|From Reading Envy|
I have a new favorite bookstore. This is dangerous. Most chain bookstores, I can walk around and while I might see titles I'm interested in, I never feel compelled to buy anything. I know I can always get it cheaper online, or even better, use the library. I am, after all, a librarian.
But every once in a while I will go into a bookstore that has a selection that is basically my to-read list, and is either laid out in a way that makes me very happy, or has amazing knowledgeable staff, or has selected editions of things that make you pine for them, even if you have other versions of the same books at home. All of these elements describe the Hub City Bookshop in Spartanburg, SC. I wandered in because I had visited the Cakehead Bakeshop for my baking blog, but couldn't resist looking around. Most of what is on display is what I would call literary fiction. If there were any genre fiction books I didn't see any, since the focus was on the types of books that would be reviewed in the New York Times or on NPR. There was an entire shelf dedicated to indie publishers, from which I chose a book that I'd never heard of. I never do this!! I also chose a book from their recommendations shelf.
I was lucky to get out of there without giving them all my money. These bookshops are rare. I hope they can stay in business, because they are doing it right!