A visit to the Bookstore !
First of all, I hope reading this “pink” post is not all too hard on everyone’s eyes, but please don’t complain or stop reading here … it’s my little bit to remind you all that October is Breastcancer Awareness Month!
The bookstore. Goodness gracious, it must’ve been ages since I’ve stepped into a bookstore. A year ago? A small little store when we went up to Merrimbula in New South Wales. I loved it, but my girls dragged me out when I pointed at all the books saying “I know this person. I know her as well. And her! And … oops, haven’t heard of her.” Not much browsing, but just a happy feeling of “knowing” people. Okay, fair enough, I “know” them via Facebook. But just the fact that they might have “liked” one of my comments or even replied to them – gives me a thrill.
You’re all famous to me!
No, I didn’t buy any books, and I didn’t browse for new ones. Shame on me, I have to admit, that I’m a bookdepository addict, or nowadays do “the kindle thing”. As much as I want to support the book stores, because books are important, financially it’s a big difference whether I pay $12 (for example!) or $8 and have it delivered to my door. Sorry guys.
Are you still wandering the aisles of a bookstore? Tell me which one.
I love pink, no problem! My tugboat man and my son love to go to bookstores; they could browse and read and buy for hours- I mean HOURS. One time I spent 2 hours in the Yale bookstore with them. I was buying up all the Yale merch I could get my hands on and they were reading. Of course. (Heres’ an idea…you could interview my son on your radio show-his Phd is in Germanic Languages and Literatures and he teaches German and Eng Comp at Yale..and has written a lot of awesome stuff I’m not smart enough to understand.I’m always the proud mom)
Thanks for stopping by! And of course you should be proud – it’s our job as a mum 😉
I was talking to Tonette on another post re German Literature, I wonder whether your son has ever heard of Fontane’s “Effi Briest”
It’d certainly be interesting having a chat with him!
Love it that the men in your life are reading while you do the shopping!
I’ll email him and let you know if he’s familiar with Fontane. Objectively, he is a most amazing human!
I look forward to talking to him one day 😉
Yup, my son knows Fontanne. He’s the most well read person I’ve ever known so I wasn’t surprised. What was your context for reading him?
Phew … short version is that I told Tonette that I had to read this book for school, but didn’t like it, because “Mum” had read it already (imagine stubborn teenager here :-)) … in the end I read it within one day AND loved it. Tonette was a bit surprised by the choice of the book, yet, it’s considered one of the best book in German literature. With your son having studied German literature I had wondered whether he knew it … I think that is about the gist of it! 🙂
Nice post, Iris! Now I don’t feel so alone with not doing too much, if any, of the brick and mortar bookstore thing. :)) For now, finances play a big role in my purchase of books, too. I like the pink print idea and the cause it’s for! It made reading your post a bit more interesting to get away from the drab automatic print color.
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thanks Janette. Yes, finances, unfortunately, play a big role. I’d rather have a bookshelf full of books than a kindle full of books!
Glad you liked the pink 😉
The pink is fine, and I agree with you, Iris – it just doesn’t seem worth it to pay for a regular book when I can get the electronic version for a lot less. And my ipad is full of freebies I have yet to read. I have been inside a bookstore lately – twice for book signings (to get someone else’s autograph), and once to meet up with a friend and have a glass of lemonade! Also, the Barnes and Noble in my city held an ebook event, so I went along with several other authors – but it wasn’t well advertised so there wasn’t a lot of traffic.
Yes, the freebies! LOL … there are so many nowadays!
A book store where you can have something to drink? Well, that’d be my kind of bookstore! That’s what we need.
Thanks for stopping by, Patty. Much appreciated as always 🙂
oh yes, Most bookstores here have cafes in them,Iris.They are quite fun.Coffee, of course; some sell fancy desserts, some even have light lunch-type items.
I should’ve visited a bookstore while in the US 😦
I do still go to Barnes & Noble quite frequently, though that of course is not the same as supporting small independent bookstores. 🙂 But I love the energy of certain Barnes & Nobles and like to go there with my laptop and camp out and work for a while. And I too enjoy seeing familiar names on covers there!
Welcome to our blog, Emerald. Good to see you here 🙂 and I’m really pleased someone else gets a kick out of seeing books of Authors you know 🙂
I really have to find out whether we have a B & N down here …
I also love seeing books by authors I “know” — even if that relationship is only a few comments back and forth on blogs or FB.
But it’s Super Cool when I spot a book by some author I’ve actually MET in person.
I can now tell my girls I’m not the only one getting excited by “knowing” the author of a book 🙂
Yes, meeting an author would be cool. Another theme for 4F1H … which author would you like to meet? I think I’d go for Lee Child & Jill Shalvis …. hmmm …
That would be a great theme to toss in the hopper for 2014’s calendar of topics.
I think Tom Clancy would have been cool to meet in person, but (sadly) we lost him two weeks ago.
Let’s make a note for that 😉
As for tom Clancy … I only know the movies, sorry to say!
AND JEFF, you’ve been ignoring my “Pink writing” 😉
Nah, I didn’t ignore the pink. When I saw parts of two NFL games yesterday, I saw all the pink shoes, socks, armbands, etc. I’m glad people have solidarity about better funding for research, better education for patients, and less expensive treatments, etc.
I love it when the tough men wear pink!
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