Every Christmas, I watch The Santa Clause. It’s an older Christmas movie now, starring Tim Allen as its lead. A busy businessman knocks Santa off his roof and is forced to take up the mantle. There’s a scene in this film where they arrive at the north pole and it’s magical. There’s a train that goes between the different sections and a sweet little elf brings them the best hot chocolate in the world. That seems like one of the best places in the world. The little boy, Charlie, thinks it’s basically heaven.
Book stores are a little like that.
Books stores smells like a thousand dreams in metallic ink and fresh paper. The flush of color, and the sharp perfect wooden bookcases. Those are my favorite book stores.
There’s this one book store I went to in Salem, Massachusetts that piled books in chaotic stacks. As you wandered through the bookshop, you had a sense of getting lost in a labyrinth. It was magic. Not great if you’re looking for a specific book, but a delight to wander through.
As a bibliophile, I delight in bookstores. Between the books themselves, and the beautiful journals waiting to be filled with dreams, and the fact that so many bookstores have cafes in them now!? How amazing is that?! Just like the North Pole, I can get amazing cocoa surrounded by all my favorite things.
You walk in, close your eyes, and take a deep breath. You can almost see the glittering Emerald City of Oz. Taste the incredible recipes in the many recipe books. Hear the “dark duet”. A millions worlds at your fingertips.
Bienvenue and welcome.
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asked:
“What’s your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store?”
Do you like bookstores?
Do you do more shopping online or in store?
What is your favorite type of store?