Bookseller. Bookstore Owner. Former Librarian. Writer. Reader. Collector.
So basically my life is books.
I'm Colleen -- nice to meet you! I'm 30, living in CT with my two little dogs and my many, many dreams. I started this business online at first as No Other Book Like This after a hard time, when I had no ambition and was not lucky in my job search, just after getting my graduate degree in Library Science in Boston. I moved to my parents' vacation house by the water and sort of soul-searched for a year, working part-time at a library (not being paid very well) when one day I realized: I had too many books, something I never thought possible. Really, I firmly believe you can NEVER have too many books, but still...
So in the interest of needing more space, I decided as my collection of used rare beautiful old books was becoming overwhelming me, to put a few of them up for sale online--just the ones I knew I wouldn't actually get around to reading this lifetime. Little did I know my shop would do so well. I also didn't know how many fans, customers and friends I would make marketing my shop on social media, putting up pictures (I love book photography!) of my finds and sharing their unique stories.
My store is now seven years old and has expanded to fulfill its dream -- having a physical location! Starting No Other Book Like This helped break me out of a dark, questioning time, and find a purpose I didn't know I had. Now, I am back in Groton, in a brick-and-mortar store finally, offering thrift books to a community I love.
I'm kind of living the dream. :)
I hope you find something you like on my store site, or come in to my shop in person to see all the treasures I have available to you--I'm sure you will find your next special read here.
Drop me a note via my contact page or Instagram if you have a book you're looking for, a specific book or author or genre you're interested in, or anything else bookish you'd like to talk with me about! I'd love to talk to you!