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New Year’s Resolutions for Readers

By Megan Bell Wednesday December 27, 2017

1. ♫ I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling fifty-twoooo  ♫

            For the majority of readers, a year goal often includes increasing the number of books they read. Fifty-two is a common goal and a good one—a book for each week in the year. Goodreads will track this for you and will even count re-reads! The upside is that this goal will often motivate you to accomplish the number you set out to read, but it might also discourage you from reading that massive doorstopper of a book that’s been on your bucket list for ages.



Guest Post: 12 Year Old Reader Finds Chills and Adventure at Serenbe

Tuesday October 3, 2017

We are so excited to share this lovely essay by one of our favorite patrons at our sister store, Hills & Hamlets Bookshop in Serenbe! Jaya is twelve years old, a student at Gwinnett County Online School, and a proud member of the Hogwarts House of Ravenclaw. Some of her favorite books include the Harry Potter seriesthe Percy Jackson series, and the poetry of Shel Silverstein, and she's an avid fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes. Jaya first found us after attending last year's performance of The Snow Queen by the Serenbe Playhouse (playing this year from  November 30, 2017 to December 30, 2017)...

Bringing Back the Home Library: Gilbert Huey’s “Out Of This World” Book Collection

By Josh Niesse Sunday July 23, 2017

Welcome to the first in what we plan to be a series of features on book collectors and home libraries in Georgia and around the South.  

Collector Gilbert Huey with the first book he ever bought with his own money.

For the first year after opening Underground Books, I continued working part-time at my previous job, bar-tending at the Alley Cat, Carrollton’s wonderfully grungy college hipster dive bar. In the early days of the shop I was still doing the spring and summer circuit of Saturday morning yard sales in the region, hunting for inventory for the shelves of the still...

Author's Bookshelf with Paul Feather & Terra Currie

Friday May 12, 2017

In celebration of their new book, we invited authors, farmers, and longtime friends of Underground Books Paul Feather and Terra Currie to give us a peek at the bookshelf that went into Sacred Violence: A Family's Quest to Uproot Hitman Culture. Peruse the books that influenced their lives and their book here or at the bookshop, where you'll find Paul & Terra's recommendations in our homesteading section!


About Sacred Violence: A Family's Quest to Uproot Hitman Culture

Whether it's the meal on our dinner table, the clothes we wear, or the electricity powering our homes, so often our necessities arrive at...

A Conversation with Earlene Scott of Scott's Books

By Megan Bell Wednesday April 5, 2017

Among the scholarship, discovery, and biblio-adventures of our profession, community is one of the greatest characteristics that define the book trade. Whether in antiquarian books or new, we have enjoyed deep camaraderie and generous mentorship from fellow booksellers. We recently had the chance to spend time with Earlene Scott, whose bookshop Scott's Books served readers in nearby Newnan, Georgia from 1976 to 2013. Earlene was kind enough to share some of her experiences selling new books in West Georgia for 36 years, including her enduring love of books, her family's history with the notorious John Wallace, and her (often revealing and humorous) observations...

Staff Picks, Part V: Nicole

Tuesday November 29, 2016

A new addition to our staff means a new addition to our blog series on staff picks! These are our responses to the question: “What are 10 books that are memorable for having some kind of impact on us as readers?” Many of them are titles that spoke to us at different points in our lives, and may not be our current favorites. We captured a kind of “highlights of our individual reading histories.”

How do we describe Nicole? She's a perfect, pregnant sunflower...a cunning, effervescent, chesnut-haired unicorn...a brilliant, talented, powerful blood moth...a clever, glorious, organized, sun goddess...nicoleblog

She's the Ann Perkins...

5 Reasons to Collect Vintage Mass Market Paperbacks

By Megan Bell Monday October 24, 2016


Ah, is there any humbler figure in the book world than that grocery store staple, the mass market paperback (MMP)? Other than that very shade of a book, "e-books," of course. You know the kind--the Lee Childs thriller, the latest Mary Higgins Clark mystery, those V. C. Andrews books you read way too young. Like the hobbits of Middle Earth, MMPs are of a much smaller stature than their peers, less showy, less refined. They're also cozy, unassuming, the salt of the earth. A collection of luxurious leatherbound tomes or pristine signed first editions is a worthy goal, but here are five reasons...

A Bloody Book, A Bawdy Binding: Celebrating Banned Books Week 2016

By Megan Bell Monday September 26, 2016


In celebration of Banned Books Week 2016, we are pleased to share a unique copy of D. H. Lawrence's oft-censored masterpiece, Lady Chatterley's Lover. This now classic novel, which focuses on the affair between a married upper class woman and a working class man, was not only banned and censored when it first appeared in 1928, an unexpurgated version was not published in the U.K. until 1960. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Lady Chatterley was put on trial not only in Britain, but in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, and India. As you can see in this clip from the AMC show Mad Men, it was still quite scandalous in...

Letters Home from Camp Book Nerd: A Week at Rare Book School

By Megan Bell Saturday July 2, 2016

Special and heartfelt thanks to the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America's Southeast Chapter, whose generous support allowed me to attend Rare Book School this summer.

Rare book rager, "summer camp for book nerds," bookseller grad school, antiquarian 00011rbsblogAcapulco, call it what you will, Rare Book School is heaven for lovers of the word in all its varied forms. So much of my RBS experience truly was like a sleepover camp, full of skits, songs, and inside jokes, which share equal space in my notes with terms, dates, and figures. From Mark and John's Rare Book Schoolhouse Rock spoofs to dinner, drinks, and roaming about grounds with new...

Coming Soon from Underground Books: Hills & Hamlets Bookshop

Saturday May 7, 2016

We have big news...

The Underground Books team is opening a second bookstore in nearby Chattahoochee Hills' Serenbe community!

Read more over at The Carrollton Menu!

Check back with us here on the blog, on Facebook, and on Instagram for more information as we move closer to opening the doors at Hills & Hamlets!