Friday, July 10, 2009

Where do you shop for stories?

Much to my dismay, I live almost one hour from a decent brick and mortar bookstore. We have a Waldenbooks outlet in our local mall but they only stock the most popular releases. They have kindly offered to order books for me, but unfortunately they arrive through the Pony Express. We have a fabulous place called The Old Book Barn. It is an amazing place that is stocked with new and used books. Unfortunately, every time I set foot in the place my asthma kicks into full gear because it is very musty and dusty. So, most of the time I have to order from Amazon to get the goodies on my wish list. While this is super good for my wallet because I just can't seem to stop myself from purchasing tons of books at a book and mortar store, it still kind of blows. I found this picture of the coolest looking Barnes & Noble store in Rochester, MN. It used to be an old theatre. And this link shows some amazing bookstores around the world. http://www.miragebookmark.ch/most-interesting-bookstores.htm

Are you lucky enough to shop at any of these cool places?

Also, I want to wish our very special little bee, Tina Ferraro, an extremely happy birthday tomorrow. I hope all your wishes come true, Tina!


xo,
Stephanie

9 comments:

TinaFerraro said...

AAAAHHHHHH! Stephanie Hale you are one creative and fantastic lady. Thanks SO MUCH for that! In fact, if I can figure out how, I'm going to put the photo on my Facebook for all my Scrabble friends to see...

As far as where I shop for books, well, I have no loyalty. ;) I frequent two local B&N's, a Borders, two independents, and Amazon (where I get my Kindle downloads, as well as older books).

And a special shout-out to Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ, and the Mesa Barnes & Noble for being so extra good to me as a writer. Whenever I'm in Phoenix, I stop buy and make purchases there.

Ameya said...

But... but... some of those bookshelves are like 15 feet tall!! It looks gorgeous but HOW could i browse?!?! I like my shelves people-height, practically speaking! I wouldn't want to have my books hidden 10 feet above people's heads! :-o

Rena said...

I live in a very small town with one indie bookstore. Up in Kalipell, there are more choices, including a Borders, Borders Outlet in the mall, and several other indies. I buy a lot of my books online too.

Just yesterday I went to a thrift store and bought 16 books for my boys for $2.40. I blogged about that today -- gotta love a bargain!

Rena said...

That should say Kalispell, not Kalipell. Argh -- I wish we could edit our replies, especially when I post before proofreading. 8-}

Thao said...

I wish I could go to some awesome shops like these. We don't have many huge bookstores here and none of them have books that I love either :(

Janie Emaus said...

Hi,
I live close to lots of bookstores, so no problem there.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!

Wendy Toliver said...

The scrabble "card" is adorable! As for where I shop for books, one of my faves is the Tattered Cover in the Denver area, and I also love Wisebird Bookery, in Ogden Utah, The King's English in Salt Lake City, UT and The Purple Cow in Tooele, Utah. I love checking out the bookstores where I'm on vacation, too.

Marley Gibson said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TINA!!!!!!!

I'm pretty much an Amazon.com shopper. Love the convenience. = )

Kate at Read This Book! said...

Wow that's a cool B&N. The bookstore I usually shop at is about 1 hr 30 mins away. All the other stores here suck. They don't have the books I want. =(

Someday I'll start using Amazon. xD