A couple of weeks ago I was in Seattle...and whenever I'm there, I go to two of my favorite book stores.
First, there's BLMF Books (figure it out), or as they call it up there, a "literary saloon." The owner is always there and always reading! I'm pretty sure he's read every book in the store, which has shelves and shelves of used books, and even some haphazard stacks that look like they're ready to topple over. I usually am able to find classics in good paperback editions here.
Then I head down to Pioneer Square, usually with a bag of fresh-roasted cinnamon almonds from the market, to Elliott Bay Books. I love this store and it always surprises me with a book or two I never knew I wanted. They sell new and used books, always have authors scheduled to visit, and even have an underground (literally) cafe.
When I was there a couple of weeks ago paying for my books, I noticed these "Thumb Things" on the counter. "How totally useless and stupid and unnecessary," I immediately thought. I mean, I have never in my life thought, "Dang, this book is so tough to hold...I wish there was another way!" But then I tried one on...stupid inventions are usually intriguing, after all. And it actually does make holding a book easier. So...although I am sure I could have gotten along for the rest of my life without a Thumb Thing, I did purchase one. I think they're lamely cool. Check out their (rather pitiful) website here.
Alright...time to go read...