1. We used to have so many small bookstores around here, and in my healthier days, I knew every single one, and the owners knew me, too. Now, there’s only B&N, but as I said before, I’m now using our local library more. I can call, email, or go in person, and they’ll order books I want. The two librarians know me and my taste, so we’re in regular contact.

    • We are on our way back to this store with Miky. I believe that I will be able to call these folks up and make requests. They seemed the type to care about their customers likes and dislikes and I plan on doing a lot of business with them! I stopped using the public library much. Between driving there and forgetting to return books on time (a big no no in my world) I tend not to go often.

      I classify stores in my own judgmental way. Most box stores stock what I call goodwill books – those by authors you always see at the second hand stores. BN has down stocked as of late also. So unless I choose to order online . …

    • I have tried reading on Miky’s kindle and do not find it as enjoyable as a paper book. It drives my eyes bugging so I hope I can keep reading books without having to switch to e-books.

  2. Isn’t it wonderful to find the best bookstore? Back home I had that… here, I haven’t found it yet. In the meantime, I’ve been doing the library thing. Like Muffie, I enjoy being able to browse on line and place holds on books I would like to read. I also like that if the book isn’t available at my local branch, they will have it sent from another branch.

    The part I don’t like is having to give them back LOL

    When I had all my books, I built some bookshelves because I was poor. I bought some cinder blocks from an ad in the Greensheet. Then I hit up some local scrap wood places and construction sites. I found various boards in different sizes, purchased a few cans of spray paint and built the most unique bookshelves around town ha! That would be the artsy fartsy in me though… various shapes and sizes of wood to make the shelves… ah well… it worked.

    I’ve enjoyed watching all your books go up on Goodreads… amazing collection you have!

    • I remember the cyder block shelves! I am thinking if I do not get rid of some of these books soon I will be spray painting away.

      maybe that is why I always forget to return on time – I dunt wanna give emmm back LOL.

  3. Anne Perry! Nevada Barr! Our tastes obviously overlap; I’ll have to paw through the rest of your Goodreads list!

    I try to remember to keep Goodreads updated, but since I frequently can’t remember the book I just finished, I suspect some never make it onto the list. Not that it really matters.

    We have a local independent bookstore, and I guess I like them OK. They sell new and used books, have a decent selection of the kind of books I’m interested in, comfy chairs to sit and read, music on Friday/Saturday nights, adjacent coffee, bakery, and food court-kind-of-thing. What little service I’ve asked for has been competent and cheerful. It’s just not… cozy. It feels like a department store, which is what the space used to be. Not their fault, I guess.

    But the library! The King County Library (KCLS, to its friends) rocks! It was a frequent weekend hangout when I could go there in person, but now its online services are a lifeline to the real world. I’d be lost without them. Really.

    • The public library in my parents neighborhood is very nice. They will get any book transferred to them that you request etc. and the librarians are helpful. The branches nearest me – not so much. I love Nevada Barr! and your goodreads or librarything is under??? my goodreads is

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