Books & Boys

15 Sep

It’s no secret that I spend some time at my local Barnes & Noble. And that three out of the five trips there I buy something other than hot chocolate.

What you do not know is that my B&N (as we so affectionately call it in my family) hires some adorable guys. One’s the store manager, the other is what I suppose you’d call a regular store clerk. On the rare occasion that I a) actually need assistance finding a book or b) they are the ones who check me out, both times have been totally embarassing.

Embarassing moment #1:

Saturday afternoon, hanging out in the cafe working on my econ case study. Parents are there as well, enjoying a latte or some such (not being a coffee drinker I never know the difference between the various kinds of drinks). My dad kindly offers to treat us all to a book if we like, so of course Darling & I scatter immediately to find a book on our wishlist. Couldn’t tell you what my mom and I purchased but my dad picked up a book about non-violent communication for a work-related project. Cute store manager was working the register so my dad sends me up with the books, the money and of course, our B&N member card. He was all chatty, checking out the books and then he gets to the non-violent communication book. Silence. Not another word except to ask me how I’m paying for my books.

Embarassing moment #2:

So last week I put my study mode on and powered through two really boring chapters of stuff that you probably don’t care to hear about. I love books of all kinds and one of them happens to be a totally embarassing kind of book: vampire romance + mystery. Yes, you read that right. It’s a guilty pleasure. There’s a total of eight books in the series, I’m three in over the course of the last two years (I read them sparingly even though they are addictive) and so I thought that since for the most part class is going well and I am a mere 25 days from being done, I’d treat myself to a book. This time the cute store clerk was the only person checking people out at the cash register. I tried to distract him from the title of the book by asking about random books & trinkets behind the counter and it worked for the most part, but he gave a good long look to the book cover (which is of course a dude kissing a half nake woman). At least I had my grad school books in my hand. That’s what I’m telling myself, anyway.

I know it could have been worse but not exactly the first impressions I’d like to make, especially around cute boys who love books at a place I go to on the regular.

What’s the most embarassing book you’ve purchased before? Any similar stories where something you’ve been doing or bought clearly surprised a guy (or girl) who was helping you?

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25 Responses to “Books & Boys”

  1. mandy September 15, 2010 at 8:30 am #

    I love that first story about your dad’s book. Makes me laugh. I’ve been known to make the excuse that I’m buying the book for my teenage cousin or something like that. I usully go to scope out the silver foxes though who hang out in the history section. =)

  2. Maddy September 15, 2010 at 8:35 am #

    Lol!! Silly girl! That’s why we buy our “embarrasing” books online and have them discreetly shipped to our house ;o)

  3. Carina the Blogarina September 15, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    Haha… that is funny! I agree with Maddy said. Amazon is the way to go! Which series is this? Care to admit?? :)

  4. phampants September 15, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Oh man! Now I need to write about my “missed connection.” I promise that it would top story #2

  5. Liz September 15, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Ha! I think I’d start buying my guilty pleasures through Amazon. :)

    This reminds me of when I worked at a Victoria’s Secret and the guys that would walk in there alone…man, were they embarassed.

  6. Meghan September 15, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    I used to work at Borders. It was my favorite job ever and I miss it so much. Blah blah blah. :)

    For most of my employment there I was the book-finder, shelver, general idiot savant of all things “you can find it in this section on the right bottom shelf next to the big red book that says something about farming”. In that time, I had the weirdest requests imaginable. I’ve had people repeatedly ask me when the fifth Stephenie Meyer book was hitting soon, or where the erotica secton might be.

    Believe me, you are the least of their worries.

    I have dozens of stories, but what I want you to remember is that booksellers get this constantly and it after a while it all starts to blend together. Though they do generally assume who the person is by what they buy, hewon’t remember that you were the non-violent communication girl, unless it made a HUGE impression on him.

  7. liz September 15, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    B&N does hire really attractive boys. I used to work at my schools library and I would always meet really cute dudes there too. Boys & books. Such a good combination.

  8. Rachel September 15, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I agree with Meghan. I worked at a B&N for almost 2 years, and those are not nearly as embarressing as some of the books we would see. Or the guy who would try to return porn mags. Oh yeah, not even lying. I’m sure the non-violent communication book didn’t even phase him ;) Take it from me – as booksellers, we’ve always seen worse :)

  9. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair September 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    LOL! The story about your dad’s book is hilarious.

    Eric tends to read the pre-teen genre of greek mythology (he LOVED the Percy Jackson books) so when we are at the checkout buying these types of books he will talk, loudly, about how they are for Drayden (his 6 year old nephew).

    He did the same thing when he went through his lego phase a couple years ago. Sigh.

  10. Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks September 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    hahaha – non-violent communication – that’s hilarious, Nora! I think I probably blushed when I *had* to purchase some riskee books for a bachelorette party many years ago. Tee hee hee.

  11. Holly September 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    I buy my “embarrassing” books online too. Gotta love amazon.ca …

  12. ria September 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    i cracked up at the book your dad had you buy. too funny!

  13. Lisa from Lisa's Yarns September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Ha, those are awesome stories! Too funny! I can just picture both scenarios happening.

    I can’t think of any embarassing books I have purchased in store… I would probably be like Charlotte in SATC and I would have to order them from amazon or something. ;) Remember that episode?

    How cool that your dad treated you guys to a book, though! That is awesome!!!

  14. Habbala September 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    I asked for a book about break ups.. and then quickly specified it WASN’T for me!!! :)

    Most awkward even in a B&N would be the date with the fat guy with the lazy eye. Fail.

  15. Becky September 15, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

    Haha, love these! One time I was buying a couple pregnancy books for my friend who was expecting (to put in with her shower gift), and the whole time I was checking out I was chatting with another friend who was with me about going out and drinking. I didn’t understand why the cashier looked super pissed until my friend pointed it out after we walked away!

  16. Elizabeth September 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm #

    We didn’t really have a reason to be embarrassed, but when I was 11 or so, my friend wanted to buy a book about periods and things of that sort. I was humiliated about having to go to the counter with her, haha.

  17. Grace September 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm #

    In high school I went to Target with my mom and cousin. We bought a bunch of things including underwear for me. As we approached a line I realized the checkout guy was a friend from high school. I didn’t want to seem childish and switch lines so I stayed there. Of course when he checked us out we exchanged hellos and chatted a bit. On our way out the door both my mom and cousin said “Grace! I can’t believe you just went in that line! I would have switched! He just saw your underwear!” hahaha. There I was trying to act grown up and the adults would not even have done it!

  18. Suburban Sweetheart September 15, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

    Seems to me all communication ought to be non-violent… how awkward!

    And I buy vampire books all the time, consistently embarrassed by doing so. So far I’ve read the Twilight series, the Southern Vampire series, & now the Vampire Diaries series. And I’m never any less embarrassed.

  19. Brittney September 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    So, I love you more now. LOL.

    When he went silent, you should’ve said, “Well, I don’t hit ALL the time.” Just matter of factly. Deep stare. Then a wink.

    If it feels better, without thinking (because I read random books, don’t ask), I purchased a book on raising toddlers at the same time I purchased a book called, “Why Am I Still Depressed?” – so… that was a good combo, I think.

    Also, on my list of super combos? I decided to purchase the book, “Breaking Free from Emotional Eating” at the same time I bought my Martha Stewart’s Book of Cupcakes.

    We might be kindred spirits, you and I.

  20. Emily Jane September 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

    Oh cringe! LOL the only time I’ve ever been embarrassed was when a group of friends and I went on a “Dare Night”. We each made a list of 5 things someone in the group had to do around the city, compiled all the things into one list and each took turns grabbing a task. There were things like grabbing traffic cones… ordering a salad “or something health” from McDonald’s (pre-Healthy Options menu!) and one I ended up with was going with my roommate pretending to be his girlfriend while he asked the young, cute pharmacist for XXL condoms in a German accent and proceeded to explain why he needed them. It was hilarious but totally mortifying!!

  21. Jess September 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    I don’t actually get embarrassed, ever. Too many dad stories. But the last time I came remotely close was in B&N, and the checkout guy was about 17 and SO young and cute and sweet and just absolutely adorable. And young. Did I mention he was young? And blushed easily?

    So I was buying the Kama Sutra. As a bridal shower gag gift, and the poor kid was so mortified, and so blushy, and stammering and just a mess. I was almost embarrassed. Almost. For him, poor kid.

  22. Mel September 15, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    My horrifyingly mortifying moment isn’t so cute… I bought two boxes of Midol at the grocery store the other day. I always forget to buy them until I need them, so whatever, I bought TWO at the same time. I didn’t even think about it until the woman checking me out started asking if they were on sale… and then she started with “why…?” when I gave her my best “Nope – it’s quiet time” look (which probably made her think I was impersonating a dinosaur) and couldn’t wait to get out of there… ugh!

  23. Kyla Roma September 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    I think that’s fantastic! I would have pointed out the title of the book to him a number of times, and then winked at him (in my head at least lol) ;)

  24. Meg September 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    When I was still being dropped off at the mall by my mom, I went with a few girlfriends and we really wanted to buy If…3, Questions for the Game of Love. It’s just a book with conversation questions about love and sex but as tweens, we were so embarassed! We made the boy we were with do it for us!

  25. Jessica September 19, 2010 at 8:29 pm #

    Dude you have to own it that you read teen fiction. I got all embarassed when a coworker found me reading Hunger games, but I just thought “she’s jealous because she’s not reading something as good” and left it there. And yes, your grad books did soften having it :) What is this series?

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