Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Check-in!! Bookstores...

Hey everyone!! Is everyone gearing up for our discussion of Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros?? We will start discussing (and those discussions WILL include spoilers) in about another week so move this one up in your TBR pile if you haven't read it yet!

For today's discussion, we are going to talk book stores (i.e. Nirvana in my world!) What is your ideal bookstore? Do you have a local bookstore that you can peruse? Do you ever travel to really good bookstores? Do you like used bookstores? Is a coffee bar essential to a really good book store???

Do you have a favorite online bookstore?

Discuss....

12 comments:

Amy said...

oooh Barnes and Noble...I can stay in there for hours. I do always like to hit independently owned bookstores or used bookstores if we are traveling around, and also frequently check out the book sections of thrift stores as well, they are always super cheap and you never know what you're going to find.;)

Brooke said...

I have basically NO bookstores near me... there is a B&N 45 min from here... so I am happy as a clam in ANY bookstore that I can visit... :) coffee is a plus...

Brooke said...

Amy.. I do love to look @ books at our local GoodWill...can definitely find some great deals there...

Christi Snow said...

For those of you that have read Karen Marie Moning's Fever books, Barrons is my ultimate bookstore. I can just picture it in my mind and it is pure heaven. I love bookstores that have a cozy feel with dark paneling, cozy chairs, and great music (probably guitar) playing in the background. And of course, I am ALWAYS happy if there is the scent of coffee in the air! ;o)

But realistically, my bookstores choices aren't so great here. We have a Hastings which works and it has a fireplace in the coffee shop so that is a HUGE plus for it. It just doesn't compare to some of the bookstores that I have been in and I am desperately missing Barnes and Noble...the closest one to me here is at home which is 2 hours away.

My favorite online bookstore to peruse is Amazon simply because of it's recommendation engine. I can find so much to buy in that section to get me in trouble. LOL! But I usually try to buy at least half my books at barnesandnoble.com just because I want to support them more than I do Amazon. I would love to find a fun little independent online bookstore to support too, but haven't had much luck there.

The first year and a half that Ben and I were married, I worked at an independent bookstore so I really try to support them when I come across one, but there just aren't too many of those around anymore. :o(

Amber Hight said...

I WISH I had a bookstore 45 minutes away, lol! The only bookstores here are all Japanese and filled with Manga and books that you have to read backwords (assuming you could even READ the Kanji, lol)!

I used to love shopping through Amazon, but they've started shipping all books as media mail. I just got an order last week that I ordered on December 19th, OMG! You can NOT keep a girl from her BDB books for that long! JEEZ!

I think B&N is my favorite bookstore, as far as big box stores go. I am impressed everytime I go to Borders though. I was looking for a particular book from B&N one day and couldn't find it, out of their zillions of books, and I found it at a small little Borders!

I also LOVE that store Half Price Books! OMG, Used book HEAVEN! These are used and cost half the cover price. I've only been in one (in Seattle area). Christy, my mom and dad went and we were there for quite awhile! Awesome store!

I also like hastings, we have them in Montana and they have a really good selection of used books as well! I think I have a thing for used books, they're already broken in and loved, I like that so much more than a crisp-never-been-opened book!

I digress, lol...Coffee shop is a definate plus but not a show stopper. I can always stop at Starbucks on the way;)

Giffysk8s said...

B&N because I have a nook and am a Starbucks addict :)The downside is that it's 30 minutes.

I love used bookstores! You guys know I love classics~I studied FS Fitzgerald in grad school. I have some rare books of his. One is a scrapbook of his life~only 100 were printed!

Thee days, it seems like my family room is the best bookstore. Just turn on my nook while I'm in my jammies and sitting next to a fire (with a kazillion feet ofs now outside!) and shop for books!

♥ Kristy Young ♥ said...

I love amazon that's where I get my kindle ebooks from, I love that each book has do many reviews too.
My fav book store would be Borders here in Oz it's sooooo huge several floors I could spend days in there! It's. 45 min drive tho :(
A coffee shop in a book store would be a huge plus for me:)
Kristy xx

FibreJunky said...

I read it. It was a FAST read! I mean as in a couple hours! Fav online is probably Amazon, strictly for the low, low prices, the uber quick shipping and the huge selection. For brick & mortar, I do like Half-Price books (all over TX) for the thrill of the hunt, but my all-time favourite is Powells in Portland, Oregon. You simply cannot go wrong with a bookstore that takes up an entire city block.

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

I like to go to Borders and browse. I think it's fun. Plus they have a story time for the little ones on Tuesday morning so we usually head over there. I don't usually buy things unless they are super on sale or if I have a coupon.

I do like shopping on Amazon or Half. Though with Media mail being $3.99, it's usually cheaper to just get things at the bookstore with a coupon.

I love used book stores! I like getting a good deal. I actually got most of the kids's books by going to used book stores. I'm amazed how many books people get rid of! I don't think I'll ever let the books go but I'm a pack rat.

Jimmi said...

I don't have a bookstore close enough to browse in often but when I get near one I do love hanging around in Barnes & Noble, there are just SO many books and other pretty things...like notebooks and address books and bookmarks...to look at, I could look for hours in there.
But to actually buy books I am all Amazon.com, for my Kindle.

margie c said...

I love to browse at B&N when I can get there, but it gets too busy and stuffy... I don't have any independent ones around BUT I am lucky enough to live 10 minutes from a wholesale/discount store where you can get almost everything at 30% off! Now if they would only add a lil cafe to it ;)

Stephanie said...

I can sit for hours at B&N. I luv the smell of brewed caffeine & books{inhale....ahhh, smells so good!}
I just finished reading Goodnight Tweetheart...I loved it! Can't wait to discuss it with you all!