While we were in Seaside, we dropped into the local bookstore, asalways. It’s been too long since I’ve been inside an indie bookstore, and let me tell you: I’ve missed it.
We used to have a wonderful local bookstore a mile from our house. It got bought out by Borders, and while I was no raving fan, at least I had a physical bookstore nearby. But now even the Borders is gone. I miss it.
We have an independent bookstore in town, which we support by attending events (like this one), but I rarely stop in to browse, or buy. Our vacation visit to this little indie bookstore convinced me I should make the effort. Because …
A real bookstore is full of geeky goodness–tables of bestsellers, neatly stocked shelves, odd collections–that you can take in with a sweep of the eye and not a click of the mouse. Inspiration is everywhere. Everywhere.
this shelf was labeled “contemporary fiction” but could have been called “beach reads”
Customer: “I’m looking for a good beach read.”
Staff: “Tell me some of your favorite books so we can find you something amazing.“
I would call that a pretty typical interaction for an indie bookstore.
travel writing classics: a category I wasn’t seeking but was happy to find
I do most of my book shopping online these days. It’s convenient, but it also doesn’t really give me the opportunity to stumble upon a book that’s much different from the ones I’m already looking for. But in a bookstore, it’s easy to stumble upon books you never knew you were missing.
Books I added to my to-read list after browsing in the bookstore: The Time In Between: A Novel, A Walk Across America, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, Maine, and Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America’s Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
gorgeous puffin clothbound classics for young readers. want. neeeed.
I love the books, but I also enjoy perusing the other paper goods: stationery, notecards, calendars, journals, and any other writerly goodness I can find.
Tell us all about your favorite bookstore in comments.
(I’m thinking about hosting a linkup to share your favorite bookstores because I would love to read all about them, and I’m guessing I’m not alone. Are you interested? )