Though I grew up on books, loved them even, the hobby sort of fell off as I grew older. I found I had less time to read, to the point where it seemed like it wasn’t even worth picking up a book anymore. That all changed when I first visited Bookends on Main.
At first glance, the shop seemed small. However, upon closer look, one can find hundreds of worlds filled with imagination, knowledge, and creativity. The store itself felt comfortably cozy, and the lack of music allowed for me to concentrate on searching through the different types of genres Bookends provided. From nonfiction to fantasy, the store seemed to have something for everyone. It was true that I had initially visited the shop because a school project required me to, but curiosity had me stay behind for a lot longer than I had intended. I searched and searched, and finally landed on a book that interested me. It was a fiction novel set in a dystopian future, entitled 1984. I purchased the novel, and finished it within the week. I felt refreshed, as I hadn’t actually read a novel on my own in quite some time. I visited the shop once more, and looked through more books, exploring what else could possibly quench my hunger for entertainment and knowledge. A shop that once seemed so small and simple, turned into a relaxing escape where I could let my mind run loose. The pages of the books never hurt my eyes like a computer screen would, and there’s always a restful place to sit in the store. I felt almost at home.
My point here is quite simple. While, if you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably familiar with Bookends already, I challenge those who aren’t familiar with the store to give it an honest chance. Sparring even ten minutes to just look around and experience the wonders of this shop for yourself can change your perspective on it forever. I’m thankful I visited this shop, and I plan for it to be a part of my life here at college for the coming years. There’s something that differentiates this store from other places that sell books. Maybe it’s the relaxed look it gives off, maybe it’s the helpful staff, maybe it’s the low lighting. Whatever the case, Bookends on Main is magical. And magic can be hard to find.