Warning: bookworm/paper addict geek-out fest about to happen.
It’s no secret that I love the written word in all its lovely forms, but sadly, I know I’m one of the few people who still buy actual books. I’m not gonna lie, my modes of acquiring literary sustenance range from Amazon’s seriously slashed selection to used bookstores, so I’m not exactly supporting independent bookstores singlehandedly. And this makes me sad. I love brick-and-mortar bookstores; I love the scent of hot-off-the presses books and coffee wafting in the air and the promise of a great story waiting to be discovered.
In fact, when I was 6 or 7, I received my first monetary gift in the form of a $20 dollar bill for my birthday. I knew exactly what I wanted, so I asked my mom to go to Borders so I could buy a gorgeously illustrated Sleeping Beauty ballet book. It made me so happy to purchase something that I could cherish and look at over and over again. I still have the book and it makes me smile when I look at it. Yep, I really am a nerd.
Thankfully, though, bookworms can still hold their ground in this city, largely in part to wonderful booksellers like McNally Jackson. Here is a store that manages to feel hipster and artsy, while maintaining a handsome, cozy atmosphere that makes you want to linger. And I absolutely freaking LOVE the decor! I mean, the book page wallpaper? I am so there. I am equally enamored with the hanging book/ lighting fixtures that draw my attention every time I walk in.
The selection is edited to make you feel as though you want to read every book on display and also houses a lot of niche interest and art books, which I often go straight towards. There’s just something to walking in and seeing the inciting covers of new releases and thumbing through them to see if something speaks to you. You just can’t do that on Amazon. Annnddd…in addition to selling books, McNally Jackson also publishes books in the store! Soooo cool. They carry these limited editions next to their giant, fancy Espresso Book Machine (doesn’t that just sound like something that should make coffee and books at the same time, hehe?) so you can see what fellow writers are churning out.
Now if my nerd speak didn’t convince you to go out and support your local independent bookstore, I don’t know what will. Keep books alive people! Ok, geek out over, resume normalcy.
Echoing this haunting Monica Bellucci cover, I’m hungry for some cozy fall weather, lattes, and some September issues!