Run for the Borders

Like most Bookworms, I was saddened when I heard that Borders was kaput.
While I admit my local Borders wasn’t something that I frequented because of its nearly-half-an-hour-away location, it always stings me when a bookstore meets its demise.

This is the fourth bookstore that’s closed in Northeastern Pa. in recent years. The first, Tudor Book Shops, really broke my heart a few years back, as it was the place that my parents would take me to religiously every month for years to get the latest installments of “Sweet Valley High” and “The Baby-sitters Club.” 
I’ll never forget the excitement of arriving at the store and running in, where the owners would always have my copy waiting at the counter for me.   

So when Borders announced its liquidation sales would begin this weekend, I was there among the masses, especially because the news screamed that there’d be “savings of up to 40 percent.” While the books I picked up yesterday sadly didn’t fall under that divine sale, I did manage to bring home a big pile of books I can’t wait to get lost in.

What I'll be reading in the coming weeks!

I thought it was due time to get started on reading Charles Bukowski, whose been on my To Read list for quite some time, via “Women,” “Post Office,” “Ham On Rye,” “Hollywood” and “Portions From a Wine-Stained Notebook” (which, truthfully, had me at “Wine-Stained Notebook”). Plus I snagged “Big Sur” and “Desolation Angels” from one Jack Kerouac, whose “On The Road” is the very book that inspired me to go back to school to try this whole writing thing.  

As I waited in the seemingly endless line, it struck me how many people were milling about the store, gobbling up as many books as they could before someone else did. It struck me as kind of funny … where were these people all this time as Borders was going belly up?

As I clutched my seven-high stack of books, I supposed I should have started off asking myself that very same question as I slowly inched my way forward.



About nikkimmascali

I am an editor, writer and New Yorker who has ink for blood and the blog name + tattoo to prove it. Also of note: I follow more dogs than people on Instagram. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic because I am horrendous at math.
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3 Responses to Run for the Borders

  1. tomroarty says:

    One of the saddest parts of this story came at checkout. After all was rung-up and the savings added up to (maybe) 10% on the entire bill, the woman behind the register said, “It’s funny, some of these books would have cost less if you would have used the coupon we sent out last week to all of our card members, but most people waited till the sale”. Big business has trained us to be greedy and we learned well, to the point where we as greedy consumers will wait for the next big offer, even at the cost of diminishing our own resources. RIP Borders…

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