Monday’s Musing

musingmondaysbigoday’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about bookstores…

How many bookstores do you frequent? Do you have a favourite? If so, which one and what makes it so?
Well, for those of you who know me, you know I work part-time at a bookstore (when I’m not teaching) and so it goes without saying. Devaney, Doak and Garrett is my favorite bookstore. Actually, even if I didn’t work there I would say that. I met the owner because I order all my classroom books through DDG. He offers teachers a considerable discount and works closely with schools in the community, encouraging young readers.  The store is small and cluttered (think stacks and stacks of books EVERYWHERE), but it is cozy and the friendly staff will order you any book you can’t find in the store.
I also can’t not mention Powell’s. I think what I miss the most about living in Portland is spending a day at Powell’s. An entire city block full of books. Really, who can ask for more? Oh, how I miss Powell’s.

Monday’s Musing: Talking to Strangers


Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about talking to strangers…
We were all warned as children to ‘never talk to strangers’, but how do you feel about book-talk with random people? When you see people reading, do you ask what it is? Do you talk to people in the book store or the library? Why or why not? What do you do if people talk to you? (question courtesy of Dena)

Well, seeing as I work in a high school and a bookstore, yes, I talk to people/strangers about books.  In fact, I am paid to do just that.  I try and gauge a person’s interest by asking them just a few questions about the last book they really enjoyed.  I also watch what people buy. If they purchase a stack of books and some are ones I have read enjoyed, I look at the other titles they are buying and make a mental note.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE talking to people about books and am always open to a suggestion and feel quite satisfied with myself when I know I have made the right recommendation for a person.

If I see someone reading, I usually don’t start a conversation.  I don’t really like when someone interrupts my reading, why should I do that to someone else?  Plus, I don’t like to put someone on the spot in that manner.  I hate when someone does that to me and either asks me my opinion on something I haven’t quite formulated yet or worse, they ruin something major for me.  Usually, I just check out what book they are reading and form my own silent opinions about them based on their choice.

Monday’s Musing

musingmondaysbigWhen reading do you read every word? Do you ever skip chapters or skim over parts? (question curtesy of Wendy
As an English teacher, I know I am supposed to say, “Yes, I read every word,” but that is just not true.  If I am reading a book for class, I read every word, over and over again, underlining passages that I want to discuss with my students.  If I am reading a book for pure enjoyment, I think I sometimes skim through some of the parts that don’t grasp my attention.  I have been known to skip chapters in non-fiction books, when the title or subject of the chapter does not interest me.  I distinctly remember reading Gone with the Wind as a twelve year old and skipping entire chapters that discussed the war in too much detail for my sixth grade brain to wrap itself around.  I have always been a fast reader, in elementary school my teachers made me read things over again because they did not believe I could have finished it that quickly.  So, yes, sometimes I do skim, but I get the main idea always.  I skim articles for work as well, and slow down my reading when something jumps out at me.

Monday’s Musing

musingmondaysbigToday’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about the library…

How often do you visit the library? Do you have a scheduled library day/time, or do you go whenever? Do you go alone, or take people with you?

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For me, this depends on whether it is during the school year or not.  During school, I probably visit our school library once a week or so.  I head straight for the back room and paw through all the piles of new arrivals and grab anything and everything that looks interesting.  I am way over my limit on the amount of books I can check out, but luckily my librarian doesn’t mind.  If I am looking for a particular book which we don’t have, she often gets it for me through inter-library loan.  I love our school librarian!!!  We go back to school tomorrow and I have my two advanced sophomore classes scheduled for a visit to the library to pick out a free choice read for a project we are about to begin.  I have a stack of books to return and I am looking forward to replacing them with a brand new stack.

During the summer I visit my local library probably once a week.  I can read a lot more during the summer.  My neighbors all know me as the woman who sits outside in her lawn chair reading a book and drinking an iced coffee.  I easily read a book a day in this manner.  I would love to start a book group for high school students at my local library and will have to look into this for the summer.

Since I have started working at the bookstore, I find that I am not using the library as much as I used to.  However, I do realize the economic value of the library and need to remember that, but sometimes I know that the book is one I will want to keep and thus, my paycheck goes right back to the store.

Monday’s Musing

musingmondaysbigToday’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about book stores…

How do you choose what do buy from your local bookstore? Do you have a list, or just browse? What is the selection in your book store like? Do you find what you’re looking for? Do you feel pressured to buy the kind of books the store makes prominent? (question courtesy of MizB)

My situation is different than some because I am lucky enough to hold a part-time job at a wonderfully charming independently owned bookstore. So, I never feel rushed or forced into a choice. Some days I go into work with books in mind that were recommended to me either through the world of blogging or from a friend. Other times, I just wander the store and look for what strikes me. The days when I have the honor of opening up a box of new arrivals remind me of Christmas day. I get so excited to find a copy of book I have been anticipating or better yet, a book I wasn’t expecting but seems to just be screaming my name. Sometimes I peruse our shelves of Advanced Reader Copies and look for titles or covers which grab my attention. Customers also offer suggestions, which I gladly receive. The best part it, if the book isn’t in the store, I can order it and it will be there within a week.

I only work two or three days a week at this bookstore and basically my paycheck goes right back to the store, but it is worth it!