HOW TO SHOP FOR A BOOK

A Holiday “Book Review” by Marguerite Langlois

Open Books | 2012 ©HouseofHank.me

‘Tis the season for looking for a special something for a special someone – even perhaps for ourselves. So, along with – or maybe instead of – all the other shopping ideas we are getting, it seemed like a good idea to review the directions for shopping for a book. (Next month we’ll get back to our regular book review.)

1.  Pick your local favorite bookstore. Right here in our Village neighborhood, we are fortunate to have two delightful ones: Santoro’s Books and Couth Buzzard Books.

2.  Dress comfy. This may take a while. And there is no dress code for bookstores.

3.  Coffee or tea or goodies for fuel? Couth Buzzard has them in-house at Espresso Buono Cafe; Santoro’s is right across from Herkimer Coffee and Caffé Vita.

4.  When you enter the bookstore – this is important – do not, repeat, do not head immediately to the shelves that hold a specific book you might be looking for. Pause to take in the atmosphere, the special smell of books, the sense of all those ideas and stories waiting for you. Meander. You never know what you’ll find. My library holds many wonderful books I’ve found on the way to something else.

Lovely Selection | 2012 ©HouseofHank.me

5.   Most bookstores are somewhat quiet places, but if you are near another shopper who is looking at a book you’ve enjoyed, nothing wrong with smiling and saying “Oh, I loved that one, especially….” Bookstores are one of those places where we can still make those mini-connections with people who like the same things we do, and for a moment or two share things we like or laugh about or enjoy learning.

6.   Do use the comfy chairs you see. They are not just for resting. They are for “trying on” books. Go ahead, take one or two or three books to a chair, sit, and see what you’ve got. It’s one of the best ways to choose a book. For myself, I know that if I find I’ve read most of a chapter, well, obviously, I need that book!

Read like a Lion | 2012 ©HouseofHank.me

7.   Want to make a bookseller’s day? Ask yours to order a book for you. Yes, it’s old-fashioned (but, umm, don’t we know all about those old ways?), and you may pay a bit more…but you’re helping to preserve a neighborhood treasure.

8.   Share! Brag! Tell all your friends and relations what a great time you had!

Vast Options | ©2012 HouseofHank.me

Selection 2 | 2012 ©HouseofHank.me

PNW Authors | ©2012 HouseofHank.me

And speaking of sharing, here’s a question for Village blog readers: What book would you like to get as a gift this holiday season? Or perhaps: What book was a special gift you received at some point in your life?

Tell us about it in the “Leave a Reply” box below!

Candy Cane Window Shopping | 2012 ©HouseofHank.me

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6 thoughts on “HOW TO SHOP FOR A BOOK

  1. My wish is to receive a copy of “Twelve Tribes of Hattie” by Ayana Mathis.

    One of my favorite things to do is to browse in a bookstore. My husband doesn’t think it’s fun! When family members come to visit from out of town, we head to my favorite independent bookstore and we spend an hour or two hanging out, which we all really enjoy.

  2. I’d love a collection of histories and biographies of the Tudors. I can’t get enough of Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, and the politics during that time!

    Nothing makes me happier than going to a small bookstore and browsing the shelves. Paying at the register usually causes me to hold my breath but the cost is well worth it, especially when I’m buying at a local, independent bookstore!

  3. I admit I have an Amazon wish list full of books I’d like to receive. But I love going to bookstores, especially small local ones like Santoro’s. They seem to hand pick some of the best books. Last time I went there I walked out with a stack of them, for myself and for gifts.

  4. Ah…you have definitely pushed my nostalgia button, Marguerite. Bookstores, small, locally owned bookstores, used-book bookstores — I have spent so many hours of my life in bookstores, and the floorboards of my house creak as a result. Thank you for this most cozy, comfy post that evokes so many pleasant memories for me.

    One of my most treasured books is Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s ‘Bring Me a Unicorn’ — her diaries and letters from 1922-1928. A very special woman gave me this book for my birthday in 1973. Mai Orgusaar was a co-worker in the office where I worked. She was from Estonia and told me many tales about her experiences in World War II, about escaping from the Russians and being in a German refugee camp. We shared a love of books.

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