I love bookstores. They are some of my favorite places. But I don't actually think I'd want to open one, even in fantasyland. You can't truly browse your own store, you know? And part of me still feels like bookshops are magical places--portals to all the worlds between the covers and inside the Nooks. Having to worry about inventory and cleaning the bathroom and scheduling events would take away from that.
|Pie by Steve Snodgrass (CC)|
But--I would love to open a pie-and-doughnut shop. For reals (it's even in my bio). And if I ever did that, you better believe there would be a highly curated collection of books for sale, and patrons would be encouraged to pick up the new John Green with a long john, or pair Ann Patchett with bourbon pecan pie. I would probably even come up with new recipes to complement specific books, such as: Fruits of the Forest pie for The Hunger Games, or beignets for Anna and the French Kiss, or a bittersweet chocolate doughnut for The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet. Cheesy, I know--and speaking of cheese, I'm from Wisconsin so all slices of apple would come with a big wedge of sharp cheddar (we always heard that was state law, but apparently that's a myth).
And, of course, I would sell cookbooks and serve fresh coffee.
What about you--what would your bookstore be like?