I can't remember the last time I went to a bookshop. And that saddens me. I've walked past it recently. But I asked if I could go in 'for a bit' and was given the inevitable "No" in response. Turns out I spend too long in there - who knew? However, this heart-bruising turn of events led me to think about why I spend so long in bookshops. Because part of the time I'm not actually looking at the books. 25% of the time, if you were stalking me [please don't] I would be doing some strange things indeed [to non-book lovers anyway]. Apparently it's not cool to smell books. To be honest I don't think people who say that know what they're talking about. I mean, who doesn't smell books.
THINGS I DO IN BOOKSHOPS:
✖ Turn into a nostalgia monster while browsing the kid's section after seeing all my favourite childhood books.
✖ Stalk people [who are teens BECAUSE TEENAGERS IN A BOOKSHOP].
✖ Look through all the shelves twice over.
✖ Internally hyper dance if I see books on offer.
✖ Internally hyper dance as I smell all the new books, touch all the new books, and stare at all the pretty covers.
✖ Internally hyper dance if I have a gift voucher for the book shop. I hyper dance a lot.
✖ Struggle with the amount of books I am carrying.
✖ Feverishly count money in my purse while attempting to do mental maths to try and work out how many books I can buy.
✖ Sit on the floor and bemoan the fact that I have no money.[Yes, I actually did this once.]
✖ Get dragged out of the bookshop.
✖ End up leaving the book shop with no books [Unless I have a voucher.]
What do you do in bookshops? Are you the epitome of social consciousness, or do you forget about everything else once in the vicinity of books? And - exciting things. The lovely people over at Atlantic Books have kindly given me five copies of MR PENUMBRA'S 24 HOUR BOOKSHOP by Robin Sloan to give away. [UK & IRELAND only]
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