In which we try not to kill our houseplants.


My dad has an awesome -- and rather large -- backyard garden filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables. My grandfather grew beautiful roses, and my other grandfather taught my dad which vegetables to grow when. My mother and aunt tend to their plants as if they are their green-haired children. 

I killed my succulent in a month. 

Clearly, green thumbs aren't generational, but trust me when I say it's not for lack of trying. I've got a peace lily I've had for years still, somehow, thriving, and I kept my hydrangeas blooming all summer long. 

I want to be a plant person so badly, which is basically why I ordered this new little book for the shop, then made Ashley plan an event around it.

Happy Houseplants is filled with colorful, practical information on 30 different indoor plants and how they grow; it's the perfect gift, but we didn't want to stop there. We're partnering with our friend Emily at You're Maker to create your own macrame plant hanger (we promise this isn't your mom's 1970s design -- we're in love with what she's come up with); which means for a $25 ticket to our event, you get a copy of Happy Houseplants, a plant hanger, colorful pot, and plant. 

It's true: I often kill the plants I come home with. But sometimes I don't. And even when I do, just the act of creating something is so therapeutic. It's the whole purpose behind what Emily does at You're Maker, and we love any chance we get to bring that attitude and mission inside The Bookshelf's doors.  

Tickets are still available online and in-store. Come create something with us next week. 

with Emily of You're Maker
Thursday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and include a copy of Happy Houseplants, a plant hanger, pot, and plant



Whew! Fall is the busiest time of year in Thomasville, and The Bookshelf is no exception. Make sure you've purchased your tickets and marked your calendars for the events you want to attend; we'd love to see you at any or all of these!

+ Spooky story time and signing with Rosalind Bunn - This Friday, 10/13 from 3-5 p.m.
Stitches & Stories - Tuesday, 10/17 at 6 p.m. at Fuzzy Goat
Happy Houseplants workshop with Emily McKenna - Thursday, 10/19 at 7 p.m. -- Tickets are $25 and are available in-store and online
Subscription Social - Tuesday, 10/24 at 7 p.m.
Covey Film Festival showing of Same Kind of Different as Me - Thursday, 10/26 at 7 p.m. at Thomas County BOE Auditorium -- Tickets available here
Secrets, Haunts, and Local Lore - Friday, 10/27 at 6 p.m. at the Lapham-Patterson House -- Tickets and information available here
+ Energy Medicine Workshop with Paige Abgar of Eden Energy Medicine - Thursday, 11/2 at 7 p.m. -- Tickets are $25 and are available in-store and online
Pie & Whiskey at Liam's - Tuesday, 11/7 at 7 p.m. -- Tickets available in-store and online
Pen to Plate dinner featuring Six Seasons - Thursday, 11/9 at 7 p.m. -- Tickets available in-store and online (We're almost sold-out, so snag 'em quick!)



PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Last week was all about One Book; our days were filled with discussions and celebrations of To Dance with the White Dog, and our staff even got to spend some time with Terry Kay himself. (We had a stellar turnout at this year's author lecture held at the Thomas County BOE auditorium, and Terry also presented workshops and author talks to three local schools. All in all, it was a pretty successful endeavor. 

The book is a regional classic, so if you missed last week's events, never fear: We've got signed copies in stock, perfect for giving as gifts this holiday season. 


This is certainly the most hyped book on our shelves this week; young adult author John Green is back with Turtles All the Way Down, a new novel featuring Aza, a 16-year-old girl trying to solve a community mystery and to be a good daughter and friend, all while struggling with the spiraling thoughts associated with her obsessive compulsive disorder. 

Green always writes these quirky, unique characters his readers wind up loving. I just started Turtles All the Way Down on Tuesday (we weren't even allowed to open the box early!), and already I've found Aza to be a compelling protagonist, and Green writes about OCD in a respectful, realistic way. We've got signed copies currently in stock; stop by or order online!



Ever wondered what life was like for a bookseller or bookstore owner? Now's your chance to find out. Annie and Chris give a behind-the-scenes look at life at the shop in this week's episode of From the Front Porch. Give the episode a listen here, or find it on iTunes or your favorite podcast platform. 

Pssst.... We've recently launched a separate website for the podcast, as well as the chance for you to sponsor your business or support the podcast through Patreon. Find out more here



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