Solo at The Strand Bookstore


This is the probably the last post of my New York trip (unless I get inspired to write some more). I don’t really like taking pictures of myself but I thought this is as good a time as any. This was me prowling the shelves of Strand Bookstore; 18 miles of used, new, and rare books housed in a three-floor character building. In short, it was my personal heaven; and a fruition of a dream. You might think it lame, but yes. I’ve always wanted to visit Strand for a personal reason, and I knew that this is probably the only chance I will have, so I’m really glad I did.

As for a BEA recap, I’m sure you will get your fill of those type of posts in the days to come, so I’m not going to bother. But here are the things I’ve learned:

  1. I can say no to ARCs. Just because the books are free, doesn’t mean I must pick them up. I was surprised with the self-control I’ve displayed.
  2. I was fine with not being able to pick up the books that I’ve most coveted (Landline, for example). Because the truth is, after I’d gone back to the hotel and saw the piles I’ve gotten, I realized I will never be able to read them all. I’m honest enough to admit that.
  3. Acquiring those free books isn’t as easy as I thought it would be. You need efficient organization and time management. Be prepared to wait in line.
  4. Now that I’ve gone, I don’t think I will be going back in the foreseeable future. I think it’s one of those experiences where you’ll either really love it, or you’ll absolutely hate it. I, on the other hand, couldn’t see myself going and reliving the daily exhaustion of the entire thing in the near future.
  5. I will go back to New York, though. I’ve fallen ┬áin love with the city’s energy, no matter how hectic. New York City is inspirational, if you can believe it.

Just so you know, I am probably going to skip posting a BEA book haul. I will have my Hoarders up this weekend with all the books I’ve gotten in the last two weeks. These will be books from publishers and the books I bought from New York.

Thanks for reading!

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