Book Beat: Amazon Opens First Store & Everything, Everything Gets Mixed Reviews

Hi book lovers! Ashley here! My friend Stephanie has been holding down the fort as it was a very busy work period for me. I finished Big Little Lies and surprisingly found that I kind of liked the HBO adaption better. I had to move this week and my friend Chelsea helped me and admonished me for almost forgetting to pack my unread copy of Cider House Rules so that is next on my list.

Tomorrow, Amazon will open it’s first brick and mortar bookstore in New York City and the reviews are in on this new model. Amazon has long been the competitor of bookstores and small local stores simply because of the selection and ease. When I worked at a major Canadian bookstore I can’t count the amount of times I looked up a book for a customer only to find we didn’t carry it as a company, or how many times I was given the retort, “well I’ll just order it from Amazon then.” However, I and many others have doubts on this new way of book shopping. An online article by Quartz points out that this model takes away the joy of being in a bookstore and that actually the selection was quite limited with only 13 romance novels. The store is founded in the belief that people want to read what others have rated highly and is largely influenced by data models. They fail in that bookstores are meant to be a place for human interactions, for staff pick tables, and staff recommendations who know you and your style of reading. Perhaps Amazon should stick with it’s online presence.

Characters embracing from Nicola Yoon's novel Everything,Everything taken from an Entertainment Weekly article.
Everything, Everything via Entertainment Weekly

You may have heard the buzz around Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, it’s one of the most anticipated and read teen books of the summer. The reason for writing the book is as sweet as the narrative, Yoon wrote the novel with the notion that her daughter might see herself reflected in the main character, to be played in the movie by Amandla Stenberg. The story is sweet and a reminder of the vulnerability and limits of love. But the reviews haven’t been ecstatic, NOW Magazine citing the ending as it’s “fatal flaw.” What everyone can agree on is that Stenberg wows in her performance, something that doesn’t surprise me. If you go see it this weekend tell me what you think!

Everyone has been talking about American Gods since its tv debut but author Neil Gaiman is hoping to raise 1 million dollars for refugees by dramatically reading the Dr. Seuss book Fox in Socks. It first started with a pledge to read the Cheesecake Factory menu but has since upgraded. Gaiman is a goodwill ambassador and perhaps a very noble American God himself (if the pledge goes forward).

Happy Thursday!

Ashley Ash

Ashley Ash

Ashley is a proud Torontonian, third year social worker student, full time child advocate and national award winning writer. She will defend Anakin Skywalker and Jon Snow till she dies.