Fact: I don't like coffee. I just like saying Coffee Clutch in my best and deepest New York accent. Considering I'm a New Yorker, I'm pretty freaking good at it. So I've got my tea and I hope you have your heated beverage of choice, because it's time to gab the day away.
If someone were to watch me walk around a book store, they'd probably think I was crazy.
|Oh Travis. Oh.|
I know this seems like an exaggeration, but it's really not. So to prove my insanity (why do I feel the need to do this? I don't know), I'm going to tell you all what an EPIC TRIP to the bookstore looks like.
Before we begin, you might be wondering: What is a an EPIC TRIP to the bookstore? So, I mean, I go to Barnes & Noble like one a week - given I have the time. I won't always buy something and if I do, it's one book, MAYBE two, and usually something I've frugally and painstakingly decided to buy ahead of time. Sometimes I'll go just to book creep - also known as browsing. I know I can do this online, but it's not the same. I'll just go to the store, look at the pretties and maybe make note of a few I want to grab from the library.
|I forgot how much this makes me laugh.|
OTHER TIMES, maybe once a month - less depending on a combination of what books I want, how much money I have for spending and how much book therapy the month's drama has left me needing - I'll to Barnes & Noble for an EPIC TRIP, in which the following happens:
- Unless I'm feeling adventurous or have to get something for someone else, I'll usually head right over the YA section - where the serious business goes down.
- I'll start my browsing by checking that big table where they put all the big buzz books. Inevitably, I'll smile, maybe pet my favorites and then move on, knowing I'll be back at this table at the end of my trip.
- At this point I'll go grab the books I came for - if I had a list in mind when I entered the store. Which I usually do.
- Next, I'll move to the start of the YA section. The YA section at my Barnes & Noble is divided in 3 (contemporary, paranormal and fantasy are the inexact titles of said sub-sections). I'll start at the very beginning and work my way through, letting the pretty covers and clever titles pull me in.
- Of course, as all of this is going on, I'm furiously checking Goodreads to see what I REALLY want and what books are just trying to trick me into buying them when I actually just want to get them from library (which means I'm also list making as I go so I don't forget what I want from the library).
- Eventually I'll work my way through the entirety of the YA section with entirely too many books in arm. That's when I'll sit down, give myself a limit of how many books I'm allowed to buy and sort based on the factors discussed in last week's discussion post and more.
|I need all of the sorting help.|
- Once I've painstakingly separated the 'buys' from the 'to-be-gotten-from-the-library' books. I'll double back and put away the books I don't want (because I'm OCD).
- As I'm putting away the 'to-be-gotten-from-the-library' books, I'll usually spot something I didn't see the first time around. Which usually brings me back to the 'checking Goodreads' portion of the trip.
- FINALLY, I'll find myself back at the end of the YA section... with one book I put back stuck on my mind. Which means I'll have to triple back, just to make sure I REALLY don't want it.
- Once I'm sure I've gone over everything to my satisfaction, I'll head over to the big buzz books table and check to make sure I don't need any of those.
- Then I'll linger for a second, unsure if I really want to leave, before begrudgingly heading to check out.
|Tell the readers, Jenny, TELL THEM.|
How long does this whole process take? Anywhere up to three hours, depending on whether or not I start a book while I'm there. Which I do sometimes. And usually, I'm so hungry when all of this is over that I'll grab some sushi on my way home so I can consider how I want to shelve all the new pretties while munching on edamame. Basically it's really a day that can make a girl's wallet cry. Which is why I try to plan as many of these as possible around birthdays and holidays and other such gift-giving times so I can get my parents or siblings to donate to the cause.
Now tell me, do you guys have EPIC TRIPS like I do, or do you just pop by the shop with a carefully planned list like I probably should in order to spare my bank account the pain? Let me know in the comments below!