My Recommendations

Okay so I REALLY wanna work at Barnes & Noble this summer as a bookseller SO send me a book you like or really wanna read and I’ll give a recommendation for another book you may also like.
…so in the most basic terms it’s a if you like this then you’ll like that :)

Example: if you like “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell then you’ll like “Eliza and her Monsters” by Francesca Zappia


I live in Texas and it’s very hard to find original art nouveau here. Your best bets are to find it in a museum (or reproduction stuff in bookstores). But from time to time I see a flash of it somewhere. This is the outside mural on the downtown Barnes & Noble bookstore located in Fort Worth. I took these pics years ago, at night, but it’s still one of my favorite murals. I don’t know if it’s still there but whoever came up with the idea had good taste!

(Also, if anyone is aware of neat art nouveau stuff in this state, I would love to get recommendations. I’ve been searching really hard for unique AN things here.)

so many people say the following ‘home is where the heart is’.  this statement does hold true.  a piece of your heart tends to linger behind wherever it feels safe and protected from the evil influences in the world.  for some, you may only have one place you consider home but to others, they can have multiple places they consider to be home.  and these places we consider home differ from person to person.  since, your home necessarily won’t always feel like.  but, that’s out of your control.

for me, my heart considers two places home with one being my home and the other being Barnes and Noble.

I would say ‘strange.  why is a book store your second home.  that seems odd’.  but, I cannot because I know the feeling is mutual to many others.

a bookstore whether it is Barnes & Noble or a local book shop (sadly, my town doesn’t have any besides the public library because we’re not that fancy.) has something about it.  whether it’s the aura of the store itself or something else.  being surrounded by books has a way of drawing you in with open arms.

it’s weird but I cannot explain it.  I know I am always safe being in-between bookshelves.  also, it helps knowing that people coming into the store will most likely be like minded individuals because of loving books.  I feel like there is an unwritten rule somewhere that if you have a friend who reads, they automatically make the top of the friend list.

whenever, I go to my local mall (being 30 minutes away).  I make sure I step foot into Barnes & Noble.  I know I don’t have to but I always do.  since, I need to visit my second home and take multiple pictures of the YA section to post on my socials.

If you are like me and feel this way.  here’s a virtual high five and cookie.

Barnes & Noble’s New CEO on Brick-and-Mortar’s Survival

While Barnes & Noble reported an 8.3 percent decline in sales this past holiday season, it’s not down for the count (at least, not without a fight).

Although we’ve seen the retailer close its college bookstore chain and reduce its Nook business, Barnes & Noble’s newly appointed CEO, Demos Parneros, is confident that physical bookstores still have a place in today’s e-commerce driven sales arena. The cause for change in train of thought even with the declining sales is the light at the end of the tunnel which is e-commerce giant Amazon opening up brick-and-mortar locations.

He said “Amazon opening physical bookstores, that’s a bit of a validation that it’s a good business to be in; the independents who are neighborhood favorites, that’s another sign that people do want places to go buy books, to learn, to explore.”

When Parneros shared his thoughts on how the new Amazon bookstores compared to Barnes & Noble’s locations, he highlighted what his company can offer customers over the e-commerce giant. He said “It’s a completely different shopper experience compared to Amazon. We have beautiful, large stores – the ability to roam and explore much more than in an edited, curated place. I walked several of the Amazon stores, and they are what they are. But they don’t have the richness and years of experience from people who are local and understand the market.”

To help bring its sales back up and change direction, Barnes & Noble is making small changes to its locations which include expanding in-store cafe service and changing store layouts.