A Barnes & Noble Pilgrimage

I’ll get back into my writing soon, I promise. The past week and a half has been crazy, with Thanksgiving and my mother-in-law in town. She left this afternoon, and while I was in Lubbock 100 miles way from home, I decided to visit Barnes & Noble. My town doesn’t have one, and the closest one is, you guessed it, 100 miles away.

I don’t go to Barnes & Noble often. I love the store, which is a problem. I don’t usually have the money to spend on books (which is why I love the library so much), and simply perusing the shelves without buying anything is painful. But today I had $60 worth of gift cards, so I allowed  myself the time to actually browse and shop. I’m not a very good shopper. I like to know what I want, and be in and out of a store as quickly as possible.

Today I didn’t know what I wanted, and I went in without a plan, which is very not like me. I started in the Teen Fantasy section, since it was closest to the escalator, and prowled through the whole section. Then I moved on to Science Fiction/Fantasy, then Mystery, then Fiction Literature. I think I was in the store for an entire hour, and I went down every single aisle that could possibly interest me.

It’s hard for me to buy books. I only buy books that I’m certain I’m going to read over and over again, so I usually limit shopping trips to books I’ve already read and enjoyed. But today I couldn’t think of any I’ve read lately that I felt compelled to own. So I wandered, and scanned titles, and read some jackets. I finally found something I wanted, but, unwilling to make a hasty decision, I finished my tour of the aisles before circling back.

Want to know what I bought? If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files. Well, he also has a fantasy series out, called Codex Alera. I haven’t read it yet, because it isn’t available at my library. But Barnes & Noble carries it.

Codex Alera is a 6-book series, and I don’t know much more about it than that. I’m intentionally not learning about it, because if I focus on it, I’m going to want to read it. And I’ve already made plans to read other things, and I’m going to hold myself to that decision. But this series will be waiting for me, when I finally make time for it.

Codex Alera isn’t the only thing I walked out of the store with. I don’t know when I’ll get to this either, but I bought a collection of Penny Dreadfuls. For those who may not know, Penny Dreadfuls were coined in Victorian London. They were sensational tales of horror, and were sold on the street for a penny apiece to the working class poor. There’s also a decent TV show by the same name.

All in all, it was an exceptionally beneficial trip. And a lot of fun. And now I have new books to read, and soon I’ll have new bookshelves to put them on.

I want to thank all of you for reading my posts and sticking with me. Yesterday’s post hit 20 views, which is pretty awesome.

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