Oh my gosh. So I just want you to know that I set out from my town with a list of ten bookstores I wanted to go visit. And I spent so much time in each one that I only made it through four. But! I will do a part two to this, and maybe start a little earlier in the day.
What I like is that the four stores I went to are very different. Such varied vibes in each one and different things depending on what you’re looking for.
4280 Tennyson St.
Bookbar is SO. Effing. Cute. It’s also very put together, by far the most so on this list. It’s VERY cutesy and cozy and just so comfortable. They also have wine and their snacks are book themed!
There’s a separate room for children’s books and then this little back room, also! How freaking cute and cozy is this?!
I will also say that Bookbar had by far the most bookish stuff. Everything from Jane Austen socks to Eleanor Roosevelt candles. Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt candles.
Awesome sisterhood stuff, not just in this little section but at the counter and throughout.
I also want to say that the girls I spoke to who worked there were SO NICE. So helpful, so kind. It makes all the difference in the world.
200 S Broadway
I actually found this one on accident! And I could not be happier.
Can I say I LOVE the small, cluttered bookshop thing? I wanted to look around forever.
Rare and signed books behind glass, naturally.
Broadway Book Mall has a little something for everyone! A lot of fun prints and just random bookish stuff. The man working was also amazing, and spent some time to tell me about events they do there!
ALSO VERY IMPORTANT: several signs said they allow dogs in!
210 S. Broadway
Fahrenheit’s books is smaller than the other shops I made it to, but the stuff in here is great! Their wall of comics/graphic novels is particularly impressive.
The girl working was very, very kind. I found myself talking to her and chatting with her naturally, and that’s not my general energy. They also had a very cool little selection of interesting tarot cards, which I think is awesome.
3434 W 32nd Ave
I have to say that West Side Books is my favorite. Possibly one of my new favorite places, ever, full stop.
The front area is very tidy and organized, but still interesting, with art and cool knick knacks everywhere. But the rest of the bookstore is absolute magic. More of a maze than anything. Beautiful, ordered chaos.
Again, I love the books spilling onto the floor. I love the little handwritten notes all over telling you to ask about different sections. It’s not cluttered due to little space, but due to so many books.
I think it’s great that the staff picks aren’t all new, shiny, “pretty” books!
I saw some amazing things here! Awesome vintage children’s books and something signed by Anthony Burgess (come on)! Just so much amazingness.
And because they’re amazing, here are the things I bought:
At Bookbar, Bad Girls Throughout History. THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUS and the illustrations are beautiful and the info is phenomenal and I just love it.
At Broadway Book Mall, a copy of The Bell Jar (which I collect and buy every time I find it) and an awesome print!
At Fahrenheit’s Books, A book on Klimt for my best friend, whose birthday just passed.
And at West Side Books, Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman which I used to own but lost? (which is so not like me) and never finished, a Carl Sagan finger puppet/magnet, and a signed(!) copy of Burnt Tongues.
Chuck Palahniuk is one of my favorite authors, I’ve done a post on it before, and now I touched something he’s touched!
What about you?
Do you make an effort to go to indie bookstores? How are the ones where you live?