I was in Barnes and Noble today. I didn’t buy anything, although I could have bought many things, but I did make several observations that I thought I would share:

1)      Barchester Towers in an enormous book. You might think I would know that already, considering I just read it. I read it on my phone, however, and so I had no idea just how massive it is. Had I known, I would have read it on my phone for the additional reason that I wouldn’t have to lug it around.

2)      If you find yourself in the P’s of the Fiction and Literature section, beware! You could easily be crushed under the weight of all those books by James Patterson and Jodi Picoult.

3)      I was relieved to see that there were more Jane Austens on the shelf than Jean Auels. As far as I can tell, they each wrote six novels. Barnes and Noble carries many different editions (including their own) of Jane Austen’s and numerous copies of the same version of Jean Auel’s. I compare these two simply because they are right next to each other.

4)      Why does it seem like so many great writers aren’t very prolific? Six novels each for Austen and Forster, but how many for Stephen King? I can’t even begin to count.

5)      The aisle containing authors whose last names begin with letters like “e” and “f” was so crowded (there were at least four entirely oblivious people in it) that I never did wander down that one. I assume they were all looking to purchase books by Forster and Fitzgerald. Yay for that part of the alphabet!

6)      What I believe used to be called “Young Adult” is now known as “Teen.” How long has this been the case? I have no idea, as it’s been some time since I’ve been a teenager. I do read what I continue to think of as “Young Adult” literature, though, so this shift to “Teen” is a little disconcerting somehow. I feel like I might have less in common with a “Teen” than with a “Young Adult.”

7)      There is an entire section (three full shelves) not only devoted to, but actually called, “Teen Paranormal Romance.” Photographic evidence below: