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

(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.)





  1. 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. 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. Andy Wolverton says

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