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“There are two things you don’t throw out in France – bread and books”

I came across this timely article by the New York Times regarding bookstores in France and bookstores in the US and England.  Yet another reason why France never ceases to amaze me.

The French, as usual, insist on being different. As independent bookstores crash and burn in the United States and Britain, the book market in France is doing just fine. France boasts 2,500 bookstores, and for every neighborhood bookstore that closes, another seems to open. From 2003 to 2011 book sales in France increased by 6.5 percent.

Full article  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/21/books/french-bookstores-are-still-prospering.html

Travel’s and reads

I’ve managed to finish 3 books in a 3 day span (2 on a 4 hour plane ride). I’ll be finishing my fourth sometime today, and I still have a couple more books to browse through on my flight back home tomorrow. That’s what happens when you go to a used bookstore and find too many books that are too hard to pass up.

Upcoming reviews include: Laughing Without an Accent (Firoozeh Dumas), Strangers in Paradise (Terry Moore) and The Haunted Hillbilly (Derek McCormack)

What I love about travelling to new cities and going to the unique and often cleverly named idependent bookstores is finding new reads and new recommendations. Its also fun finding popular authors native to the area.

Life and things like it

My graduation is so close, I can’t believe it. To think that I have been going to school, straight, for 19 of my 24 years of living. Make that 20, if preschool counts.

The sad part, is that I’m already trying to think of what kinds of community college classes I can sign up for once I find a job, and a place to live. =/

I shall take a language class of some kind. I’m trying to learn French, but that’s been on hold since school has been taking over my life. So far, I have English, Armenian and Spanish as languages I am moderately fluent in.  Apparently, I used to speak fluent German when my family lived in Germany, but I was 5 when we left and I remember none of it.

Too many choices when it comes to knowledge, its so hard trying to think of where to start. I know I want to go back to school to get a second Master’s, probably in History, my next love after English.

I’ve made a personal decision that from now on, I’m only going to blog about things I have done, or will be doing in the near future, instead of just listings things I want to do, but never do. It feels more proactive, and its a supplement to the “Say-Yes” attitude my best friend has instilled in me.

I just applied for a Librarian 1 position, so I’m waiting to hear back on that, there are a few other library positions I applied for, hopefully something will happen. I have no plans for the summer other than going to Chicago the weekend after graduation, and going to visit Portland’s Powell Bookstore-sister store in Chicago! Yay! I probably won’t buy anything, but it’ll be fun to see it. I’ve seen a bunch of lists of “creative bookstores” or like “Top 10 bookstores to visit” and I’ve been able to mark a few of them off my list. I should see if any are in Chicago. I’m sure there has to be at least 1.