A few months back, my bestie and I went on an adventure. We packed our bags for a long weekend in San Antonio, Texas. Both of us had never been to this place, but we were excited at our chance to spend time together, and experience this new city as friends.
We did a lot of exploring. And of course, we came across a bookstore or two. And because you know me, I couldn’t pass up my chance to check them out.
The first book store that we stumbled upon was an independent/antique-esque bookstore called Cheever Books. This store was packed to the gills with used and rare books. It was hard to look around as it was all organized chaos. But as we walked around – me cautiously trying not to knock anything over – I finally found my section: the youth section.
A lot of the books were rare, and super old. A part of me didn’t even want to touch or pick anything up out of fear that the yellowed pages would disintegrate in my hands. But I looked and looked, and found the Little Golden Books section. For as long as I could remember, I’ve been on the hunt for the Alice In Wonderland Little Golden Book. I flipped through, what seemed like, endless Golden books, and when I couldn’t find it, gave up. But my bestie – being my bestie – plodded on and found it!
I didn’t set out to buy a book within the first few hours of this mini vacay, but I did. And I like to think that it set the pace for the rest of the trip.
After that we headed to Half Price Books – a chain that sells books at half price. Obviously. While there was a lot of great titles, and I really loved the store as a whole I didn’t actually buy anything. There wasn’t anything that I particularly needed or wanted. And I knew that there would be other bookstores on our adventure so I might as well pace myself.
A few days later, we decided to check out Austin. And while driving around, we found Book People – a large Barnes and Noble like store that is independently owned. Even though it reminded me of a Barnes and Noble, it was nothing like it. This store had character. And I liked it immediately.
My bestie and I are both book people. And we can spend hours in a store. While she looked for books that fit her fancy, I looked for my own. And somehow, we ended up in the picture book section. Picture book sections are a favorite past time for us. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve hung out at a bookstore reading and laughing at our favorite, or newly favorited picture books.
While she sat there, I told her to check out the Mother Bruce books. They are my faves. I can’t help but laugh (out loud) each and every time I read these books. I knew she would love them. And as I sat by quietly, reading my own really strange picture books (I found them in a section labeled “weird”) I heard her laughing. I knew she was enjoying the books as much as I knew she would.
We then hit up the middle grade and teen section. I suggested that she get the Hazel Wood. And she found a MG book called Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller that screamed “Nicole” from the moment she read the dust jacket flap.
Besides that book, I bought one other book. As I was browsing, I decided to check out the adult section. I don’t read a lot of adult fiction, but I want to. While browsing The Seas. by Samantha Hunt caught my eye. First the cover, and then the description. Impulsively, I picked it up and knew I would buy it immediately.
I’m happy with the choices of books I picked up on this trip. And no matter if I like them or not, I will keep them as a memento of an unforgetable trip!