THINGS I DO IN BOOKSHOPS + [giveaway]

05 September 2014

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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34 comments:

  1. Omg, my inner nostalgia monster comes out as well! I'm browsing through, picking at my favourites and all those feels come back at once, you know?

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  2. I always smell books and you have to drag me out of a bookstore by force. Maybe that’s why nobody wants to go book shopping with me anymore. Yesterday my best friend came to visit me and we made a 'short' stop at a bookstore. I found a book I wanted to read forever [= a month] and did a happy dance [kind of - maybe I shouldn’t call it 'dancing'...] and rubbed (!!!) the book on my face and hugged it (tight) and... I don't think my best friend will go book shopping with me ever again. But it was totally worth it.

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    1. Smelling books is a part of me really, and yep, I've had that done to me. I WOULD TOTALLY DO THAT. What book was it?!

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    2. It's a German book, part 2 of a dystopian trilogy called "Die Verratenen" by Ursula Poznanski. Hasn't been translated jet, but I hope to do, because it is amazing *-* And I did the same thing when I fould a copy of "Will Grayson, Will Grayson" in my local book store. English books are hard to find here, so I'm always super happy when I do ;)

      I really think, that everybody should hug and cuddle books. It would make the world a better place.

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  3. I have not been in to a bookstore in a very long time. It is quite the sad ordeal because I love them, but unfortunately I am poor and it depresses me to go into a bookshop with no money. I also have hundreds of books which I need to read, but I still like purchasing them. If I have a bad day, buying a book almost certainly cheers me up. There is no such thing as a quick trip to a bookstore usually with me, I like to wander round for quite a while absorbing all the bookishness of the store. Then I get jealous that my bookshelves do not look so beautiful and do not hold as many books. In addition to that, taking some0one to the bookstore gets very tricky. I like to stroke books, hold them, sit down occasionally on the floor (pretend to be getting a better view of the bottom shelf), and revisit old books, new books I just picked up and all around wander from genre to genre. It usually results in my forgetting about the people that brought me to the bookstore because I wander off, or I drag them round fangirling about books they really are not interested in, or I just kind of annoy them because the amount of time I spend without actually buying anything. I definitely feel your pain!

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    1. Ahahah you just described my life in a paragraph to be honest. I can't bring myself to buy books most of the time because I don't have enough money but that doesn't mean I can't LOOK at the books and TOUCH THEM AND SMELL THEM AND STROKE THEM AND STARE AT THEM <3
      I very rarely sit, I always crouch, so if someone comes past and stares at me oddly I can casually swoop upwards again..xD

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  4. I do a few things when I go into bookshops. I go into my local Waterstones once a week even if it's just to look around. I admire the smell of coffee combined with paper, and after looking at all the ridiculously awesome stationary, I venture over to the YA section where I ponder, staring at the bookshelves' beauty, before picking up the odd book and reading the blurb. You'll often find me squealing in excitement when I see a book I want to fangirl over, which often leads to many people giving me strange looks. GOD I LOVE BOOKSHOPS.

    AWESOME POST

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    1. ONCE A WEEK? I'M JEALOUS. How close is it to you?!
      Stationarrrrrrryyy. Don't get me started. SO DO I. And the best thing once, I randomly picked up a book I had read because I had the hardback and I found a paperback, just to see what it looked like and I SAW I HAD BEEN QUOTED IN IT. And I didn't even know. #bestday

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  5. I love browsing through the shelves, touching pretty spines and looking at all the books I can't buy :p

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    1. I think all bloggers stare at books they know they can't buy. I have no idea why though. PAIN.

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  6. Lol. I love this! I absolutely love going to the bookstore. I browse the books and touch all of them. I have a really cool local indie bookstore that has this system where you can write book reviews (for books already out) in exchange for ARCs!
    When I go to the bookstore, if I see someone looking at I book I've read, I have to resist my temptation to tell them my thoughts and feels so they don't think I'm crazy. Or when there's someone looking for a book and I know exactly where it is. Or they're trying to find a recommendation. I must tame the book eating beast so non-book lovers think I'm at least partially sane. ;P

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    1. WHAT. WHERE DO YOU LIVE. I'M COMING. That is the coolest thing I have ever heard EVER. I don't know of any indie bookstores near me which is sAd. YES. When I know where it is and they dont so I stare at them while they search the shelves telepathically trying to show them it's place. Also when I overhear people talking about what books they like and that they're trying to find something similar I never know whether to just butt in and say I KNOW WHAT YOU MIGHT LIKE.

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  7. *Cries* when sees giveaway is only UK & Ireland. I love bookshops, but don't really get to go because they are not walking distance to me. I love used book shops because they smell the best! :D

    Amelia @ YA Bookologists (ya-bookologists.blogspot.com)

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    1. Sorrrryy :( But I have to send them myself. And I need to save money for BOOKS. Clearly. :P

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  8. Awesome giveaway and love your bookshop post! I'll admit I do ALL of these things too, AND I REFUSE TO BE ASHAMED!!! Haha :)

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  9. I love this post! I do the same things when I go into the bookstore too, especially the getting dragged out of one! :) I really enjoyed Mr. Penumbra's!

    -Emily @ Books & Cleverness

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    1. I'm reading it right now and loving it! I wish I could work in a bookshop...

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  10. Sadly, I don't have any of those cute small-ish book shops near me, so the chain Barnes and Noble will have to do. But yes, I am guilty of all of the things you listed. What can we say? Book nerds are the craziest type of nerds. I've been prone to squealing embarrassingly loud if I see my fave book or if a book I really really want is on sale, but thankfully, the employees aren't fazed by my random bursts. They're probably used to it. ;D

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    1. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A BARNES & NOBLES THEY LOOK AMAZING WHAT DO YOU MEAN 'SADLY' IT'S MY DREAM TO GO THERE.
      Hahah, librarians are used to my randomness but I don't go to bookshops often enough to not get weird looks there..:P

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    2. You should come to America yo--the Barnes and Noble stores are errrywhere. YOU CAN VISIT ME.

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  11. The most spectacular bookshop I've ever visited was Shakespeare's Bookstore in Paris. I went there last summer with my friends. One minute I was walking past Notre Dam and next thing I was looking, touching and smelling (yeah I do that too ^_^) all the wonderfully pretty books. The shelves were full of books stacked from floor to ceiling. And there was even a sliding ladder! A SLIDING LADDER!!! *faints*
    It was the most amazing bookish experience I've ever had. I think I may have also "internally hyper danced" (as you put it so nicely). My friends had to drag me out of there in time to get the metro. That's where I also bought my copy of The Goldfinch and on the inside cover I got a Shakespeare Stamp!
    Alas, there is not many bookshops near me. Sometimes though I do find a hidden treasure in one of the charity shops.
    Lovely Post! ^_^

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    1. IN PARIS. SHAKESPEARE'S BOOKSHOP. SLIDING LADDERS. Were you allowed to go on the ladder? I WANT TO GO THERE NOW NOW NOW.
      O____O Take me there. Please. *Begs*
      THE GOLDFINCH. I got that out from the library but then I never had time to read it. :'(((( Was it good?

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  12. I do all of those things in bookshops. Plus I have violent inner battles:

    Book: come on Emily you know you want me
    Me: book please I don't have money to waste on the likes of you
    Book: but Emily I look amazing don't deny it
    Me: well yes you do but--
    Book: ha you admit it, I look amazing. And look at my cover!
    Me: well it is a gorgeous cover but --
    Book: Come on Emily what if I'm destined to be your next favourite book?
    Me: Be that as it may, I have far too much to read--
    Book: --said no bookworm ever.
    Me: ...
    Book: ...
    Me: ...
    Book: ...
    Me: you win.

    ^^this all takes some time and results in other browsers thinking I'm mighty strange if they see the signs that I'm mentally wrestling with the paperback I'm holding.

    anyway THANK YOU FOR THE GIVEAWAY! :D I love your tumblr by the way (expect a lil bit of obsessive re-blogging right about now)

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    1. Woah, you sound like me. You sound freakishly exactly like me. TWINNING? Our conversations with books are pretty much the same although the book never wins because I never have any money. #Problems
      YOU'RE WELCOME AND YAY. What is your tumblr?

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  13. I only have ONE bookshop in my town and it's a hopeless one. It's super expensive. :( I mean, yes it's good to support local business, but I'm a poor poor person who can't fling around money, so I buy online and get it cheap as possible (which is usually TBD. hehe). But still! Bookshops are awesome to walk into! :)

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    1. Awwwh SAME HERE. I find TBD so expensive. I buy books from the charity shops..:P I'm super cheap.

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  14. I just find it really hard to keep my face neutral while the inner me is flaiquealing AND THAT IS ALL.

    And oh, stepping out of a bookshop without buying any books should be a crime but money LOL.

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  15. I love this post! It's so nice to feel like I'm not the only "crazy" bookworm in the world, haha. And I love your list of bookstore behaviors! My bookstore behaviors generally include a) extreme giddiness at the sight of all the books I've heard about online physically sitting before me in all their glory; b) walking around with aching arms from the strain of carrying around a towering stack of potential purchases; c) greeting the books I've already reading and loved like old friends; and d) spending more money than I intended because I just couldn't resist. Unfortunately, there aren't many bookstores in my vicinity, so I don't get to them nearly as often as I'd like to; but on the bright side, I have the same set of behaviors at my local library, except that I don't have to spend a penny there. ;)

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  16. I mostly do the same things as you :D
    + because I'm living in germany I mostly regret going into a bookstore because I know already when I walk in that they won't have the book I want (U just read english so thats it)...
    And that sucks since I don't get to those two big bookstores that often as they are in other cities and I do not get often to them ._.

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  17. Another wonderful post once again, and very, very accurate!

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  18. Loved this post!:D I'M SO SORRY I HAVEN'T COMMENTED IN FOREVER HAWWA ;-;
    Anyway I'm pretty sure I've done all of these too, haha xD Especially the sit on the floor and moan about my lack of money. my bookshop is mean. They have these armchairs right in front of my favourite graphic novels shelf, so I literally just sit there and sob for a while because too many pretty new comic hardbacks + lack of money ;D

    Gee:)

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