Here is this week's Musing Mondays, hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page. For the entire meme and to see everyone's answers, click on through to her blog.
How do you choose what to buy from your local bookstore? Do you have a list, or just browse? What is the selection in your book store like? Do you find what you're looking for? Do you feel pressured to buy the kind of books the store makes prominent? (question courtesy of MizB)
My small town no longer has an independent new-book store. We do have a nearby used-book store, but I rarely get there. So I do my local shopping at a big chain.
The bookstore is well stocked with all the current familiar and popular books. But it often does not carry the books I'm looking for. It can even be difficult to find a book that received a Publishers Weekly starred review. My reading tastes often fall outside the usual best-seller lists, and so shopping at the big store is sometimes frustrating. The staff will order a book if the title is listed in the company's catalog. Usually it is just easier for me to find what I want online.
I never feel pressured to buy off the display racks or tables. I usually stop to take a look, but I rarely purchase a book just because it has been prominently placed. Every once in a while the "staff favorites" shelf will hold a surprise, so I always take a look at the titles. The store offers free pamphlets that highlight books from a variety of genres; I read many of the write-ups and am sometimes compelled to buy.
I often go to the bookstore to look for a particular title, but I love to browse and see what I can find on the shelves.
We used to have an independent bookstore with knowledgeable clerks who liked to hand-sell titles based on a customer's individual tastes. I miss that store.