This week I’m celebrating having one of the best jobs in the world! Bookselling is more than just putting books in the hands of people. It’s about the connections made.
If you follow on Facebook, it seems I’m always gushing about being a bookseller- but can you blame me?
Green Bean Books is an absolutely cozy and charming children’s bookstore. I’ve lost count how often I’ve written about it on this blog. When I first stepped into the shop, I knew immediately it was a magical place- some sort of Narnia and Wonderland, Oz and Neverland, all mixed into one. And, the opportunity to get to work there was like being handed a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory. And, today, Green Bean Books is celebrating its 5th anniversary! I’ve been excited all week!
As I was saying earlier, bookselling is about the connections made. Summer’s probably my favorite time of the year for the store because we have so many of our awesome customers bring their out-of-town guests in. They make it a destination spot!
I love talking about books to other passionate readers. A customer had lent me one of her favorite books and I told her I only gave it 2 of 5 stars on Goodreads. She said, “You should reconsider your rating system.” Jokingly, I’m sure. I love telling people how I really feel about books and hearing what people really feel about my recommendations! People’s preferences are so varied!
And, I love it when different aspects of my life collide. I got to meet Debbie of The Styling Librarian and show her around Green Bean Books! I thought it was a cool moment- how books have this incredible almost magical way of connecting people and it always feels like a new discovery every time it happens!
When you find yourself in Portland, Oregon, do stop by Green Bean Books and say hi!
What are you celebrating this week?