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If you're like us and books bring you JOY, sign up here for our recommendations and reviews! You'll receive new book reviews and updates on store happenings a few times a month.

Beyond the Pretzel Bowl
A little history about our newsletter—do you know why it's called Beyond the Pretzel Bowl? Well, we've served pretzels in a big communal bowl since the day Sue started the store 45 years ago. Reading takes brain power! Pretzels are fuel. We've pacified small babies, hungry teachers, and wandering stomachs with a snack. It's simple and it works (and we also offer a glass of water). So when you stop by, dig in into the bowl and a good book!



Checkout Our Updated Website
Teacher Discount Program

Father's Day
The Unicorns Are Coming!

Bookies Bingo + Graphix Con

Brand New Spring Books
Audio Books + Mother's Day Sale

IBD 2019 is Coming + More Details on Woodson Event
Jacqueline Woodson is Coming!

New Books + New Forbidden Series Game
ALA Award Winners 2019

A Magical 2019!
Book Blind Dating + The Year of the Pig

Best of 2018
Special One Week to Christmas Letter
The 12 Bookies of Christmas

Best Games of 2018
11-11-1918 + Cookbooks

October 2018
The Great American Read Winner
New Colorado Baby Clothes + A Snowy Giveaway

September 2018
Halloween Party upcoming+ Discount Policy Change
Hispanic Heritage Month + $10 off coupon

August 2018

Get Ready for Larry's Book Club Talk
Harry Potter Party

July 2018
Carol McCloud + Fresh Ink + Book Launch
The Truest Heart + So Many Anniversaries

June 2018
Summer of GAMING! + New Books + Carol McCloud is Coming

Father's Day Recommendations + Bingo Reminder 

May 2018
Beyond Summer Reading + Geography Sale
Summer Reading Bingo + Mother's Day Giveaway

April 2018
Planning for Summer Reading
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with The Bookies Bookstore + Meet our Authors

March 2018
St. Patrick's Day + Women's History Month
Sale on Adult Books + Easter and Passover

February 2018
January Reading Challenge Reviews + Books for your Valentine
Musical Story time + Celebrating Black Authors for Black History Month

January 2018
Bookies Bestsellers of 2017 (adult and overall) + Reading Challenge

December 2017
Holiday Gift Guide!
Games & Gifts!

November 2017
Small Business Saturday + New for the Holidays!

October 2017
Halloween! Books + Fun!
A Weekend of Stories + Presidential Biographies Reviewed

September 2017
Book Club Recommendations! Books we think all Denverites should be reading!
Detecting the Latest in Mystery + Pick of the Picture Books!
Local Author Showcase!

August 2017
New Instalments in Popular Series!

July 2017
All About Books and Dogs!
Beach Reads, Summer Games + Summer Reading for Grown-ups!

June 2017
Motivating Kids to Read + Summer Reading for Elementary and Middle Schoolers!
Father's Day + YA Summer Reading!

May 2017
Get Ready for Summer Reading + Love Your Teacher!
Mother's Day!

April 2017
Independent Bookstore Day 2017 & Our Choices for National Poetry Month + Books in Verse
Gifts for Easter & Passover + Sale for Teachers
March 2017
Women's History Month Edition! We're a woman-owned bookstore + our favorite books by women
Five of the best books for every age + boys like to read about princesses too

February 2017

Global Awareness and Diversity + New Books for Black History Month

Awards Season: Newbery, Caldecott and more

January 2017
Our Bookies Bestsellers of 2016 for Kids!
Our Bookies Bestsellers of 2016 for Adults and Young Adults!

December 2016
Holiday Inspiration Edition! Books We're Gifting Our Family and Friends

November 2016
Small Business Saturday - Author Showcase! 
Bookstore Besties - Bring a Friend!  

October 2016
Are you ready for Halloween?
Three of the Best New Books for Everybody!  

September 2016
Reviews: Escape into Fantasy and Science Fiction
A Day in the Life of a Colorado Author: Todd Fahnestock

August 2016
Series and Sequels We Love

July 2016

Hot Reads: What We're Reading This Summer!

June 2016

Playing Away the Days: New Games for Summer!

The Best Summer Reads: Our 15 Top Picks

It's All About Colorado! Hickenlooper's new book and gardening in the Rocky Mountains.

May 2016

Five of the Best New Books for Every Reader

April 2016

Focus on the Poets, What We're Reading for National Poetry Month

Summer Reading Open House and Local Author Showcase

Local Author Showcase & the Nationwide Independent Bookstore Day

 March 2016

And the Oscar Goes to. . . Books! How Books Won the Oscars

Eggs and Bunnies and Books and More - Happy Easter!

Summer Reading Event for Teachers and Parents, Books We Recommend for Summer Reading!

February 2016

It's a Love Story—Books We're Lovin!


January 2016

Brand New Books for a New Year: What's Ahead + Caldecott and Newbery Medal Winners

The Bookies' Bestsellers of 2015, Denver's Cream of the Reading Crop


December 2015

We Voted for Her! Author James Patterson Gifted Our Employee Jessica DeLoy with a Holiday Bonus

The Books We're Giving Our Families and Friends for the Holidays


November 2015

It's a Record, 20 Authors in the Store at Once + Sharing Books for the Holidays

Small Business Saturday Author Extravaganza—Local Authors Storm the Store!

Upside-Down Magic: Lauren Myracle is Coming for an Author Visit


October 2015

Halloween in Colorado


September 2015

The Power of the Series


August 2015

Keep the Good Times Rolling


July 2015
Relax with Summer Reading


June 2015
Starting a Summer of Reading!


May 2015
We're a Top 10 Denver Bookstore!


April 2015

Book Launch of Diamonds Are for Never! + The Last Book That Kept Us Up All Night 


March 2015
Spring is coming! + Your Chance to Hold an Award in Your Hand! 


February 2015
Be My Valentine... + Bookies 2014 Top 10 Bestsellers + The January Genre Challenge!

January 2015

Bookies 2014 Top 10 Bestsellers + What we were up to in December...