The day before I'd been told by someone who works for a book distributor that a lot of stock hadn't arrived in time for the opening on the 19th. Lo and behold, when I went in yesterday, there were several Joan Aikens on the shelf, including The WItch of Clattering Shaws (the latest and last in the Wolves of Willoughby Chase series). Had I simply missed them the last time or had they come in in the meantime? Whatever the case, I got myself two titles: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (to replace a copy that appears to have gone since I moved from USJ to Ampang) and Midwinter Nightingale, the penultimate book of the series. (I'm going to wait til Clattering Shaws comes out in paperback. I can't afford the hardback - RM68!!!)
Any new thoughts on Borders?
You know, I don't hate it as much as most people seem to. I'm happy just to find books I'm looking for and am not too particular about the colour of the shelves or the lack of carpet or whatever else bothers everyone else.
It's not that I don't have preferences when it comes to bookshops. It's just that I don't expect Borders, or Kino and MPH for that matter, to be more than just large spaces with lots of books. Eyeris mentioned something about hypermarket for books. Well, that's what Borders is, I guess. I certainly wasn't expecting it to be cosy!
Here's what my dream bookshop would be like:
- A mix of secondhand and new books.
- Wooden floors.
- At least one rickety staircase.
- Friendly, book-loving, non-snobbish staff. (It's nice to chat to bookshop owners/staff about books, but it's so off-putting to be told off for reading a bestseller - like I was when I mentioned enjoying the Da Vinci Code to the owner of a small, local bookshop. He then insisted I read Saramego's The Gospel According to Jesus Christ as an antidote to Dan Brown's "garbage"! I read the Gospel, but didn't enjoy it as much as the Code.)
- Some order when it comes to the new books but a glorious jumble when it come to the old ones because it's so much fun "discovering" forgotten gems.
- A comfy armchair or two, although not essential so long as sitting on the floor isn't frowned upon.
- Cups of tea and coffee, and biscuits offered to regular customers.
- Bach in the background.
Actually, I'd like to own this bookshop. In fact, how about a bookshop owned and run by people like Eyeris and Erna, Amelia, Liz Tai and me? How cool would that be!