I regularly travel by plane and by car. When I take a long car trip I plan out my reading options very carefully. While some people only read one book at a time I am often reading three books at once. Don't ask why, it's complicated.
What I look forward to when I fly is an opportunity to go through airport bookstores and find a new book. Sounds crazy but it's true. I generally pick up at least one book that looks interesting and it's usually something I would not normally read. This past trip I was so disappointed by the selection in both my departure and destination cities that I didn't buy anything. Unbroken was EVERYWHERE, books written by television news personalities and the usual top ten NY times paperbacks but nothing beyond this very standard fare. Of course I immediately returned to the waiting area and complained to my family. My daughter simply looked at me and said, "Mom it doesn't matter just get a new book on your kindle."
Don't get me wrong, I love the ease of my kindle, the daily deals, the recommendations, the ability to know what other readers thought, but I also know some of my favorite books were those I stumbled across knowing very little about the author, the book, or the genre. I now wonder if my children will ever know the simple joy of walking into a bookstore and discovering something unexpected. One of my resolutions for 2015 is finding a way to support independent bookstores who I hope will continue to offer an opportunity for the unexpected. What's the most unexpected book you have come across in the last few months?
Posted By: Sheri