THE BOOK SHOPS I HAVE BEEN TO AND BOOKSTORES I COULD SOMEDAY VISIT

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Hey, hey! Back this Tuesday with another weekly book type list. This week, if I’m being honest, I have zero idea where I’m going with this. I was going to skip this week because I don’t travel and honestly, it feels like this topic is made for those adventurous sorts who do. That said, I’m still going forward and kind of recycling an old post by adding new thoughts and expanding on some things just because. So, let’s look at some bookstores to visit or more aptly, the few places I have been.

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Much as I enjoy the “right” kind of bookstore (I find that book outlet stores or the like just don’t have what I like to read), it’s hard to know the kind I’ll enjoy browsing. Perhaps this, and other negative influences is why I buy online most times. Still since I don’t mind shopping, I like to think I could pick up more of an instore bookstore experience. As of now, I’ve primarily only ever been to Barnes & Noble and before they closed, Borders.

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.


BOOKSTORES TO VISIT OR PLACES I HAVE BEEN (SHOP AT)


BAKER BOOK HOUSE

Ok, so despite what this may imply, I’ve never been inside the Baker Book House. Only ordered from them online, but hey, if ever I happen to be in their neck of the woods, Michigan, I just may stop in to see what all the Christian bookstagram fuss is about.

BELLE’S LIBRARY

I mean, come on. This is an easy must add. Fiction or no, we all want to see Belle’s library, right?

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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INDIE BOOKSTORES

I haven’t visited many “indie” bookstores. It’s not that I don’t think indie shelves or bookstores like Book Outlet are fine, 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 want (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. The one I did visit as a young adult (and I guess would be kind of “indie”?) is a Christian bookstore. Thinking back, I kind of wish I’d have pictures because I don’t think I’ve EVER been in a store THIS crowed. The books were EVERYWHERE. Stacked on the floor, shelves and about everywhere you can think of.

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!?”

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.

As always, thank you for being here! I’m going to work harder to be more prompt to reply to your comments and visit your websites – if I didn’t make it to your list last week, please let me know. I always intend to visit everyone’s website who takes the time to visit here. Thank you!

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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Linking Up with That Artsy Reader Girl October 4: Favorite Bookstores OR Bookstores I’d Love to Visit (The UK celebrated National Bookshop Day on October 1, so I thought it would be a fun topic!)

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About Rissi JC

amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

24 comments

  1. I do agree that some indie bookstores, especially used bookstores, can be a bit cluttered. But some of them are beautiful! We went to one in CT that was so charming, I’d go back to the area just to visit it.

    1. I know there are AMAZING little out of the way bookstores out there. Just have to find them. :) Glad you did! Sounds like that’s indeed worth a revisit. :)

    1. Yes! From all I understand, that’s a really famous place. :) I’ve also seen one in Greece on a few lists today, too. Thanks for visiting, Lydia.

    1. YES! A fictional staple for us bookworms. ;) Ooo, how exciting! All the best with your move, Cindy. Hope you make it to Michigan too! I think, based on Instagram and photos, it’s really pretty in the fall. :)

  2. Powells is DEFINITELY a “where do I start” kind of place. I’ve been there a couple times and it’s very overwhelming. In spite of its size (you need a map to get around) it’s charming and has old creaky floors, etc. Definitely an experience. Hope you get a chance to visit one or two on your list. Hope you have a great week and have some time to read a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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