Thursday, March 19, 2009

SoCal Lit Scene: The One Dollar Bookstore in Orange, California

A new feature I'll be adding to this blog is reviews of bookstores and literary events in Southern California. This is going to be a little project of mine, and I'm excited to visit as many bookstores within driving distance as I can. If you are a Southern California bookstore owner or planning an event and are interested in having it reviewed on my blog, please use the contact form to let me know!

I blame it all on indiebound. Shortly after I visited Vromans, I wanted to double check that it was the closest independent bookstore and lo and behold there were all of these used bookstores that had just been added, including the One Dollar Bookstore. There was absolutely no way a bookstore with books for just One Dollar was going to go unvisited by me, and I made plans to go there the very next weekend!

Let me tell you, I was not disappointed. I could have easily walked out with 20 books, but I kept myself to just 8. One was a completely goofy choice, and if you look at the picture below I think you can guess which one. :)

The store used to be a supermarket and since the books are sold for just $1 the fixings and decor are minimal. In fact, for the most part, the books aren't even really sorted. They are slightly organized, there is a section for children's books and one for teens. The shelves when you first walk in announce new arrivals, and the books lining the wall are alphabetized fiction. But that doesn't mean you won't also find what you're looking for in the many many shelves of "mixed books."

There wasn't much in the way of good YA, and in fact, I didn't spend much time looking at the alphabetized fiction, I found most of my buys in the mixed books or new arrival sections. I hadn't heard of all of the authors or books, but let me tell you that when the books are just $1 it's a great time to take a risk. Also, there were several fairly recent releases, you might think you'd only find books you don't really want at a place like this, but I was pleasantly surprised by how many interesting options there were. Of course, there were also a couple of shelves of the Left Behind books!

There are several locations of the One Dollar Bookstore in Southern California and if you have some time to kill and some room on your bookshelf, than I suggest checking it out for sure. The picture below is the stack of books I got, and to make things even better there was a special! (does a One Dollar bookstore need a special?) For every five books you bought you got one free! So my total was a mere $7.54.

Have you read any of these books? Do you know which one is the goofy one?

The One Dollar Bookstore has locations in Orange, Burbank, and Lakewood.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, I may have to leave the baby with my mom long enough to jaunt up to Orange when I'm in the OC in August and check this place out.

Yes, I may have to mail my books home, but it would be worth it.

Deborah said...

lol Unlocking the Meaning of Lost? I'm guessing that's the goofy choice.

bermudaonion said...

What a great store! I'm impressed that you showed such restraint. I'm with Deborah - I think the goofy one is Unlocking the Meaning of Lost.

Julie P. said...

Wow! I love to shop and that would definitely be a dream store for me. I get excited when Dollar Tree has a good book.

Alea said...

Wow way better than the regular dollar store!

Helga Marie Bee said...

my guess is the slasher title is the goofy.
what a steal, books for a dollar.
enjoy, and share your reviews when finished.

Melissa said...

I would get into so much trouble in a one dollar bookstore!

Iliana said...

You lucky girl! I wish I had one of those near me :)

I have read The Samurai's Garden and found it enjoyable. A good comfort read.

Enjoy your book loot!

Unknown said...

Hi Amy. I've given you an award! come and pick it up.

Bookfool said...

Wow, you found some great books! I've got Catalyst on my shelf. I love Halse Anderson's books -- she hasn't let me down, yet. I was guessing the LOST book is your goofy purchase, too.

darbyscloset said...

My bet since you have are sooooo sooo into Lost, that the silly book is the Lost book!!!!
Actually it does sound like a fun book/read!
What a find, this store!!!!
Thanks for sharing,
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Amy said...

Jen...yes, I'll come with you! ;)

Deb...yes you're right!

Kathy...thanks! All i need to do is attempt to organize my TBR pile before I go shopping...even so, I did put books back and debated over several. too! You would love it!

Alea...I think so!

Mrs.Cupcake...of course I will! is a bit dangerous!


Iliana...I like comfort reads! And who knows? When I did a web search for $1 Bookstore it seems to be a popular trend! are so wonderful, thank you so much! are right! I was excited to find Catalyst there.'re right! I wanted the section on shows similar to LOST...

Beth F said...

What a cool idea. And I love the idea of a Dollar Bookstore. I have joined the ranks of LOST fans, too.

Anonymous said...

Great idea for a regular feature, and you've got a wonderful button for it!

You did show great restraint :) I'd love to poke around this store.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Wow, I am very jealous of the $1.00 bookstore. I see Night of Many dreams --love this author. What a great blog feature>>>love it.

Blodeuedd said...

I wanna live there :D
That is the coolest idea ever

Luanne said...

I'm going with Unlocking the meaning of Lost!

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