Friday, September 7, 2012

What Would Dr. Seus Say About This?

A dying breed.  That's what bookstores are called now.  -What's left of them anyway.  A shame really.  The first book I ever bought with my own money (earned by babysitting my sister), was Judy Blume's "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret" ---- I was so proud of that purchase and couldn't get home fast enough to read my little paperback.  A few years ago there used to be a huge bookstore near the Galleria (famous shopping mecca in Houston) that I loved going to.  Just walking in, taking in the smell of new books, or perhaps the faint aroma of freshly brewed coffee, emanating from the adjoined Starbucks. I could spend hours and hours in there.  Browsing every aisle, skimming the pages.  Or sometimes, I would just sit and people watch, make up stories about them wandering around in there.  Bookstores make me happy.  Such  a simple pleasure, that is now slowly, becoming extinct.  Electronic devices are bulldozing the bookstore industry.  Why read a "book", when you have a nook? Yeah, that's the way it is these days.  I can't even imagine what it will be like when they are totally gone.  I suppose that I will be forced to embrace the modern day gadgets and all that, but until that happens, you can find me at Barnes & Noble.

Writing prompt: In order to deepen and further develop your setting, we asked you to use local items or industries as a focal point of either fiction or creative non-fiction piece.  The word limit is 350.

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Linda said...

An interesting perspective on this week's prompt. I agree that it is getting harder and harder for bookstores to survive. I used to read a lot, even when I worked, but now I blog and do most of my reading online or the daily newspaper. Yes, I still take the paper.

Valerie said...

I agree with you so much! I love to hold a book in my hand too, and I tell myself that in the future there will hopefully be lots of good used book stores to browse!

I loved your take on the prompt! I love how you truly wrote from the heart and I really enjoyed reading this!

Alessandra said...

I guess I'm a technology junkie because I love my nook. The idea of having a gazillion books at my fingertip is very cool, I can read multiple books at the same time, and it is so much easier to carry just one nook than 2-3 books on vacation. I hear ya though about the feel of a book, I guess I'm more interested in the content than the case it comes in. :)

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

I still get most of my books second hand-at yard sales and such, so I have no idea what I'll do when the books are all gone. Can't really imagine it.

Yvonne said...

Linda-thanks! Good to know I am not alone on this.

Valerie- thank you! I love going to Half-price Books, I always come home with a gem!

Alessandra- I guess I am just still holding on to what's left of the "before technology" world. I am certain that in the future, I will break down and embrace the gadgets. ha!

Yvonne said...

YRJ- Yeah, I do that too! You can find really good books sometimes!

Tomekha said...

There are too many of us book lovers out there to allow this to happen. Though, in some respects I have embraced modern technology, nothing beats curling up with a book in my hand.