Anyways, you don't have to twist this gal's arm to get me into a bookstore, since I love my paper and ink and have yet to purchase an e-reader. So, we headed over, and were pleased to see that the store was pretty busy. I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of small bookstores because I'm a child of the age of instant gratification, and I want to know that I'm going to find the book I'm looking for. For instance, I was fairly chagrined when I was told they weren't stocking any (ANY) Neil Gaiman books at the moment (though they sell mostly used books, so I imagine they just have to take what they can get). And, the nice store clerk did recommend some Charles de Lint, since he was a big inspiration to Neil, as well as another book that Neil wrote the foreword for.
It was a fun adventure. I whipped out my Droid and pulled up my Goodreads list, and was able to find four books that I had on my TBR list. And while I was flipping through the Charles de Lint book the store clerk had shown me, wondering if I wanted to buy it or not (I had some other Charles de Lint books on my TBR list, and my pile was getting pretty large), a girl walked by, spotted it in my hands, and asked if I was going to buy it because she'd been looking everywhere for it. I happily passed it over and she was ecstatic. It was a magical book store moment. Another was when some guy went up to the clerk and gave him a check to help save the store, even though he wasn't buying anything.
So, I made out like a bandit, getting five books for like $3-$4 each. Here's my stash:
And since you all know how I love posting random pics of my cats - this is Mr. Fox on my night stand a few months ago (he's grown in size pretty significantly since then):
I hope everyone's having a great weekend. Any fave small bookstores in your area? Have you paid them a visit lately?