What Everyone Else is Writing About.
I spent the weekend in RI with some of my college roommates (we hit the beach, took foolish pictures, and ended up mistakenly crashing a wedding ... more on that once the pictures are loaded up), but first Chris and I made the loo-ong drive home from CT.
Starting out at 10:30 pm and not even breaking free from New Haven until after 11:30, it was already shaping up to be a very long drive. My constantly-nurtured Inner Book Geek was slightly itchy at the fact that the last Harry Potter book was being released at midnight and I was trying to play it cool. I had plans to be at the beach in Narragansett with my roommates all weekend, so I didn't want to be obsessively toting around a 750 plus page book. I wanted to relax and enjoy myself.
But as we shuttled past the exits on 95 North, I started to become very antsy.
"I may need to stop in Warwick at the Barnes and Noble and grab the book," I said to Chris, glancing sideways to gauge his reaction. He smiled at me and my Inner Book Geek purred.
"Of course. Whatever you want to do. I don't mind if we stop."
After another 45 minutes, we finally made it to Rhode Island. And pulling into the parking lot of Barnes and Noble at 1:10 am, I was shocked to see hundreds of cars in the parking lot.
"Holy crap, are we serious with this?"
People dressed in robes were running back and forth. Bookstore employees were holding brooms in one hand and megaphones in the other, ushering people into lines so purchases would be quicker. I watched one little girl, no more than eight years old, clutch at her mother's hand and say, "Mom, I am so excited to read this book!"
Excited to read a book. The concept just about made my brain melt. It doesn't matter if you have read all the books, if you are against the series conceptually, or if you even care about the young, bespectacled wizard - the fact that kids and adults alike are lining up to read a book is astounding.
I joined the line as one of the last and purchased my book. Chris and I got back in the car to finish our late-night journey. And as excited as I was to spend the next two days with my college roommates, I was thrilled to have this damn book in the car.
These people standing in line - they were all waiting for a book. There were no celebrities in the bookstore. No one was signing autographs or giving away a trip to St. Thomas. Just a book that people wanted to read. And in this time of instant online information, YouTube clips, and podcasts, it's refreshing to hear the words, "I am so excited to read this book!"
I'm pretty excited, too. My Inner Book Geek is very smiley these days.