Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Filing all morning.

USPS forgot to pick up Monday, but did come back for them today.

Monday, December 29, 2008

3 different loads brought in trying to sell, but no one was willing.

Sent Diamond monthly orders in.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Packed the online orders.

Some paperbacks traded in.

Fixed a few more Amazon listings.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Shelved a stack of young adult hardcover classic novels.

Shelved a pile of toys and figures.

2 or 3 boxes of paperbacks traded in.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Fixed some more amazon listings.

Traded in some classics/art/mythology books, many already shelved.

Traded in some military books.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Chrismahanakwanzaka!

Happy Chrismahanakwanzaka!

Finished doing bills.

Very windy and damp out!

Packed the online orders - somewhat surprisingly there were the usual amount.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Packed the small amount of online orders.

Worked on bills and accounting, renewed business license, etc, but didn't finish...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Dark & raining in the morning, but at least not quite so chilly.

Purchased a stack of civil war & WWII coffee table-style books.

Printed more tri-folds.

2 boxes of donations.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Packed the online orders, quite a few today.

Finished sorting and culling the fiction, huge piles of $1.00 hardcovers lying about.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Hubbell was here.

Shelved a few boxes of paperbacks, quite a few newer mysteries on the rack.

Finished sorting through the boxes of paperbacks from the other day, pulled out 8 boxes of the best of them to shelve first.

Friday, December 19, 2008

200666 miles on the 'A Castle of Books'-mobile this morning.

Sorted and pulled from the fiction to make room for the load from yesterday.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Finished the smog on the SUV.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow morning.

Purchased another box of vintage paperbacks.

Sorted 7 large boxes of paperbacks, found another pile of vintage paperbacks, mostly mystery.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Took the 'A Castle of Books'-mobile to the shop to get fixed for Smaug... but have to go back again for more tomorrow.

Fixing errors on Amazon listings.

24 large boxes of paperbacks traded in.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Vintage Paperbacks

Purchased 3 boxes of vintage paperbacks the last few days.

Packed the online orders.

Fixed some listing problems.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Caught up some on paperwork.

Traded in box of Robotech books & videos.

Answered emails.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Out of Print Searches

Another Out of Print search Special order today, more of them coming in lately. We've been pretty successful in finding almost everything.

OP Searches only take a few minutes, please stop by in person to have a search done, pre-payment required when ordering from a successful search.

Friday, December 12, 2008

National Geographics

Organized the National Geographics and shelved them by years. 1940's to 2007 well represented.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Diamond Comics shipment arrived, including Conan figures, and His Majesty's Dragon Signed Limited.

Packed the online orders.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Back on Amazon.

Answered emails.

Paid some bills.

Pic of the day. Signed Lovely Bones Alice Sebold

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Packed the online orders.

Tried all day to get a hold of someone at Amazon to no avail, and sent an email.


Monday, December 08, 2008

Amazon booted us, but hopefully we'll get back on soon.

Sorted 5 boxes.

Worked on repricing.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Shelved more Horror, & King.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 2 boxes of paperbacks.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Purchased several Signed fiction books, James Patterson, Tom Clancy, Alice Sebold, John Grisham.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 3 boxes of mostly Classics, and some Philosophy, hardcover & some tpb.

More Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense on the $1.00 cart.

Shelved 2 boxes of cartoon books, Calvin & Hobbes, Dilbert, Far Side, Peanuts, near complete collections.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Smaug - oh wait, no

The A Castle of Books-mobile failed smog, pretty much as expected...

Packed the online orders, another larger batch.

Failed to upgrade computer ram.

Answered emails.

Traded in some fiction mostly.

4E 92

Thursday, December 04, 2008

A Castle of Books-mobile just past 200k mileage last night..

Found some old christmas decorations at the bottom of a box, so put them up.

Cleared out some of the boxes from in front of the counter. Moved them behind the counter, but at least the customers can get down the isles a bit better.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Purchased a pile of textbooks.

Finally put out the Diamond Comics arrivals, manga, several PVC figure sets.


Cleared out several stacks from the front, and at least the stuff from today is away.

Filled the bottom shelves of the $1.00 cart with modern fiction hardcovers.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Box of donations at the door this morning.

Packed the online orders - a bit busy.

Purchased 2 boxes of cartoon books.

700 mmpb's donated.

Now just need time to get some of them on the shelves...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Finally managed to install some aniti malware programs, and run them. Seems to have helped but not quite completely.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Packed the online orders.

Mom & Bruce stopped by got lunch, and ever better, brought cookies!

Well wonderful some website did an excellent spoof of an avast virus warning and the computer now seems to have gotten infected with some sort of virus/trojan.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 4 large stacks of stuff, lots of religion at $3.95, various other things.

Shelved 1+1/2 boxes of paperbacks.

Started to culled the Fiction Hardcovers, huge stack of Hardcover Fiction for $1.00, expanded the paperbacks.

Friday, November 28, 2008


Lots of books coming in.
2 boxes of books donated.
Purchased 6 boxes of Cookbooks.
Traded for 7 boxes of kids books.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Spent the whole day messing about with the computers for no good reason.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Packed the online orders, quite a few, but not for much.

Bills, and credit card finagling.

Shelved a few things.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shelved some moderately collectable books, music, religion, others.

Fixed more eBay error listings.

Pics of the day:

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Saturday, November 22, 2008

More online fixings and ads adjustments.

Answered emails.

Packed online orders shipping Monday.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 4 stacks of fiction lots of TPB modern classics and hardcovers.

Shelved 2+ boxes of paperbacks.

Friday, November 21, 2008

New Days & Hours - Open 7 Days 9:30 - 6:30

New Days & Hours - Open 7 Days 9:30 - 6:30
The hours aren't really new, but we had been closed on some Sundays and we won't be anymore. Except for surprises or emergencies we'll be Open 7 days a week 9:30 - 6:30. Although we'll likely close early on Holidays.

Adjusted online to show new hours.

Purchased 6 boxes of religious books, beginning to get quite full of them.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Diamond Comics shipment arrived.

Traded for some classics & art books.

1 box of newer paperback fiction traded in.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow morning.

Messed with the websites.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Computer seems to be working, which is good. The monitor seems to be dead which is bad.

Fixed some more eBay listings.

Couple of boxes of recent paperbacks traded in.

Purchased a small stack of Beat & off-beat cult fiction & non-fiction (Bukowski, Palahniuk, etc.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

5 boxes of piano sheet music traded in.

Shelved 3 boxes of Non-Fiction.

Managed to figure out the computer HD problem.

Monday, November 17, 2008

More working on the computers, but may have figured out what was up.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 3 boxes of Religious books, about half of it Christian fiction, the rest Bibles, commentary, and spiritual.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Ash everywhere still, and smoke, but the AC filters well.

Monitor died... :( lasted all of 5 months past the 1 year warranty.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Smoke & ash everywhere, but it wasn't too bad in the store, had the AC on and that seems to filter fairly well.

2 boxes of donations.

Some classics traded in.

Purchased 4 tubs of Religion.

No sign of Hubbell.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A dozen or more reptile books & magazines shelved.

More religion books on the $1.00 carts.

Shelved a few toys/figures.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Managed to get several boxes of books sorted and ready to shelve, but not quite up yet.

Fixed a few more eBay errors.

Packed the online orders.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Down with Religion

Massively marked down the Religion section, lots on the $1.00 cart, lots more at $3.95. Had to make room for that religious stuff that came in yesterday.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Traded in a large collection (7 boxes) of Religious books.

Roger stopped in and donated some Reptile books.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Updated the 'Open' sign.

Messed with the computer DVDr, and finally came to the conclusion that it's dead...

Shelved a few things.

Worked on the Credit Cards a bit.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Packed the online orders, and didn't get much of anything else done...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Started to fix the eBay listings that are in error and are being canceled out, over 600 of them and they have to be done individually...

Hubbell was here.

3 boxes of paperbacks shelved, and a whole stack of Danielle Steel Hardcovers.

Mom & Bruce stopped by.

Friday, November 07, 2008


Finally got around to doing the emails.

Watered the plants.

Made Chili.

Shelved the new Comics & Toys.

Pics of the Day

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Packed the online orders.

Diamond Comics shipment arrived.

Adam Collings stopped in.

Messed with the computer most the rest of the day.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow morning.

Fixed the modem problem.

Shelved a few fashion magazines.

Monday, November 03, 2008


Purchased some books, including a stack of Chuck Palahniuk & Irvine Welsh, and they're already shelved.

Hubbell was here.

5 boxes of paperbacks shelved. Lots of selection at the moment.

We can no longer accept American Express credit cards in the store, although online payment can still be made.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Packaged the online orders for shipping on Monday.

Batched up and shelved most of the Starlog Magazines in sets by year.

Friday, October 31, 2008


More business than expected.

Started to mark down the Travel / Geography / History section, finished Travel, Adventure, Atlas, Maps, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Islands, & India many down to $3.95, some even on the $1.00 cart.

Purchased a Good Charlotte toy set.

Traded in some mystery, and some newer thriller/fiction.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Packed the online orders, back to a good amount of them.

Large donation of high school drama class textbooks, hopefully because they got new books, not because the class was canceled.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Email & phone calls.

Fixed some of the error listings on Amazon.

USPS didn't pick up the packages, resent pickup.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Packed the online orders, something to Lithuania, first time for that.

Purchased a few art & sf books.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sorted and cleared out a stack of boxes from the front.

Hubbell was here.

4 or 5 boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow morning.

Ordered some toys.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Shelved a few things, sorted a few boxes, and cleared a few boxes out from the front isle.

Shelved some National Geographics.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Attempted to figure out what's up with 1/3 of the eBay listings, but not really any luck. Fixed a few individually.

Some romance paperbacks onto the $1.00 cart.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Packed the online orders, pretty minimal today.

Fixed more images.

Shelved some books.

Repriced and shelved some California History books.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Still problems with AT&T.

Purchased some old books.

Fixed some images online.

Shelved a few things.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

More bills & credit card stuff.

James & Aurora brought their kid by (and some books), they left the books, (not the kid).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Vote early and vote often

Answered emails.

Vote early and vote often. Just voted, by mail of course.

Accounting - Aug & Sep expenses into QB.

Paid BOE taxes.

Bills & accounting.

Paid off 2 credit cards.

Hubbell was here.

3 boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Closed tomorrow Sunday the 19th.

Packed the online orders for shipment on Monday.

Tried to get something on CafePress to work, but no go.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Marked down the California History section, 80% went down to $3.95, so there's lots of deals at the moment.

Answered emails & online questions.

Fixed the eBay listings, got the priority back available on all items, and fixed the shipping for non-media items.

Pics of the day.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Diamond comics shipment arrived - a large lot of Marvel Trade paperbacks, spiderman, hulk, x-men.

Packaged online orders.

Attempted to do some computer upgrade - yeah right...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Shelved the World of Warcraft stuff, Masks, Games, and toys.

Spent the rest of the day fixing listings for eBay, but successfully I think.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Well, it took all evening yesterday, and all morning today, but I finally upgraded the firmware on my DVDrom. And it actually worked, once... and then not... grrr.

Packaged online orders.

Purchased, a long box of comics & some art books.

Purchased a pile of World of Warcraft - games, cards, and halloween masks.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Shelved a few more DVDs.
Shelved 7 large stacks of Hardcover & tpb books, of nearly every genre.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 4 boxes of paperbacks, a pile of newer Fantasy, and lots of newer Fiction/Mystery.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chilly out, must be fall.

Shelved some more movie DVDs.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sorted and shelved more Hardcover.

Purchased a stack of textbooks and Time-Life Old West series.

Traded in a box of modern Fantasy paperbacks.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Sorted 3 boxes, shelved some more non-fiction.

Tried to get eBay new shipping requirements set up.

Three stacks of non-fiction Hardcover & TPB ready to shelve...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Sorted and priced some non-fiction hardcover & tpbs.

Diamond comics shipment arrived, shelved the new Manga, Comics, & Anime.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Updated the store map.

Printed more tri-folds.

Marked down some Mystery Hardcover.

Shelved a small stack of Snake, Lizard & Turtle books, more than have come in lately. Thanks to Once Read Books.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Packed the online orders, another pile of Simpsons toys out of the country - UK this time.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Car trouble...

Took the SUV into a shop this morn, so a little late opening, and will have to close a little early.


Took in some more toys, a Dark Knight Statue, and other superhero toys.

Hubbell was here.

3 boxes of paperbacks shelved, a pile of newer fantasy, and other newer fictions of all genres.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Received some more toys & superhero action figures.

Processed and packed the online orders, which took forever since USPS website was having difficulties.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Shelved 4 large stacks of non-fiction hardcover & tpbs, a little bit of just about every subject. That cleared off some of the counter, and topped off the stack of boxes behind the counter.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Packed online orders.

Shelved a small stack of vintage Scientific American magazines from the early 1900's.

Diamond Comics shipment arrived, some new comics shelved, manga, superhero, indy.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Finished marking down the craft-sewing-design section - 75% or better went to $3.95

Answered some emails, searched for some special orders.

Finished shelving the last of the new craft books - lots of Quilting, sewing, some scrapbook, papercraft, and a bunch of Christmas craft books.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Packed the online orders.

Marked down more of the Crafts, Fashion, Sewing, Dolls, etc. section, - now more at $3.95 than not.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Shelved a stack of DVD movies.

Started to mark down the crafts, many to $3.95, to make room for all that Quilting stuff that came in the other day.

Hubbell was here briefly.

Restocked the DragonLance books.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Saturday, September 27, 2008

It's Banned Books Week!

It's Banned Books Week!

In celebration of Banned Books Week (September 27 - October 4, 2008)
Take 20% off any used Book found on any list of banned books, please bring a copy of the list to leave with us. Offer valid until October 4, 2008.

Here are a few lists to get you started.

American Library Association 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000


Friday, September 26, 2008

Messed around trying to setup eBay calculated shipping.


Shelved some new comics, Diamond orders arrived yesterday.

Answered emails.

Started marking down Fiction Hardcover blow out (A-D done) lots down to $3.95, and the $1.00 cart half full of Fiction.

Found a termite in the bathroom... not good.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow, a whole pile of Simpsons toys to Australia.

Sorted most of the Entertainment boxes from the other day, shelved a bunch of VHS, some movies and some on Trains.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Purchased 4 boxes of Sewing & Quilting books and magazines.

Shelved some fiction, and a box full of Audio Books.

Moved several sections around:
Moved the SF hardcover bookcase into the center isle.
Moved the Adventure and Westerns into the far corner next to the Fiction.
Moved the Politics & Business over by the back door.
Moved the Sport across the isle over the Gardening.
and Moved the Classic, Crime, Plays, Poetry, and Philosophy each one bookcase to the left, closer to the front of the store in the center isle.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Packed the online orders, quite a few this time, for shipping tomorrow.

Sorted some of that load of Entertainment stuff, shelved a few of the books.

Monday, September 22, 2008

For the 3rd month in a row, still the same problem with AT&T billing...

Canceled Arrowhead.

Purchased a box of Art books, and some junk with it.

Shelved some more DVDs, movies this time.

Diamond Comics order sent.

Bills & Filing.

Hubbell was here.

4 boxes of newer paperbacks shelved, some of the best selection we've ever had.

Cleaned up some of the boxes of paperbacks in the front.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


David was here.

3 boxes of newer paperbacks shelved, the spin racks are stuffed.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Purchased 25 boxes of entertainment stuff - books, magazines, and ephemera. Just when I'd almost cleared out the stacks of boxes in front of the counter...

Shelved 5 large stacks of Fiction, and 1 stack of Mystery, and some other Hardcover novels.

Hubbell was here.

No purchasing Tomorrow Sunday the 21st.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Shelved a stack of Signed Mystery Hardback novels, and some other stuff.

Traded in a few stacks of better paperbacks.

Purchased some textbooks, and music biographys.

Shelved some sheet music & music instruction books.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

4 large stacks of newer Fiction & Mystery Hardcover donated, most from within the last year. Sorted and shelved a few of the newest.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Answered emails.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Purchased a bunch of open box McFarlane horror figures. Just in time for Halloween.

Sorted 3 boxes of books, shelved some of them.

Check on and shelved a few of the McFarlane figures already.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Took the SUV into the shop next door, it's been running like crap the last week or so. $325 later it sounds like it just might be running very slightly a tiny bit better... ah well, least got an oil change.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow morning.

Ordered more boxes and fill, but they won't ship until the 20th, so likely to run out of fill before that.

Heard another rumor about Smart & Final moving into the empty former Albertsons across the way. So checked online and found some confirmation. Although it's already a bit late going in, as the article mentioned the end of August and so far there doesn't seem to have been anything done. Still, it would be a good thing if it happens.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Relisted craigslist & backpage online ads.

Answered emails.

Hubbell was here.

Sorted the D&D novels, put out some that were no longer on the shelf.

Restocked the Romance rack, and some on the Fiction racks.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Packed up the online orders for shipment Monday morning.

Straightened up the mess someone made of the Manga.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Shelved a few more Anime DVDs.

Shelved the last of the Simpsons World of Springfield figures, just have some odds & sods left.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved 4 boxes of newer or more popular paperbacks.

Shelved a few stacks of fiction HB & tpb.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Shelved almost all of The World of Springfield Simpsons Figures, just have some playsets, and other Simpsons items to get out.

Also shelved a few DVDs.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Diamond Comics shipment arrived - some more Manga, Stephen King - Dark Tower & the Stand 1st, Sherlock Holmes, toys Princess Bride & Hostel.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Sorted some more of the paperbacks from the other day.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Shelved some DVD's mostly anime.

Marked a stack of records down to $1.00

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Messed with the computer.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Shelved a stack of LP records, some older rock, and some kids stuff.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Computer problems, but at least not with this one. Worked on that all day.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved around 5 boxes of newer paperbacks.

Shelved a stack of HB, TPB, & kids picture books.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Packed the online orders for shipment on Monday.

Sorted paperbacks for shelving.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Shelved 5 stacks of books, about half fiction.

Sorted some more of the stuff that came in yesterday.

Diamond Comics order arrived.

Started into marking down the California History.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

New coupon for the member of the email newsletter.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Managed to sort some of the 8 giant boxes of stuff that were traded in this morning.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Marked down the Rolling Stone back issues. Shelved some game magazines.

Shelved 2 boxes of children's Picture Books, and a few young adult novels.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Shelved a bunch more Simpsons toys, about half of them are up now.

Culled some romances, and put them out on the cart for $1.00

Shelved 3 stacks of books.

Monday, September 01, 2008

End of the month paperwork.

Packed the online order for shipment tomorrow.

Hubbell was here.

Shelved around a box of paperbacks.

Shelved some more Simpsons toys.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Shelved another box of comics.

Finally shelved some Simpsons Toys & Figures, more soon.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Shelved some Jasper Fforde - Thrusday Next books.

Shelved a small stack of Christian Comics, in the rack next to the religion section.

Shelved a box of kids comics, half of them Disney, half Star.

Shelved a box of SF comics, Aliens, Predator & Terminator.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Updated some online ads.

Answered emails.

Attempted yet again to get ATT billing fixed...

Insurance, bah.

Shelved a stack of automotive books, as well as some Art, and a stack of various stuff.

Managed to just about shelve everything that came in today.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Traded for some sheetmusic books, and some DVDs. Shelved some DVDs.

Shelved a box of history, philosophy, and other books, HB & TPB.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A whole stack of boxes tumbled this earlier this morning, hmm, no earthquake, must have been a bad stack. Tried to get some of them shelved, but needed to get my car insurance done.

Yelped a bit, fixed the ACOB website slightly.

Shelved 2 stacks of D&D 3rd Edition books, mostly official WOTC stuff.

Purchased a small stack to literature & pop art books.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Packed the online orders.

Big crowed came in just at closing.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Sorted and cleaned up more of the stuff in front of the counter, finally got all of that loose stuff off the floor.

Shelved 4 or 5 stacks of HB & TPBs.

Knocked over the Magnetic Bookmarks spinner & shattered it, but managed to glue it back together and it seems like it will still work ok.

Hubbell was here.

2 boxes of paperbacks shelved, quite a bit of newer stuff.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Packed up the online orders for shipment Monday morning.

Sorted and cleaned up much of the pile on the floor in front of the comics.

Some new $1.00 books on the cart.

Traded for 2 large stack of Louis L'amour Westerns - the Bantam Brown Leatherette set.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shelved 4 stacks of books.

Traded for 2 stacks of old Engineering books.

Did some emails. Pretty busy, didn't get much else done.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Reduced prices in the Entertainment sections - Movies, TV, Stars, Film Making - many to $3.95, and a stack out to the $1.00 cart.

Priced 5 stacks of HB & TPB, some modern lit fiction, mystery, kids books, aircraft, investment, real estate, crafts, cookbooks, cartoons, a bit of everything.

Packed 2 boxes of wholesale stuff.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow, quite a stack.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Shelved some Comics, Manga, Anime & Earth X statues.

Shelved some Ephemera, old postcards, bookmarks, and a few random paper items.

Accounting & Bills the rest of the day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Shelved some Simpsons Toys.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Shelved a large stack of Metaphysical & Witchcraft books.

Shelved a box of Philosophy.

Received the 3rd incorrect book from my amazon order. That's 3 for 3 so far... grrr..

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Purchased a big box of metaphysical - witchcraft books.

Purchased a few huge art books.

Purchased some Manga.

Packed the online orders for shipment Monday morning.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Purchased a stack of Automotive books.

Rebecca was here for the last time - luck in college :-)

Shelved 3 stacks of HB & TPB, much fiction, and some of everything else.

Purchased another box of Simpsons stuff.

Shelved that stack of Automotive books, and some how to draw & do art books.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Backed up the computer, and reinstalled WinXP. Perhaps it will stick this time, who knows - anything's possible.

Shelved some Simpsons toys.

Purchased a few military books, mostly WWII.

Purchased a few more Simpsons toys - probably the last of them.

Reinstalled a dozen or so programs to get the computer back to useability.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sorted and shelved a few Simpsons toys.

Packed the online orders.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Reordered some Blackwell Fencing Manuals.

Purchased another tub & a half of Simpsons toys.

Purchased a stack of comics.

Shelved a stack of comics, Avengers, X-men, some kids stuff.

Traded in some audio books on CD.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Shelved a huge pile of paperbacks, mystery (Macdonald and others), lots of thrillers, general fiction, historical fiction, romance, fantasy, sf, more.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Monday, August 11, 2008

3 box donation - mostly old texts, but some fantasy pbs.

Shelved - CDs, some modern rock, alt rock.

Hubbell was here.

Swapped the Mystery rack with one of the Fiction racks up by the front windows, not that anyone will really notice.

Some of the giant stack of paperbacks on the trade-in counter were shelved.

Shelved some philosophy, science, and history HB & TPB.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Purchased 2 more tubs of Simpsons toys/figures.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Purchased 3 more large tubs of Simpsons toys/figures.

Newly shelved; vintage Peanuts cartoon books.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Fiddled with phone billing.

Some Westerns traded in.

Shelved more magazines, some vintage Playboy this time.

Purchased a pile of Simpsons toys and figures, they are shelved already.

Shelved more superhero toys & action figures, Wolverine, Sabertooth, Batman, others.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

A donation of textbooks and magazines came in.

Packed the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Reduced prices for some online items.

Shelved a big stack of magazines, mostly Ebony, and Ebony Man.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

4 boxes of paperbacks traded in, lots of romance.

Reduced prices on the Entertainment - Stars section, many Hardcover books down to $3.95.

Added a map of the store to the website (at the bottom) Showing all the sections and locations within the store, so you can get an idea of what we have.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Packaged up the online orders.

Shelved 2 stacks of fiction Hardcovers & TPB, and some more military books, military equipment.

Monday, August 04, 2008

USPS lost a package - or at least they ripped it open and separated both the shipping label & the packing slip from a package. I don't hold much hope that they can find the contents...

Shelved 6 stacks of mostly Fiction, HB & TPB.

Shelved 3 boxes of mostly Military, a bunch of osprey, some field manuals, WWII books, etc., and some Frederick Remington art books.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Packaged up a bunch of online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Shelved some magazines.

Answered emails.

Shelved 2 stacks of books, all sorts of things.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Accounting and filing all morning.

Shelved some comics, some old Archie's and some Married with Children.

Very slow, making up for yesterday I guess...

Friday, August 01, 2008

Pretty busy day, nice to see things pick up a bit.

Shelved a few stacks of HB fiction, general fiction, Thrillers, Mystery, etc., and a stack of Art Books, and Art Design, and some other coffee table books on Entertainment & movies.

Purchased more Medical books.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Packed up the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Sorted the stuff that's come in the last week.

Shelved some metaphysical books, magic, witchcraft, ufo, psychic, etc.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Purchased a large collection (10 boxes) of Medical books.

Rebecca was here.

Some paperbacks shelved, the medical books processed and online.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Processing the online orders.

Woo, pretty big earthquake hit around noon. Nothing much fell, but there was some significant shaking. It dumped a few stacks books awaiting processing over. Nothing big fell, and nothing looks like it broke, but the whole place felt like it moved a few feet West!

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Fixed problem with ABE so hopefully things will start listing there now.

Finished sorting those boxes of mostly kids books from the other week, some Easton Press.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lots of phone calls, fixed bill, verizon bill, and SCE bill.

Diamond Comics order placed.

Purchased 3 boxes of Military books.

Traded for a stack of Art books.

Purchased a couple of books on Collecting.

Hubbell was here.

Listed a stack of Mitchell motor manuals online.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Packaged up the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Paid bills, did accounting & filing. Bleah, as usual, but according to my (possibly faulty) calculations (no good at accounting) it looks like A Castle of Books broke even last month. For the first time! Which is a good sign, if awfully long in coming.

Managed to keep from buying more junk, since there's just no more room.

Sorted more of the comic-con swag.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sorted swag from comi-con, put out some new freebies.

In the theme of the week, 3 boxes of comics traded in.

Rebecca was here.

1/2 box of paperbacks shelved.

Friday, July 25, 2008

David was here.

A box of paperbacks shelved.

SDCC 2008 day 3
Max Brooks - Zombie guy!

Steve Purcell
Senor Donut.

More crowded than Thursday, but not that significantly, except for perhaps mid-day and especially in the 3K Hollywood area. That was impassable at times. Too crowded to move quickly most of the time. Wished had more time to check out the small press booths, but did manage to hit most of the indy comic booths, and illustrators row booths. Very disappointed in SDCC 2008 for not providing a full attending professionals list - as they have every year in the past, it was a great help to see who would be there. As usual the bag-check people were rude and annoying.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Closed for Comic-Con
SDCC 2008 day 2
Sci-Fi Channel
Eoin Colfer

Mark Buckingham, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges.

As full and crowded as possible, while still enough room to easily move around. Except for the 3K area with all the hollywood stuff.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Managed to clean up the front isle a bit.

Rebecca was here.

Moved auto manuals, & boxes of kids books to the rear.

Closed early to go to Comic-Con
SDCC 2008 day 1 (preview night) Very busy and crowded for preview night. Not many in Artists Alley - as usual, but just about every other booth was fully operational.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Got a call yesterday to go pick up some books left behind at a storage unit. Up 2 hour early this morning to drive out to Fullerton to go get them, and when arrive the husband knows nothing about it, wasted a ton of gas and hours of sleep.

They're redoing the parking lot again today, our side this time, so you can't park near the shop.

17 boxes of mostly kids picture books came in.

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Sorted most of the paperbacks recieved yesterday.

Sorted & shelved 4 stacks of HB & TPBs.

Purchased a large load of Mitchell Automotive Manuals from the 1970's to 1990's.

Monday, July 21, 2008

4 bags of stuff donated.

Hubbell was here.

4+ boxes of paperbacks shelved, lots of newer titles - thrillers & fiction, lots of paranormal romance, fantasy.

Pidd stopped by.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

3 giant boxes of paperbacks traded in, mostly romance.

Packaged online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Started getting ready for Comic-con.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shelved a stack of Hardcover.

Rebecca was here.

Culled Nora Roberts - filled the $1.00 cart.

Shelved a few more stacks of HB & TPB, some fiction, young adult, history, others.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Traded in some more Toys.

Purchased 6 short boxes of comics, lots of Superman.

Shelved a box of paperbacks, lots of newer fantasy & sf, some westerns & even a destroyer.

Purchased some DVDs.

Large collection of Kids picture books and chapter books traded in.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Acres of Books -- closing forever

It's official Acres of Books in Long Beach is closing forever. No longer just expected, but confirmed from the horses mouth as it were, Acres will close their doors forever. The sales will start soon, and it won't be long after that. It's a real shame, and a major blow coming just a year after the loss of the Book Baron. There are no more large used bookstores in Southern California.

The kids section, organized and put in some more flip through boxes, added more picture books.

Packed the online orders for shipment.

Installed Zip drive & fonts.

Shelved some Graphic Novels & Manga.

Clean out the kitchen, put up more shelving, put away tools & supplies.

Signed up to sell on ABE, we'll see if sales go up, or just move over.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Had to reinstall WinXp, and then just about every other program.

Rebecca was here.

Shelved a box of paperbacks, lots of SF, & Fantasy.

Paid BOE taxes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Packaged the few online orders.

Did some accounting.

Shelved a few paperbacks - newer thrillers, fiction, romance.

Shelved a few stacks of HardBack & TPB's some fiction, history, military.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vacuumed, watered plants, fixed a few things, then spent the rest of the day doing bills & accounting...

Hubbell was here.

A box of fantasy & paranormal romance shelved, (the paranormal romance all along the bottom of the romance spin rack.)

Debbie was here for carpool.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Finished sorting paperbacks, and rearranging boxes.

Little girl tried to run a scam by moving price stickers :( kids...

More trade in, shelved a box of hardcover, fiction, science, some vintage fiction, 1800's bound magazines, & other.

Packed up the lone online order.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

11 boxes of Fantasy & Paranormal Romance came in, hope to get them out on the shelves in the next few weeks.

Purchased some gift books.

Rebecca was here.

A box of Kids picture books shelved.

Sorted boxes of paperbacks.

Re-installed programs on computer, that somehow disappeared...

Donation 2 boxes of paperbacks.
Trade-in - 5 boxes older hardcover.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Purchasing resumes.

Packaged the online orders from the week.

Donation - 10 boxes of paperbacks.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

13 boxes of Paperbacks shelved over the week.

Vendl was here.

2-3 boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Paperbacks shelved.

Vendl was here.

Rebecca was here.

2+ boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Added images to online items on various venues.

Vendl was here.

2+ boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Monday, July 07, 2008

No Purchasing until the 11th

While the book buyer is on vacation, there will be no purchasing until his return on the 11th. The store will be open as usual 9:30 - 6:30 and paperback 1 for 3 trades will be accepted as usual.

Vendl was here.

3+ boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Managed to move most of the stack of purchases/donations/trades out in front in the isle to behind the counter.

Vendl was here in the evening.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th

Rather slow, like people expected the store to be closed or something.. :)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Large collection traded in, mostly nothing much, but lots of it. Sorted in the morning.

Vendl was here, Shelley & Kathy stopped by.

Several boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Some 80s Law books, some art books, a few fiction hardcover, some business, and a few others shelved.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Stayed late, shelved some toys & games, monopoly X-Men & JSA editions, Rudolph Bumble Snowmonster, several others.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Purchased a few Art books, and some Mathematics. Traded for some First Edition AD&D.

Packed a large number of online orders for shipment tomorrow.

3 boxes of mmpb's traded in.

Monday, June 30, 2008


Shelved a stack of large hardcover books, some military, aircraft, collecting, photography, more, and a few DVDs.

Hubbell was here.

Finished straightening out the hardcover general fiction.

George Takei in honour of his marriage last week...

Sunday, June 29, 2008

More DVDs, some good action movies.

I'm too nice, I knew something was up with that kid (older teen black male, fairly articulate, soft spoken, casual dress) and I was sure I should have stopped him from messing around in the adult section, but I didn't want to 'bother' him. Then the Thief stole a box set of anime DVDs. He took them to the other side of the store, then when things got busy for a little while, he must have opened the box and taken the dvds, because the shredded box was right there where he had been loitering for hours. He then had the nerve to ask to use the phone because he was locked out of his house before he left... What is especially annoying is, that was the 2nd time that specific dvd set has been stolen, guess I should have known better...
Busy day, but still more in than out... & had just gotten the floor cleared off...

Purchased 6 boxes of Classics & Film.

Rebecca was here.

The General Fiction/Thrillers/Historical Fiction section has been expanded, although it'll fill up again soon.

Vendl was here.

1 box of paperbacks shelved.

Shelved some

Traded for 8 boxes of various stuff, some art, more classics.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Sorted and organized donations and other stuff.

Shelved some: martial arts books, military history, architecture, young adult books, hardy boys, and more.

Cleared the 3rd isle back to normal width.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Answered emails and packed online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Purchased 4 boxes of recent medical books.

More donations.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Accounting & paid bills.

Rebecca was here.

Finished moving the Mystery section to the end of the center isle.
Expanded the Kids section by 1/3 more.
Started expanding the General Fiction/Thrillers.

Moved the Role Playing Games and the Board & Card Games to the bookcase on the wall at the end of the center isle.
The new Medical & Self-Help section. The new religion section.

Shelved a few stacks of hardcover books, some fiction, sf, fantasy, some military, Naval History, and various others.

Another stack of donations dropped off.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Processed orders for shipment tomorrow.

Answered emails.

We're now an eBay Power Seller.woo ...

Shelved a few small boxes of mostly Art & photography.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Bills, accounting, filing, bleah.

Lots of trades, several boxes of young adult chapter books, a stack of manga, much more.

Moved the Self-Help, Medical, Relationships, Parenting & Religion to the 3rd 'cubby' section.
Moved the Education next to the kids books, and started to move the Mystery to the end of center isle, where the Medical used to be. All in preparation to expand the Kids section and the General Fiction.

Hubbell was here.

Guy, who reeked and wore tattered clothes and was being a bit of a hassle, actually purchased something, first impressions are not always accurate, but come on, turning your t-shirt inside out is not the same as washing it...

Sunday, June 22, 2008