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For Love of Bookstores | Powell’s Books

You have probably heard of Powell’s bookstore, because it’s huge and famous. Well Powell’s actually has 5 locations: the City of Books in downtown Portland, Powell’s Books and Powell’s Books for Home and Garden both on Hawthorne (which will be getting integrated into one store later this year), Powell’s Books at PDX out at the Portland Airport, and Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. I have not had the pleasure of touring the Hawthorne locations and I am normally at the airport too early to function or shop, but I can give my experiences at the City of Books...

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Book Review | The Monogram Murders, by Sophie Hannah

Hercule Poirot is one of my favorite characters. I wasn’t sure what to make of him the first time I read about him. Poirot is a man of extreme intellect; he is full of confidence without any modesty. His mustache knows no equal (he will be the first to tell you that), he is emphatically Belgian not French, and he always uses the “little grey cells” in his brain to solve even the most complex of crimes. He is one of Agatha Christie’s most well-known and beloved detectives (even if Christie didn’t always love him), and he is said...

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Happy Father’s Day!

I am extremely lucky that my parents both like to read. Seeing someone enjoy a book is a great way to start loving books, and I definitely loved books from a young age. While I have vivid memories of reading certain books with my mom, I have equally vivid memories of going book shopping with my dad. For Father’s Day, I want to celebrate the role he has played in my love of bookstores, reading, and also writing. If you’ve read my other Imaginary Book Club posts, you’ll know that my dad LOVES bookstores. Bookstores are his jam! His...

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Book Review | Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

I fucking hate Wuthering Heights. I was asked to not use too much profanity in this post, so from now on if I write “freak” please know that I really mean a different F-word. Now before we begin: I hated this book so much that I refused to re-read it prior to writing this, so if I have muddled up the plot at all, I apologize ahead of time and will gladly be straightened out by any commenters that would like to assist. Secondly: If you love this book, please do not hate me for hating it. I know...

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TRADE | The Many Lives of Archie Andrews

Probably the first comic book series I loved was Archie. Archie revolved around a group of never-aging teenagers in Riverdale and their love lives and antics. It was funny and occasionally poignant as Archie tried to choose between Betty and Veronica, the two women who ruled his heart. Jughead Jones was my favorite character because he didn’t care to be involved in any love triangles and just wanted to eat all the hamburgers and hang out with this friends and his dog, Hotdog. You have probably read Archie, or at least flipped through an issue while waiting in the...

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TRADE | Paper Girls by Brian Vaughan and Cliff Chiang

Paper Girls is an amazing new comic. It is really, REALLY good. From writer Brian Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang, Paper Girls is set on November 1, 1988. Y’all know I’m picky about the comic art that I like, and Paper Girls is gorgeous. You should never judge a book by it’s cover…but this cover is gorgeous and I totes picked it up off the shelf because of it. And yes, this story does revolve around four, 12-year old paper girls. Being set in ‘88, one of the paper girls uses some jarring language early on, which threw me,...

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