While I hate shopping — loathe and despise it — especially when it’s shopping at the mall, it’s made more bearable if I can stop by a bookstore when I’m finished. So the Hobgoblin and I went our separate ways to get the shopping done and decided when we were finished to meet at the mall bookstore, a Walden’s, which is, actually, a sorry excuse for a bookstore. But we had to make do.
And it turns out that that Walden’s is closing (is the entire chain closing?) and all books were 40% off. Yippee! I was happy about the prospect of cheap books, although uncertain what to think about the store closing — I guess it doesn’t matter much, except that it’s the only bookstore in the mall, although a Barnes and Noble is just up the street. Does it matter much when crappy bookstore chains close? Is that a bad thing or a good thing?
The store was crowded with people excitedly looking for cheap books; I’ve rarely seen a bookstore that crowded, and the feeling of excitement was fun. The only problem was that I really couldn’t find a lot that caught my attention. What’s the use of having a great sale when the book selection is miserable? I did find a few things, however, including the 2006 Best American Essays collection; I’ve gotten that series in the past and I’ve loved it, although I found that I’d already read many of the essays in the magazines that originally published them. This one doesn’t appear to have too many repeats. I also found Karen Armstrong’s A Short History of Myth. Armstrong is one of my favorite nonfiction writers — her book A History of God is great, so I’m looking forward to the myth book. Finally, I found Elliot Perlman’s Seven Types of Ambiguity, which I swear I read about on somebody’s blog, but now I can’t remember whose. But it looks like a fun novel. Although I was willing to spend more money if anything else irresistible appeared, it didn’t. Maybe that’ll be the last time I shop at a Walden’s.