Book stores and libraries are just my favorite places. They’re filled to the brim with lessons to be learned, jokes to be laughed at, stories to cry to. I do work in digital marketing, yes, but am a total advocate for printed books. Some things are just meant to exist forever, in hard copy.
I am grateful every day that Chicago is packed with so many amazing libraries and book stores. I fully intend to explore all of them.
The first used book store that I found is called Myopic Books. It was love at first sight.
Myopic is in Wicker Park. (Dangerously, it’s like a block from both Stan’s Donuts and Glazed & Infused.) This book store is simply the best. The building itself is sort of creaky, kind of rickety, and occasionally one has to wonder whether the foundation can hold the weight of all the books. I think that just adds to its charm.
Wandering around this place, you get the sense that you’ll never be able to see everything that they have to offer. There’s always another floor, another corner, another closet – every inch of the place covered with shelves of books. (According to their website, the offer 80,000 editions. So, yeah, there is always something new to discover here.)
On the top floor, there is a long table and a wall of bay windows. It’s bright, comfy and welcoming. I could spend hours up there. I probably will spend hours up there this winter, when I’ll just be camping out at libraries, coffee shops and books shops every weekend.
WHAT I BOUGHT.
When I visit used book stores, I try to find books that I never would have discovered otherwise. Books that are worth the few bucks to purchase, rather than simply finding at the library for free.
I also have the goal of owning every Jodi Picoult novel, so I’m always working on that.
I’ve recently been gravitating toward books on World War II, eager to learn about the war from every perspective. (More on this later.) So, when I found Myopic’s history section, you can bet that I spent lots of time there!
I found a novel called “G.I. Brides” by Duncan Barrett that looked just perfect – romantic, yet realistic, informative and nonfiction. This book is from the perspective of four British women – four of the 70,000 British women who married American G.I. soldiers during the war, to be exact. Predictably, their stories run the gamut – romantic and idealistic, tragic and disappointing, strong and admirable.
So, stay tuned. I have a lot more reading to do.