I love all books. I keep buying more and more titles, even as my “to-read” pile grows taller and my time for reading shrinks.
But I feel different when I walk into an independent bookstore. I love how an employee — oftentimes the owner — greets you with a smile when you enter, and jumps at the chance to offer a suggestion. I love the joy in someone’s voice when she recommends a book she clearly loved.
It’s part of the reason I enjoy talking with local bookstores and authors in York County. These folks have such a great passion for their work, and it’s always fun to hear their stories.
Nowhere has that been more evident than in my conversations with Byron Borger, who owns Hearts & Minds in Dallastown with his wife, Beth. The bookstore celebrates 30 years on Friday, 30 years in the same former doctor’s office on East Main Street.
I had the chance to stop in on Saturday for the first time, and even as I stepped in the door, I fell in love with its atmosphere. Different sections and rooms revealed everything from “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy to devotionals aimed at 20-somethings. Everywhere I turned, I found another book that caught my eye — a book lover’s paradise. (In fact, I texted a friend to tell him I had found my favorite place on Earth and planned on never leaving.)
If you’re shopping for books for the holidays, I sincerely encourage you to check in with local bookstores and also their local authors sections, if they have one. You might be surprised by what you’ll find. Not sure of where to start? Find a listing of independent bookstores in York County here.