[The Really Good Books/Classics shelf at The Book Shop in downtown Batavia is where bookworms can find classic novels like “The Great Gatsby” and “The Catcher in the Rye.”]
No wonder, when people encounter the passion Stickling and Evensen have for words printed on pages that are bound together.
Stickling said he really became hooked on books when he was about 15 years old.
“I discovered a world I had no idea existed,” Stickling said. “It made me fall in love with words.”
Despite the changes wrought by the digital boom, Stickling sees a resurging interest in books – particularly, and perhaps surprisingly, among young people age 15 to 25.
There are three ways to buy books these days, Stickling said. One can order through Amazon, go to a big chain like Barnes & Noble or Half Price Books, or patronize the small independent book shop, he said.
When it comes to titles, the couple is making sure they have it covered in terms of the literary classics, popular fiction, horror and children’s books.