Sunday, February 7, 2010

the barnes & noble experience

Like a kid in a candy store I walk through the front door mesmerized by the selection, newly released books, classics, and then the world of genre. The starbucks it buzzing with talk of books, I don't stop for coffee, I'm in the zone. Too many books to look through and never enough time!!! What to do what to do!

I must tell you that we first stopped by the 1/2 half price book store, this too was overwhelming but fantastic. I am so unfamiliar with new authors that it was too much for yesterday, but Barnes & Noble has all the books laying out so beautifully you can't help but want to pick up a bunch of them! Luckily my husband was there to help me make a good selection, I picked three, one's I wouldn't normally purchase, but I wanted to try something new!!! Oh did I tell you, I am also now a member of B&N and I am so excited about it!!! I don't know what too me so long but it is awesome!!! Here are the three I chose:

I Promise Not to Tell by Jennifer McMahon
Watchers by Dean Koontz
The Darkest Evening of the Year by Dean Koontz

My husband loves Dean Koontz so I was a team player!! I'll let you know how the search goes!!!

What's your favorite bookstore? How often do you visit? Do you ever try new books?

Side Note: Lauren Oliver is giving a way a signed copy of her new book Before I Fall before it even goes on sale in stores!!!! Check out her site here for more details!

22 comments:

Amanda said...

Barnes & Nobles is really the downfall of the TBR pile. They have everything looking so beautiful that it's almost impossible to resist things! I try not to go in there. :D

Jonathon Arntson said...

Yes, B&N is my favorite place to go, thankfully the nearest one is over an hour away. I like to visit the local bookstores, too. There is a used bookstore downtown that I like, but there hours are limiting and the owners are obnoxious. Annoying or not, you cannot beat getting Neil Gaiman books for two buck!

Summer said...

I'm partial to Borders, only because I worked there for a while. There's a used bookstore nearby that is awesome! Even new releases are 25% off list price, plus they give you account credit for trade-ins, which equals half-off used book prices. I have to limit how often I let myself go there...

There's an awesome 2-story B&N in the next town over, though, and I'll admit that I'm in love with it.

Kimberly Conway said...

I love Barnes and Noble but the closest one to me is about an hour away. We have a Books-A-Million about 15 minutes away so they get most of my business. I love going inside and being surrounded by so many different books and knowing that each of them was written by someone just like me, sitting down at their computer every day, pouring their heart and soul into a dream that may or may not come true. Sometimes when I get down about my writing, I go into a bookstore and look around at the hundreds of titles and I think, these people made it here, so can I. I find it very inspirational. I know, I'm strange.

P.S. I left something for you at my blog today. Stop by and check it out!

Mystery Robin said...

I love being a member of B&N! I feel like it saves me tons of money. And it makes me feel special. ;)

PS LOVE Dean Koontz!

Aubrie said...

I try new books when they have good reviews. Mostly I gravitate toward the fantasy section, but I do read some literary as well. I love Barnes and Noble and their coffee/sweet shop located out back/or on the side depending on wich one. Being a member saves sooo much money!

Natalie Murphy said...

I live in Canada, and our major bookstore chain is called Chapters, so they're my favourite, lol. However, when I am in the states, I love Barnes and Noble.

Melissa said...

I am a huge Barnes and Noble fan! The nearest one is an hour away, so I can only get to it about once a month. But that's probably a good thing because I would spend way too much money:)

ASHLEY LADD said...

Success! I was finally able to follow you officially.

My favorite book store is Borders. They still have deep, comfy armchairs, lots of electrical outlets for writers to use, free wifi, and a good selection of books I and my daughters like. Unfortunately, the Borders closest to my house closed so we have to travel a long way to go to another so we usually only go on weekends now. We used to go a lot at night. I do wish Borders had sodas as I'm not a coffee drinker.

Barnes & Nobles is close to me, but our local one has closed up their electrical outlets and doesn't have the mangas my daughters like to read. They don't carry music or many Harlequins and Silhouettes. I like their cafe selection better, however. Now that I have an Alpha Smart, I'd go to B&N again but my daughters don't want to go with me as they can't find any books they want to read there.

Jen said...

An hour away?! Sometimes I wish mine was that far away so I wouldn't visit so often, but I have a few of them less than 10 minutes away!

What can I say... I love books!!!

Julie said...

I kinda like the katy budget books store, especially when they had their huge sale for $1 or less for used books. But I mostly buy mine on half.com or amazon used so it's super cheap.

lakeviewer said...

Powells when I'm in Portland. At other times, Winter Rivers Books in Bandon. They'll get you any book you want. I like to discover new writers on my own, and try to avoid those who get a lot of buz.

Judy Harper said...

Oh! Barnes and Noble by far is my favorite bookstore! Though I like going to the library as well! We have such great libraries here in Birmingham that I enjoy browsing and finding a corner to read a bit before checking it out. Plus, it's within a 5 minute drive from my office. I run over sometimes on my lunch hour and checkout a few. Also, they have the most amazing selection of books on tape which I listen to as I drive to and from work. This gives me 4o minutes per day to "read" a book!

Robyn said...

Unfortunatly, Barnes and Noble doesn't exist up here in Canada~ fooey, as I remember it being a lovely place, when I lived down in the states.
My favorite book store at the moment is a toss up between a large-ish used bookstore in my town and a very large used bookstore in Seattle. The one in my town has floor to very-high-ceiling shelves filled with books, and even shelves running over top of other bookcases. You are walking under all the books!
The store in Seattle was just...amazing. And cheap!
I like to recycle book, so used book stores usually are my best bet.

-Robyn

Tiana Lei said...

This is exactly how I feel about Barnes and Noble. :) I love that store. Surprisingly, I still am not a member ... I hate having a bunch of different cards, but I'll probably cave sometime soon.

Christine Danek said...

Barnes and Noble--your right the displays are enticing. I do get some books off of amazon.com. I am not a member of B & N though--maybe one day.

I left you an award on my blog :)

Dangerous With a Pen said...

B&N, definitely... and with my teacher discount, yippeeee!

There is also a half price used bookstore near me that is super fun because you never know what you will find (and they do have great stuff), and, heck... half price!

I try new books all the time. Cool covers sometimes suck me in but the blurb is what counts for me - I just need to know if it's something I might be into or not. :)

Journaling Woman said...

Barnes and Noble for sure is my favorite. I buy from Amazon and a little book store in Springfield called Hooked on Books.

It's very dangerous visiting a bookstore without someone with you to be your sense and sensibility.

Anissa said...

I adore Watchers. It is one of my favorite books. No lie. Enjoy it!

Jovial1 said...

I love Book Stores in general, but I don't have any particular favorites. There's a Books-a-Million not far from our house, so I usually go there. I love browsing the stacks.

I don't typically just pick up a book at random, though - money's tight. A recommendation from someone I respect is usually all it takes.

Janna Qualman said...

I know just what this is like. Heaven! :) And it can be any place with a display of books for me. I'm a goner.

Carolyn V. said...

I love everything about Barnes & Nobles. The smells the way I feel when I walk in the door. It's awesome.