So we are doing something a little different on the blog this month. I have typically just used this as a space to share book reviews (which is still the case), but I’d like to branch out to other bookish topics as well. And there’s no finer way to start than documenting my recent trip to Parnassus Books in Nashville!
Co-owned by Ann Patchett, author of books Commonwealth, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and many others, Parnassus is a book lover’s dream. Walking in, the first thing you notice is the earthy and soothing smell of books. And then you look around! Floor to ceiling shelves covered in colorful paperbacks and hardcovers, festooned with decorative notes and tidbits, Parnassus is a sight to be seen. I adored the way the books were displayed sporadically in both parallel and perpendicular orientations on the shelves, giving the store a less clinical and more homey feel.
The selection of books was superb, with so many outstanding authors represented. From fiction to biography to children’s to young adult to romance, this store had it all. I even came across a shelf displaying the month’s picks from local book clubs in the area and a display of books written by local authors, which added some small town charm in a big city bookstore.
Oh and did I mention, I made a new friend! Since I’ve started this book reviewing journey I’ve engaged in several different social media groups teeming with fellow book lovers. Imagine my surprise when in one of the smaller groups I’m a part of, I came across a gal who said she lived in Nashville and was hoping to check out some of the local bookstores. Cue Kristine, fellow book lover and brave-random-stranger-meeting soul.
I’m always amazed to think of all the people out there I’ve met that still enjoy reading. It’s not dying people! It’s thriving! You just have to know where to look. Put down the video games and join us in the stacks.
Speaking of stacks… I obviously had to buy something while I was visiting. So I picked up a signed copy of Parnassus co-owner and author Ann Patchett’s This is the Story of a Happy Marriage which was Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club pick in November 2017.
Since I’ve recently joined the Hello Sunshine train (the name of Reese’s book club for those who aren’t familiar), this seemed like the obvious choice. Now just to find the time to read it in between the other 50 or so books I have on my list. So I better get to reading!