It’s the last Wednesday of the month and that means Fiction Writers Blog Hop.
The Blog Hop was created by the talented writer Julie Valerie. Do check it out (see the link above).
I’ve decided to list my Blog Hop posts on a separate page called… Blog Hop Posts (wow I really am great at naming things)
June’s topic is Bookstores!
Bookstores always have a warm place in my heart. There is something almost magical about stepping into a place bristling from floor to ceiling with books. Groaning shelves packed tight, tables littered with piles, so much colour and information…
They are the sort of places you can get lost in, wander around drawn to new titles, new authors, strange covers… I always considered it the most enjoyable time in town when I came out of a bookshop laden with new novels to read. The anticipation was palpable.
However, my love affair with bookstores has quietly ended. This comes mainly from the fact we barely have any in our town centre. Those shops that do sell books are now smaller than they once were.
A refurb of the town reduced many stores and the bookshops seem to have turned into shrines to Biographies.
Walking back and forth amid the too modern shelving stacks, I am greeted with row upon row of Celebrity biographies, people barely my age who feel the need to show their life out to their fans… as if it isn’t already out there in every interview, trashy magazine and scandal story.
The comic sans font labels proclaiming “Fantasy Fiction”, “Thriller”, “Sci-Fi” and “Crime” mark up small real-estate as these grand tomes are barely given a full shelf each.
Instead, space is given over to magazines until it feels less like a bookstore and more like a newsagents. Maybe this was the result from the ebook/kindle explosion that some declared to be the “end to real books”.
But the fad is fading and many people who left the page for the screen have returned.
So now the enjoyment comes from travelling beyond my town, in search of new undiscovered book caves. Whose shelves are aching with books on every genre, that reveal treasures the longer you search and whose warm inviting feeling is increased when you meet a fellow booklover, arms ladened with their shopping spoils who happily recommend to you some books and eagerly listens to your own favourite authors.
Bring back more of these stores! 🙂
I hope you enjoyed this little Blog Hop post. As a side-note, I am by no means snarking at kindles, I have one myself and I find them useful though I personally rarely use them for reading novels – I use it for reference books mainly.
Do make sure you check out the Guest Post from yesterday written by the wonderful Bonnie Blaylock. Check it out here