Today’s Musing Mondays question asks, “When you walk into a bookstore — any bookstore — what’s the first section you head toward (what draws you)?”
Well, I have to admit that I don’t go into bookstores much these days, what with the working at two libraries and already having lots of their books on my shelves. But let me give you the lowdown on all of my book-finding habits.
At the public library, the first place I go is the holds shelf, because that’s where all of my books are, with my name on them and everything! Since I work in cataloging, I see all the new books come in and I tend to grab them up before anyone else even has a chance. If I’m somehow not retrieving holds, I’ll look over the various displays that the librarians have set up and see if one of those books on yoga or superheroes or whatever is of interest to me. At the branch by my house (not the one I work at), there’s a display of YA audiobooks that I like to look over because those tend to be easy and fun to listen to at work.
At my academic library, I again keep track of the new books that come in and grab the ones I want, though since they’re mostly fancy non-fiction things I don’t tend to kidnap as many. Well, I say this now; give me a few weeks and I’m sure I’ll be at my ten-book limit (or higher if I wield my override power!).
At my favorite used bookstore (Mac’s Backs in Cleveland), I’ll head straight to the mystery section to see if any Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie novels have managed to show up in used form — either no one ever trades these in or someone else like me is ready when they do, because I’ve only managed to get a couple this way. After that inevitable disappointment I’ll head over to the classics shelf and then make my way around to the general fiction.
At any other bookstore, I usually end up just starting at the front and/or the display tables and meandering my way around the store. You will also find me at the humor book section, reading weird things out loud to my husband while he tries to find something funnier with which to outdo me. He generally wins.