1 Sep

September Events!

Oh, September.  You are the best month.  (I mean, I would think that.  My birthday and my wife's are both in September, plus there are a million other great things happening this month!) It may still be stupid hot a lot of the time, but the first few breaths of autumn are coming, and it's almost time for the mooooooost wonderful tiiiiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeeeeear! (We love Christmas.) Click READ MORE to find out what's going on this month!


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1 Aug

KU’s Awesome August 2018 Events!

I'm not gonna sugar coat this, guys.  It's hot.  Like, v. hot.  It's ok, though!  KU will be celebrating some seriously cool days during August! (See what I did there?) Click READ MORE to find out what that haps are around here, and come see us to join in our summer fun!


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1 Jul

Bingo Square Brainstorm

Hello all our lovely bingo players!
Thank you so much for ALREADY knocking our socks off with all the bingo square submissions posted! We are super excited to see what kind of new stuff you all get into over the next few weeks.

In order to help you in your epic quest to cross off all the squares, we've come up with some ideas for what to read for a few of our squares. No need to follow these suggestions! And keep in mind that we're pretty lenient folk, so if you come up with a book that you're not quite sure fits, give us a shout and we'll... probably just give you the go-ahead.

Anyway! Without further ado: HERE ARE SOME IDEAS!

There are one million books that fit into this category, but these are some of our favorites!

"But Athena, Calypso was just released, how could it be your favorite already?"

Well, Dear Reader, anything Sedaris is our favorite. AND ALSO, Calypso made our ribs hurt. So, like, it can be our favorite if we want it to be.

And haven't you wanted to read Bossypants for like 5 years now? Do it already! Also also, btw, if you can't choose which one of these you want to read, we will also accept the Poehler, Day and Fey books as books with Lady-Heroes!


So we put Twilight and 50 Shades in this round of suggestions because they are well known books that people think they should (or really shouldn't) read. In the center there, though are some maybe lesser known hot hot books that should make you blush a little while you're chilling on your beach towel.

Super not into smut? I mean, that's fine, I guess. We're lenient, like I said. So read Time Traveler's Wife, Eat Pray Love, you know the type. Or if you want to get wild and crazy, you could read a book about recycling and how it affects the ocean. Get it? Trashy beach book? GET IT??? (credit goes to my gf for that one, folks, she's the smartest, cutest cookie)


It is entirely possible that we put a square involving dragons on our bingo card every single year. But DON'T YOU WORRY! You will NEVER run out of dragon books to read, I guarantee you. Dragon books come in all shapes and sizes. And people love dragons, so they are always writing new books about them.

These 5 dragon books are our faves. Maybe. Probably. I can personally speak for Dealing with Dragons, which is a super quick read and very fun!! And also Dragonriders of Pern, which I read five million times growing up. And The Hobbit, which is beautiful... you know what I'm going to take back the "maybe, probably" thing. these dragon books are our faves.

Okay, so we're (clearly) being EXTRA lenient here, because actual real "Choose your own adventure" books are not really super available everywhere. So two of these books are actually choose your own adventure books where you turn to page 57 for yes or 76 for no. The other three are some fun ideas that we will totally accept. And feel free to expand on these ideas. Let's explain our thought process here so you understand where we're going

The Kama Sutra: I mean, if sex is a wild wild adventure, which sometimes it should be, then The Kama Sutra is a perfect book for CYOA!  Now, we're not asking you to go out and have this adventure and then tell us all about it. I mean, we love deets, but like, some people aren't into sharing that kind of stuff and that is fine with us. Just read the book and maybe think about what your own personal adventure would include. Which line-up of positions would rock your socks off? And why are you still wearing socks at this point though, shouldn't you have taken them off by now?

Where's Waldo: This is an activity book, basically, and activities can totally count as adventures. If you're not into Where's Waldo, maybe do a book of crosswords or suduko or pull out that cute craft book you bought 5 years ago and actually MAKE some of the crafts. Have fun! Have an adventure! Take pictures!

Short stories: To us, a book of short stories is a world of opportunities. One book can take you on a myriad of journeys, meeting a multitude of characters. It absolutely qualifies as an adventure to us. So if you want to pick up a book of short stories you've never read, we'll gladly accept that as a CYOA book.


There's something for everyone here. The classic mythology lover, the modern hip chicklit reader, the lover of prose....

TBH, if you've read The Once and Future King, you know it can get a little serious towards the end. That's fine though. We said a HUMOROUS retelling, not a COMEDIC retelling. So if you chuckle a few times, it's all good. Post it.


Such a classic trope. You can't possibly have difficulty finding a book on your "to-read" list that includes this theme. But in case you can't, here are five suggestions! The quickest read among these is probably The Hunger Games or Shadow and Bone, so if you're looking for quantity over quality, those are good choices. Actually, quality isn't the right word here. These are ALL quality books, it's just that some people don't think that reading YA books is for grown-ups. Well. They're wrong. We can ALL be young adults at heart.


Summer Bingo usually has some sort of book award square, and we didn't want to skip that this year. So we chose the Thurber Prize because it's awarded to funny books and this is Summer FUN and Adventure Bingo. To see the full list of Thurber winners, visit their website. TBH, we'll take runner-up books too in addition to winners, so you got some options here. The 5 books above are ones we have at the store. Notice that there are two David Sedaris books there... That's because David Sedaris is hilarious. And amazing. I think we may have already gone over that though.... You know, you could probably cross off a lot of squares JUST reading Sedaris books. We'd be into that.


We want some broody, swearing, unusual, do right for the wrong reasons, do wrong for the right reasons kind of books! Hey, the latest movie from Larsson's series is coming out soon, so you could read that before the movie comes out. Or whatever, you know? It's a pretty common trope. I'm sure you can find a book that fits.


The definition of 'hero' is pretty broad. We don't need a superhero, although I hear that The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is a pretty amazing read. We also don't need a lady knight who saves the day, but you could read The Hero and the Crown if you want. And you should want. Heroes can also be regular everyday people who make the world around them better. As Edna Mode says in Incredibles II, "done properly, parenting is a heroic act." So..... plain and simple I guess we're looking for female protagonists really. But Lady Hero sounds cooler.


Listen, if you're reading a book and someone gets their winter coat out of the wardrobe, bam, you're done, that's it. Done. Was there a trip to the zoo and a lion enclosure in the background story? Good to go. But in case you don't run across any accidental lions, witches, or wardrobes in your already planned summer reading, here are some very clear cut options that absolutely count for this square.


Okay, so it was a little bit harder for us to spontaneously think of books with talking animals that aren't in YA, but I bet you know a few. The talking animal does not need to be a main character. They just need to have said words.


You really need to see these books in person to understand why they are the coolest covers. Also, it was kind of hard to just pick 5. These are the kind of book that when we open the box, we go, "OH MY GOSH LOOOOOOOOK I'M DROOLING". Totes happens. And then we all buy ourselves a copy. So really, you're lucky we have good looking books in stock ever because KU staff is a bunch of nerds and we like to buy our pretty books right out the box.


....I don't think we actually had to brainstorm this category with yinz. It's pretty self explanatory. But just in case, here are some good choices.


1 Jul

What’s happening in July 2018?

Hi friends! July is here again! Vacations! Pool days! General summer festivities! All these things and more are happening this month, so click READ MORE to find out what the haps are at KU!


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20 Jun

Summer Book Bingo 2018

Bingo is Back, Baby!

It’s time for our annual summer reading contest. Last year we hosted “Expand Your Mind Bingo” and we asked you to read outside your comfort zone. This year, we’ve decided that the world needs some fun and laughter, so all of our squares are good-ol’ summer fun! There will be dragons, steamy romance, talking animals, the whole summer deal! Join us for a jolly fun time reading books that will lighten your mood and let you take a mini mind vacation.

For those of you who are new to the game, there are incentives to knocking books off your reading list: Each book you read gets you an entry in our raffle for one of two Gift Certificates to the store, one $75 and one $25. Every Bingo gets you a 10% off coupon for an item of your choice. So read more, get more!!

Playing is simple. Post to Facebook or Instagram about the book you’ve just read, and get stuff!

So, if you’re ready for a rocking game of Summer Book Bingo, read on!
(Just want your bingo card, already? Click here to print one for you and one to share!)

The goal of the game: Cross off squares!

Read a book that counts for the square you'd like to complete (Or do the action it requires). Post a picture of your book (or open Kindle) on Facebook or Instagram and tag us (@Kards Unlimited on Facebook and @kardsunlimited on Instagram) with the hashtag #KUBookBingo and be sure to tell us which square you're crossing off.

Each time you cross off a square, you will get one raffle entry toward winning a Gift Certificate to Kards! The first name drawn will win a $75 Gift Certificate and the second name drawn will win a $25 Gift Certificate. (Sorry, you can't win both!) The more you cross off, the better chance you have of winning!

THIS YEAR: BONUS ACTIVITIES! Want to clear a square but don’t love the content? This year we’re offering some fun activities that can count EITHER to clear a square or get you extra chances to win the big prize!

When you get Bingo, (5 squares vertical, horizontal, or diagonal) you'll win a 10% off coupon for one item of your choice! Make sure you're keeping track at home. Just like in real bingo, you have to tell us you have a bingo in order to win. We'll be keeping track of your squares and will double check when you say 'BINGO!' on your Facebook or Instagram. (Make sure to tag us, though. Don't be shouting into the internet randomly! We might miss it.)

-One square per book! Yes, we know that some books have dragons AND lady heroes (we’ve read most of them) but you have to read TWO books to cross off both squares.

-One book per day! Speed readers, just save those books for another post on another day! And make sure you don't wait until last minute to post all your books. We are curious peeps and want to know what you're reading :)

-Post PUBLICLY on Facebook or Instagram, tag us and include #KUBookBingo to get credit for your squares. Each post requires a video or a picture. Mostly it’s just pictures of the book you’re reading, but some squares require a little something extra. Make sure you check out the description for each square to get all the details. Your post should say which square you're crossing off. Also, if you have a bingo, say it LOUD!
Here is an example: "(Pretty picture of the book Yes, Please) Just finished reading ‘Yes, Please’ for @Kards Unlimited book bingo! I've just crossed off the memoir by a funny person square! #KUBookBingo"

-You have to post BINGO to get a bingo! While we'll be keeping track of your squares, you have to say it to win it! Just post on FB or Instagram that you've gotten a summer reading bingo and make sure to tag us! We'll get in touch with you to get you your coupon.

Memoir by a funny person: Poehler, Stewart, Fey, Colbert. There are so many options.

Read in a pillow fort (pics or it didn’t happen): Make a pillow fort just like you did when you were a kid! We recommend you use all of the pillows and blankets in your home and make room for your puppy if you have one! Send us a picture of you reading in your fort to cross this square off.

Trashy Beach Book: You know the kind. The ones that you can read in one afternoon, that make you a little hot in the face, that have the most ridiculous cover art featuring a half-naked man full of muscles. Mmmm yum. If you need some suggestions, we are HERE for YOU.

Book with Dragons: Go on an adventure while sitting on your couch!

Choose your own adventure story: Remember those books where you get to the bottom of the page and it’s like “To tell Tony to go to hell, turn to page 32”? Those ones.

Your Pick: You get to choose whatever you want!

Humorous retelling of a classic: Like ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’. Or like ‘Bridget Jones's Diary’. Or ‘Lamb.’ We’ll take short stories, poetry, or full novels. Dark comedy or light.

Friends / Enemies to LOVERS: Nothing says summer fun like reading about a simmering hatred that becomes bubbling passion.

Thurber Prize for American Humor: The Thurber Prize for American Humor is the highest recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. To check out what books have won, visit their website here!

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook: Pretty much what it says. Just click the follow button! If you’re already a follower, like and comment on one of our daily posts.

Book with an Anti-Hero: Everyone loves a story about someone who is kind of a jerk but still manages to save the day, morals be damned.

Friend told you to read it: Ask your bestie what book you should read next!

FREE SPACE! … Do I need to explain this one?

Email an author (pics or it didn’t happen): You can also send them a physical letter. Just be nice, yo.

Read with a friend (pics or it didn’t happen): Have a two-person book club! You should both read the same book, take a picture together with your chosen book, and post it! Both of you need to post and tag each other, but both of you will be able to cross that square off at the same time! And hey, your friend doesn’t need to play Bingo, they just need to post with you once and they’ll still be entered in the drawing for the gift certificates.

Tell us why you loved a book from your youth. Bonus point for video!: Last summer works too, so you can go back in time as little or as far as you like.  Post a picture of the book and write a little paragraph about why it was your fave, once upon a time. For a bonus entry, instead of writing a paragraph, say it in a video!

Book with a Lady Hero: Everyone’s summer needs some more badass babes in it.

Book with a lion, a witch, or a wardrobe: We are SO clever. But seriously. There’s so much wiggle room here. We literally mean a book with either a lion, a witch, OR a wardrobe. Or two of the three. Or all three. In fact, you could just read 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'.

Cookbook picnic (pics or it didn’t happen): Find a new cookbook you want to try out, make some yummy food, pack it up and hit the park! Take a picture of your picnic set-up and post it. For those of you who prefer air conditioning over sunshine and bugs, totes fine to set up a picnic in your living room.

Our Pick: Send us a message or stop by and ask us for a recommendation! We love telling people what book they should read next!

Book with talking animals: How cute! How fun! Animals that talk!

Choose a book by the cover: We’re not talking about blurbs. We’re talking about cover art! Find a book that just looks like a really fun, interesting read. Maybe it’s like pastel and covered in unicorns. Maybe it’s like WHAM BAM someone got paid one MILLION dollars to design these words to look like this! No research, no calling a friend, just be a little shallow and judge a book by its cover.

Read aloud to a child or pet (video or it didn’t happen): Post a video of yourself reading to a small munchkin. Furbabies totally count. You don’t have to read the whole book, but like it should be at least a 3-minute video. Don’t skimp on us.

Read with a stuffed animal (pics or it didn’t happen): If you don’t own a stuffed animal, you can borrow one. Or you can come to KU and we will help you find your new best stuffie friend. We need a picture of your book and your stuffie to cross this square off.

Book by Christopher Moore or Terry Pratchett or Wodehouse: The whole point of this year’s bingo is to get you to laugh and have fun. These are our very FAVORITE humor authors, and we have no guilt at all about forcing you to read them.

If there’s a square with a book type that you really just don’t want to read, have no fear, there are OPTIONS this year! Completing one of these extra things can either count as any square you choose OR you can just get extra entries into the prize raffle. Choose wisely, though, because once you post it, you can’t change it!

For two extra entries:
-Play dress-up: Dress up like your favorite literary character! Post a picture!
-Make a mixtape for a fictional character: Choose a character from a book and put together a playlist for them! For instance, Mr. Darcy’s Morning Mix or Winnie the Pooh’s Favorite Songs for Spring. You can put together a playlist on Spotify and share it with us or put together a Youtube video playlist. Or you can also make us a CD and drop it off. That’s fine, too.

For four extra entries:
-Create and perform a rap about your favorite book: It doesn't have to be good, but there has to be enthusiasm. We love enthusiasm. Post a video of your performance!
-Dramatic Reading, solo style: Choose a book and make a video of you dramatically reading the first page. The goal here is to get other people to WANT to read this book. Make it exciting! Fun! OVERLY DRAMATIC IS BEST!!! PRETEND YOU ARE US AND IT WILL PROBABLY WORK OUT BECAUSE WE ARE SO DRAMATIC HERE AT KU!

For five extra entries:
-Dramatic Reading, a group effort: Post a video where you act out some dialogue with a friend! Or many friends! Everyone who is in the video gets five points! Even people who don’t read any other bingo books!! They just need to post the video to their own social media with the proper tags and hashtags.
-Host a party themed around your fave book: A party is three or more people in our opinion. We want pictures! There should be themed food and costumes! Be creative!

For ten extra entries:
-Sharing is fun: Make a yummy treat to share and drop it off at Kards. Yeah, we’re not above bribery.