My days with Barnes & Noble are numbered. This weekend is my last weekend to work. I’m going to miss the bookstore itself (even though I can continue to visit), I’m not going to miss the management team - biggest joke on the planet. Nonetheless, I have to chase my dream … Paper Town Books.
A good bookstore is more than a place to shop. It’s a civic space, a place made for run-ins and chance encounters with the kind of people you actually want to encounter. You go there to look at more than just books.
What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore it knows it’s not fooling a soul.
If you read one book a week, starting at the age of 5, and live to be 80, you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books, a little over one-tenth of 1 percent of the books currently in print.
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, Lewis Buzbee (via bibliotheque)
Sometimes when people keep pushing me to read a book I don’t want to I tell them I’ve done the maths for how many books I want to read versus how many I can possibly read in my life and I just don’t have the time for their crappy book. I don’t even have time to have this conversation with you I have a schedule to keep to. Damn it people.
When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.
You know that feeling,” she said, “when you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” His blue eyes were dark with understanding — of course Will would understand.
The Bookshop has a thousand books,
All colors, hues, and tinges,
And every cover is a door
That turns on magic hinges.