Where to find books…

Another place I like to look for books is the Dollar Tree. Again, this is in no way sponsored, just wanted to share a few places I find books. Where I live we have a quite a few Dollar Trees in out town and surrounding areas. Whenever I am in one I make a point to go through all the books. I’ve found some really great books over the years. Some of the stores have smaller selections of books, but I usually come away with at least one new hardback book for just $1.

You can even buy bulk activity and kid books on their website here, some with only a 4 count minimum (and they offer free shipping to stores) this is nice if you want books for party favors etc.
This trip I bought the two books pictured at the top. Babayaga seemed like a fun magical story, and I had read most of Susan Kaysen’s other books so I was happy to stumble upon one I have not read.

Books & where to find them…

This Summer has been filled with a lot of reading. Since I am not getting up early like during the school year I tend to stay up later in bed reading books. We use the PA library system for a lot of books, but tend to only borrow them electronically. I’m the worst at returning library books on time so this system works best for me.
Some times though I just want a physical book, and I was talking with a friend about some of my favorite places to buy books inexpensively and she hadn’t thought of two of the places I mentioned for books so it got me thinking that it might be something I should share on the blog. This is in no way sponsored, I just love books and hope someone finds it helpful.
I’ll divide it up into a few different posts so as not to overwhelm you with book photos. Today I thought I’d talk about Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. If you’ve never been inside an Ollie’s you might not even realize they have books. According to their website they currently have 249 stores, so if you are not sure if you have one nearby check their store locator.
Here’s the thing about Ollie’s, it is a bargain outlet. There will be Easter candy in the middle of the Summer, you might stumble upon a bunch of “as seen on tv” junk, but they have books! Lots and lots of books.
I took a short trip to one of the three Ollie’s in my area to give you a small glimpse. During this trip the most expensive single book I saw was $6.99 (and that’s not typical) most books are in the range of $2.99-$4.99.
I tend to always start off in the non-fiction books, cookbooks, craft books etc. I have gotten so many cook books at Ollies over the years. This particular Ollies doesn’t seem to have as many craft books as the one I usually frequent, but still worth a look!
They always seem to have a nice selection of gluten free, and vegetarian cookbooks too.

They have lots of kid’s books, this box set of Neal Shusterman books was only $7.99 such a bargain for all the hardcover books in one of my favorite young adult series.

Of course there is the adult fiction section as well. I spend most of my time there going over and over all the books. If you have never checked out an Ollies and are a book lover I hope you’ll find something wonderful! I’ll return again next week with another store for bargain books.

A quilted bag..

If you follow me on Instagram you may already know that my sister had a lot of medical issues during her pregnancy. It wasn’t anything that had any effect on the baby thankfully, but Heather had a lot of scares involving her heart. At one point she was air lifted via a helicopter from our emergency room to Hershey and that was very scary indeed. Luckily she is doing great now, though did end up spending about two weeks at Hershey medical center before she was induced. During this time she was very bored, and I wanted to make a little something to cheer her up when I visited.
I decided to sew a little quilted bag, its like a simplified mini version of a maker tote (a patter I own and loved making a bag from) I made a little quilted front and then filled it with some bath products I hoped would cheer her up.

I brought her some candy that has always been a favorite of ours, and some books I’ve read recently that I thought she would enjoy. UnSouled from the Unwind Dystology that I knew she had not yet read, Fangirl (I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about all these two books on my blog in the past), and The Language of Flowers which I read recently and really loved. It’s a novel about an orphan who has just turned 18 and is leaving the foster care system. The book switches between her life now, and flashbacks of growing up. It explains how she learned about the Victorian meanings behind flowers, and has me obsessed now with pressing flowers to create a flower dictionary of my own. I really need to do a new post about books I’ve read this Summer because there are quite a few I really have loved, and can’t stop thinking about.