In case you haven’t gathered already, I love books. From the words on the page, to the tiny details penned into each and every corner, I can’t not see one without wondering what secrets it may or may not possess. The first time I went to a bookstore my parents had to drag me out by the collar; a marvelous feat mind you, since I was not a lightweight lad.
Since then, my obsession for the written word has never waned, nor has my love for the places that sell it. In my lifetime I’ve visited over 50 bookstores, and less than half of them were Barnes and Nobles. During each visit I’ve noticed something different about each one, the same way a wine connoisseur would be able to tell you the differences between one red and another.
No two bookstores are alike. Yes, this includes Barnes and Noble’s examples, for i’ve never been to one where the layout was exactly the same. The same goes for bookstores, big and small, for every single one of them comes with a specific flavor. And each flavor is indicative of not only the society in which they reside, but also the love in which their patrons provide.
For anyone who tells me bookstores are dying, I can honestly say this is the furthest from the truth. Bookstores are alive and well, and never should they be forgotten in what they provide. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, simply find your nearest bookstore and take a gander. Come by on a regular basis. Ask if they have anything new or any upcoming events.
Like books themselves, bookstores only need you to make that first little leap into their world. Once that’s done, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll gain.
I’ve been to many bookstores in my life, but i’d really love to hear about your experiences. Which bookstores have you all been to? What are your favorite things about bookstores?
Leave your comments, questions, queries, and contradictions below.
Until next time,