I’m a Barnes & Noble girl. From the first time I pulled open those colonial green doors, breathed in the welcoming aroma of fresh brewed coffee, and my gaze fell upon the evenly spaced rows of dark stained bookcases filled with new adventures waiting to be opened, I was in love. Gathering a pile of books and collapsing into a comfy chair to decide which treasures would go home with me, was the highlight of many a college weekend.
Now, I’ve noticed most of the stores have removed those wonderful chairs, leaving only the hard, straight-backed seats in the café for respite from scouring the aisles. I guess that is the corporate office’s attempt to discourage loitering and reading without purchasing. In a way I can understand the change, but at the same time I miss the leisurely feel they added, like I was visiting a friend’s home library and being invited to take all the time I needed to choose the books I was interested in.
One of the stores near me is two stories with several large tables on the second level overlooking the main floor. I don’t get to this location as often as I would like, but some summer afternoons, I am content to purchase a trenta Passion Tea Lemonade from the Starbucks café, ride the escalator to the second floor, and sit at one of these tables, watching the people below weave through the aisles. Some move with purpose directly to their intended section, but most wander aimlessly, pulling a book out to scan its cover or simply touching a beautiful cover. Maybe one day I will meet my future husband on one of these lazy afternoons and we will talk of all the good books still waiting to be discovered. Until then, I think I will mix up my own Passion Tea Lemonade and take a break in the backyard to soak up a few rays. If you want to make your own drink and join me in the sun here’s the recipe I used.