A couple weeks ago, while I was buying some books at my local Chapters bookstore, the store clerk looked at my books, and told me about a Paranormal Romance group that meets there every month. Last night was the night, so I headed down there for a look-see. It was so much fun. A dozen ladies who discussed what they liked about and didn’t like about the books they’d chosen to read last month – Charlaine Harris’ 4th book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, a Lora Leigh (that wasn’t Paranormal), and a couple others (I really apologize but there was so much talk I’ve forgotten.) This wasn’t one of those stuffy tear-the-book-apart and analyze-it-death discussions, it was sitting down in the coffee shop and saying straight out what you liked about it or didn’t like about it in plain talk with lots of laughter.

When they were looking for suggestions for books to read for next month’s meeting, another lady spoke up before I could and suggested Shelly Laurenston’s Pack Challenge – a Samhain book. Is it lame that I squee that my Canadian bookstore carries Samhain books? And that other readers are recommending them without me needing to? I can’t help it. I did a quiet little squee.

For a blue collar town, I love that the only bookstore in the area is so romance-friendly. Terri said that they’re planning on enlarging the romance section. Considering that genre’s sales are climbing while others are plunging, it makes sense. And go them for encouraging a romance group to meet. (They certain made their money out of me last night – me who cannot go to a bookstore without coming home without new books in hand. (4 so far)

Talking books

2 thoughts on “Talking books

  • June 19, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I can't tell you how happy that makes me to hear that Chapters is expanding their romance section, not that they have a bad section now, but there's always room for more romance!

    Our town needs a Chapters, but until then, the one in Oshawa will have to do. đŸ™‚

  • June 21, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Wish we had a PN book club at the Bam in Alexandria. I might even drive the 75 miles one way just to enjoy it.

    Can't wait to hear how you like the sookie books. I just discovered the series on HBO and major duh moment, didn't realize it was based on the books. Some like the books first, some the series. I probably wouldn't have gotten into the series if not for listening to the books.

    Problem now is that I started in the middle. Now I have to go back to the beginning and the TV series isn't following the book plot this year as much so I'll be totally confused.

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