I know there was a time when I couldn't read.... I just can't remember when that was. I can remember spreading the newspaper on the floor and "reading" the comics... Dagwood, Gasoline Alley, Dick Tracy as well as others. In school, I can remember reading about Dick, Jane, Sally and Puff and looking forward to the next lesson. And one of my favorite things was the day the Bookmobile would come to our neighborhood. Since we lived about 10 or 15 miles from the county library, the Bookmobile would arrive about every two weeks and we could check out several books to read until it arrived again.
Neither of my parents graduated high school, but both were avid readers and could converse (intelligently) about everything. They belonged to a book club and the postal service brought a new book every month. Even as a little kid I read adult books... So Dear To My Heart; Little Britches; Cheaper By the Dozen.... and the list goes on. Later, I got into a lot of trouble when in junior high and high school I'd choose books like... The Search For Bridey Murphy (reincarnation) and Compulsion, (a story about the Loeb and Leopold murders) as subjects for my book reports.
So I guess it's no wonder that we don't have a TV but prefer reading... and book stores.... as our favorite things.
Today Bill & I headed off to the big city of Columbus, Ohio... we had several errands to run, but a stop at the Barnes and Noble is considered mandatory...
The store at the Easton Center is much like all the others around the USA. Has the obligatory Starbucks, is a WiFi hotspot... all that sort of thing. We kind of by-pass all that and head right to the meat of the matter....
Of course we each have our own topics of choice. Bill heads to the magazines to find the latest genealogy magazines... then on to the travel section, the computer tech section etc.
I start out at the travel section... on to the latest mysteries.... always check out the cookbooks and the essays and biographies...
Now bookstores have a lot more than just books...
Here's a Godiva Chocolate Display... And the bottom photo is a set of plastic "hero" figures... yes... Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a few others that can be your kids (or yours?) favorite toy. And on the right is a Halloween display. You can buy greeting cards, games, puzzles... whatever suits your fancy. We kind of stay with the books, although I do venture into the music department. In fact I recently bought a great CD of Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions at another B&N.
Just look at these fantastic displays!
You can buy classics, or regional books... And look! Tony Hillerman's daughter has a book out. Looks like she's following in her Dad's footsteps!
Magazine! OMG.... what subject are you interested in? Everything from becoming buff, to eating vegan to science fiction to the latest art and craft. Just everything.
Sometimes I head over to the "craft" section. When I was a "stay at home" mom, I used to do custom knitting for a local yarn shop. They were usually women with a career who didn't have the time, but had the money... who'd commission knitted items. I loved doing that and made all kinds of clothing that I could neither afford nor would ever wear anyway. That was a long time ago and although I just don't knit much anymore, I still love to look at what's out there.
Boy! Have things changed!
I almost bought this as I love cats and our lifestyle is such that having a kitty just isn't feasible. Hey... having a knitted cat sure beats having to clean a litter box all the time!
And, even though I'm not really a "dog" person, I'll give them equal billing...
With my luck, someone would want me to knit a huge black lab or maybe a St Bernard!
I don't just look through the aisles of books I know I'll like... heck, I look at them all....
I wish now that I'd opened up this book and looked at what it had to offer.
I mean... really... duct tape is a mainstay in any RVers toolkit. Just look at that array of colors and designs! Our little white Scion has some vital pieces being held together with either white or clear duct tape... wouldn't a strip of kelly green with silver stars perk THAT up a bit?
They even have a humor section...
I took the photo and then kind of browsed through the book facing us. However, I'll admit that I didn't check out that 4th book from the left. Rats! I always miss the good stuff!
Now, just look at this sign....
I mean... really... do they honestly think that THESE are the only thought provoking books in the whole store? I think not.... if I had the time, I'd still be browsing through there... adding this book or that one to my bag.
We spent quite a bit of time there.... Bill bought 1 magazine and I bought 2 books. I'll let you wonder what they are.
It may be a while before we hit another books store (not counting Amazon, of course).... so we take advantage of them when we can.
That's All For Today!