Top Ten Tuesday October 16

Top Ten Tuesday | Oh the Book Places We’ll Visit

October 15, 2018 20 Comments

Hello, everyone! Today I am joining Top Ten Tuesday but not in the normal way. Let’s have a look at the challenge of today’s prompt.

That Artsy Reader Girl | Top Ten Tuesday October 16: Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

I’m not much of a library person. Don’t misunderstand, I think libraries are fine and there’s nothing wrong with them but since I didn’t grow up going to them, I’ve never developed a fondness for them. Something similar can be said of bookstores. I adore shopping at a bookstore, but I’ve primarily only ever been to Barnes & Noble and before they closed, Borders.

Still, don’t mistake me. If I had the opportunity to see an amazing book landmark, I’m 99.9% sure I’d take it. Below I talk places I’d like to visit, a fantasy destination, and memories of one place I enjoyed visiting. Told you, I’m not doing this week’s list in normal fashion.

Top Ten Tuesday October 16 | Oh the Book Places We’ll Visit 

1: Amazon Bookstore | Yes, I know this is a controversial “add” because so many detest Amazon. What can I say? I’m addicted. I buy most of my books through Amazon, though I respect and admire Indie book shops. When I buy as many books as I do (I know, I need to fix this), I tend to opt for the least expensive prices.

2: Belle’s Library | I mean, come on. Fiction or no, we all want to see Belle’s library, right?

3: Downton Barnes & Noble | I’d never been to an “unusual” B&N bookstore, until 1 year or more ago. During a day trip I went to one that was downtown (usual experience number one), and inside, I discovered it was a two-level bookstore, also a new experience.

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4: Indie Bookstores | I haven’t visited many “indie” bookstores. It’s not that I don’t like indie shelves or bookstores like Book Outlet, it’s just I find them too disorganized. I like browsing Amazon knowing I’ll find what I seek. Or walking into B&N knowing if I walk to the YA, Inspirational or Fiction sections, chances are high I’ll find what I seek (because usually I’m looking for a new release) in alphabetical order. Nonetheless, in general, I feel like I’d like to visit some Indie shops.

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5: Powell’s | I feel like walking into this semi-famous (or is it just famous?) book store would result in an overwhelming sense of “where do I start!?”

6: The Strand | I know next to nothing about this bookstore, but you do see it mentioned now and again. Still, since I would like to someday visit New York (just because), the idea that I wouldn’t also stop at a bookstore is unimaginable.


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Tell me, what bookish places have you or do you want to visit? I’d love to read all about your wish lists! Tell me about the places you’ve seen or can imagine seeing. Or do you have a favorite bookish space in your corner of the world? Share all the thoughts below.

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  • Chrissi Reads October 15, 2018 at 11:16 PM

    Oh my goodness. It would be amazing to visit Belle’s library. I’d want to swing around on a ladder like she does in the book shop! :-) Great list!

  • Brooke Lorren October 16, 2018 at 1:56 AM

    Belle’s library would be amazing. You could read and read and never run out of books to read!

    I got to spend the entire day at Powell’s bookstore before, although I didn’t know it was famous at the time. I just knew it was a really big, amazing bookstore. If I ever have time in Portland to kill again, I’d definitely go back.

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    • Rissi October 19, 2018 at 10:52 PM

      Right!? Wouldn’t this be an amazing trip! I like to think her library is a real place, and someday I’ll walk into a room, and there it will be. :)

      How fun! Sounds like your Powell’s experience was memorable.

      Thanks so much for visiting, Brooke.

  • Poinsettia October 16, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Nice list! I agree that some indie bookstores can be a bit disorganized, and that is frustrating. Fortunately there are many out there that are very well organized. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday

    • Rissi October 19, 2018 at 10:55 PM

      If you have unlimited time, I’d guess browsing Indie bookstores can be amazing!! That said, I haven’t been to many, so I’m sure there are some that I’d happily stay in all day. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting!

  • Greg October 16, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    I feel the same way, I love libraries but don’t go to them that often? I do love finding a good indie bookstore, and I LOVE discovering a used bookstore, but you’re right about B&N- it’s also nice to go in and know you’ll have the selection and where everything is. They’re all good haha!

    • Rissi October 19, 2018 at 10:58 PM

      As is usually the case with anything in life, there are pros and cons to Indie and “box store” book stores. No matter your preference, I just love that it’s a big bookish community, and all of us love to buy/add books to our shelves!!

      Thanks so much for visiting, Greg. :)

  • Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense October 16, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    I wouldn’t mind visiting Powell’s. It’s one of the few “famous” bookstores in the US that I’m familiar with.

    • Rissi October 19, 2018 at 11:01 PM

      It seems like it’d be so fun to visit, although I 100% know I’d be overwhelmed! :)

      Thanks for visiting, Alicia – and I hope you can someday visit Powell’s.

  • Jane @ Raincity Librarian October 16, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    The only stop on your list that I’ve been to so far is Powell’s, and you’re right, it can be a bit overwhelming at first, with a definite “where should I look first?!” feeling!

    • Rissi October 19, 2018 at 11:03 PM

      If it means discovering ALL THE BOOKS, I’m all for an overwhelming Powell’s visit. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Jane.

  • Jo October 18, 2018 at 5:31 AM

    I would love to be able to visit Belle’s library, my favourite fictional library!

  • Heidi Robbins October 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    I’m visiting London for the first time next summer so I need to make a list of bookshops to visit there!

  • Jaime October 18, 2018 at 8:09 PM

    I want to visit Belle’s Library as well, obviously. Cool list!

    • Rissi @ Finding Wonderland October 19, 2018 at 11:08 PM

      Ditto! How awesome would that be!? :)

      Thanks so much for the visit, Jaime.

      • Jaime October 20, 2018 at 10:25 PM

        It would be beyond amazing! :)

  • Aj @ Read All The Things! October 21, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    I haven’t been in many libraries or bookstores because we don’t have many around here. I’d love to see Powell’s and The Strand. I’ve heard they’re both epic.

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