Adding titles is difficult when you can't just pop into a bookstore whenever you want. I could pop into the Dutch bookstores, but seeing as my reading level is at children's chapter book, that can leave you feeling a little deflated. When we're up in Den Haag (the Hague) or Amsterdam, I like to make a trip to the bookstores to have a chance to look around and thumb through the books, and over the weekend, Little Man and I made a trip up to Den Haag and stopped in the American Book Center to do just that.
Little Man went into the shop with a purpose: to find the next book in the How To Train Your Dragon series. He's what you might call a "local expert" on dragons and a huge fan of the "Toothless" films and books. I was a little less focused. I wanted something new but didn't even have an inkling about what I might want. Normally I cruise through the history section, but nothing was really jumping out at me this time. I wandered over to the Sci-Fi and Fantasy section and noticed a couple of dragons on covers - I've developed an eagle eye for them while hanging out with the Little Man. I read the back of one and noticed a praise blurb from George R.R. Martin, which was good enough for me.
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I do end up paying more for these books at the shop than if I were to buy them online. But I've come to justify it as paying for the experience as well as the book. The bookstore has become something special, a once in a while thing - like an amusement park. We make a day of the trip and do other special things while we're out. It's also so much easier to browse and find something new to read when you can page through the actual book than when you try online, and there's something intensely gratifying about walking out with a heavy bag of adventures.
We're fortunate that it's relatively easy to make the trips to the bookstore a "special thing" and that the books aren't astronomically priced. Otherwise, I might actually get all the way through my "to read" list - which I don't actually want to do quite yet.