Herald Journal Columns
June 19, 2006, Herald Journal

A great way to spend a rainy day

By KRISTEN MILLER

Sometimes rainy days aren’t all that bad, especially if you know how to spend your time indoors.

Some people might choose to lay in bed and watch TV, but for those who want to get out and be somewhat more productive, I would suggest shopping! But not just any shopping. Shopping for books!

My favorite place to spend a rainy day is Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Even for people who don’t read the typical novels or biographies, or for people who don’t even like to read, Barnes and Noble has something for everyone.

I had previously worked there in the cafe following college graduation, and even before that my mom and I would spend hours wandering around checking out potential reads.

There are thousands upon thousands of books to look at, even if you aren’t going to buy anything. Although for me, it is hard not to buy something.

Any subject that is of interest is under that one roof, and if it’s not, they most likely can order it for you and send it directly to your home.

I enjoy reading all types of books including inspirational books and novels, but I also love those coffee table books with lots of pictures.

If you ever need a gift for someone, find a coffee table book about a subject the recipient is interested in. Because even if they don’t enjoy sitting around reading, they can enjoy looking at the pictures. Not to mention the decoration around their home that one book could offer. Besides, books help a person look more intellectual even if they don’t like to read.

My dad doesn’t read books, but one year for Christmas, I bought him a coffee table book on the Navy; a picture book and history to reminisce the years he spent at sea.

Of course, everyone in my family received something from B and N while I was working there whether they like to read or not. The discount was too hard to pass up on a slim paycheck.

Of course, there are plenty of other things at B and N besides books for those nonreaders, including games, CDs and DVDs. It’s a great store to shop for those young kids in your life.

I am a strong believer in reading to kids beginning at a very young age, and then encouraging them to read once they can on their own.

B and N has a wonderful selection of children’s books and activities that they can enjoy even while the parents roam around the store.

Of course as you roam around the store, you can grab a Starbucks coffee from the cafe, or grab a book and sit and eat a snack while you read.

It’s a place where you can just sit around, be lazy and browse through your favorite magazines. Cripes you can read an entire book while your there if you’d like.

When I worked there, we had regulars that would come in, order a coffee and grab an armful of books as they sat and read for hours.

It’s been awhile since I’ve got to visit my favorite store in the whole wide world, and on a rainy day like today, there’s no place I’d rather be.


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