I got sad yesterday because I have a very tiny bank account right now, while I wait to start getting paid enough from work to really save, and I was craving a trip to Barnes & Noble. As I sat on the couch pouting, I realized there was a way to fix this “money for books” problem a bit come next payday: in town, we have an eccentric little used book store not far from the apartment. Dan and I have been in once and didn’t buy anything, but only because we hadn’t gone in intending to (and I had no cash, as usual, and wasn’t sure if they took cards).
The store is tiny, maybe the size of two of the rooms in our apartment, and it’s that perfect kind of unorganized where everything is in a place with a label, but you’re still better off just browsing and stumbling upon a gem than actively trying to find something. Books sit stacked on stools and boxes on the floor. The bookcases are at odd angles so you have to squeeze your way through a few. And the whole place is full of that familiar smell of old, unopened books. To be honest, I’m surprised we’ve only been in once.
The more I think about it, the more I’d really like to buy my books a little more locally. The used book store always has some interesting things I might not have picked out otherwise, and the independent book store is just cute. It’s small, so it doesn’t always have what I want (in which case I will go to Barnes & Noble), but I want it to start being my first stop when I have a book in mind. I’ve already gotten a few there and had good experiences each time, so I think this is a positive step to giving something to this new community of mine.
Too bad I’m not allowing myself to buy any new books until I finish the ones on my summer reading list.
Do you have any local book stores that you love?