RTW: Fantasy Bookstore

by sarahenni on January 16, 2013

Welcome to Road Trip Wednesday day, a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway posts a weekly writing- or reading-related question and anyone can answer it on their own blogs. Check out the original post for links to other Road Trippers’ answers!

This week’s topic is: If you owned a bookstore, what would it look like and what would it sell?

Oooh I’ve thought about this a lot. I think I’d like to sell new and used books (like my favorite bookstore Orcas Books in Olympia, WA) and sell a little bit of everything—fiction, non-fiction, mystery, YA, children’s, sci-fi, reference, etc. But no cookbooks. Not my jam.

AND! It would be part used/new bookstore and other half coffee/wine bar! With one television, only turned on for UW/Seattle sports games and Yule Log videos.

Here’s what it’d look like!

bookstore

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prerna pickett January 16, 2013 at 10:56 am

I like a little bit of everything so I think I’d like your store.

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Yay!

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Colin January 16, 2013 at 11:50 am

Very nice, Sarah–and very sophisticated, too! A wine/coffee bar. I suppose enough people like to sit down with a good book and a glass of wine this could work out very well for you. Especially with the log fire on the TV. :)

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

I hope so! I definitely think the yule log video will make it super homey :)

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Jessica Silverstein January 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm

See, that’s so funny–when I was designing mine, I thought to myself that cookbooks would be some of the only non-YA I’d be likely to stock! Not your run-of-the-mill “101 Meals In Five Minutes” or “2500 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Microwave”, though. Just cool ones (my husband got me a copy of the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook for Christmas–the woman who wrote it is a total dessert rock star) and classics (I didn’t love Julie and Julia but I like the idea of cooking my way through Julia Child!) Just goes to show, we need MORE indie bookstores–one with a great cookbook section for me, and down the street, a cookbook-free zone for you!

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

“2500 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Microwave” <— HA HA HA

That’s awesome Jessica–our bookstores could be on the same block and they wouldn’t compete!

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Rebekah Faubion January 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I am in support of the new/used, coffee/wine bar idea! You could do wine and book pairing parties. Also, cute pun.

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

I will save a stool for you :D

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Jaime January 16, 2013 at 1:03 pm

That looks and sounds so inviting! I love the pairing of new + used, because I’m a big fan of both for very different reasons. Pretty much I think I’d end up being mistaken as a squatter and getting arrested if this shop existed. :)

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I totally agree on loving both new and used books! I would NEVER have my best customer arrested ;)

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Krispy January 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I’d totally hang in your bookstore all day. :)

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Yaaaay! Reason enough to open right there!

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Alyssa McKendry January 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm

This looks like really cool place to hangout. I would totally go here! :)

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Yay!!

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Nickie Anderson January 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Hear hear! I’m glad I’m not the only one who suggested a bar in the bookstore. The only thing better than a good book is a good book + a good drink.

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:27 pm

We are kindred spirits, Nickie.

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Alexa January 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

I like the idea of a coffee/wine bar in the bookstore it would make it great for book club meetings, although it might be hard to get people to leave – 24 hour bookstore??

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Right you are! There’s actually a bookstore in D.C. that has a bar, and it’s TOTALLY open 24 hours! It is a phenomenon that should be spread nationwide.

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Jennifer Hoffine January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Books and wine…two of my favorite things! Consider me there.

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sarahenni January 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Yay!!

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