Sunday, February 28, 2021

{Sunday Post} - Parting With a Bookstore Is Such Sweet Sorrow

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Good Morning, Everyone!


Holy crap, was I disappointed yesterday!

What I am upset about is that the Barnes & Noble store has closed in Independence, MO. During my teenage years, my parents and I would go to the AMC Theater. Typically we would all see separate movies and, later, meetup at B&N, located right next door. I have fond memories of browsing the bargain book section. Anyway, I was in the city yesterday and noticed the store had closed. It went out of business on February 6th. What's sad is that there isn't another big bookstore in the area, though there are two in Kansas City and two more in Kansas. Some B&N stores were closing due to the pandemic, but I never thought this one would be affected. The last time I was there was back in early November.

What Am I Reading?

I finished reading The Devil All The Time by Donald Ray Pollock last night and don't have my next read set in stone. However, it might be The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis. It was the reason why I went to Barnes & Noble back in November but couldn't find the book. I ended up ordering it from Amazon.


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What's in the Mail?

Lionsgate Home Entertainment sent me the Cheer! Rally! Kill! DVD set, which includes five made-for-Lifetime movies. Yeah, there not exactly my kind of films, but I've made it thru three of them so far. I'll get the other two watched sometime today and try to get my review posted tomorrow. I also received a Blu-ray of Vanguard starring Jackie Chan, which I haven't viewed yet. The movie comes out to the public on March 9th, so I'll probably be posting the review on March 8th.

What's New on the Bookshelf?

I've been to two different Dollar Tree stores this past week, and I picked up two hardbacks - Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris and Stone Field by Christy Lenzi. I finished reading Bring Me Back early yesterday morning. Look for my review on it later in the week. I found Stone Field in the city. When I went to the checkout to pay for it, the cashier opened the book, silently read the synopsis, and began to flip through the pages. After what seemed like forever, she finally came out of her reading daze. She commented that she was the one who stocked the books and, for some reason, doesn't remember ever seeing this book.

While running some errands at a Walmart store in nearby county, I checked out the small book section and glanced at a paperback titled Say No More by Karen Rose. It looked interesting, but for some reason I told myself to put it down. Later, I stumbled upon the book at the Walmart in town and talked myself into getting it.
Also, I bought The Desolations of Devil's Acre, the sixth and final novel in Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series by Ransom Riggs. I read the first book in the series after watching Tim Burton's film adaptation but never read the other installments. The series is on my to-do-list for 2021.

Recent titles on my Kindle are Let's All Kill Constance by Ray Bradbury and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.


  1. That is so sad about the BN store. And thank you for sharing your favorite memories with us. Stay safe!

  2. I have found a couple good books from Dollar Tree over the years. My store is really small, so it doesn't happen often that they get something good in, but it's always worth checking out the book section when I am there.
    I'm sorry to hear about your local store. It's been really hard seeing so many businesses close. I live in a very small town in the middle of nowhere. So when a store closes, it has a huge impact.

    1. I wouldn't call it local. It's a 45-minute drive to the city. I live in a small mid-western town with a never-stocked Walmart store, a worn-out Dollar General, a decent-size Dollar Tree, a thrift store that's seen better days, and an overpriced grocery store. I go to the city three or four times a year, and I would always stop by B&N and browse at the books. Sadly, I won't be able to do that anymore.

  3. I have to stop myself from going to the Dollar Tree too often because I'll spend a ton of money on books. I usually get them for my school library as opposed to for myself though. That is sad about BN. I'm still sad that I lost my job at my BN last April thanks to the pandemic. Hope that you have a good week.
    Lisa Loves Literature

  4. That is so sad about your B&N store shutting down :/ it's been so tough for a lot of these brick-and-mortar stores.

  5. Ugh. My sincere condolences for the loss of your B&N. Sigh...

  6. Sorry about your Barnes & Noble :-( Dollar Tree for books! I haven't been to one in ages. I'll have to go and see what books my local dollar tree has.


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