Books to Chill your Spine

What are your favorite scary books? The one’s you return to time and again for a good chill? Some food for thought? We have a few that we love as a store. Below are our picks for a good fright this Halloween season.

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My pick (Rebecca)

The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe

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Tara’s Pick

The Dark and Hollow Places, by Carrie Ryan

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Wes’ pick

In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote

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Susie’s pick

In the Woods, by Tana French

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Beth’s pick

You: Having A Baby, by Mehmet Oz and Michael Roizen

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Kelsey’s pick

Bedbugs, by Ben H. Winters

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Robin’s pick

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Matt’s pick

The Shining, Stephen King

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Allison’s pick

It, by Stephen King

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Happy Reading!

~Rebecca Robinson

Book Seller Christmas

Books make us giddy.

Go figure.

So this weekend is the Mountain and Plains Independent Bookseller Association’s annual Fall Discovery Show. Which means we get to meet all the really great publisher’s the make books happen, that help us know about the books that we should read, that then in turn bring great author’s for us to meet and have sign books and the best part….

the very best part….

is that we get many many many free books!

As if we didn’t have enough on our to-read stack.

Now we have about 20-100 more to add.

However, this makes us all very happy and joyous and overwhelmed with a little spark in our heart for the love of books, and writers, and other indie stores.

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We also have a bit of a hangover the next day when the living room is covered in paper’s and there is stuff everywhere we forget receiving, and we’re tired…and can’t believe what all happened the day or days before. So we all kind of flop, and smile, because we just had bookseller Christmas!

Nature is Calling

Fall is my favorite season. I have always spent it in Colorado as well, and I have to argue that it is absolutely gorgeous and that any visitor will not be dissapointed. The best part is how attainable beautiful views and fall foliage actually is. Near Fort Collins alone there are many places to enjoy the leaves change, such as Horsetooth Reservior and Mountain Park.

If you are seeking some great adventures check out these guides!

The Best Estes Park Hikes, $12.95

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The Best Fort Collins Hikes, $12.95

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The Colorado Trail, $24.95

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The Best Front Range Hikes, $24.95

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Field & Trail Guide, Roosevelt National Forest, $10.95

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Hiking Rocky Mountain National Park, $16.95

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Happy Hiking! Reading! October!

~Rebecca Robinson

Literary Halloween Costumes

If you’re like me, you start planning Halloween costumes years in advance, and have a list of costumes year after year that you want to pull off. I already know next year I plan to make my boyfriend a Cyrano De Bergerac costume and I will play his Roxanne.

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Yet, alas we are in 2014 still so I should explain that this year we are doing Gandalf the Grey and I will play a female Hobbit complete with giant hairy feet slippers.  This has to do with him being 6’4″ and I am a mere 5’2″ so it as if he sort of towers over me as Gandalf would…

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Oh and a few years ago we went Princess Bride style and did costumes from the movie/book. That’s me in the costume. I decided to have “autumn colored hair” that year as Buttercup is said to have had in the book!

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We also fought a T-rex that year…

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The best part of making Literary costumes is that it is the perfect chance to pretend to be your favorite book character. To put all the pieces together and be someone you adore for a whole day…or a few days, if you please.

Such as pretending to be Ginny Weasley for Harry Potter book and movie releases…

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What’s fun is also hoping people get who you are, maybe from the movie, maybe from the book, and when they do you make a connection!

Think about dressing up as the Madeline team, with your heard of small children.

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Or Max and friends from Where The Wild Things Are

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So why not try some this year, I guarantee you won’t regret it. For More ideas check out this list by Buzz Feed and poke around the Pinterest for the right one!

Happy Haunting, Reading, Sewing, Crafting…fall activities!

~Rebecca Robinson

Hogwarts is coming to Old Firehouse!

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Wait What?

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Well it’s about time we have a party to celebrate our favorite wizards and witches with young fans!

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On October 24th, 2014 at 6pm we will be hosting a Harry Potter Halloween party for young witches and wizards (ages 8-12 roughly). There will be refreshments, games, crafts and more for the little magical ones who are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters! Tickets are $12 (there will only be 25 available) and go on sale Monday September 15th. Please call us at 970-484-7898 or email us at oldfirehousebooks@gmail.com with any questions. Otherwise, stop on by starting Monday for your tickets!

Also, stay tuned for a DIY blog coming up on how we put together the party, it will be full of links and ideas to celebrate with your own party!

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Happy Reading! We hope to see you there!

~Rebecca Robinson

Lederhosen, Dirndls and Beer! OH MY!

So you might have heard, Fort Collins is into Beer.

Like really into beer.

We’ve been called the Napa Valley of Beer on several occasions.

In Fort Collins alone we have 14 breweries in town, 1 in Berthoud, 3 in Greeley, 6 in Loveland, and 1 in Windsor. That just covers Northern Colorado.

Beyond just going to the breweries or trying a 6-pack from a local liquor store is all the festivals and events we have as a result of our beer.

Just yesterday was the Tour De Fat of Fort Collins, put together by New Belgium it’s a day of beer, bikes, costumes, and revelry in Old Town.

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Then in just a few weeks we will have FortTober Fest- the Fort Collins version of October Fest-which has become am American tradition off of the German one. Dig out those Dirndls and Lederhosen! This will be September 19th and 20th.

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And of course if you want to have your own shindig we have some books for you.

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The Great American Ale Trail, by Christian DeBenedetti

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In case you aren’t here much, or need a fall road trip,this is the book for you!

1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die, General Editor: Adrian Tierney-Jones

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This one is self-explanatory, the bucket list of brewskis.

The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Colorado- 7th Ed.

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If you’re bebopping through Colorado, here is a map for you! All you need to know about drinking in Colorado, plus coupons for over $300 in savings! SCORE!

Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home, by Sam Calagione

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If you’re a DIY kind of person, this is the book for you. Make your own beer festival of sorts with friends and families!

 

Happy drinking, brewing, traveling, and reading!

~Rebecca Robinson

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Bestsellers in your neck of the woods

As a bookstore we report to a few sources to add to the information pool that builds bestsellers lists. We list numbers, other lists are made, and then those lists influence buying trends across the nation. It largely becomes, “if everyone loved it and is reading it, why am I not reading it?” so many feel inclined to participate in what everyone else has on their bedside table.

The Denver-metro area and into Fort Collins compiles its own list of bestsellers every week with the Denver Post. We share in the numbers that make up the best sellers. So this week I thought I would share with you what is a hot item in our area. The list is compiled from our information along with Tattered cover and Boulder Books.

 

 

FICTION

 

1. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

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2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

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3. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness

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4. Paw and Order, by Spencer Quinn

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5. Magnificent Vibration, by Rick Springfield

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6. All the Light We Cannot See, byAnthony Doerr

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7. The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman

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8. Shots Fired: Stories from Joe Pickett Country, by C. J. Box

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9. S., by J.J. Abrams

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10. The Last Kind Words Saloon, by Larry McMurtry

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NONFICTION

 

1. Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War, by Helen Thorpe

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2. Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book, by Diane Muldrow

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3. Decision Book: 50 Models for Strategic Thinking, by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler

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4. Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison the World’s Greatest Wine, by Maximillian Potter

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5. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, by Malcolm Gladwell

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6. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette, by Hampton Sides

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7. All Fishermen are Liars, by John Gierach

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8. One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future, by Ben Carson M.D.

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9. StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath

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10. The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet, by Kristin Ohlson

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PAPERBACK FICTION

 

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

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2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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3. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

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4. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

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5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

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PAPERBACK NONFICTION

 

1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand

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2. Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris

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3. Assholes: A Theory, by Aaron James

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4. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work, by Amy Newmark and Dr. Carolyn Roy-Bornstein

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5. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, by Daniel James Brown

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Happy Reading!

~Rebecca Robinson