Novel Destination

Novel Destination Reasonably priced, gently used, fiction and non-fiction books fill the flat surfaces in our rooms. This is a shop which values every browser through kind and supportive interactions.

"Our books may be used, but the words are still good." We are Jamestown's locally owned used bookstore. We have around 35,000 books in our inventory. Our gently used books are reasonably priced at $5.00 or less. You can browse rooms of books both upstairs and downstairs (let us give you a tour!). We have a nice selection of audiobooks (on CDs or MP3s), children's books, and even some large print b

"Our books may be used, but the words are still good." We are Jamestown's locally owned used bookstore. We have around 35,000 books in our inventory. Our gently used books are reasonably priced at $5.00 or less. You can browse rooms of books both upstairs and downstairs (let us give you a tour!). We have a nice selection of audiobooks (on CDs or MP3s), children's books, and even some large print b

Operating as usual

I am not looking for true escapes but a number of good shortcuts are much appreciated!
09/16/2021

I am not looking for true escapes but a number of good shortcuts are much appreciated!

I am not looking for true escapes but a number of good shortcuts are much appreciated!

09/16/2021

Quite the obituary...Terry Pratchett would likely welcome Ms. Blair's energy. :)
09/15/2021

Quite the obituary...Terry Pratchett would likely welcome Ms. Blair's energy. :)

Quite the obituary...Terry Pratchett would likely welcome Ms. Blair's energy. :)

Reminder to all that Novel Destinations book club will have its next meeting on Wednesday Sept 22nd 10 am at Lori’s Koun...
09/14/2021

Reminder to all that Novel Destinations book club will have its next meeting on Wednesday Sept 22nd 10 am at Lori’s Kountry Kitchen Kaffee on Foote Ave. We decided last month that for this September meeting, we would visit any Little Free Library to pick a book to read and discuss (plus leave a book behind). Join us if you can! All are welcome.

Reminder to all that Novel Destinations book club will have its next meeting on Wednesday Sept 22nd 10 am at Lori’s Kountry Kitchen Kaffee on Foote Ave. We decided last month that for this September meeting, we would visit any Little Free Library to pick a book to read and discuss (plus leave a book behind). Join us if you can! All are welcome.

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09/14/2021

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Scout's Post:I now realize that Miss Mattie is a details-oriented canine while I keep myself busy considering the horizo...
09/14/2021

Scout's Post:
I now realize that Miss Mattie is a details-oriented canine while I keep myself busy considering the horizon. She enjoys chasing and catching small things that hop and fly. It happens fairly frequently but we can not seem to get a clear photo to share. Sometimes she catches and releases her prey. For a girl who barks at most everything, she is a silent hunter. We rarely know what has happened before she shakes her head, spits, sneezes, or does all of that while rolling around on the ground. Apparently, some of the insects and bugs do not meet her picky palate's favored flavor profile. [Try saying that three times fast! :)] I have to admit that watching Miss Mattie during one of these forays (a great word) is very entertaining to anyone who witnesses it.
I have been pulled over to more crotches of trees (yes, trees have them even though they don't wear pants!) by my small canine walk buddy than I care to admit to. I guess that I should have kept count but I r-e-a-l-l-y thought she was just going through some weird phase in the grief process and I did not want to hurt her feelings. These openings between tree roots and branches often have unique things in them that seem to fascinate both Miss Mattie and my beloved book lady. On occasion those two conspire and leave things in the crotches for other walkers to find.
Me? I contemplate (another great word) big things like deer in the neighborhood throughout the day, evening, and night who keep busy by chomping and snorting. I keep wondering if eating venison would be in keeping with my mostly vegetarian diet since deer just eat all our greenery...??
Back to finer details and our walks. While Miss Mattie hunts and I think about things, we often find small and interesting bits of nature. The book lady says that the nuts, small fruit, and pine cones are signs that Fall is getting closer. [We thought these foundlings looked nice when we gathered them in one spot.] We also saw our first group of colored leaves! A recent storm brought the small branch of lovely leaves down to where we could admire them.
Aah-roo!! Cool weather is on its way. I am really ready for that.
Whether you find joy in details or the much bigger picture, I hope you have a cooler and more peace-filled week.
Your pal,
Scout

09/12/2021

How wonderful this surprise post is! Thanks to all who help us make sure that everyone gets a meal. We will miss Bonnie Scott-Sleight in her Directorship role at St. Susan Center but wish her continued blessings wherever she finds a new niche to blossom and grow.

Have a magical day!
09/12/2021

Have a magical day!

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A sad day of remembrance. I am pretty certain we all have stories about where we were when it happened.Do a kind thing t...
09/11/2021

A sad day of remembrance. I am pretty certain we all have stories about where we were when it happened.
Do a kind thing today...even if it is only to smile at a stranger.

Looks pretty perfect to me!
09/10/2021

Looks pretty perfect to me!

Good question!
09/10/2021

Good question!

-Anya

09/09/2021

Once Upon a Time will last forever! 📚❤️

09/09/2021
LFL#132619 at 209 E Virginia Blvd is sending thanks to all the book readers who have left books at Novel Destination for...
09/08/2021

LFL#132619 at 209 E Virginia Blvd is sending thanks to all the book readers who have left books at Novel Destination for this new LFL. We also appreciate the notes that have been left and plan to put a book and pen inside so readers can communicate easier with us. Frank loves the company who stop and give him a pat too. 🎉

LFL#132619 at 209 E Virginia Blvd is sending thanks to all the book readers who have left books at Novel Destination for this new LFL. We also appreciate the notes that have been left and plan to put a book and pen inside so readers can communicate easier with us. Frank loves the company who stop and give him a pat too. 🎉

Just added to our inventory. If you know someone interested in the Kennedy family, we can fix them right up!
09/08/2021

Just added to our inventory. If you know someone interested in the Kennedy family, we can fix them right up!

Just added to our inventory. If you know someone interested in the Kennedy family, we can fix them right up!

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09/07/2021

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Scout's Post:We smelled strangers in our neighborhood. Miss Mattie and I pulled my beloved book lady along (sometimes sh...
09/07/2021

Scout's Post:
We smelled strangers in our neighborhood. Miss Mattie and I pulled my beloved book lady along (sometimes she dawdles getting her phone, a poo bag, and locking up). We heard them before we saw them. First there was faint music, laughter, words that I couldn't quite understand, and heavy equipment rumblings that seemed to shake everything. This was all followed closely by clouds of dirt and dust, birds and squirrels squawking in protest, other dogs barking from fences or inside houses...it was terribly hard to focus on what WE were supposed to be doing!
I told you last week that Miss Mattie and I had been watching BIG trucks and that I would write more about that this week. The photos pretty much tell the story. The short story goes like this: our imperfect street was replaced with a much smoother and darker one.
Our street was very rough the first week because the top layers were scraped away. Walking past the cones was often a challenge because I would go along one side sniffing while Miss Mattie often chose to wander along the other side.
Sometimes I would need to rest and watch the workers closely. No one seemed to mind. I got the impression that they were used to drawing some spectators when they worked. Break times were fun to watch because they had interesting looking snacks and they bunched up---sort of like canine packs do. I didn't notice anyone sharing snacks but they seemed happy. They also picked up all their trash every day (kudos to them!).
Each day was interesting because we would see changes being made to the street before we left for work. When we got home in the afternoon or evening, we would go for another walk to see what had been accomplished. [Actually, we were taking walks to see what Miss Mattie and I could accomplish and happened to look over the work that was done.:) ] I was not happy when the road was closed because I never remembered where the book lady managed to park our car the day before. Sometimes there was backing up, bumping, and lots of small turns to maneuver us on our way to Novel Destination but we always made it.

Enjoy the day wherever you find yourself!Novel Destination will be open for our routine hours this week: Tuesday through...
09/06/2021

Enjoy the day wherever you find yourself!
Novel Destination will be open for our routine hours this week: Tuesday through Friday from 10am.-5pm. and Saturday from 10am.-1pm.

Enjoy the day wherever you find yourself!
Novel Destination will be open for our routine hours this week: Tuesday through Friday from 10am.-5pm. and Saturday from 10am.-1pm.

This could happen! How I love talking books....
09/05/2021

This could happen! How I love talking books....

09/04/2021

What book(s) are you reading this holiday weekend?

Novel Destination's hours will not be affected by the holiday since we are routinely closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Our August meeting had lively discussion interspersed with laughter. The next Novel Destination book club is set for 10 ...
09/02/2021

Our August meeting had lively discussion interspersed with laughter. The next Novel Destination book club is set for 10 am on September 25th at Lori’s Kountry Kaffe (Foote Ave. Jamestown,NY.). Carol Lou challenged the participants to read any book from a Little Free Library and encouraged them to donate a book at a LFL also.

Our August meeting had lively discussion interspersed with laughter. The next Novel Destination book club is set for 10 am on September 25th at Lori’s Kountry Kaffe (Foote Ave. Jamestown,NY.). Carol Lou challenged the participants to read any book from a Little Free Library and encouraged them to donate a book at a LFL also.

I once had a woman shopper who chose two small piles of books that were incredibly different. She explained that one pil...
09/02/2021

I once had a woman shopper who chose two small piles of books that were incredibly different. She explained that one pile was "too make me look good" and one pile was to read and enjoy. :)

I once had a woman shopper who chose two small piles of books that were incredibly different. She explained that one pile was "too make me look good" and one pile was to read and enjoy. :)

09/01/2021
We had to protect our school books...and any special books we owned and cherished. :)
09/01/2021

We had to protect our school books...and any special books we owned and cherished. :)

We had to protect our school books...and any special books we owned and cherished. :)

It is 8/31 and that means we do our end of the month counting of our reading community's donations....drum roll please.....
09/01/2021

It is 8/31 and that means we do our end of the month counting of our reading community's donations....drum roll please...YOU OUTDID YOURSELVES!!!
$51.46 was donated. Scout and I double the donation so St. Susan Center will receive a check for $102.92! Our largest amount yet. It all adds up and we are helping make sure no one goes hungry.
Thank you very much.

It is 8/31 and that means we do our end of the month counting of our reading community's donations....drum roll please...YOU OUTDID YOURSELVES!!!
$51.46 was donated. Scout and I double the donation so St. Susan Center will receive a check for $102.92! Our largest amount yet. It all adds up and we are helping make sure no one goes hungry.
Thank you very much.

Scout's Post:I had a hum-drum (sounds more fun than it really is) sort of week. I seemed to be finding fault in everythi...
08/31/2021

Scout's Post:
I had a hum-drum (sounds more fun than it really is) sort of week. I seemed to be finding fault in everything around me. The food bowls never had enough food. The weather was too hot and humid. The treats seemed smaller even though I watched my beloved book lady get them from the usual containers. The water was too warm in our bowl. There have been so many tasks and errands to be handled that I find myself stuck at home far more often.
I can honestly say that I personally understood the popular phrase about the cares of the world seeming to be resting on my shoulders...but I was wrong. I had a small tree branch stuck in my tail that was dragging me down. During the time it took to get that gently removed, I realized that I needed to make an effort to see things in a more positive way because my thoughts were bringing me down. So---I got to chew the offending branch and my tail didn't need a big trim either. :)
I could have been crabby when I found deep tire ruts along the path we like to travel because not many other people use it. Instead---I was glad that the people found a lovely place to spend time with nature a-n-d they did not leave litter for us to deal with! :)
When I took myself to a cool area in the garden to rest and think, Mattie followed me but did not crowd me. I was not alone.

As a bit of fun on this Monday morning, I will ask this:If you could choose any book to live in, what would it be?[A fri...
08/30/2021

As a bit of fun on this Monday morning, I will ask this:
If you could choose any book to live in, what would it be?
[A friend asked me on the weekend and I never came up with a proper answer myself. :) ]

As a bit of fun on this Monday morning, I will ask this:
If you could choose any book to live in, what would it be?
[A friend asked me on the weekend and I never came up with a proper answer myself. :) ]

08/29/2021
Happy Caturday!
08/29/2021

Happy Caturday!

A hug monster! #happycaturday

R.I.P. Caroline. She and her son partnered to write all the great mysteries under the pseudonym, Charles Todd.
08/28/2021

R.I.P. Caroline. She and her son partnered to write all the great mysteries under the pseudonym, Charles Todd.

It is with a heavy heart that I along with my sister Linda and Caroline’s sister Martha must tell you we lost Caroline this morning 8-28-21 at 10 am. She passed peacefully and was with Linda at the end. Caroline left the world a better place and was immensely happy to have met and gotten to know so many readers, authors and booksellers. She was to the very end a class act. More information will follow. I am delighted we have completed A Game of Fear featuring Ian Rutledge and the next in the Bess Crawford. Caroline will always be alive in the hearts of all she touched. Everyone’s notes have been greatly appreciated. Charles

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08/28/2021

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Novel Destination has an enlarged selection of audio books on CD…..we are in the process of figuring the best way to dis...
08/27/2021

Novel Destination has an enlarged selection of audio books on CD…..we are in the process of figuring the best way to display them but they are now alphabetized and available.

Puts it into perspective....
08/27/2021

Puts it into perspective....

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Happy National Dog Day from Scout!
08/26/2021

Happy National Dog Day from Scout!

Happy National Dog Day from Scout!

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177 Fluvanna Ave
Jamestown, NY
14701

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 1pm

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(716) 489-1496

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I opened my unique used bookstore in just one room(!) in September of 2011. The burgeoning bookstock (30,000 at last count) helped me to expand into three rooms plus the basement area. I have both fiction and non-fiction books. I sell to you or will selectively trade on both softcovers and hardcovers. Most softcovers are $3.00. Hardcovers range from $3 to $5.00. Book shop dog, Scout, is happy to meet and greet folks of all ages. We sell Stedman Corners coffee ($1 a cup) and also have a nice selection of greeting cards. Don’t forget to ask to browse our Large Print books, young readers, and audiobooks. Special orders are welcome; I love getting the right book placed in the right hands! As a retired RN, I have been known to check BPs and talk health issues in the desk area too. The shop is meant to be both uplifting and inspiring...a place for folks to gather and chat, in a peace-filled environment, about books and other areas of interest, without judgment.

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Hello there, In August, at the age of 77, I published my first novel (think Grandma Moses). As you can imagine, I self-published it and didn’t realize I’d have to do most of the marketing myself. This letter is part of my marketing campaign. I came across a listing of most of the independent bookstores in the country and, since I’m retired and have the time, I decided to contact each one, tell you a little about the book and ask you to give it a try. The book is available at Ingram Books. If you’re interested read on, if not thanks for your time. Me and Jinx Johnny Fry’s favorite times growing up were when his Uncle Bill would visit, and with Johnny’s pa, they would sit round the stove at night and talk of adventures they had in their youth as riders for the Pony Express. When his pa dies in the Spring of 1884, eighteen-year-old Johnny sets out to ride the Pony Express Trail to Sacramento, nineteen hundred miles away. With his ‘little buddy’, Jinx, a little black cat, he leaves his Kansas hometown and rides into a reality much different from the dreams of his childhood. It’s a reality of sweeping grasslands, towering mountains, simmering deserts, and raging rivers; of drunks, thieves, and murderers; of friends and enemies and someone to fall in love with. The West of 1884 is still the wild and beautiful place of legend. Billy the Kid and Jesse James are not long in their graves, Wyatt and Virgil Earp are alive and living in California, and the great cattle drives are still fresh in the memories of many. Surrounded by the beauty and perils of the Old West, Johnny must become a man or die trying. S***t Will [email protected]om 503-808-0836 2314 NW 1st St. Gresham, OR, 97030
I bought this on a whim because it lacks color graphics. Should I have bought a Pizza instead?
The Books of Captain Kangaroo Little Black Sambo, Stone Soup, Curious George, Ten in a Bed, A steam shovel story, and???
I got a kick out of this. Its from a biography of James Garfield, by Horatio Alger Jr. it's a humorous excerpt where Garfield, is the president of a college at the time. In it, a farmer is explaining why he's pulling his son from college. (After talking to Garfield, the farmer decided to keep his son in college.) "In half an hour the father, a sturdy farmer, entered the study and awkwardly sat down. "So you have come to take Henry home, have you?" asked the president. "Yes," answered the farmer. "I sent for you because I wanted to have a little talk with you about Henry's future. He is coming back again in the fall, I hope?" "Wal, I think not. I don't reckon I can afford to send him any more. He's got eddication enough for a farmer already, and I notice that when they git too much, they sorter git lazy. Yer eddicated farmers are humbugs. Henry's got so far 'long now that he'd rather have his head in a book than be workin'. He don't take no interest in the stock, nor in the farm improvements. Everybody else is dependent in this world on the farmer, and I think that we've got too many eddicated fellows settin' 'round now for the farmers to support.""
Frosty pulled some of my Steinbeck novels out this morning. I wonder if he's trying to tell me something? 🤔
I am so disappointed after all these years my twelve year old asked me, may I have Book Mark? My name is Michael. [I stole this]
I just check out your store, awesome place!!!!!! Wished I lived closer............ 😀
AMAZING BOOKSHOP!!!!! Thank you for being so warm and welcoming to this Jamestown Newcomer from Nova Scotia during my recent visit !!! MUCH APPRECIATED!!! See you next year!!!!!
Can you ship me one of your new mugs? Jamestown transplant to Minnesota