Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The joy of browsing a used book store...

Have you ever spent time browsing through a used bookstore?  There's something truly wonderful about it, especially if you're a bookaholic like I am.

Last week, my daughter and I were able to spend a little time in Babbit's Bookstore in Normal, IL.  Not enough time, of course.  We had some time constraints, or we would have lingered.  But it was so enjoyable.

I knew I wanted to get a book about Ireland, and I found quite a few to choose from.  Although not garage-sale cheap, the prices were very reasonable.

I had to take a picture of these Beverly Gray books for my sister Beverly.  Her name isn't all that common, and I was pretty sure she didn't know there was a series of books based on a girl named Beverly.  I may see if I can find some of these at the library.

My daughter was enchanted with this book.  Books were once so lovely, weren't they?

Elizabeth was looking for Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, but she was unsuccessful in that quest.  She did, however, find a book that had been on her to-read list:  Peggy Noonan's biography of Ronald Reagan, When Character was King, at a very good price.

The book about Ireland that I ended up getting turned out to be fascinating.  Although this appears to be a much more recent edition, it was written in 1925! It was interesting to find Ireland captured at that moment in time.

There are tons of photographs, but of course all of them are in black and white.  Travel literature has come a long way since then!

Before we left, my daughter commented that visiting that bookstore made her realize that although she gets many books online, she'll never abandon reading the printed word.  Neither will I.

Below is another used bookstore where I spent some time a few years ago...the Book Pride store in Georgetown, Texas.  Compared to Babbit's, it was wonderfully spacious and included several reading nooks.  I loved it!

Are you like you love used bookstores?  Do you have a favorite one...or even just a favorite bookstore?  I'd love to hear about it!

I'm linking up today with Thursday Favorite Things, hosted by Katherine's Corner!

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Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I love used bookstores and I always go in if I am nearby. We have a small chain called Half Price of my favorites. I can see with stores like this and Amazon why Barnes and Nobles is stuggling. Though I love them as well...the membership thing has got to go. They need a new plan. Loved the post.

Katherines Corner said...

Oh my goodness I am a total bibliophile. Used books always thrill me. You can discover so many treasures. Thank you for sharing this terrific post at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

Linda Bouffard said...

When Character meant something - a loonggg time ago. I'd love to have you link this to What to do Weekends Party! Take care, Linda

Silhouette de Femme said...

Hi Cindy!
Thanks for stopping by our blog! A lovely way to spend time together in the bookstore. We both love used bookstores but our favorite one in Vancouver shut down :(
We now look to thrift stores & church sales to find that special book. I support indie authors on line but I still love opening a book & turning the pages. Looking forward to reading your blog & have a nice weekend!

Six Sisters said...

Used bookstores are so fun. We even enjoy looking through books at garage sales! We had fun stopping by your blog. Have a great weekend. -The Six Sisters :)

William Thornton said...

Is there an e-mail address where I can submit a book for possible review? Thanks.

mail4rosey said...

My husband and I both enjoy browsing bookstores as well!

Abigail Ann said...

Used bookstores are fantastic- buying online simply can't replace the pleasure of finding the ideal book hidden amongst a store's shelves!

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