FIRST POST OF THE YEAR!
What better way to kick off the year than talk about book stores? There are a few bigger-known book store chains in Louisville, such as Barnes & Noble and Half Price Books. HPB is one of my favorites; while B&N often has new releases and a wider selection, it’s just too expensive. There’s also a few indie bookstores here, though the most well-known is Carmichael’s (which I haven’t actually been to, but that’s one of my goals over spring break). Like most book bloggers, there are a few things I do every time I go to a book store.
- I mill around near the front displays.
If I’m at Barnes & Noble, I’ll spend a bit of time looking at the tables stacked with new releases or whatever book they’re featuring that week. Sometimes I’ll spend a while just looking at notebook supplies or coloring books. Anything really. But at HPB, there’s a lot more to see and it changes every time I go. There’s a shelf dedicated to new-ish releases or Staff Picks, as well as some of the heavily discounted books/CDs/comics. It’s always fun to comb through and pick out which books I’ve heard about or read.
2. I go straight to the YA section.
This is, by far, my favorite section, if only because I stand a chance of actually recognizing authors, titles, and new releases. At B&N, I’m usually looking for new releases or a book I’ve been wanting to read for a while but haven’t found at HPB. At Half Price Books, I like to scan the YA section for a book I’ve never heard of or copies of books I’ve read and want to buy, but not for B&N or Amazon’s prices. There’s a lot of fond smiles and ‘awww, I remember that book’ that goes on at this step.
3. I check for any Diana Wynne Jones books.
This step is exclusive to Half Price Books only. It’s my goal to someday read all of Diana Wynne Jones’s books and while I know I could just order the books I’m missing from Amazon or buy them at B&N, there’s something comforting about finding someone’s old copy at HPB. It’s been pre-loved and every time I find one of DWJ’s books, it’s a small, magical moment. Half the fun, I think, is keeping an eye out for a copy and then finding it.
4. Wander the aisles in a happy daze.
I’m pretty sure every book lover can relate to this. By this point, I probably have a stack of books in my arms (HPB) or a new list of books to get in paperback (B&N) and am just walking around to see if anything catches my eye. This year, I want to branch out, genre-wise, so my wandering might be a little more focused on sci-fi or history books. Most of my wandering is just ambling around the store, enjoying the relative silence and that feeling of stillness small bookstores have.
5. Beg for more time and just one more minute I swear I’m almost done
Sadly, my family often has to drag me away from bookstores. My sister actually timed me when I said “five more minutes,” once. (Note: it was 4 minutes 59 seconds exactly by the time I got out of the bookstore. I wasn’t happy, but I made it.) I could spend hours looking at shelves, just wondering about the books and casually picking them out, reading a page or two, then putting them back unless they catch my interest.
What do you do when you go to a book store? What’s your favorite section?