A few days ago, an editorial was published in the New York Times depicting the deep trouble Barnes & Noble is truly in and why, more than ever, the retail book chain needs to be saved. Across the web and the blog-sphere, writers and book lovers a like are urging that we need all that we can do to save a company that is literally the last book chain in the United States. There is strong encouragement now, to shop at Barnes & Noble more and support their future.
When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:
By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?
Yesterday was a day to rejoice book lovers! It was Independent Bookstore Day, an annual party that celebrates the uniqueness and the independent nature of indie bookstores. They are more than just businesses, they are community centers and local staples for passionate book lovers. In the time of technology, it is important we express the importance of independent bookstores and what they provide to their local communities.
I urge you to visit your local indie bookstore. You never know, they might be throwing a party and various events in their honor. However, if you are one of the few to be living in New York City, there are some great independent bookstores that you should visit. If you don’t and plan on visiting NYC in the future, I just completed a guide of places you should definitely visit! Here it is:
Strand Bookstore – This is my all time favorite bookstore to go to! It is no joke when they say “18 miles of books”. You can spend all day here. It is no wonder this iconic store has been here for over 90 years.
Hope all of you manage to venture out to support your favorite local bookstore. I went to the Strand Bookstore in New York City (if any of you visit New York, you need to visit Strand Bookstore, it is a booklover’s dream). I went on a little shopping spree (which is never a bad thing in a bookstore) and found some great finds!
1. What Maisie Knew by Henry James-I haven’t read any other Henry James novel but the plot of this one sounded very interesting so I thought I would give it a try.
2. The Ladies’ Paradise by Emile Zola-Originally written in French and then translated. BBC show, The Paradise was based off from this novel.
3. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy- I’m going to take LizzyReads‘s suggestion and give this one a try. The plot did sound interesting so maybe this will be a redemption of Thomas Hardy in my eyes.
4. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell-I read North and South and loved it. So I can’t wait to read more of her work. I also have Wives and Daughters but maybe I’ll save that to read for next year.
5. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf-I didn’t particularly like Mrs. Dalloway but I heard a lot about this one and like with Thomas Hardy, I though I give her another chance.
6. Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll-I heard a lot about this one. Most people have said it is similar to the style of Gone Girl and it was at a discount. Hopefully I won’t get disappointed like last time.
It looks like I have a lot of great reads! I can’t wait to get started!