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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

RTW -- My Bookstore

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

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 Imagine you get to open your own bookstore. What would it look like? What kinds of books would you sell?

This was a little hard to do because I know of two local bookstores (one in my collegetown and one in my hometown) that I picture when I think of the perfect bookstore. The first one stocks both used and new books and it consists of two rooms: the first containing all adult books and the second containing mostly young adult and children's books.

The second store stocks all used books and is like a maze of bookshelves. It's beautiful and I feel like I could get lost in there forever. Above the regular books, they stock older volumes that have that beautiful, ancient look of an early edition. 

It would be two small stories with both used and new books. The first story would stock adult fiction and the second children's books and young adult. A spiral staircase would lead upstairs. On the wall with the best view, there would be large windows surrounded by chairs and tables.

The books would be organized by genre and then author's last name. Young adult wouldn't be divided into subgenres because it drives me insane when it is and then I'm not sure which subgenre a book falls under. We would only stock entire series, not just the later books (another of my pet peeves).

The entire place would be filled with the beautiful crisp smell of books. And maybe the slight smell of coffee from the Starbucks next door.

5 comments:

Jaime Morrow said...

"We would only stock entire series, not just the later books (another of my pet peeves)." Yes! This drives me bonkers. I've come to a few series late, and so not being able to buy the first books in the series in-store is just aggravating. I like the sounds of this bookstore! :)

VikLit said...

Entire Series! Oh goodness me yes! Well I'd visit ;)

Colin Smith said...

I think my complete-ist self would insist that entire series be available!

I wondered to Jaime whether there were air fresheners called "Old Book" or "Fresh from the Press." Perhaps we should add "Coffee Shop" to the mingle? :)

Meghan Jashinsky said...

"The books would be organized by genre and then author's last name. Young adult wouldn't be divided into subgenres because it drives me insane when it is and then I'm not sure which subgenre a book falls under."
This makes my overly-organized heart swell with joy. :)

Nickie said...

I love those maze-like bookstores -- like you said, it feels like you can get lost in there! Time seems to flow differently when you're wandering around between the bookshelves.

And I like that you'd stock the whole series. I hate trying to track down a new series, and they only have books 3 through 6. Grr.