As much as I love bookstores, I can’t say that I really have a bucket list of bookstores that I want to visit. It’s not really something I generally look into, unless I’m specifically travelling somewhere and I rarely travel anywhere beyond a couple of the same cities. I’m always happy to stumble upon a bookstore when I’m walking around a new place, but I actually usually end up buying my books from bigger stores. I would love to be able to support smaller and independent stores, but there are not many around me. Even the smaller stores I have found typically don’t have the books I am looking for, or have secondhand books that are not always in the condition that I’d want. I probably need to put a bit more research into finding the stores that would fit my reading better. The only way I could really think of to answer this question is to do an online search for bookstores around the world, and pick the 10 that looked the most appealing to me. These are not necessarily small or independent stores, just the ones that I thought I might like to see in real life.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
1) The Strand (New York)
2) The Last Bookstore (Los Angeles)
3) Matilda Bookshop (Australia – mostly because it reminds me of the Matilda movie, although I’m not 100% sure that’s the intent)
4) Shakespeare & Company (Paris, France)
5) Lyrical Ballad Bookstore (Saratoga Springs, New York)
6) The Grimoire Bookshop (York, UK)
7) Honesty Bookshop (Wales)
8) Powell’s (Portland, Oregon)
9) The Mysterious Bookshop (Manhattan, New York)
10) Parnassus Books (Nashville, Tennessee)