at the bookstore: three bookstores in three days …
July 6, 2016
It’s been a while since I’ve been able to share my book-searching adventures, but that of course does not mean that my new acquisitions stopped.
My bookshelf’s summer growth spurt was spurred by a trip to Seattle—a city always among the most literate in the country (number 1 in 2009; then DC held a dynasty for a while, only to be toppled by Minneapolis in 2014). Yes, it is a town where avid reading might outpace Seahawks cheering on Sundays. A town where a Starbucks and a bookstore are on every corner; sometimes two. (Perhaps those are slightly exaggerated; but not by much.) So clearly in my three-day trip, I would visit at least three bookstores.
... My bookshelf’s summer growth spurt was spurred by a trip to Seattle ...
... It all started at Barnes and Noble’s first-ever Young Adult Book Fest ...
It all started at Barnes and Noble’s first-ever Young Adult Book Fest. A bit of a quiet affair at our chosen Barnes, the event still exuded a love of YA. A little trivia–by way of 20 questions, a spelling bee, and Pictionary-introduced me to the popular world of YouTube sensations of which I knew nothing before and introduced another (sigh, younger) attendee to some of what I consider classics. Educational for all, then. Prizes abounded, including never-have-too-many adorable book totes, a Rick Riordan autographed poster, bookish tees and other goody-bag oodles. Local author and artist signings gave opportunity to talk process and inspiration. And finally, I made my way to the YA section for a long linger.
There, I picked up my first book of the weekend. A middle-grade folk-tale-inspired story:
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
by Grace Lin
The illustrations are such detailed paintings I can hardly believe they are so unassumingly nestled into the pages of a book. I can only imagine the story is as picturesque.
... Next stop was Elliott Bay Book Company ...
Next stop was Elliott Bay Book Company. One of my favorite local bookshops, this store is almost always among my stops in Seattle. Importantly the YA and children’s section is appropriately sized. Staff picks are helpfully noted. Large open reading tables invite relaxed browsing. And homemade poptarts or buckwheat scones can break up the afternoon at the café.
... Third Place Book’s Ravenna location points you straight to YA
as you walk through the door ...
The third day brought a whole new adventure: heading to a bookstore to which I had never been in Seattle. Third Place Book’s Ravenna location points you straight to YA as you walk through the door. With a selection of new and used titles, the catalogue felt refreshed by older or more obscure offerings. With a pub attached to the store, this place could certainly keep me happy for a while.
Thanks to the used selection, I picked up book three:
by Rachel Hartman
in its original format! I love the sketch lines of the original cover’s artwork and had been hoping to come across a copy someday. Thank you gently used trade-in.
And of course, my book-browsing could not be satisfied so these were poached from my host’s bookshelf:
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
A story of an African American girl’s coming-of-age against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement told in lovely verses that paint captivating vignettes.
Six of Crows
by Leigh Bardugo
I’m all through with the Grisha series and ready to dive into Bardugo’s current trilogy.