I am not going to suggest books to you. I learned a while back that doesn’t work unless we are standing (or sitting) within a comfortable distance of each other having a conversation. I might ask what you enjoy reading. You might mention some particular titles. I would get excited because I also just read one of those and it reminded me of another that you might like as well. It is personal. Its not Amazon. Its you and me discussing books, discussing authors, discussing ideas, discussing our travels and experiences and how I ended up owning a traveling bookstore and how you ending up living in Montana or Idaho or Illinois or Alabama.
This time of year gets even trickier as people want to buy books for friends or relatives, the kid across the street or a woman at work. “Do you think my eleven year old nephew would enjoy this book?” I don’t know. I would certainly enjoy meeting your eleven year old nephew and finding out what he likes. I can’t really say though what any generic eleven year old boy might be interested in though. Let’s talk.
But I am glad that you are shopping at this particular bookstore, at this somewhat local business, at this small business. I am happy that even when you had choices of box stores and online opportunities, you decided to track down this particular traveling bookstore and buy used books to make that gift even more special. I can’t give you an easy answer for which book to buy for that rambunctious nephew or even the older woman who takes care of your cat when you are away. I will talk books and people with you. I might suggest this or that title. There are times when I might even suggest making your own book for a very special person. There’s a typewriter and paper in the bookstore and some books that explain bookbinding. Bookstore owner and a facilitator – perhaps I should put that on my business card.
Special thanks go out with this post to: 1) Peggy Jane who has the beautiful smile in the photo. A gem of a friend. And 2) to La Două Bufniţe, a wondrous bookstore I found in Timisoara, RO. If you are ever in that area, stop by (https://www.facebook.com/ladouabufnite).