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Sunday: Church-related or spiritual things.
Monday: Running.
Tuesday: Books.
Wednesday: Transportation.
Friday: Green living.

11 August 2015

Being Bookish

When Keely & I were making our must-see lists for New York, #2 on my list (after Ramin Karimloo, natch) was Strand Bookstore.

I've wanted to visit the Strand ever since the first time I read Dash and Lily's Book of Dares, in which the Strand is a major character in its own right. If I'd had 24 hours to spend in New York, as was my original plan, I'd probably have spent four of them at Les Mis, five at the Strand, and the rest just wandering around the city in awe.

Anyway! We visited the Museum of Modern Art on the Saturday in New York and I spent about 30 minutes in the room with the wall-length display of one of Monet's ginormous lily paintings (I love Monet, but haven't learned the names of basically anything he painted. Not even the one in my living room), and when we left, I thought about how I should just get a coffee table book of his works and maybe learn something.

So, this:

... is what I brought home from the Strand. (In addition to the magnet in the photo above.) It's gorgeous, it's huge, and it looks so pretty on my bookshelf. And yes, I've kept the price tag on it for no good reason, except that the price tag reads "Strand Book Store" and I'm not tired of looking at that yet. 

It was a toss-up between three books that finally came down to this one because I had already been thinking about it anyway. The other two I was torn between were a beautiful, annotated, hardcover Much Ado About Nothing that had gorgeous illustrations inside (and which I may still buy online, because it was that amazing) and a likewise illustrated, annotated, and all-around gorgeous The Hobbit.

(Edit: here's the Much Ado I'm talking about. Hard to see in the preview how beautiful it is, but trust me. It's fantastic.)

So it's a good thing I ran into Claude here when I did, because otherwise I would have been in the Strand a lot longer than I was.

Incidentally, while I was browsing the 18 miles of books, I overheard a conversation between two other patrons in which one of them denounced the practise of putting a photo from a movie on the cover of a book. Y'all, I found my people. They're at the Strand.

With apologies to our own glorious and beloved Book People here in Austin, of course. They get way more of my money than the Strand ever could.

What's your favourite bookstore?


Jenni at talking hairdryer said...

I love Barnes and Nobel, but the closest one is 4 hrs away :( There is a small local shop in Durango, it's OK. Most of the time if I'm looking for something specific I have to order it.

I agree, pictures from movies are not the best marketing strategy.

Su Wilcox said...

I LOVED Borders and was gutted when they closed. The one in Glasgow was hands-down the best bookstore I'd ever been in until I met Book People. Barnes & Noble is nice, though.

There used to be (maybe still are? IDK) two tiny used bookstores on 34th Street in Lubbock near Sunset. I used to go hide there when AIM life was too much. One of the ladies knew me by name, I went there so often.

And yeah, I love Martin Freeman as much as the next gal, but I do not want his face on the front of The Hobbit. No.

J E Oneil said...

How awesome! Why haven't I heard of that place before? I guess because it's been years since I've been to New York. That must have been so much fun. I would be in heaven. The bookstore where I live is pretty good, but they don't have anything like illustrated editions. :)

Su Wilcox said...

It was AMAZING. If you ever go to NYC again, you must visit! It's also a couple of doors from Forbidden Planet, if you're into that sort of thing.