Oh Hello There! See you at #BookFest?

Oh Hello There! See you at #BookFest?

Thoughts on the LA Times Festival of Books & why books, bookstores, and the book community are still relevant.

New Year, New Reads

New Year, New Reads

Jen in the Bookstore goes into 2018, with "I Have Lost My Way", by Gayle Forman.

Approved Holiday Gifts From Jen in the Bookstore

Approved Holiday Gifts From Jen in the Bookstore

Personal gift recommendations from a starstruck bookseller.

Confessions of a Thankful Bookseller

Confessions of a Thankful Bookseller

The Holiday Season, specifically around Thanksgiving, brings about reflection and a time to give thanks for the things and people in our lives, that make it great. Recently, I was asked how long I had been working at Vroman's. It suddenly struck me that my 7 year anniversary had passed, and I hadn't even noticed. Our store has been so busy lately, and my job roles have been expanding, which are both awesome things! However, I was so excited to get to 7 years, and when the day finally came, I missed it completely! So now, I would like to talk a little about the store that has helped raise me, helped me grow into a productive and confident individual, and the things that people can do, to help my beautiful store thrive.

Attitudes in Picture Book Characters, That Give Me Life

Attitudes in Picture Book Characters, That Give Me Life

Picture book authors receive a lot of credit when their books come out. While they deserve every bit of attention they get, I wish that illustrators received the same amount of publicity. It is my hope that this post gives some equally well-deserving illustrators, their credits due. Picture book illustrators are constantly providing me with never-ending joy. Most of the time, this joy comes from their character's attitudes. Illustrators create wonderful bits of energy and feeling with their character's facial expressions and actions, which continually give me life.