The reputation of The Galleria precedes itself, n’est-ce-pas? As a ginormous high-end retail complex in an upscale mixed-use development in downtown Houston it is not only the 7th largest mall in the country but is generally known as The Place for the hoity-toity of Houston to shop.
I first heard of it in a romance novel, Paradise by Judith McNaught. The heroine is opening a branch of her family’s department store at The Galleria and I got a strong sense of the demographics of the people who would go there and what the surrounding area of shops was like. Whoever said romance novels were fluff?! I know all the landmarks and even street names in Savannah, Charleston, and Galway, Ireland even though I’ve never been to any of them, just to name a few.
The other association I had about The Galleria was that out of the big cities in Texas, one was the one with The Galleria and one wasn’t. But then, quelle horreur! Someone went and built a SECOND Galleria in Texas! The nerve! How will us outsiders ever tell the difference between Dallas and Houston again?! When I found this out my brain just shut down, this was too much for me to handle.
So when I was in Houston over Thanksgiving what was I to do but go to The Galleria (always capitalize the The, obvi) on Black Friday? So off we went, 8 of us piling into hubby’s aunt’s Ford Expedition truck like a clown car, but fitting in perfectly with all the other monsters on the road.
I don’t think I need to tell you what a zoo this place was. The mall was beautiful, shiny, and was selling anything you could possibly want. But I could hardly wedge myself into any store and I simply cannot shop in a stressful environment.
But hark, what yonder shining beacon is that ahead of me? The sea of Texans parted briefly and I glimpsed a quieter store front with actual space in the aisles. I marched forward with purpose, hardly daring to believe what my eyes were catching snippets of: a two-story Borders with someone handing out 50% off coupons in front!
I need to purchase a t-shirt that reads:
I went to The Galleria on Black Friday and all I got were five books
Meanwhile the rest of hubby’s family (himself included) met back at the clown car bags galore, while my stack of books was met with narrow-eyed suspicion. Especially when I had to admit they were all romance novels. Yes I was blushing as I revealed this.
But I am still so pleased with my purchases. It was an AWESOME plane ride home to DC, let me tell you!
All of these books I have been searching for what feels like forEVAR and a day. Because I just started J. D. Robb’s In Death series I am constantly on the look out for the earlier books in the series. The DC area bookstores (and libraries too, for that matter) are very scarce on the first 15 or so books. So when I saw them I had to snap them up immediately!
Secondly I have wanted Joanna Bourne’s two books since I first heard of them a few months ago. These were released in 2008 but for some reason the EIGHT bookstores in my city haven’t had it. So *snap* there I went again, snatching them right up.
And Angels’ Blood, ooooh you rascal you! I have desired your pages for many a moon now. The library teased me by saying it was “on the shelf” for weeks on end, only to have a status change to “lost,” leaving my lust unsatisfied. So for $7.99? *Snap*! Into the bag you go!
The only books this magical Galleria bookstore didn’t have were Meljean Brook’s The Guardians series. I haven’t read any of the first 7 in the series and I only ever see the 8th, and most recent release, in the bookstores. Sigh, I think I’m going to have to order some of these, which plays havoc with my preference for “immediate gratification” in my book buying. Getting them in the mail just isn’t the same as snatching them up into my hot little lusty hands right away!
All in all a very successful trip, now we’ll have to see how many of these I devour immediately when I should really be saving them for my upcoming Christmas holidays!