Shared Worlds Book Haul: Hub City Bookstore, You’re The Best

Jeff VanderMeer • August 5th, 2011 @ 9:41 am • Culture, Uncategorized

(Ann bought me the sea slime book as a b-day present…)

During two readings at the Hub City Bookstore in Spartanburg, the Shared Worlds teen writing camp students bought a ton of books—just like last year, when Hub had only been open a few weeks. It’s just an amazingly good bookstore, mostly because the staff does such a great job of selecting the right books. When I walk in there it’s almost as if they’ve been reading my mind.

And now comes the news via Publishers Weekly that they’ve outstripped projected first-year sales by quite a sum. Nice job. Such a great place for a reading, too, and such a great resource for the students.

So the students weren’t the only ones to come away with a book haul. Here’s what I bought, with a few books thrown in that came from the Blue Bicycle in Charleston.

Which ones should I read first? Which have you read and recommend?






(Some of the ones below came from Blue Bicycle.)




6 Responses to “Shared Worlds Book Haul: Hub City Bookstore, You’re The Best”

  1. Corey Redekop says:

    I haven’t yet read Alchemists, but it’s on my list. I did read Illustrado, and despite the massive dollops of acclaim it received up here in Canada, I found it dull. A novel of wonderful writing, yet leaving me hollow.

  2. J. Andrews says:

    I heard Shadow Speaker is good, but haven’t read it yet. I have to say the Sex, Drugs and Sea Slime book has caught my attention before. It’s a good title and a good cover.

  3. James says:

    The answer, as always, is Julio Cortazar.

  4. J. Andrews says:

    Okay, just looked at them all again more closely and now Home for Peculiar Children is intriguing me.

  5. Andy Wolverton says:

    Really enjoyed The Shadow Speaker. I put it in teenage (as well as adult) hands all the time at the library.

  6. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    cool! I’m looking forward to it. Nnedi talked about it at Shared Worlds and it sounded great. I’ve only read Who Fears Death and Akata Witch.

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