|Sorry Chapters, |
I won't be swayed
by your hip
Sure, Canada has Chapters which is a perfectly acceptable alternative (it actually one-ups B&N by selling cool home-library furniture.) But Chapters simply isn't Barnes and Noble.
Admittedly, it's childish to focus so much on a name, but this bookworm has spent too many hours/days hiding out in the travel corner of B&N with a grande Caramel Apple Spice to throw it all away on a shiny new bookstore with flashy home decor. Floating bookcases come and go but happy adolescent memories are forever.
Which is why I recently placed an order through B&N.com, had the books shipped to my mom's house in Florida, and asked her to further weigh down her already too-heavy suitcase to transport them across the border when she visited last week. (I wonder if that's even kosher with customs?)
I don't know when I'm going to find time to actually read all of these books, but just the fact that they're now living on a bookcase in my bedroom, smelling of a magical Barnes & Noble warehouse somewhere in Nevada (which, by the way, I imagine smells like centuries-old parchment, ink, and mocha lattes) makes me feel giddy, like a little kid with a secret.
Or maybe just a kid with a crap load of books, the quiet sight of which reminds her of home.