Identifying First Editions

There are tons of reasons that people are drawn to secondhand bookstores – you never know, after all, what you might find among the shelves. At BookMarx, sometimes this means running across a first edition of a favorite story. Identifying first editions isn’t always straightforward. If you’re lucky, you’ll find the words “first edition” printed on the inside cover page, but it can be vastly … Continue reading Identifying First Editions

Black History Month at BookMarx

February is Black History Month, a time for us to acknowledge and thank the great members of the African-American community who have influenced our history. Some were political leaders. Others fought courageously during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Our black history section at BookMarx is newly organized and features some great books for February! Before Freedom, when I Just Can Remember, by Belinda Hurmence … Continue reading Black History Month at BookMarx

Blind Date with a Book and Stepping Out of Your Favorite Genre

There’s no doubt that many of us have done it. We read a certain book, and it refreshes, excites, and motivates. It’s only natural that we move on to another book by the same author, or at least in the same genre. And before we know it, we’re stuck in one genre. Adults seem to have this problem more than children, who tend to be … Continue reading Blind Date with a Book and Stepping Out of Your Favorite Genre

Reasons to Return

Some people define themselves as “re-readers”, always finding reasons to come back to the same stories again and again. Others just don’t see the point. However, there may be a number of reasons why re-reading an old favorite might make for a better reading experience. 1. They make for a comfortable read.  Books can be challenging, thought-provoking, troubling, hilarious – but let’s face it, sometimes you … Continue reading Reasons to Return