24 May
2016

Book Club Wrap-Up: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

Book Club was fun-tactic as usual, dear read­ers! We had some pretty great dis­cus­sion about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes. 

For instance, we all kind of thought it was inter­est­ing to read about a time and cul­ture where not hav­ing a job was like the cream of soci­ety and those WITH jobs were looked down upon with dis­tain. HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED. Also, it’s a lit­tle cray that peo­ple just like kept wild leop­ards and stuff on their estates for kicks. Like, look, here’s a leop­ard  own now!

We decided that these aren’t the type of mys­ter­ies that you can try and solve along with the book… Sher­lock keeps a lot of things to him­self. But over all, the sto­ries are a VERY fun read. #wor­thit!

Next book is.…… (drum roll please)

THE SECRET HISTORY by DONNA TARTT 

Here’s what Goodreads has to say about it:Under the influ­ence of their charis­matic clas­sics pro­fes­sor, a group of clever, eccen­tric mis­fits at an elite New Eng­land col­lege dis­cover a way of think­ing and liv­ing that is a world away from the hum­drum exis­tence of their con­tem­po­raries. But when they go beyond the bound­aries of nor­mal moral­ity they slip grad­u­ally from obses­sion to cor­rup­tion and betrayal, and at last — inex­orably — into evil. ” DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNNN.

We’ll be meet­ing on July 17th, 6pm, in the store to talk about it, so stop by for your copy today!
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24 May
2016

Hot Presses! New Books!

Two fab new books are hit­ting the shelves today! The Last Star by Rick Yancey and The City of Mir­rors by Justin Cronin! Both of these books are follow-ups to some pretty seri­ous stuff, so fans of the first books will be wicked excited to get their hands on these guys! If you need to re-read the series, we can prob­a­bly help you out!

30 Apr
2016

May 2016 Events and Holidays

MayWel­come to May! Time for flow­ers and spring time! And Pick­les!
“What? Pick­les?” you may ask. “Yes. Pick­les,” I say to you.

May is packed full of fun things, includ­ing but not lim­ited to: Children’s Book Week (May 2- 8), May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day (May 4, clearly), No Pants Day (May 6), National Chicken Dance Day (May 14),  National Minia­ture Golf Day (May 21),  and Geek Pride Day (May 25) just to name a few! Oh, and let’s not for­get Mother’s Day on May 8th! Do you have your card and gift yet???

Keep read­ing for a list­ing of all of the events and hol­i­days in May!

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May is Get Caught Read­ing Month! What hap­pens when you get caught read­ing? Do the lords of lore come and give you a shiny gold star? Maybe you get mag­i­cal book pow­ers like the girl from Ink Heart! Or maybe, really, every time some­one catches you read­ing they think you’re one very cool and well rounded indi­vid­ual. Shout out to all the friends and lovers who met their other half over the bind­ing of a book! This month is for you!

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The first week in May is both Children’s Book Week AND Teacher Appre­ci­a­tion Week (May 2–8)!! So cel­e­brate your favorite teacher by read­ing one book they taught you to love. And then maybe send them a note to say thanks!

Other hol­i­days this week include May Day, Bat­man Day, and Mother Goose Day, all on May 1st! May 1st is also the Pitts­burgh Marathon, so if you’re not run­ning or cheer­ing, you may want to con­sider not leav­ing your house because all the roads will be closed. Just say­ing.
On May 3rd,  Court of Misty and Fury by Sarah J. Mass is being released.

This week is also host to May the Fourth (May 4) aka Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Next up is Cinco de Qua­tro (May 5) and  the Ken­tucky Derby, Tuba Day and No Pants Day (all on May 6). We’re also SUPER EXCITED about CIVIL WAR hit­ting the­aters on May 6!!! Oh my gosh! We already have tick­ets!

Birth­days this week include: 
Joseph Heller (May 1), Alice who went to Won­der­land (May 4), Leo Lionni (May 5), and Sig­mund Freud (May 6)

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First and Fore­most this week, there is Mother’s Day (May 8)! Make sure you give your mum as much love as she deserves! And if you’ve for­got­ten to buy your card and gift, we’ll be open from 10 to 5 that day.
Also this week is World Bel­ly­dance Day (May 9), Lim­er­ick Day (May 12), and National Chicken Dance Day (May 14).

Birth­days this week include:
Kat­niss Everdeen (May 8), Peter Bench­ley (May 8), J.M. Bar­rie (May 9), Ker­mit the Frog (May  9), Lisa Simp­son (May 9), Daphne de Mau­rier (May 13), Robert Pat­tin­son (May 13), Steven Col­bert (May 13), George Lucas (May 14)

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Okay, here’s where we get to the PICKLES! I bet you were won­der­ing when that would come up. It’s Inter­na­tional Pickle Week (May 14- 25)!!! It’s also Amer­i­can Craft Beer Week (May 16 — 22), and National Back­yard Games Week (May 18 — 25) so I sense a really good back­yard party with lots of games, beer and cook­ies in our future!

Next up is National Choco­late Chip Day (May 14), National Sea Mon­key Day (May 16), National Pizza Party Day (May 20) and Eliza Doolit­tle Day (May 20)!
We’ll hope­fully see you all at 3 Rivers Comi­con (May 21–22) and Food Truck-a-palooza (May 21) this week­end. If you’re not into comics or food (what is wrong with you but okay) you could cel­e­brate National Minia­ture Golf Day (May 21) or join in the fun at Ven­ture Out­doors Fest (May 21)!
Birth­days this week include:
The lovely owner of this fan­tas­tic store! Sir Boss-Lady Kris­ten cel­e­brates her birth­day on May 15th! Stop by and buy some­thing! She’d love that!
Other birth­days are L. Frank Baum (May 15) and Tina Fey (May 18).

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Start your week off right at BOOK CLUB! Cards Unlim­ited Book club will be meet­ing at 6pm on May 22nd to dis­cuss The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Coin­ci­den­tally, may 22nd is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birth­day, so we’re super excited to be cel­e­brat­ing by read­ing this book.

Two books that we’re pretty excited about come out this week: The City of Mir­rors (The Pas­sage Tril­ogy) by Justin Cronin and The Last Star of the Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey (both May 24). Geek Pride Day and Towel Day are both May 25. And then on the 27th, X-Men: Apoc­apl­yse hits the the­aters!!!!!!
If that isn’t excit­ing enough for you, hit up the Pyro Fest over the week­end (May 28 — 29)!

Birth­days this week include:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22), Scott O’Dell (May 23), Sookie Stack­house (May 24), Cookie Mon­ster (May 24), Dashiell Ham­mett (May 27) and Ian Flem­ing (May 28).

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It’s Memo­r­ial Day (May 30)! AND THEN, NEIL GAIMAN IS RELEASING A NEW BOOKThe View From the Cheap Seats (May 31)!

Birth­days this week include:
Mel Blanc (May 30)

22 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for that Earth-loving Hippie you know

Happy Earth Day! In honor of this won­der­ful hol­i­day, we’ve com­piled a list of things that you should buy some time for that friend of yours that really really loves green things!

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20 Apr
2016

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Happy 420 dudes!!  Today ston­ers across the United States will unite by fir­ing up a joint in sup­port for mar­i­juana.  Flocks will gather at large meet ups in cities where mar­i­juana is legal­ized.  Med­i­c­i­nal mar­i­juana stores will sell out of their spe­cial baked goods.  Fast food loca­tions will be crowded with hun­gry, enthu­si­as­tic cit­i­zens.  Cel­e­bra­tion for this crop will be seen every­where!

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Let’s take a peek about the ori­gin of 4/20.  Dur­ing the 1970s, a group of young-ins in Cal­i­for­ni­awanted to estab­lish a way to score cannabis crops.  This group, also known as the Wal­dos, meet at 4:20PM in front of the Louis Pas­teur statue to dis­cuss the where­abouts of this rumored aban­doned crop.  After many failed attempts to find the crop, 4:20 stuck as a code word for mar­i­juana.  The spread of the code word has been attrib­uted to Dead­heads that attended neigh­bor­ing schools.

Nowa­days, more and more peo­ple are embrac­ing the mar­i­juana cul­ture.  In Col­orado, the mar­i­juana mar­ket gen­er­ated over $63 mil­lion in tax rev­enue with an addi­tional $13 mil­lion in licenses and fees.  As states con­tinue to fight for mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion, the future is look­ing green.

Inter­est­ingly enough, the traf­fic sign “420” is rou­tinely stolen across the United States.  The Col­orado Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion was so fed up with the thiev­ery that they replaced the sign with one read­ing “419.99.”  You will find this trend in other states too!

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12 Apr
2016

Drop Everything And Read Day!

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Today is one our very very very FAVORITE hol­i­days! It’s D.E.A.R. Day! Oth­er­wise known as Drop Every­thing And Read Day! Every year there’s one day when you can just do noth­ing but read all day long. Drop every­thing else on the floor and don’t clean it up until tomor­row! Today is a day for Read­ing!

What books are you read­ing today?

11 Apr
2016

Book Club Wrap Up: The Once and Future King Part 2, 3 & 4

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Last night we hosted our April Book Club and talked (again) about The Once and Future King by T.H. White! A big thank you to every­one who joined us. We’re still munch­ing on the left-over cook­ies.
(Yeah, we had cook­ies. Jeal­ous?) :D

Gen­eral con­sen­sus was that we really like this book, guys. I mean, it has some issues, like the lack of solid female char­ac­ters, but it is a tru­ely fan­tas­tic book to read if you want to famil­iar­ize your­self with the story of King Arthur.

If you missed book club and would like to gab about the book with some­one, tweet at us, yo! We’ll tell you all the feels.

Next up we’ll be read­ing The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle! We’ll be meet­ing on May 22nd, so stop by soon to get your copy!

2 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for Someone who Really Loves Dragons

Yes­ter­day was Anne McCaffrey’s birth­day. And I was sit­ting in my read­ing chair, think­ing to myself, what would Anne McCaf­frey want to get for her birth­day? Prob­a­bly lots of books, right? Even bet­ter, books about drag­ons?

In honor of my dear Anne McCaf­frey, I’ve com­piled this list of the TOP TEN GIFTS for some­one who really loves drag­ons! Not sur­pris­ingly, most of the things on this list hap­pen to be books.

All of these lovely won­der­ful things are avail­able here at Kards! Stop by to look at them in per­son, or send us a mes­sage if you would like more infor­ma­tion!

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