Saturday, February 21, 2009

Welcome to Paragraphs on Padre!

We have a new bookstore and I am soooo happy!

Owner Joni let a few of us help her stock the shelves last night and it was an amazing experience. I worked the non-fiction stacks -- started off in History, slid over to Bio/Autobiography -- detoured through SciFi before crashing into Philosophy, Poli-Sci, Self-Help and Religion. Made a quick dash through True Crime, Childcare and Sports before winding down with Decorating and Gardening.

(Was mystified as to why the copies of my sandcastle how-to book turned up on back order -- maybe something to do with the paperback version that is coming out this spring?)

Maybe like me you wondered about the wisdom of opening up an independent book store in these days -- but last night drove home to me all over again how much more pleasurable it is to shop for books in a place where you can pick them up, thumb through the pages, read the jackets and not be afraid to let your eye wander to another cover on the same shelf...

I've missed that. And didn't even know it until last night.

I think Paragraphs is going to be a huge asset to the Island. I see new bookclubs forming. I see visitors looking for just the right beach-reading material or something to keep a cranky kid quiet sighing with happiness when they see all the options. I see locals fixing to climb on a long flight to Madrid stopping in on their way to the airport, looking for something that will melt away the hours.

I see something that will improve our community -- and I encourage everyone to stop by and remember what it was you loved about real bookstores.

Update: Visit Paragraphs at


Blogger Jennifer Dudley said...

New or used? Can't wait to visit your shop!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

New books and some used. Some back-orders due shortly. She mentioned a book club and I asked for a special Islander discount if I buy on volume, well lots ya know! She can do orders as well if you have a title in mind. Very cool "Harry Potter" feel inside the shop with the rounded turret thangs.

If there's a ton of support, she hope to get another truckload of books so come on, don't be bashful.

2:22 PM  
Blogger koffee1 said...

Can't find a phone # or email
for Paragraphs. Anyone know?

4:02 PM  
Blogger Lucinda said...

Koffee1 - there is a link to Joni's blog right here in my blogroll: -sf

8:02 AM  
Blogger Joni said...

You can find me at

I will work on getting blog updated with address, telephone and email plus a web site -- sooner hopefully, than later.

9:34 AM  

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