Recently I went to my local bookstore just to look around. I didn’t have any specific book in mind to buy, and I was simply taking my time browsing the shelves. I came across two books in particular that caught my eye, and eventually I decided to buy them. They are:
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Why I Write by George Orwell
I had briefly heard of The Crane Wife before- in a Goodreads post or a Youtube video, I can’t quite remember- but I still didn’t have a clear idea of what it is about. I’ve read More Than This by Patrick Ness and I absolutely loved it, so I leaped at the opportunity to read more of his writing. I had never heard of Why I Write before, although I thought Orwell’s novel 1984 was fantastic. And as someone who adores writing, I am really intrigued to read about the personal reasons behind why this brilliant author writes!
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I probably would not have taken such an interest in these books if I had not discovered them in my local bookstore. This, I argue, is one of the many values of shopping for books in physical stores rather than online. I find that whenever I shop online I tend to only see the newest, most popular books because that is what the websites emphasize. Unless you specifically know what you’re looking for, it’s more difficult to randomly browse books or discover obscure ones when certain titles come up time and time again. Being able to see a wide variety of books I’ve barely or never heard of before right in front of me on physical shelves is an experience that, for me, online shopping is incapable of replicating.
How do you feel about shopping at bookstores v. shopping online? What are some books that you’ve discovered at bookstores? Let me know in the comments section below!