Busy Reading…

There are so many GREAT books out there, I can’t keep on top of reading them all!! I would love to take an Evelyn Woods Speed Reading course, but I think that would make reading become more of a ‘job’ instead of the enjoyable experience it is supposed to be.

Oh wait… I DO read as a job! I read so I can direct you all to the best new authors. Duh! Aren’t I lucky to have such a peaceful and stress free job?

To that end… I have just finished the two books I will review this month.  Portion of the Sea, written by Christine Lemmon, and When Shotgun Goes Off Watch Out For Bear Trap by Rick Sterry (yes, that’s really the title). Speak about opposite ends of the spectrum!!! Any way. I will be posting those reviews late tonight.

Do YOU have a book I should read and review? If so, drop me a line at: deb (at) uniqueandnovel (dot) com.


Belmar BookCon

Finally!!! Something to write about!!!

The big news here in New Jersey is the upcoming BOOK EVENT in Belmar, NJ. BELMAR BOOKCON is the FIRST EVER show designed to showcase SMALL INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING HOUSES and AUTHORS!!!

Today’s publishing is changing… and great books are being written that you will never hear about. #belmarcon2014 hopes to change that by promoting these talented authors and the smaller houses that take a chance on them.

Mark your calendar IN INK for October 12, 2014 and plan to join them for a wonderful and exciting day.

For further information please check out their website www.belmarbookcon.com or drop an email to: belmarbookcon2014@gmail.com


Hmmm… What Should I Read Next?

Next read??


I am such an eclectic reader. Some times I’m in the mood for a book that will teach me something new… other times I just want to sit back and be totally entertained. I’m dying to read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series… but keep putting it on the back burner to read something quick and less involved… telling myself the summer is a better time to read a series. Besides… Fall of Giants by Ken Follett is calling my name and I will eventually have to cave in and set time aside to read the trilogy.

Back in middle school and high school my teachers assigned books like J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Watership Down by Richard Adams… I never read them. I was not interested in reading anything ‘assigned’ to me. Being a stubborn teenager, I wanted to choose for myself. Writing reports for books I hadn’t read wasn’t difficult for two reasons… 1. Cliffnotes and 2. Creative writing skills. I always received high grades. Seriously though, I think the effort I put in to writing a report on something I knew nothing about was probably greater than had I just read it in the first place.

Now as an adult with the ability to choose any book my little heart desires… I rely on suggestions of others to broaden my world. See… I learned a lesson after all.

A friend of mine reads a lot of Science Fiction. I scrunched up my nose one day when he mentioned his current read. Realizing I wasn’t being fair to that genre, I challenged him to suggest a book I might like, and I promised to read it. He chose The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Getting me to sit down and read that book was like swallowing a spoonful of the most foul tasting medicine… but in the end I had to say I LOVED it! Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card was the next foray into a genre that made me squirm. There’s no going back now… as I plan to read The Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin some time in the next year.

What is YOUR current read??? What book do you want all of your friends to read next??? What should I read next? Give me your best. I promise I will put it on my night stand as  a future possibility. Hey, you never know… it might become one of my very favorites too.

If I have sparked an interest in any of the above titles, and you are thinking of purchasing from Amazon, I would appreciate it if you would use the Affiliate Links below if at all possible. The links take you straight to Amazon where all of your one click settings still work. I never get any of your information… it’s all very hush, hush. I do however get credit for the sale and Amazon thanks me in pennies. I hope to earn enough one day to purchase a book of my own choosing. Thank you for your consideration.

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James Patterson

OK… Confession time… I have NEVER read a book by James Patterson. Seriously!!! I have sold hundreds of them in my bookstores. I have met him and spoken to him over the years at trade shows for the book industry… but again NEVER have ever read a word he has written. I am even a follower of his blog, Facebook and newsletter.

Which is why I am here today to talk about James Patterson and his books.

When I attend these trade shows I would have a long list of things I hoped to accomplish. Finding small publishers offering unique titles, smoothing out problems with some of the larger publishers, getting a sneak peek on upcoming books I think would sell well, hob nob with the bigwigs in the publishing houses, and more. One thing I NEVER did was to stand in line to meet an author and have a book signed.

Every publisher would parade their latest and greatest authors out during the show and have them sit behind a table to sign books while another person ‘worked’ the crowd. Depending on the author the line could take a half an hour or more to get through. I didn’t have a half an hour to spare to just stand in line… nor did I care to.

Flying through the children’s section of the show one year I caught a glimpse of an author sitting by himself. No one was in line. I zoomed past and when I got to the end of the aisle I stopped up short, turned to my store manager and asked, “Was that James Patterson sitting by himself in the booth back there?” We back tracked to take a look.

Yes… Mr. Patterson was there to promote and sign copies of his new young adult fantasy series Maximum Ride. The show had just opened for the day and no one was really there yet. I started the conversation… but Mr. Patterson quickly took it over. Not only did he sign a book for me, but as he placed it ever so gingerly in my hands he explained to me the talking points I needed to hand sell this particular book in my stores.

Mr. Patterson is known by most as an awesome author… however few of you don’t know what a consummate business person he is. Go ahead… take a look at his website… I’ll wait.

La-di-da… Back yet?

Did you see where he offers the ability to read a bunch of chapter for FREE? He knows that if you invest the time, you will want to purchase the book to finish reading. Think about it… once you’ve started a book, you really can’t put it down.


Tell me… if you read James Patterson which is your favorite book? Your least favorite? If you haven’t read him (like me)… why not? What would make you read one??

Here is his most recent book…

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And here’s a link to PRE-ORDER his SOON TO BE RELEASED book (due March 24th)…

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Hungry Girl Diet Book – Pre Order NOW!!!

Good News – Bad News – Good News

The famous Hungry Girls have FINALLY published a DIET BOOK!!!
It’s not available until March 25th
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According to Publisher’s Weekly… this book is already a RUN AWAY BEST SELLER… and it’s not even out yet!!! The bookstores are loading their shelves just KNOWING everyone will want one!!!

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It’s time to lose that layer of winter fat girls!!! Bathing suit season will be here before you know it!

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A Visit With… A Cappella Books

A Cappella BooksI spent this morning at A Cappella Books in East Atlanta, GA. What an adorable shop!!! This is the kind of bookstore is what dreams are made of. Small, quaint, filled with some of the newest titles… mixed with old familiar (and not so familiar) titles. A lot of books ‘facing out’ give the space a clean and open feel.

Chris (New Book Buyer) was generous enough to share some of his precious time answering my questions and talking ‘books’ with me. However I am sure he would do that for everyone who walks in the door.

At first the music playing over the stereo system almost had me walk out the door. Some hard to listen to metal screeching was jarring my nerves… but eventually it turned into something more enjoyable… and my stomach settled down, so I stayed.

They do many events and are looking forward to hosting Chelsea Handler this March while she is in town doing a local show. Where they will put everyone is beyond me… but Chris assures me they have a plan.

They have an AWESOME buy back program too! So if you live in OR find yourself in the Atlanta area make sure you stop in. You will be very happy you did.

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Why Falling In Love With A Book Is Better Than Falling In Love With A Guy

I couldn’t help but share this with you all!!! I am spending the month of February writing about LOVE on my other site… debhathaway.com. While researching I came across this wonderful post on elitedaily.com by Lauren Martin and thought you might get as much a kick out of it as I did.

Why Falling In Love With A Book Is Better Than Falling In Love With A Guy

Love is rough. I’ve spent many years avoiding it after the scars of past heartbreak have yet to fully heal. The memories spent crying over men who loved and left me are still as fresh as an open wound and keep me guarded against anything remotely similar. It’s easy to forget the good times, but seemingly impossible to forget the bad. That’s what life and love is about: falling down and getting back up. But sometimes, getting back up is harder than you ever imagined.

I remember slowly recovering from my own broken heart, looking for anything to distract me. I took to friends, who inevitably got tired of me bringing up his name and crying in their arms. I took up television, which only ever buried me deeper into the trenches as commercials for “Safe Haven” and “Valentine’s Day” sent me reeling into another depression.

I tried throwing myself into work, which only helped until 5 pm rolled around and I was left alone with no work, just perpetual self-loathing. I sat alone in my room, begging for a distraction, before the night became early morning and I was still stuck in my mind, in my heartache, riding out the pain.

My mother always told me that it’s better to rely on myself than a man, that my happiness had to come from my life. Obviously, this advice is age-old and doesn’t necessarily mean much. It’s common sense that if you rely on someone else, he or she is inevitably going to disappoint you, leaving you helpless and unable to stand on your own.

I needed to find something that was stable, that would always be there to distract me and keep me company in my loneliest hours. I needed to find someone that wouldn’t abandon me and wouldn’t make me nervous every time he didn’t call or text.

Finding something to love outside of a person will set you free. It will give you a sense of independence and a love that isn’t superficial. It will endure long past the fleeting romances and casual hookups. It will be there when you don’t want to talk to anyone, but also don’t want to be alone.

What will always be there when you need it? What will sit and wait for you after a long day? What will endure your tears and make you laugh? What will make you feel better when you need cheering up? What will help you escape when you need to disappear? What will help you forget your worries and give you advice?

I searched for years, trying to find what I was looking for in people, jobs, cities and even drugs. I looked for it in dark alleyways and clubs. It wasn’t until a senior year English class that I was introduced to my salvation, the reason people spent their lives in cafes, libraries and book clubs. I finally understood why women carried books on the subways and read in waiting lines: A man will never love you and take care of you the way a book can.

Here’s why falling in love with a book is better than falling in love with a guy:

Men drain you; books fill you up.

Books teach you; men confuse you.

Men break your heart; books break your shelves.

Books can be first editions; men are always used.

Books are easy to read; men need instruction manuals.

Good books are easy to find; good men are rare.

Books take you anywhere; men take you from behind.

Books are easy to close; men are impossible to open.

Books are deep; men are shallow.

Books have spines; men don’t have backbones.

Books make you cry; men make you hurt.

Books get better with age; men dump you for your age.

Books open you up; men open your legs.

Books have summaries; men have baggage.

Books are classics; men are all the same.

Books have sequels, men have new lovers.

Books have introductions, men have one-liners.

Books can be left open, men can’t be left alone.

Books can have sad endings; men only want happy endings.

Books have Sparknotes; men have Lulu.

Men always lie; books are honest about being fiction.

Books have prefaces; men have many faces.

Books are easy to go back to; men leave you for good.

Books take you for adventure; men take you on top.

Books keep you interested; men keep you guessing.

Books fill your head; men want head.

Books grow on trees; men don’t grow at all.

Books have binding; men will try to bind you.

Books come off your computer; men cum on your keyboard.

Books share ideas; men share your pics.

HAHAHAHAHA!!! So… which was YOUR favorite reason?


Have you ever heard of Indiebound.org??? No??? Well… let me introduce you this wonderful site.

As an Independent Bookstore owner in a past life, Indiebound was my best source of current and upcoming titles. The bookstore staff always looked forward to receiving a monthly box filled with ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies). We would fight over the titles by well known authors and hesitantly read the ones by ‘first time’ authors. When finished, we would give them away to customers and ask them to write a short review if possible.

There are TWO major reasons YOU should go to this site. Number ONE is their Independent Bookstore SEARCH feature. Whether you are at home or on vacation, you can simply type in your zip code or address and search for the local INDIES in your area. PLEASE, I beg of you… PLEASE support your local bookstores!! If every reader purchases just TWO books a year from an INDEPENDENTLY owned store it would mean so much!!

The SECOND reason you need to bookmark this site is to look for your ‘next read’. Each month this site lists the top selling books across the nation. Not only the hardcovers… but paperbacks too. What makes this list different than, say, The New York Times Bestseller List??? Well… these titles are a list of what’s actually SELLING in the stores… not what the stores are purchasing.

Which reminds me… have you ever looked at the New York Times Bestsellers List??? I am always amused when I see a book listed in the top 3 that was JUST released that week. If the book is a real dog, the bookstores get to send the unsold copies back to the publishers… then you can watch the title sink on the list. (Can you tell I don’t have a life???)


The Goldfinch

The line at the Frick Collection on Wednesday afternoon. Hillary Reinsberg/BuzzFeed

Outside the Frick Collection on Manhattan’s Upper East Side Wednesday afternoon, a museum security guard offered those waiting in the 45-minute line the option to skip to the front by purchasing a $75 annual membership — not unlike a nightclub bouncer encouraging people to buy table service and expedite entry.

New York’s hottest club is, improbably, the Frick.

Over the past few weeks, the very small, usually pin-drop quiet museum famous for its collection of old master paintings has drawn around-the-block crowds — many coming see Carel Fabritius’ The Goldfinch, the painting that inspired Donna’s Tartt’s best-selling, must-read novel of the moment of the same name. The Fabritius painting, which is part of an exhibit featuring 15 paintings on loan from The Hague’s Mauritshuis museum, is only in New York until Sunday, which has meant unprecedented crowds and long lines over the past week.

In almost cosmically strange timing — befitting the book’s themes in many ways — the exhibit opened at the Frick the exact same day Tartt’s novel was released in the U.S. The museum said they have had over 200,000 visitors since the Oct. 22, opening, making it the museum’s most-visited show ever. (On average, about 250,000 people visit the Frick over the course of an entire year.)

In line, one woman was reading The Goldfinch while she waited. Another, Annie Gonzalez, had recently finished it, and promptly ordered Tartt’s first book, The Secret History which she pulled out of her bag. “I read about it in The New York Times, that the painting was here, and I thought it was fortuitous,” she said.

Others had read the book, but insisted it wasn’t the main reason for the visit. “Everyone thinks you’re coming now to the Frick to see The Goldfinch,” said Jennifer Clark, who came back Wednesday after being deterred by the 90-minute line on Saturday.

And one young couple, when asked if the book had brought them to the museum, responded, “No. We’re super cultured.”

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Inside the exhibit, the crowd around The Goldfinch was five-deep. “That’s the one everyone’s trying to get at!” one man announced. People were mostly quiet around the painting, though some seemed surprised by how small the painting was.

It was slightly easier to get a close look at Vermeer’s Girl With A Pearl Earring, another painting popularized by a novel, partially because it had one of the exhibit’s entire rooms to itself, while the 14 other paintings shared the other.Girl With A Pearl Earring had been the show’s initial main draw, before Tartt’s novel was released to overwhelmingly glowing praise. Tartt attended the show’s opening, and has been back more than once to sign copies of her novel, which is sold in the gift shop.

“It has brought visitors to the Frick who would not have come had they not read the novels,” said Margaret Iacono, the show’s curator. “The only frustration is when they take the author’s fictionalized accounts as fact.”

“Well,” one woman said, as she walked past The Goldfinch. “That’s a very cute bird.”


Isn’t it ingenious the way the book by Donna Tartt created such a following of the famous painting?? I have to wonder how many people would have gone to view the masterpiece if they hadn’t read the book? Hmmm…

I was fortunate enough to have seen the Dutch masterpiece ‘Girl With A Pearl Earring’ while on vacation this summer. I read the book, and saw the movie… but I’ll be honest, I was going to the HIgh Museum any way… it was just a bonus that iconic painting was on exhibit. Lucky me!

Have YOU ever gone to see a painting just because it was depicted in a book or movie?

A New Book Site Hits the Web!

Helllloooo… and WELCOME!!! Thanks for stopping by.

If you are looking for a new type of site… dedicated to BOOKS, STORIES, AUTHORS and more BOOKS, then you are in the right place. Grab a cup of tea and make yourself at home. You are among friends here.

I have been in the ‘book biz’ for many, many years. Starting off working in a private book warehouse… into owning my own warehouses and bookstores (yes, plural)… and now plugging away at being an author. I have seen all sides of this business from publishing, to wholesale and retail. It kind of gives me a unique insight into the world of books.

This site has been a long time coming. It’s something I have always wanted to do… but never had the time for it. Then when I DID have the time, I was too drained to deal with it. Well… the stars have finally aligned and I am off and running!!! A dream come true!!!

My belief is EVERYONE needs to read!!! I don’t care if you read an ebook, paperback, only hardcovers, the sides of cereal boxes, or listen on your head sets… a good story is a good story, no matter what the format.

I also believe EVERYONE has a story. No skin off my nose if the story is published traditionally, self published, or written in the sand. Let me repeat… A good story is a good story, no matter what the format.

My goal is to expose you to some books, authors, stories, and book related items you might not hear about otherwise. I know of some self published authors who have written AWESOME stories, in addition to crafters who have made extremely clever gifts for bibliophiles. Don’t misunderstand… there are plenty of books and such through mainstream channels I will tell you about too. There are also some spectacular websites oozing with great book recommendations I will direct your attention to.

Hey… if a subject has anything at all to do with books and reading… and I find out about it… I’ll pass the information along to you via this site.

Now here’s the fun part!!! This site is a TEAM effort! I need you all to comment, ask questions, pass along information, interact with each other, and contribute to this community. Tell us about your favorite bookstore, what book gave you goosebumps, what books are on your night stand, what is your favorite tea blend… whatever you want!!! Submit your story to deb@uniqueandnovel.com for me to post.

Rome was not built in a day. Please be patient as changes are made to this site. It’s a living, breathing entity and as such will constantly be in flux. Visit often… and please SPEAK UP!!!

Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, and submissions at:


I hope to hear from YOU soon!!!