprise! Cool!! P.S. I'm so glad there are other people like me who go overboard on buying and loving kids' books! :)

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  4. Congrats on setting up a shop! Fantastic- I just loved scrolling through the pages of your store and it makes me happy because I can go look there when I've forgotten a title you've mentioned that I meant to remember... but then you know, I rarely remember all the stuff I mean to.

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  5. Thanks friends! I know I'm preaching to the already converted with you guys! But really, sometimes I feel like shouting from the rooftops, BOOKS ARE MAGICAL!!!!

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  6. I am heading over there now to check it out! I love seeing others out there that are as equally obsessive over books as I am ;) My husband and I love going to thrift stores, antique shops, the library, and used book stores to look for deals on beautiful books. I am so happy our son is following in our footsteps and loves to read (although our books are taking over our house, yikes!). You bet books are magical!! :) Congrats on the new shop! :D

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  7. Also, here's what the blog would be like if Andrew were in charge (super funny) -- he said I should have captioned the 'find great books here' caption thusly: "Julia's Bookshop! LOL!!" He thinks everything I write should end with an LOL and a few dozen of these: !!!!!!!

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  8. Ha! You beat me to it. I've started to set up an Amazon affiliate shop several times, then chickened out. (I'm weird and indecisive like that.) It's starting to look better and better to me, though... Your book lists look great, and I LOVE your Cool Stuff!!!

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    1. you totally should! My feeling is, if we promote certain books, and someone's going to be be buying them, why not buy them through us? WHY NOT? everyone wins. Especially Amazon. :)

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  9. Great idea and I look foward to shop on your your little book shop :D I am in love with books as well but the quantity of books out there is overwhelming. Always good to have a pointer!

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  10. SMart idea! I've been meaning to do this as well because blogs are hard to navigate and what if you miss a post? anyways, I am glad you have a shop and I will be perusing it!!! I do buy books every now and again and would gladly give you 4 pennies for your recommendations. ;)

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  11. Yay! I only recently discovered your blog, your/my/your daughter/my son's taste in kids books are very aligned, but the archives are daunting. It's great to be able to whiz through your shop's lists and find a few more I want to check out at the library or buy, and also to be reminded of a few of my favourites that aren't on your lists that I'd bet you'd love too:
    - No Fluing in the House by Betty Brock
    - Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
    - the Dorrie the little witch series by Patricia Coombs (a lot of them are out of print, and I haven't read them since I was a kid but looooved them when I was Julia's age; alas they were library books so now I need to hunt down the ones that haven't been reissued)

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    1. Hi Miss Christina!!! Happy happy to have you come by :)

      Oh YES -- Dorrie!! We've read a couple of Dorrie books, and we have one of them right now in readiness for Halloween! (It's the one where she goes to witch camp:)

      I would loooove to check out those book suggestions! Mem Fox = genius.

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    2. Dorrie at witch camp for Hallowe'en sounds fantastic. Just in case you were thinking "Fluing? I keep all of my Fluing outdoors" that was supposed to be FlYing.

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    3. ha ha, I DID think it was 'Fluing' and I was very intrigued by some story about the flu...:) No flu! No flu!

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