I love bookstores. So much so, that I worked for Borders Books and Music for a little over a year while I was in college. Yes, some may say that I'm a nerd, or a geek, or a bookworm, but that's okay. I embrace it and even talk about it pretty often.
This week it was announced that all Borders stores will be closing by the end of September. I honestly almost shed a tear when I read this in the paper.
Books to me are something that I cannot get enough of. There was a time when I was trying to figure out if I could read books and get paid for it I like them so much. I then realized that there are very few jobs like this and with a nice teaching job like I am lucky enough to have it would be a little crazy to make an attempt at something that might not end so well.
I love a good book. When I read one I can't help but tell others about it and I love getting recommendations from friends. I like fun beach reads, serious family stories, Harry Potter, historical fiction and non-fiction, and young adult novels that I get to read with my class.
Thinking about the idea that bookstores might someday not be necessary makes me so sad. I love technology, don't get me wrong, but I need to have a book in my hands. I love to smell the pages.
Confession: I go into bookstores and smell pages of books. I almost always buy some books too, but sometimes I just smell them.
Borders, you will be missed and I am so sad to see you go. Buy books and read them! I don't want to have to read stories to my children someday only from a computer. I want them to love the smell and feel of books just as much as I do. I will most definitely be making as many trips as I can to my local Borders before it closes just so I can say goodbye and support the printed word.
Buy a book and read and tell all your friends to do the same!