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First Thursday’s Book Club – 11/12/22

First Thursday’s Book Club – 11/12/22

Thanks for coming out last Saturday! I'm glad we were able to find a time that everyone could make it. Catching up for dinner was fun too! I read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, The Foundling by Ann Leary, and Ashley/Christiana's pic, Tin Man by Sarah Winman. I was...

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/6/22

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/6/22

Wow, we read lots of great books last month! Last night has wreaked havoc on my to-be-read pile for sure. Shana read two of Julia Quinn's Bridgerton books: On the Way to the Wedding and The Viscount Who Loved Me. She enjoyed Mariya's pick, On a Quiet Street by...

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/1/2022

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/1/2022

Last night was perfect patio weather to enjoy the courtyard. Thanks for coming out for a fun night of swapping books and catching up! Ashley read A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha, A Wild Swan and Other Tales by Michael Cunningham, and The Language of Dying by Sarah...

Author Event – Kathy Kasunich

Join us on September 17, 1 PM - 3 PM. Meet the author, Kathy Kasunich, and discover the story behind the real-life couple that inspired her novel, Always Remembering. A genuine, heartfelt tale based on a true romance, Always Remembering depicts the emotional effects...

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/4/2022

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/4/2022

Last night was so much fun! Thanks to everyone who helped prepare this surprise party and brought cute decorations and yummy treats. I had a great time celebrating our friend's special day! I brought in 3 books from last month that I forgot to bring to the July book...

Author Event – Emily Madison

Join us Saturday, October 1st from 1 PM - 3 PM as we host local Author Emily Madison and her book Skylark, The Dragon Lady. Books available for sale and signing. Skylark, The Dragon Lady is an epic, immersive tale that features fantasy world-building and dynamic...

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/7/2022

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/7/2022

Last night was another beautiful evening in the courtyard. Not as many members could make it, but still lots of great books to share! Matt read Hugh's pick from last month, The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone. He also read a non-fiction book, The Fary Tellers: A...

Author Event – R. Gregory

Join us on July 9th, 2022 from 1pm - 3pm as we host local author R. Gregory. R. Gregory will share his children's fantasy series: Adventures in Ayr.     Come Adventuring with Us! Ayr is a magical place. Follow the adventures of Cade and Dee, two brothers that...

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/2/22

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/2/22

I'm glad we finally got a warm night to enjoy the courtyard! Luckily we missed the lightning storm. It was great to see everyone, and welcome John and Trish! Christiana read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, The Martian by Andy Weir, (I hope you will read Hail Mary, I...

First Thursday’s Book Club 5/5/2022

First Thursday’s Book Club 5/5/2022

It's hard to believe that it is already May! And it did not feel like May temperatures last night. If I had been thinking more about time last night, I would have realized that this May is our book club's 4th anniversary! Time really has flown by ( although the last 2...

First Thursday’s Book Club 4/7/2022

First Thursday’s Book Club 4/7/2022

Last night was full of fun, thunderstorms, dog and cat influencers, and sharing some great news with friends! Also some TV binge recommendations and even a couple of books. Hugh carried the group with 4 books he read last month. I read The Last Thing He Told Me by...

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/3/2022

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/3/2022

We had a small group and a smaller stack of books last night. But we still had lots of laughter and good conversation. Ross and Christiana, we miss you! Ashley re-read but did not finish The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern. Hugh read Matt's "unputdownable" (which I...

First Thursday’s Book Club 2/3/22

First Thursday’s Book Club 2/3/22

No one read very many books this month, I think it might be the shortest list in the histroy of Thursday book club. But there was great company and perfect weather for the courtyard. I read zero books. I know. I am appalled. It is definitely not the fault of any book,...

First Thursday’s Book Club 1/6/22

First Thursday’s Book Club 1/6/22

Wow, 2022. Let's hope that it is a happy and healthy year for everyone. We are coming up on 4 years of our book club and I am so thankful to have met all of you and to share our thoughts once a month. I hope our reading slumps improve, but I enjoy your company and...

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/2/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/2/21

I'm happy we got another night in the courtyard. I will never complain about sixty-degree weather in December. We all missed you Ross! And welcome Ali, I hope you will join us again next month. Ashley read The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. It's book one of a series she...

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/4/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/4/21

I was hoping for at least one more month of courtyard book club, but winter came fast. I miss those warm courtyard evenings already. Thanks for braving the cold windy wet last night to come out. It was great to see everyone! Christiana had a huge stack of two months...

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/7/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/7/21

We were reminded this week that our book club has been together for over 3 years! Wow! I am so glad that each of you showed up and took a chance on something different and a little weird. I have loved getting to know you all and hearing about your favorite genres and...

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/2/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/2/21

The. Perfect. Weather, for courtyard book club! I hope the fall stays cool but doesn't get cold too fast. Ross, against all warnings from Christiana, borrowed Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. She got halfway in before throwing in the towel. Ross, you said I read a...

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/5/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/5/21

Wow, can we capture last night's weather in a bottle? I'm looking forward to a few months like last night in the courtyard! We missed you, Matt and Mariya! And so excited for you! Ashley read Matt's choice from last month, The Necromancer's House by Christopher...

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/1/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/1/21

Wow, July! It was the perfect breezy night to sit out in the courtyard. Thanks, everyone for coming out, It was great to see you all again! Ross suffered through Beach Read by Emily Henry. It could have definitely been more than it was, points for making it through to...

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/10/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/10/21

Thanks so much for coming out last night, and for being patient with last week's reschedule. I am already feeling the pressure of 3 weeks instead of 4 to read something in my current reading slump. But it will be great to catch up again soon either way. I read...

First Thursday’s Book Club 5/6/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 5/6/21

Such a fun night at book club last night! Perfect weather and great conversations. And Ross!!! We have all missed you so much. It was so good to catch up with you again. (And I'm wearing my "new" jeans today and they are perfection!) Ross is one of the first 3 of us...

First Thursday’s Book Club 4/1/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 4/1/21

Wow, April already! I was hoping the 2nd time we met this year wouldn't be so cold! I'm glad we ended up inside this time. It was great to see everyone who came out. Here's what we've been reading: This month Christiana continued reading The Mountain Shadow, an...

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/4/21

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/4/21

Wow, the first book club of 2021... in March! I'm glad it was warm enough to brave the courtyard. It was great to see everyone, even though we weren't all together (partially my fault, I feel terrible.) I'm looking forward to a future of warm weather, longer daylight,...

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/3/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/3/20

Wow, the last book club of 2020. I'm so glad we could get together last night without freezing. It was great to see everyone, especially Ross who we have all missed lots! Ross started us off with a reading from the first page of Bang by Barry Lyga. Gripping to say the...

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/5/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/5/20

This month's book club was a little smaller, a little darker, and a little cooler, but still lot's of fun. Thanks to everyone who came out. If you weren't able to make it, we missed you! Ashley read one of Mariya's picks from last month, The Great Green Room by Amy...

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/1/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/1/20

What a pretty night last night for our second month of "courtyard book club!" I hope that next month won't be too dark or cold yet... fingers crossed.  Thanks to our newcomers for stopping by; David, Barbara and Theresa. Ross we all missed you! Christiana read A Long...

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/3/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/3/20

Six months of missed book clubs! I'm so glad we could all get together again last night. I think the courtyard setup worked well, until it gets really cold.  I can bring some lanterns next time or we'll be sitting in the dark! Thanks for coming out, it was so great to...

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/5/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/5/20

So. Much. Fun. Y'all! We missed you, Ashley and Mariya! Ross started us off with some movies and books about Manson murders that had given her the chills.  Will You Die For Me? The Man Who Killed for Charles Manson Tells His Own Story, by Tex Watson sounded like a...

First Thursday’s Book Club 2/7/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 2/7/20

Wow, another wet and windy book club night!  Thanks to everyone who made it out in the storm.  We missed you Ashley, Christiana, and Ross! I hope we can catch up soon. We still had a lot of good books to talk about, and a lot of trades. Here they are: I got to read a...

First Thursday’s Book Club 1/2/20

First Thursday’s Book Club 1/2/20

Happy New Year!! Thanks for coming out to the first book club of 2020! It was great to see everyone. Lots of good books were read in December: Christiana tried the first one of the Janet Evanovich's series Shana enjoys, One For the Money. She also enjoyed Black Book...

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/5/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/5/19

I had another fun night catching up with you all last night!  Thanks again for coming out in the cold and dark. It was great to see each of you. Lot's of books this month! Ross loved Ashley's pick from last month Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn. She likes it so much she...

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/8/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/8/19

Well what a fun and unusual night at book club! If you couldn't make it you were missed! Ashley, Christiana and Ruthann came out. We all checked in with the books we enjoyed this month but that didn't take very long.  Ruthann let us know about a Trivia Night that...

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/3/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/3/19

Thanks so much for coming out again last night! It was great to see everyone. Welcome to Fernando and Lillian, it's great to have you with us! We missed you Ruthann, and I really enjoyed your book I borrowed. And, here's the recap: Ross read Shana's pick that Maria...

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/5/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/5/19

Thanks everyone for coming out last night, despite the hurricane predictions.  I'm glad nothing happened here, I hope everyone is doing well. It was another fun night as always, I love to get together with all of you! We've been in a little bit of a swapping slump,...

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/1/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/1/19

Thanks everyone for coming out for another fun book club. I'm glad you made it! Don brought in a collection of books he has enjoyed by Larry McMurty to be shared. Maria read Shana's pick from last month, What Alice Forgot  by Liane Moriarty. It sounds like a good one,...

You Become … Real – The Velveteen Rabbit

You Become … Real – The Velveteen Rabbit

I was never the kid who knew what they wanted to be when they grew up. That's not to say I didn't have a plan of some kind ... there was always a plan, always a "next." But not one that stuck.  I had the blind ambition and naive assurance that I could do anything. And...

Round Robin

Round Robin

Dog Eared Books was featured on Hampton's channel 47 Round Robin program. I hope you will check it out! https://youtu.be/BiHeaZ7l060

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/11/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/11/19

Thanks again to everyone who made it out last night even though it was the "second Thursday." I know there's a lot of competition for everyone's time and it means so much that you all come out to book club as often as possible.  I'm so sorry I had to duck out early. ...

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/6/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/6/19

It was great to see all of you last night as always!  Thanks so much for coming out! Shana has embraced beach reading season with a stack of books to share! Lots of fun and relaxing chick-lit selections: One Day in December by Josie Silver, Pride Prejudice and Jasmine...

First Thursday’s Book Club 5/2/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 5/2/19

Well, let's just say that I'm always SO proud of myself when I get the blog out by the Friday after book club, and that definitely didn't happen this month! Sorry guys.  The internet struggle here is real. But I take full responsibility on myself.  Hey, at least it's...

First Thursday’s Book Club 4/4/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 4/4/19

Hey guys! Thanks so much for those who made it out for another fun get together!  If you didn't make it you were so missed!  I hope we can catch up next time.  This month we proved that we don't have to like or even actually read the books we borrow from each other to...

#GiftOfReading

#GiftOfReading

Hey guys!  Some of you might not know about this thing I'm passionate about and I didn't want you to miss out. For those of you who don't know, I volunteer with some friends at the city jail once a week in their library service.  What that means, is that we select...

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/7/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 3/7/19

Thanks again to everyone who came out for another fun night!  Welcome to Ruthann joining us for the first time.  Sasha and Tracey we missed you, hope to see you next month. Lots of fun books were discussed and passed, so I'll get right to it. Shana read my pick from...

First Thursday’s Book Club 2/7/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 2/7/19

Wow, what a fun night at book club!  So many books were read in January, probably because it was the longest month EVER. Everyone had lots of books to discuss and pass around to share with the group. I am already looking forward to March to see what everyone has to...

First Thursday’s Book Club 1/3/19

First Thursday’s Book Club 1/3/19

Happy New Year and a huge thanks again to everyone who has made our book club so special and continues to come out to share their books!  On to the book list/recap: Matt read my pick from last month, Outsider by Steven King.  He enjoyed the classic King monster story....

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/6/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 12/6/18

Thanks everyone for coming out last Thursday for another fun night of book club!  Don, Christiana, Ashley you were missed! I started with The Outsider by Steven King. It was a great read.  Matt is borrowing it this month, so more from his thoughts next time.  Also,...

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/1/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 11/1/18

Thanks again for another great night at book club last night. Welcome to Maria, we were glad you were able to join us! Don borrowed Ross's "favorite book of all time," The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom.  He is almost finished, only 20 pages left!  I...

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/4/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 10/4/18

Hi First Thursday-ers!  I had such a great night this Thursday thanks so much for coming out! We missed catching up with Pamela, Ashley and Sasha.  Hope we can catch up with you and your reading lists next month.  Here's the recap: Don came to share 3 books.  He...

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/6/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 9/6/18

Thanks again to everyone who came out last Thursday for another fun night of book club!  Here's the recap of what was read and passed within the group: Ross had brought in the The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  Sasha and I had read it...

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/2/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 8/2/18

Hi First Thursday-ers!!  A huge thank you for all of you for coming out, for supporting me and my business, and for generally just being a really fun time! As promised, here is the recap: Victoria - I discussed fellow book clubber's memoirs A Day at the Fare: One...

There’s Always More Room: For Books, Love and Life

There’s Always More Room: For Books, Love and Life

Yesterday a friend came in to the bookstore. With his two adorable tiny dogs.  You might say customer, or even "regular," since he has stopped by a handful of times since we opened.  But, even though I had never met him before he walked into the store for the first...

Author Event – Pamela M. Covington, August 4th

Author Event – Pamela M. Covington, August 4th

I am so thrilled about this event it is hard to know where to start.  You are not going to want to miss this opportunity to meet and learn from Pamela M. Covington! Saturday, August 4th from 1pm to 3pm Dog Eared Books has the absolute pleasure of hosting and author...

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/5/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 7/5/18

Wow!  What a fun night at book club this week!!! We had a great turnout, including 5 of our core regulars and 6 new guests!  It was great to meet all our new members and get to know them last night.  I hope that everyone will be back to join us again next month on...

The Writer’s Studio

The Writer’s Studio

Last week we had the pleasure of hosting Elaine Fletcher Chapman with The Writer's Studio: "Elaine Fletcher Chapman is the author of a volume of poems, Hunger for Salt. She worked on staff at The Bennington Writing Seminars, Bennington College for 18 years where she...

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/7/18

First Thursday’s Book Club 6/7/18

The First Thursday Book Club is off to a great start.  We had a great turn out for our first gathering in May, and almost everyone was able to join us again this week.  In addition to our original group, we welcomed another member from the Monday group. These books...

Author Events

Author Events

Our first, of hopefully many, author events was last month.  Novelist, Maria Hudgins, came for the afternoon to discuss her books.  She read a selection from one of her travel mysteries and took questions from the group.  Mrs. Hudgins also gave us all some insight on...

A Fresh Take on Book Club

A Fresh Take on Book Club

I LOVE books!!  It has been a dream of mine to own a bookstore.  I would rather read than almost anything else.  But, I have never joined a book club.  That might sound odd... but let me explain: Introverts Beware:  Book Clubs, by virtue of being "clubs" are VERY...

Downtown Hampton’s Independent Bookstore

Downtown Hampton’s Independent Bookstore

Visit Dog Eared Books for new and used books and gifts.  All books are priced at half off the retail cover price.  Gently used books are accepted as trade-ins for store credit.  Store credit will be issued at 20% of the cover price and valid toward the purchase of...

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