Bluestocking Books, San Diego

3817 5th Ave, San Diego CA 92103 (619)296-1424 

       11am-7pm Monday - Thursday
       9am-9:30pm Friday & Saturday
       9am-5pm Sundays 

Happy July, Book Lovers!

The new month finds us adding more awesome reads to the stacks on the sun porch and that table by the lounge chair. We have Independence-Day inspired 20% off special titles and summer celebrations coming soon. So find your spot of sunshine or shade (whichever your preference) and read on!


How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation
by Maureen Johnson
$18.99 paperback Now 20% off = $15.19
--In this all-star collection of essays, songs, illustrations and interviews about activism and hope, edited by bestselling YA author Johnson, eaders will find support through voices that are personal, funny, irreverent and inspiring. Just some of the contributors: John Paul Brammer, Libba Bray, Lauren Duca, Alex Gino, Hebh Jamal, Malinda Lo, Dylan Marron, Javier Munoz and many more!
What True Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation about Race in America
by Michael Eric Dyson $24.99 hardback Now 20% off = $19.99
--"Passionately written... Dyson's larger purpose is to reflect on the relevance of the dynamic it represented... speaking truth to power - in the current racial and political climate. Singling out the cultural types represented in Baldwin's delegation... artists, intellectuals and activists, Dyson (shows) how contemporary examples of each bear witness to black struggle today." The Washington Post
#neveragain: A New Generation Draws the Line
by David Hogg & Lauren Hogg 
$10 paperback Now 20% off = $8
--In the aftermath of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, brother and sister join the leadership of a movement to save their own lives and the lives of all other young people in America.
Queer Nuns: Religion, Activism, and Serious Parody
by Melissa M. Wilcox
$30 paperback Now 20% off =$24
--An engaging look into the history and culture of an unlikely order of nuns: The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, queer activists devoted to social justice since 1979
July 13-15 SD Pride: the rainbow of LGBT+ Pride shines over Hillcrest in July. Saturday July 14 Pride Parade begins in the EARLY AM at University Ave & Normal St and continues down 6th Ave to Balboa park; be prepared for road closures & thousands of fabulous, tolerant people! We'll be open regular hours in the heart of it all!
Sun Aug 5, 5pm, we host poets from The San Diego Poetry Annual (on sale here) for a reading of selections from this year's book. We also carry the Spanish language Annual and a Kids' Annual. Fun stuff!
CityFest 2018, Sun Aug 12 noon-11pm, brightens the heart of lovely & luminous Hillcrest. This annual FREE street fair features awesome food, must-have merchandise booths, and terrific music. We'll be open regular hours. Stop by & say Hi!
Save the date: Sat Aug 25 10am-5pm The San Diego Union TribuneFestival of Books at Liberty Station: Grab a Book, Share a Story, Tell a Friend! We'll be there celebrating San Diego's vibrant reading community along with thousands of local readers, writers, word lovers and businesses. Here's a hopeful 6/21/18 letter from the Festival of Books sponsor & new San Diego Union Tribune owner :
 A note from Kris on the occasion of our 19th Anniversary in May
  • Wow! 19 years since I first opened the door at 3817 5th Ave with my own key and started dusting and getting to know this bookshop. All these years later, I wtill love fostering the delight of books and the opportunity to learn for all who shop here. It's a continuing incredible journey at BsB - 19 years within the same four walls!An odyssey narrative of San Diego and its books, readers who return and booky travelers, interwoven with my and my staff's lives - through thick and thin, sickness and health, happy and sad, we've made it!The shop has enjoyed great support from Shop Small Business Day in November and recently our 5th Independent Bookstore Day - 2018 San Diego Bookcrawl was supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!! Books and reading are alive and well in San Diego. Support from the savvy, smart reading community is daily incentive to persist in the bookstore tradition. I wouldn't have made it without the help of family, friends, corworkers & YOU! Thank you so much! - Kris Nelson
Thanks for Giving to Book Drive Tots!
Thanks for making our Reach Out and Read Book Drive such an incredible success, Book Lovers! Our goal was to collect 150 books this year for tots participating in the UCSD High Risk Infant Follow-Up Program. (The doctors estimate they hand out 300 books per year) With your generous contributions, we reached 125 books: 20 more than last year's total! Yay! Even though our book drive is officially over until the fall, we will never say no to folks who want to continue to give throughout the year to this very worthy cause. If you'd like to give a book to a kid who needs one, ask a Bluestocking, and thanks!
What can we do for you?

We want to be your go-to neighborhood bookshop, wherever you are. We special order books (new and used), can ship to you and your loved ones in the U.S. and worldwide (join our free shipping club for domestic orders - see below :D*

To see what we have in stock, check our website where we refresh our inventory daily. A small percentage of used items do not appear online, nor do our new titles, so please give us a call or email and we'll check the stacks. 
We offer trade credit for books you bring in which we feel our customers will love. The trade credit you earn provides a discount towards purchase of other books and items in the store. If you're getting a used book, the trade credit can pay for up to 50% while trade credit pays for up to 25% of the price of new books, gift items & special orders. Give your gently used books a new life by passing them along to other book lovers. And find some new-to-you treasures!
:D* Join our Free Shipping Club! With your $50 yearly membership, send books with USPS media rate to friends and loved ones throughout the US and at military bases. ($50= 12 regular single book shipments). We ship with clean packing materials and reuse paper and cardboard to reduce impact on our world. Plus, with your name in our database you are racking up an additional 7.5% off your purchases with continued shopping. If you like shopping local & want to turn friends and family on to Bluestokcing Books, we want you in our club!
to read about order trade credit policy
Would you like a book? Human interaction is easy! Call and ask about anything or for more details on a current listing here at the website :D

We may not always have the perfect book in stock but we can usually order one. If you're looking for a favorite edition of a treasured book to share with a loved one, maybe a next generation New Reader, this is the perfect time to order for the Holidays... or maybe get a li'l something as a special gift for Yourself!
We are a "brick-n-mortar" REAL BOOKSHOP where magical life-changing books are discovered, toddlers squeal in delight at the sight of a book they recognize, old friends strolling together find common loves in literature & history, true loves meet and dogs sit politely for a treat. Yes, there are random philosophical quotes uttered aloud and books recommended by friends and strangers alike. We are community whether we know you or not, fellow reader and booklover: welcome to our tradition! Our street address has housed a bookstore since 1967; the 3rd owner & staff (for ~19 years now!) intend to carry on the full-service neighborhood bookshop customs as long as there is a demand. We stock mostly used books and order both new and used books -just inquire. We have regular deliveries for the classic reprints and new releases. 
Hours of operation are:
       11am-7pm Monday - Thursday
       9am-9:30pm Friday & Saturday
       9am-5pm Sundays 
3817 Fifth Avenue 
San Diego CA, 92103 

If you can't find what you like please fill out our off-line search form and we will search our off-line inventory, other bookstores and book search services for you. Or just give us a ring! Thanks - BsB