Portrait of a Bookseller: Sam

How would you describe your job to someone you just met?

I am a book detective. I can find a book with little information and I can even help you find a book you didn’t know you wanted/or needed.

Where are you originally from:

Arkansas, a land where nature is everywhere, and nature is as good a place to read as any other.

What is the best part of your job?

Displaying the new fresh books who are looking for a good home.

When you’re not reading, what do you like to do in your free time?

Sam reading Priory of the Orange Tree

Sam reading Priory of the Orange Tree

Play with my dog, bake, decide what to read next, look at my books with longing, organize my books, talk about books.

Walk us through your favorite route when browsing books at Bright Side:

Start at new and noteable and thoroughly investigate that table and the windows and then bee-line for the YA Indie List, then back to the vinyl, then work through the wall of fiction starting with scifi and ending at the end of fiction.

What is the best “worst book” you have ever read?

Twilight. It’s terrible but I can’t stay away. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure.

Is there a book you reread annually?

The whole Eragon series. I love experiencing that story, I always pick up something new from it.

What is the best advice you ever received from a book or author?

“You can rattle the stars…you can do anything, if you only dared.” - Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass