Some Things I Love About Working in a Bookstore

It was recently my second year anniversary at work and like all jobs there are some things that annoy you (messy clients) and many things that you come to love. Here are some of the things I love about working in a bookstore!

  1. BOOKS.
    A pretty obvious choice but come on. How can this not make the list? You’re surrounded by all kinds of books and everyday is an adventure! There are tons of books that catch your attention and all of a sudden your “To Be Read” Pile went from two books to forty in a week. Hand-in-hand with this point: Employee Discounts (especially during employee appreciation week) :D.
  2. MY COWORKERS.
    Being surrounded by people (Book Lovers) who have similar interests as you, who geek out with you no matter what time of the day it is (I work at 6 am… sometimes it’s hard to geek out so early in the morning) is amazing. I don’t know how else to describe it. The atmosphere at the bookstore I work at is something that will mark me forever. I mean, I don’t have much experience in retail, but the little I did have (before the bookstore) left something bitter in my soul if you know what I mean.
  3. HELPING/RECOMMENDING
    I’m not part of the Sale’s Team anymore, usually only during the holidays/peak season, but being that detective for all those: “The cover is blue with a bird on it i think?” cases and solving them correctly just fills you with pride (Or maybe that’s just me). That… And recommending books that people actually enjoy in the end and come back asking you specifically for another recommendation!
  4. ALL THE EVENTS WE HOST.
    -cough- Like Harry Potter events… I’m so sad that’s over. Does this really need elaboration?
  5. Last one: CUSTOMERS – (but not all of them)
    Most customers are pretty awesome, and I actually find a lot of my favourite books through their recommendations. You know, sometimes when they say “The customer knows best” it’s true! :D

Bookmammal made a similar list back in October and shared it with me so check it out [here] ! :D We have a few similarities~
That’s all for nowwww~
Until next time
Sam

P.S: Most of us on this Blog will be on “vacation” for a while because Finals are on the wayyyy… Most of us are busy studying our lives away haha. :)

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Every week (on Tuesday, obviously) they post a different topic and we create a list of our top ten for that topic. This Tuesday’s is the Top Ten All time Favorite Book characters.

1) Amanda Cynster in On a Wild Night by Stephanie Lauren

This feisty little blond is cunning and knows how use her womanly influence to snare in her prey. I really enjoyed her because she took the bull by the horns and went after the only guy who makes her heart beat and I think we tend to forget that if we want something badly enough, it’s okay to do just about anything to get it…as long as it doesn’t violate any laws

2) Blue Bailey in Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

This grape-lollypop-eyed missy is living for herself and does what she pleases without thinking about the consequences, maybe that’s selfishness I say independence but it doesn’t mean she’s an ice queen because even as strong as she is, she knows that sometimes you have to take a leap.

3) Arnie in What’s eating Gilbert Grape by Peter Hedges

A boy who lives in a world nobody really grasps can prove to be tiring but you cannot deny that his antics put a smile on your face and make you think that the grass really is greener on the other side.

4) Maddie Dupree in Tangled Up in You by Rachel Gibson

A woman who stands her guard when push comes to shove, this sassy journalist will get her story even if it means breaking a few hearts on the way and we must not forget her trusty gadgets like a pen-Taser to scare off any suspicious characters.

5) Coraline in Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Who says adults have all the fun? A girl who meets every challenge no matter how frightening they may be to protect herself and the life she once had, this girl possesses the utmost chivalry knights wished they had.

6) Amy in Across the Universe by Beth Revis

This fiery redhead has a mouth going a thousand miles and minute and doesn’t let anyone belittle her ideas for anything. Along with her admirable detective skills she will fight to right wrongs.

7) Rory Deveaux in The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Spunky teen with a weird sense of humour that makes you all the more curious as to what else she is hiding.

8) Remy in This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

A tough girl trying to get by without any complications always make me smile because nothing will ever go their way, but are generally happy to have received a lesson. She wants to be in control and on top of things, but secretly wishes she can just let go and let it be. A know-it-all-in-relationships finds herself wondering if she truly knows it all.

9) Ben in My Name is Memory

This wise individual can be mysterious for he knows more than he lets on, but will go far enough to help a friend in need no matter how far that person is.

10) Sarah Moorehouse in Sleepless at Midnight by Jacquie D’Alessandro

Gives the pretty girls a run for their money because looks can only get you so far, but personality wins the race. This plain Jane has a unique quirkiness which makes you laugh and admire as you cheer her on to obtain her goal.

Meli :)

I couldn’t figure out which order I wanted to place these lovely characters in, so I decided to just put them in alphabetical order to save me any stress and heartache over it. I already stressed enough about who actually made my final cut haha. Mind you. This list will probably change in a few months, but for now, here are my favourites. Why are they my favourites? Partly love-at-first-sight, mostly because they’re BAMFs, and maybe a tiny dash of “I felt like I could relate to them”. (I couldn’t help it, I changed a character on my list when I realized I missed someone I adored!) :)

1. Cheshire CatAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
2. Tyler DurdenFight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
3. Sherlock HolmesSherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
4. Robin HoodOutlaw by Angus Donald
5. May KasaharaThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
6. Neville LongbottomHarry Potter by JK Rowling
7. Luna LovegoodHarry Potter by JK Rowling
8. Remus LupinHarry Potter by JK Rowling
9. Dr. John WatsonSherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
10. Fred & George WeasleyHarry Potter by JK Rowling

Sam