Tuesday, May 17, 2011
do you miss It?
Do you miss the feeling of walking into the bookstore and being overwhelmed by the sheer number of all the books around you? The feeling of seeing rows upon rows of unread books with unknown synopsises and unfamiliar characters? The feeling of running your hands down the spines and not recognizing any titles but still loving the idea of all the books?
I miss not knowing what books are about and buying them because they have compelling covers. I miss buying books without reading a gazillion reviews beforehand, I miss opening books with absolutely no idea what to expect, and without the pressure to form coherent thoughts I’m supposed to translate onto the screen later on.
When I walk into a book store, I know what books I’m looking for, which titles ring a bell, which genres to be wary of. I recognize hundreds of titles and authors, and recall the many reviews of books I’ve read in order to gauge which purchase will most benefit my happiness.
I think this is the one thing that book blogging has taken away, and while the pros outweigh the cons by a long shot, it’s these few moments where I miss not knowing anything YA related; seeing a book, even one like Twilight, featured as a floor display and just reading it to see why the heck it was placed there in the first place. To be shocked or to fall in love with a book and not know that hundreds of people have done the same before me, to be absolutely unaware of all things YA related and just enjoying these random novels found in the “teen zone.”
Yeah. My little nostalgic moment of the week.