This Week's Topic is: Imagine you get to open your own bookstore. What would it look like? What kinds of books would you sell?
Well, I can tell you this: if you give me fifteen minutes to design it, it would look something like this. I know the dedicated shelf for Dystopian Lit is likely to be controversial; perhaps it's a rotating themed display. All the purple things are chairs or beanbags; the big purple circle is one of those awesome couches that goes around a central spine.
The astute New Yorkers among you are saying, hmm, you just invented Books of Wonder, and you are not wrong. The bakery is just a small counter, though. In light of BoW's recent financial issues keeping a sub-tenant, I thought it would be wise to make a bakery counter that I could personally stock; all I'd need is several thousand dollars for one of these gorgeous industrial mixers and I'd be all set. I'm used to getting home at 7pm and churning out 14 or 15 batches of something delicious with my trusty 5 qt. Kitchenaid (in Blue Willow, if you're curious) in time to get a good night's sleep (ha!) and leave the house at 7am with enough chocolate chip cookies to pay up on bribes for every kid in every class I teach. (By my second year, my kids would do anything for my cookies. When I announced I was leaving last year, the #1 question I was asked was whether I would still be baking cookies and shipping them out from Buffalo. Several students offered to pay for such a service.)
So anyway, I'd get up early each day, bake several hundred cookies, then open my doors to my fellow book nerds. In my dreams, this would be pretty much all YA, all the time, with a section of classics because some of them are actually really good, and besides, sometimes you need to pick up your summer reading or something. The Miscellaneous shelf would probably be heavy on historical fiction and graphic novels, with some MG and some fun picture books mixed in (and I suppose I would probably need to stock some paranormal romance to stay in business, although it's not my favorite.)
And the name? Well, obviously, it's a nod to You've Got Mail, the classic romantic tragedy about a girl and her bookstore. Sadly, this story is reminiscent of Old Yeller, in that the bookstore gets attacked by a savage beast (in this case, a Fox) and limps along foaming at the mouth until its devoted owner puts it out of its misery. (Then Tom Hanks, playing one of the great villains of all time, comes along when she is at her most vulnerable and tricks her into dating him or something.) I love that darn bookstore so much, and the scene where she's sitting in
Anyway, that's the basic plan. What would your dream bookstore be like?