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.


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…

dancing gandalf

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!


We also fought a T-rex that year…


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…

gryffindor and which I will be wearing for our party in a few weeks…

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.


Or Max and friends from Where The Wild Things Are


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!


Wait What?


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


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 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!


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.

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.

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



The Great American Ale Trail, by Christian DeBenedetti

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

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

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

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

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

beer gif


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.





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



2. The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt



3. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness



4. Paw and Order, by Spencer Quinn

paw and order


5. Magnificent Vibration, by Rick Springfield



6. All the Light We Cannot See, byAnthony Doerr

light we cannot see


7. The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman

magician's land


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



9. S., by J.J. Abrams



10. The Last Kind Words Saloon, by Larry McMurtry





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

soldier girls


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



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



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



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


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


7. All Fishermen are Liars, by John Gierach


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

 one nation

9. StrengthsFinder 2.0, by Tom Rath


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




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


2. Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


3. Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn


4. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness


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

 peculiar chldren



1. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand


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


3. Assholes: A Theory, by Aaron James


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


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



Happy Reading!

~Rebecca Robinson

Things about the store, that you might not know.

You may be a frequent visitor, but what you might not know about our little bookstore might surprise you. Here is a list of little facts.


1. The firehouse was built between 1881-1882

Once a firehouse to serve the community of Fort Collins this bulding is now 133 years old. With the extention on the east side dating to 1901, or 113 years old. The firehouse originally used horse-drawn fire wagons, with our children’s room serving as a stable. The firemen used the upstairs as living quarters, and used the fire pole that is now part of Happy Lucky’s.

2. The town jail was right next door.

You can still see the bars on the windows of what was once the jail of Fort Collins. It now serves as a back room to Happy Lucky’s. At one time there was a tunnel under the buildings, leading to what is now the Silver Grill, so as to bring food back and forth between the jail. At one point a prisoner tried to escape through this tunnel and was shot and killed. It is rumored his ghost still haunts us today.

3. Mainstreet Disneyland is modeled on us

The firehouse on mainstreet disney is based on our beloved building. Note the red brick, spindles and tower.

4. We’ve been here since 2009

 In April we celebrated our fifth anniversary in the firehouse. Before then we were known as the Book Rack, and our owners, Susan Wilmer and Richard Sommerfield, have had bookstores in this area and Southern Wyoming for over 25 years!

5. We want your books

Wonder how we get used books in? We get them from our great customers! We take in used books for our shelves while giving our customers credit. This credit works like a coupon to get great deals on books, 50% off our used book price (which is like getting them at 75% off retail) and 10% off new books!

6. You get 5% back on everything

Every purchase you make goes to what we call a “$5 reward”. Which means that every $100 you spend in our store, you get $5 to spend on anything you would like. All that’s requred is your name and a phone number in our account system. It’s our way of thanking customers for coming back.

7. We want you to find the books you want

We really pride ourselves in helping you find the book you want, even if we don’t have it in stock. Enquire anytime and we’ll give you tips and answers to track down what you want. We can also put a hold on books for when a used copy comes in.

8. We love to hear what you have to say

In the spirit of free speech and interactions with customers we love to hear about what you’re reading, what you think of our shop, what you want to see more of and what events you want to come to. We can’t always promise a solution but we love to listen. If you send us book reviews sometimes we’ll share them here!

9. Our events help us meet the community

We love holding events for our loyal readers. From khaled hosseini to Margaret Coel we always are trying to bring in great writers for our customers and the community.

10. You can order on our website

Yep. Just head on over to and check it out. Search thousands of titles we don’t have on our shelves, that we can easily order in for you at little or no extra cost for in store pickup.

Happy Reading and Shopping!

~Rebecca Robinson

Let Your Geekdom Shine

We all have loves and passions that we may share with the world, and some of us hide it from the world. We are sometimes unsure of how other will recieve our fandom, or obsession, or that weird thing you do in the middle of the night (role play games, video games, painting hearts on everything).

For me most visible claim to fandom is the Harry Potter tattoo I sport on my left leg. I share the same design with my two younger sisters. They are of the 3 stars on the book pages in Harry Potter, 3 stars, 3 sisters, 3 tattoos all got together before they moved away for college. It reminds me of them when I miss them, and it reminds me of our childhood together reading and sharing Harry Potter (and also fighting over who got to read it first when a new book came out). It reminds me of summers reading stacks of books on our family ranch in Wyoming. Of the Harry Potter sheets and halloween costumes and going to movie premiers.

Now if you go to my house you’ll see the signs of geekdom. Which means Charlie Chaplin posters, books everywhere, a Star Wars poster, a crocheted Totoro and Hobbes. If you go through my costumes from past Halloweens you’ll find complete outfits for the Princess Bride, Hogwarts Gryffindor Uniform, Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog, and in progress costumes for Lord of the Rings.

Of course I am maybe not as avid as others, but the idea is that if you love something and you want to do extreme things out of respect or admiration of that thing, then go for it!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Cosplay as a favorite book/movie character

Have a theme wedding around your favorite books/series/movie

Having a Snape character officiate was Meredith’s favorite major detail.

Have a book themed birthday with a beautiful cake!

Bookish cake ever

Embrace your love of teen books this next Halloween, rock your inner Katniss.

Or even live in your favorite story

Real-life Houses That Look Like They Belong in the Shire

Make jewelry from your favorite book covers, then you can take it with you everywhere.

Happy Reading and geeking!

~Rebecca Robinson

Literary Crushes

As avid readers we tend to love certain characters in books. Sometimes our adoration becomes a little bit more and they turn to full blown crushes. Below are some of those characters I fell a little in love with.


Probably my first crush on a book character.


Arthur Dent from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series

Something about the goofy British man going about the universe in a bath robe and towel that was too much to resist


Outside of my world of characters, others have reported those below.

Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle


Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice


Ella and Prince Charmont, Ella Enchanted


Katniss and Peeta, The Hunger Games


Gale, The Hunger Games


Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, Harry Potter Series


Princess Ozma, Wizard of Oz



~Rebecca Robinson