So… I have been rather naughty and wandered into my local Barnes & Noble for a quick browse around the fiction section while I was waiting for my sister to get off work. I had a rough week and it was Saturday and since my favorite thing that cheers me up is wandering around a book store, I needed something to bring a smile to my face. Let me say in my defense, I had no intention of buying any books when I went in… but I am an out of the closet book junkie. We both know that it was only going to end badly, with me spending WAY too much money on books… and that’s exactly what happened.
Let me break down my usual bookstore visit for you… which I don’t do very often but when I do it is often a long process with hours and hours of wandering, reading, deciding, and book nerd enjoyment! First thing I do is I wander around the front area of that book store; I look at what is new, what is on sale, what books are due out soon, etc. Then I wander further into the book store looking at the various tables of recommended reading, making note of what catches my eye at that moment based on authors or titles. Please tell me you noticed how I haven’t even touched the books yet, don’t worry I am just making a list in my head. Finally after looking at what the store offers, maybe seeing if my favorite authors came out with anything new, I go back to the front and begin the selection process. I grab books here and there that look interesting and have caught my eye. I start at the front of the store, then go back to the tables that I wander through before, picking up books along the way. Then I begin to really browse in the story(my favorite part) in the other genres, this is where I usually find the lost treasure everyone else has ignored; starting in Fiction, then Teen Fiction, followed closely by History, Science Fiction, Romance, and finally the Christian/Religion(usually in that order). When I am done with my viewing and sectioning.. I usually have between 5-25 books in my hands, and have been laughed at by at least 5 men, gawww! With books in hand, I find a quiet corner and begin to read. I read the backs, the side flaps, the reviews on the covers, and I may even read a page or two but that is stretching it. When I am done, each book is placed into 1 of 3 piles: Must Have, Maybe Now or Maybe Later, or No Way! This dwindles down the pile that I lugged around the store. I put the No Ways in a place where someone can come get them then I go over my other two piles and narrow them down even further. I ALSO have a budget of how much I can spend on that trip but on this particular Saturday Morning while waiting… I didn’t have a budget, and that is usually very dangerous for me. Sometimes I go in and find nothing, so I leave with nothing, which then depression soon follows, but on this special journey there were more books than I could count.
Thankfully I convinced myself that 7 books will do for now.. I know what you are thinking.. 7!!! That would last you a whole 6 months or maybe even a year!! The pile of 7 will last me between 1-3 months, depending on how much time I have and how quickly I get through them. Here is a list of what I bought:
– Lamb by Christopher Moore
-Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
– Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks
– The NIV God Seeking One Year Bible
– The Meryl Streep Movie Club by Mia March
– One ” Keep Calm and Carry On” Day Planner
– When He was Wicked by Julia Quinn
– How to Marry A Marquis by Julia Quinn
EKK!! I know.. I have been a very bad girl and I did go a bit overboard on the books, but they get a good home and books always cheer me up. They bring a smile to myself and make my life more enjoyable. While being in a book I don’t have to think about work or my life or how I am tired of being single and how I hate online dating or how people who I thought were friends of mine are actually just a bunch of a-holes or how I need to spend more time in church and with church friends or how much I miss London(which is all the bloody time!). Books are my ultimate escape hatch. I hope the man I marry someday(where ever you are) will ultimately understand my deep obsession and love of books and the written word. It’s funny how amazing books truly are, whether we read them the old-fashioned way or download them onto our electronic e-readers, it is the story that ultimately moves us and changes us as individuals. So I will leave you with the quote I found on Pinterest(Yeah, yeah I know..) said by Robert Pattinson(Yeah, the Twilight guy). I hope you enjoy and he does give some good advice for those who of you who dates book lovers like me:
” If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are. Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable.” – Robert Pattinson
So here is the cup of tea and a few cookies.. go get a book!!