The Sunday Salon

Welcome to The Sunday Salon post. The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz.

What other bookish things did you do?

I shopped at Barnes and Noble yesterday. I shopped for books in person! Not online! Woohoo.

I miss the days of B. Dalton and Waldenbooks. These were smallish bookstores located in shopping malls. They both officially closed their stores in 2010, 2011. However, many of their stores had already closed before those years. They closed when Barnes and Noble and Amazon came along. Actually, Walmart helped their demise too. I believe there were other reasons. For example, there were less people shopping in malls. Other stores were more often frequented like Kmart, Walmart, and Target where people could purchase books.

I’m thankful for public libraries. Free book access in person and in e-books.

It feels really good to walk around in a store filled with books. It feels good to hold a book. It feels good to smell a book.

I noticed all the beautiful leather journals and other types of journals have been removed. This had been a reason to shop at Barnes and Noble in person as I’m particular about the kind of writing journal I purchase. I prefer to see it in person before purchase.

The book I bought is a collection of four stories Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote of his famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes.

The stories under one cover are A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and The Valley of Fear.

A link to the book at Barnes and Noble.

I paid more at Barnes and Noble for the book than I would have through Amazon. And this is a reason why Amazon is hard to beat with prices.

What is your favorite/preferred way to look at books or buy books?

Do you go to libraries?

Enjoy the weekend!


12 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon

  1. Your experience makes me think — I frequently walk past the Barnes and Noble in our town because it’s in the same shopping center as Whole Foods . However, I haven’t gone in for ages! Now that you mention it, I formerly bought little Moleskine notebooks and leather-covered note pads there. But my iPhone works for the same purposes so I don’t need them so much any more. Kind of sad, but times change.

    best… mae at

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  2. I love my libraries. Libraries are my second home.

    I’ve always been a fan of used bookstores, too. I’ll never forget the first time my family took me to Half Price Books. Back then it was only in Austin, and that’s pretty far from us. I couldn’t believe all the wonderful books and I was astonished at how inexpensive they were.

    I like to write in journals without lines, so that makes it difficult for me to find a book that I like. I like to write in my journals but I also like to draw.

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  3. I remember B. Daltons! They are out of business in Tallahassee and I also liked Borders quite a bit. Also out of business. Have not been to Barnes & Noble in ages. Love looking at the books and magazines.

    Mostly I use our local library and the digital loan section for my eBooks.

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  4. I’d rather go to book stores and remember those stores you are talking about. I would be so sad to see them not carry journals anymore because that’s how I liked to look at them too. We are a couple hours away from and Barnes and Noble now. 😢 I love the idea of library books but I always seem to damage them somehow so I don’t go often. I try to read them on my kindle instead so this klutz doesn’t somehow crinkle a page.

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  5. I love my library and get most of my books there, but also like to support the local indie bookstores. I try to visit/support indies when we travel, too. It’s hard to beat amazon on price, but I tend to use them only when I’m buy/mailing books to my mother. Have a great week!


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