I love all book stores, online and bricks and mortar. I buy books online for convenience and because I can't help myself. It's so easy to see book, buy book. I love e-stores. But I also love bricks and mortar book stores, especially the independents. You never know what could be on the shelves, books you wouldn't normally think to look for online, unexpected and wonderful stories. I just came back from visiting Wakefield Books in the Wakefield mall in South Kingstown, RI. They have some copies of "Tiger Lily" and "A Changed World" there, which was my excuse. Not that I needed an excuse, of course.
Book stores at any time of year are a treat but in December, wow! There are books, of course, books everywhere, but also calendars and bookmarks and wonderful things! You can hold books and admire them, in person, before you buy them. You can listen as the books whisper to you. I couldn't stay as long as I wanted but I intend to go back, to wander and perhaps find an unexpected story that I must have.
So visit a book store, if you can. If you are passing through South Kingstown, stop in at Wakefield Books. Yes, go ahead, buy a copy of "Tiger Lily" but also see if there's an unexpected story that you just must have.