Went to Borders because I felt like I was the only person who did not own his own copy of The Hunger Games. While I was there I bought The Forest of Hands and Teeth (I read the first chapter online and was floored) and a few other books I have been meaning to add to my library.
I have been avoiding Borders. The Redmond Town Center store had crammed spaces, yet still hanging to the corporate, soulless look. It also had the feel of the doomed. Massive space was dedicated to video and other crap that I can get cheaper and better selection at other places. Indeed, I was counting down the sad, sad days until I read the store or corporation had gone TU. Borders going TU will be a herald of the Apocalypse. Mark my words.
If you’re going to cattle-chute me, give the damn store some character! Creaky hardwood floors. Pretty clerks with tattoos. Anything except the blood-drained look that sapped your buying will the moment you opened the door!
But since I was running errands in the area, I stopped by anyway.
They have been remodeling. They still have the weird over-stocked DVD/music section, but it seemed smaller. And the store was much easier to navigate, I felt less claustrophobic. And the YA book section was expanded greatly—it looked like they were still remodeling to expand it further. Their YA section was ginormous. Literally, it was the largest YA book section I have ever been in, anywhere. Books and books and books, many of them new authors. Books other stores were hiding because of their proactive nature were proudly on display.
And the manga section. WOW. Just, WOW.
And the people! It’s a sunny day here in the Seattle area. But that did not stop the multitude of people from buying books. One woman towing two children was clutching five books as if they were a life raft.
A pretty girl was in the YA section agonizing which hardcover to get. She was only allowed one. Her mother said so. Several times, despite the pleading.
The two teen boys, clearly athletes, looking for science-fiction. They were so intent on finding that novel.
The little boy and girl jumping up and down as Daddy led them to the children section.
This is life with books.
This is capitalism at it’s best.
I spent $30 more than I planned. It was as if I was helpless.
I love books.
I love people reading books.
What a lovely, lovely Saturday!
The Redmond Town Center Borders got a literary boob job.