Barnes & Noble...The bold hunter green that fills in the letters on the sign, the tan "&" sign fitting nicely in between. The beautiful brick that surrounds the entrance, and the sparkly clean glass doors....and don't forget that Starbucks nestles nicely into a corner of this wonderful shopping place.
As I was gliding towards the door I realized Barnes & Noble is the most magical place of all. (I say gliding because it is almost as if you hear bells ringing and the gates of heaven opening on your way in...) You've got fiction, humor, art, biography, children's books, religion, politics, and don't forget self help books. (Blogging for Dummies 101) But regardless I could spend hours browsing through the book shelves and display tables. I must admit I'm a Nicholas Sparks and Stephanie Meyer kinda gal. I have flat out sobbed in all of the Nicholas Sparks books, such as one of his latest books made movie, Dear John, or The Last Song, which comes out as a movie in April..with Miley of course. I'll only slightly mention the Twilight series because I may not stop blogging about my love for Edward and Bella. Let's just say I named my two cats Edward and Bella, I have 2 twilight t-shirts, a candle, a blanket, and a little team edward tin..obsessed..possibly..crazy..absoultely not.. I will though, be at Wal-Mart next week for the release of New Moon..watch out teenage girls, I will stop at nothing.
Ok ok enough Twilight talk..Back to Barnes and Noble. I'm kind of like a kid in a candy store. Yesterday I went to this beloved store. I had no certain book in mind, I literally judge each and every book by their covers. I happen to pick out a book with 2 yellow pillows on a bed of a creamish color. It is called, Slip of the Knife, written by Denise Mina. Apparently, and I only say apparently because I have not started the book yet, it is about a reporter whose ex boyfriend gets murdered, leaves his house to her, where she finds suitcases full of notes about something awful..I will let you know if its a good pick or not..The second book I picked out, I have heard of before. It is called The Shack by WM. Paul Young. The cover, yes as you guessed it, has a shack on the front. After I finally finished reading The Lovely Bones (a great book), I started The Shack. AMAZING! ( i say that in a higher pitched voice, with my head tilted up a bit and a big smile) On the cover along with the shack it says, Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity- mind catching right? Mack, the main character is faced with one of the worst tragedies of all- a child vanishing. Emotions run high while he struggles to still be a husband and father to the other members of his family until one fateful day when he receives a letter in the mail. ...I'll leave you in suspense...you're welcome...Read the book, you will not be disappointed.
So back to Barnes and Noble. As my chin was dropped and I was drooling over all the possible books to read, trying to expand my romantic/vampirish mind I was thinking..Who started Barnes and Noble..I obviously assumed someone named Barnes and someone named Nobel, but I thought google would be of better assistance.
Let's talk google for a second. Don't you just love it? If it were a person I would hug it! My favorite part is when you type in something and its like, did you mean________. Why yes Google, you are right.. that is what I meant.
So I use google every day, basically if I get asked a question I don't know , I'll say google it or if I can't myself find what I want to know, sure enough, I'll google it! So as to my wondering about how Barnes & Noble became....I googled it. ..
Here is what I found..(I hope there will be a trivia question someday on this, and when there is you can say, thank you Andrea for the useless knowledge.)
Barnes & Noble originated in 1873 when Charles Barnes opened a book-printing business in Wheaton, Illinois. Their first true bookstore was set up by his son, William, in partnership with G. Clifford Noble, in 1917 in New York City.... In 1974Barnes & Noble became the first bookstore to advertise on TV, and a year later, the company became the first bookseller in America to discount books, by selling New York Times best-selling titles at 40% off the publishers’ list price. As of October 2009, the company operates 777 stores in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia in addition to 636 college bookstores, which serves nearly 4 million students and 250,000 faculty members across the country...(Thank you google!)
So when in doubt..Google it...need a good book, go to Barnes and Noble.