You’re all Famous to me!

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 Awarenessย Month!

84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

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.

About Iris B

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog.
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21 Responses to You’re all Famous to me!

  1. 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)


  2. pjharjo says:

    Nice post, Iris! Now I donโ€™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 itโ€™s for! It made reading your post a bit more interesting to get away from the drab automatic print color.


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    • Iris B says:

      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 ๐Ÿ˜‰


  3. 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.


    • Iris B says:

      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 ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. 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.


  5. Emerald says:

    I do still go to Barnes & Noble quite frequently, though that of course is not the same as supporting small independent bookstores. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!


    • Iris B says:

      Welcome to our blog, Emerald. Good to see you here ๐Ÿ™‚ and I’m really pleased someone else gets a kick out of seeing books of Authors you know ๐Ÿ™‚
      I really have to find out whether we have a B & N down here …


  6. jeff7salter says:

    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.
    Love bookstores!


    • Iris B says:

      I can now tell my girls I’m not the only one getting excited by “knowing” the author of a book ๐Ÿ™‚
      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 …


      • jeff7salter says:

        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.


      • Iris B says:

        Let’s make a note for that ๐Ÿ˜‰
        As for tom Clancy … I only know the movies, sorry to say!

        AND JEFF, you’ve been ignoring my “Pink writing” ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • jeff7salter says:

        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.


      • Iris B says:


        I love it when the tough men wear pink!


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