THE STRAND- 18 MILES OF BOOKS
My love towards books and reading goes all the way back to childhood, I was that kid that didn’t need to be forced to read, I absolutely loved it. Books were my escape from reality, and you would find me reading most of them time. As a family we read a lot in general, and my grandfather has a huge home library with more than 3,000 books, so my love for book collecting comes from him for sure. Throughout the years I explored which genres I liked and which not, but in general I read everything, depending on the mood I am at. But one of my favorite past-time activities is reading, and a place I can spent hours in are bookstores. The Strand bookstore was on my visit list for a long time and this week I finally paid a visit.
The Strand bookstore dates back from 1927, soon it will be 100 years old. Located in East Village, Manhattan this books store contains 4 stories of books from all variety of genres. They have millions of book, which leads to their slogan 18 miles of books, but the miles increased since they introduced the slogan and today they say that it’s 23 miles of books. The store is indeed a bookworms heaven. A place you can find newest releases, bestsellers, rare books, out of print books, discounted books even first edition books. There are so many books and floors that is practically impossible to go through them all. It takes a lot of digging and searching but you can find books for a really good discounted price.
I probably spent a couple of hours browsing around the store and scanning the shelfs, it took a lot of will power not to go crazy and buy dozens of book. As much as I love books I know that they are very impractical when moving around, but I can’t wait to move to my dream place for a more permanent time and make myself a library and gather all the books I have around in one place.
Anyway, after a lot of choosing and debating, I purchased the following books:
- “Malibu Rising”- Taylor Jenkins Reid
- “The Da Vinci Code”- Dan Brown
- “The Witches of New York”- Amy McKay
- “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”- Mark Haddon
Let me know if you have read any of the above mentioned books.