Baltimore Book Weekend!!

Come along for a weekend of books with my daughter Kristi of Kritters Ramblings  and I!   We left Tyson’s Corner, VA Saturday early morning to head off to Baltimore for a couple of days drenched in books!  Our first stop was a place called The Book Thing.

This is a very small glimpse into the selection of books they have.  They replenish them as fast as you can take one off the shelf.  All the books here are donated and are free for the taking.  Here is my list of books I brought home:

Defending Jacob by William Landay
Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank
Custody by Nancy Thayer
Everlasting by Nancy Thayer
The Hot Flash Club by Nancy Thayer
The Hot Flash Club Chills Out by Nancy Thayer
House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson
The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe
The Four Seasons by Mary Alice Monroe
The Summer I Dared by Barbara Delinsky
The Total Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
and for my granddaughter’s shelf:  Superfudge by Judy Blume

We hope to return to this book place to donate so someone else will go home as happy as we did!

Next stop was The Ivy Bookshop.

The inside of the bookstore is awesome, friendly and spacious.  Look on line for more pictures.  There was a really nice section for children, a comfortable seating area and a lot of great fiction books to choose from.  I only bought one book here because we were able to get so many from The Book Thing and we had more places to go.  My pick here was Jane Green’s book  The Beach House.
We decided to eat near our next book stop.  So we head to Ukazoo book store and found a fabulous place called  Razorback’s Raw Bar & Grill.  It had the best Cream of Crab soup!  I want to go back for the bookstore at this stop, but I also want to go back for the lunch stop!  The book store at this stop is called Ukazoo Books!  I love the name and the store!

This was my favorite stop!  The books inside are priced so you feel like you can shop and they have a buy three get one free!  What more could you want?  I found so many books I wanted here, but I limited myself to four for me and four for my granddaughter! Here is my Ukazoo list:
Between the Tides by Patti Callahan Henry
Love Starts with Elle by Rachel Hauck
Between Husbands & Friends by Nancy Thayer
Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult
It was time to go to the hotel to check in and regroup. So we headed to the Hyatt Hotel at the Inner Harbor of Baltimore – thank you to my husband for the stay!  It had a beautiful view and was within walking distance to a couple of bookstores.  One was called The Book Escape.  It was a small store packed with options at good prices.  I bought Jane Green’s The Other Woman.
Then we ate at Phillips Seafood which is next to Barnes and Noble at the Inner Harbor.  It is a beautiful setting on the water.  It used to be a power plant.  It is such a unique B& N.
At B&N I bought :
Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck
Holding the Dream by Nora Roberts
Finding the Dream by Nora Roberts
That evening we sat outside drinking Starbucks and reading until it started raining on us!  Such fun!
Sunday morning we stopped back by The Book Thing to see if we missed anything.  We found a couple of things ( listed above ) and headed to a bookstore called Red Canoe Bookstore Cafe.  It was more of a Cafe then bookstore, but really cute and fun to see!
Our last stop was Daedalus Book Warehouse.  It was a great stop.  I think by the time we got here I was “booked” out!  Kristi found a couple of things she wanted.  I ended up not buying anything, but enjoyed the stop.
When we go back, my favorite two stops were The Book Thing and Ukazoo!  We will take my other daughter Jennifer of The Underestimated Mom and we will eat lunch at Razorback Raw Bar & Grill.
Hope you enjoyed our weekend!!  It was really awesome!
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