Some of you may know that I’m crazy about Kindles. I like them not because they are cool pieces of technology but because they make it so easy to read, and store, a large number of books.
I must admit, however, that I often feel a twinge of guilt concerning the amount of money I spend at Amazon. No where is this twinge more evident than when I find myself in one of those rare bastions of the book world: a quality independent bookstore.
Whilst vacationing in Oregon I found myself in not one but three such fine establishments. The obvious one is Powell’s in Portland, but we also visited two smaller bookstores: Cannon Beach Book Company and Beach Books (which was the home of this very nice kitty named Oz. Check out Oz’s recommended books for some kitty reading).
I couldn’t leave any of these stores without a book or three. I had to show my support for these small business people (I often dream of opening my very own bookstore, but then I realize that I enjoy making money).
Here’s my book haul from the trip (in no particular order):
- The Mysterious Benedict Society
- The Herring-seller’s Apprentice
- The Fellowship
- In the Company of Ogres
- The Last Dickens
- In the Woods
- The Age of Wonder
- The Disappearing Spoon
- Skippy Dies
I’ve already read Transition, which I enjoyed, and have plans to read the rest… eventually.