Today I went to Borders for the last time. It was incredibly sad and strange, seeing row upon row of empty bookcases and price tags on everything from tables to magazine racks. They were even selling the knifes they used in their cafe for 25 cents each. Personally, I wanted one of those floor-to-ceiling shelves and a ladder that slides across it, but the ladder alone was six hundred bucks. (How awesome would that be, though? It would be like that scene in Disney's Beauty and the Beast!) Everything was 70% off or more, which was like a dream. I only wish that dream hadn't come true because they're going out of business.
The place was full of people, the busiest I've seen it in a while. Despite the fact that a lot of people had already come in and bought stuff, however, the YA section still had a decent selection. I got two books: Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, a book I've already read but never had my own copy of and Terrier by Tamora Pierce, which is actually my first Pierce novel. It's about time I read one of her books, and I've only heard good things, so I'm very excited to start this. Of course, I considered getting a bunch of other books, too, but since I wasn't the one paying for them, I went with those. It was hard, though! Books that were usually $20 were only $5 and some were down to $2. (!)
Still, like I said, there was just a melancholy about the barrenness of it all. I'm truly upset because I have a lot of memories at Borders. One time I even met an author there and we talked about our writing and books and it was one of my favorite days. Now someone has even bought the table that we sat at! Also, Borders didn't have a whole three shelves dedicated to paranormal romance (I like that genre, but three shelves? There are other types of books.). And a major part of me feels terrible for the workers. The woman at the checkout today had only been hired a week before they announced bankruptcy and all the other workers are out of jobs, as well. It's unfair and unfortunate, and my heart goes out to them.
I'm going to add something completely unrelated to Borders just to lighten the mood: I GOT INTO POTTERMORE. I'm not bragging, but I've been waiting for weeks, checking my email obsessively, and it's amazing. (Or it was, up until a few minutes ago when it crashed.) My wand is Yew, 14 1/2 in., with unicorn hair. Once I can get back on, I'll get sorted into a house. (Crossing my fingers for Ravenclaw!)
What did you buy from Borders these last few days? How do you feel about it closing?
Did you get into Pottermore? What house are you in/wand do you have?