In my lifetime, I think I’ve attended Black Friday once – maybe twice. And one of those times was due to waking up at 4 AM and not being able to go back to sleep.
Otherwise, on the morning after Thanksgiving, I’m happy to sleep as long as my toddlers will let me.
However, I am a fervent supporter of Small Business Saturday, the day after Black Friday where shoppers are encouraged to frequent small, independent businesses. I also think that books are probably one of the best gifts that a person can give and receive! So here are a couple suggested reads and some Midwest indie bookstores where you can find them! (And remember – a lot of bookstores are willing to ship books. Another thing I’ve learned when working with indie bookstores is if you can find the “local” bookstore for your favorite author, oftentimes they’ll have signed copies available or can arrange for a signature.)
Looking for your local independent bookstore? Head forth to IndieBound.org! If you’re a Black Friday shopper, I wish you the greatest success. And if you’re like me and avoiding the rush of crowds, I hope that your day is a blessed one with hot coffee and good books to read.
I am a 30-something fiction writer living in the Midwest with my husband, two sons, and cat. A former journalist, I like to write mysteries - sometimes with a paranormal bent. I'm a member of Sisters in Crime (National, Twin Cities, and Guppies) and Mystery Writers of America (MWA-Midwest).
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