Sunday, June 9, 2013

Yesterday, I went and got coffee at Powell's with a friend, Catherine, which was really nice and afterwards I stayed and said hello to all the books. The best way to say hello to books is to walk up and down the aisles of a bookstore, Powell's, and gently touch their spines. Then a few books, you can pick up and flip through. The things you're looking for when you pick up a book aren't just the words. Sure, you should read a few words, but also, here are some important things to consider:

  • How easy does the book fall open? Is it floppy or tight? Everyone has a personal preference regarding this. Myself, I prefer a really floppy book. One that kind of just wants to lay flat. Those tight books, I never really feel like I can read them. 
  • What does the cover look like? Is it nice? Does it have a pleasurable type-face? Would you want to look at it for a long time? Like, even if you bought it and never read it, would you still enjoy looking at it?
  • Same questions, for the spine. Infact, I can almost overlook a bad cover if the spine is nice. Half the time, that's all you're going to see for the rest of your life anyways. 
  • Size! Of course, size. It should be large enough that the type doesn't have to be tiny, but you also don't want a giant hardcover that you can't take anywhere. Somewhere in the 5"-8" range is about where I head towards. 

Sometimes when you're saying hello to the books, you just want to grab one and walk around with it for a bit. Even if you don't buy it. Just walk around with it, see what it might feel like to be the proud owner of that book. 

These are some books I carried around and said hello to. I cannot attest to their insides, to the actual book-ness of them, but they sure are nice objects and they appear quite promising due to the points made above, and the small bits of words I read. 


  1. You make me proud.

  2. I also like to base my decisions on the smell! Everything in between from old musty smells to brand new virginal crispness! mmmmmm

  3. I love this so much. It was so great getting to hang with you, and Powell's is one of my most favorite places ever. The smell of the place immediately soothes me. I could wander its aisles for hours, picking up a book here, another there. More Powell's dates when you return, please :)


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