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 Β in 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!

  • starryeyedjen29

    Love this picture! If I ever make it to NY, Strand is like #1 on my places to visit. πŸ˜€

  • I know what you mean re: the convention, Joy–it sounds so exciting in so many ways, but as much as I’m curious about it, I don’t know if I’ll ever actually attend. It sounds so intense! Have you been to ALA? It seems like those are a lot more low key, and judging from the one time I went (and shh, Kate and I are going again this year), I think I kind of like that experience better.

    I love this photo, though, as well as your thoughtful take on things.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  • Well done on being able to abstain of grabbing all the books you wanted, J.! I’m proud of you πŸ™‚ I’d still like to know what you got from BEA and The Strand. *grinning* I wish I could have magically gotten to that bookshop…

  • I wish I met you at BEA! Especially if you don’t see yourself going in the foreseeable future. πŸ™ BEA IS a taxing experience. By the end of the third day (hell, first day!) I am definitely exhausted. But I love being surrounded by books, authors, publishers, and other book lovers. It’s a rare occurrence to be surrounded by a bunch of people who get me πŸ™‚

    Can you believe I have never been to The Strand?! AND I go to NYC all the time. What is wrong with me? I totally take advantage of my proximity to NYC and never do the sightseeing I should do. I will remedy this on my next visit for sure!

  • I absolutely loved BEA, but I can understand how it could feel overwhelming (and definitely exhausting!) I wish I would have made it to The Strand, but I ended up going to see If/Then on Broadway my final day instead (which I definitely didn’t regret since Idina Menzel was amazing!!) Sorry the trip didn’t quite live up to your hopes for it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  • Christy

    18 miles of books … wow. That’s great that you got to visit it. And yeah, everyone seems to agree the BEA is hectic and tiring. I’d like to experience it, but at the same time … meh.

  • I want my hands on Landline, too! I really like that photo of you up there. It looks heavenly in between those shelves of books!

  • THAT picture is AMAZING! And STRAND does sound like HEAVEN. I hope I’ll be able to visit it one day. Glad you had a great time in NYC, even if it was hectic πŸ™‚

  • As many times as I’ve been to New York, I’ve NEVER been to Strand. In fact, I only heard about it last year, after I started blogging. As much as I like seeing BEA book hauls, I’m much more interested to see the books that you bought.

  • I went there, too! I’m so nostalgic and I wish I could go to New York… I definitely definitely will go to BEA next year. I absolutely have to. And please post your BEA haul! I can live vicariously through you! xD Also, I really love the picture. πŸ™‚

  • Love the picture Joy! But is this really the last post? I was looking forward on reading your adventures in New York (and the pictures), although you summed it all up — guess it’s really tiring yeh? Not to mention you won’t be coming back… I thought we’ll go BEA 2015 lol anyways I’ll be looking forward for that Hoarders edition πŸ™‚

    Much love~


  • Strand does sound like book heaven. The pictures you have posted are making me want to visit New York soon. If not for anything else than for the book heritage πŸ™‚

  • That’s so awesome you visited the Strand bookstore πŸ™‚ I’ve always wanted to go there, since it sounds like an amazing place. That black and white photo is really cool, too!

  • Faye M.

    18 miles of used, rare, and new books really does sound like a personal heaven to me. I love the sound of it. Just imagining the place in my head is enough to give me warm fuzzies all over me. BEA does sound kinda nerve-wracking if you haven’t planned enough! When the time comes that I’ll be there, too, I’ll make sure that I know where to go and mayeb even be there early enough. Self-control is a must, too… books are heavy! Like REALLY heavy~! It only I lived and breathed New York T^T It wouldn’t be such a problem otherwise!

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

  • I love that picture of you πŸ˜€ Gorgeous, Joy. <3 Thank you for sharing. Sigh. I wish I could go to New York πŸ™‚ I'm so glad you had a great time.

  • I really love your pictures Joy! πŸ™‚ Beautiful.

  • Those lines would be hard to wait through each time. I think like you, I just want to at least experience it for myself once and then…who knows after that.

  • I didn’t get Landline either and I thought I would be upset about it but I’m really not. I’ll just buy it when it comes out. P.S. I love that picture of you!

  • I would love to go to Strand! Rare books? 18 miles of it? Yes please. That is a beautiful photo, by the way. πŸ™‚ Despite all the perks, BEA does sound pretty tiring. I find it awesome that you were able to restrain yourself from grabbing all the ARCs and being able to admit that you can’t read them all. I hope you still enjoy your next trips to New York–take me with you, okay?

  • I’ve always wanted to go to New York for other reasons. I want to be able to see the art museums there, and all the small and big bookstores there. Tho I want to go to BEA at least once just for the experience, but I think New York is a great place for art. <3