Blogtober Day 16: Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores I want to visit
Every bookworm has a list of bookstores that they want to visit. Whether they’re renowned for their amazing events, have amazing social media accounts or are just talked about ALL THE TIME, you must have some in your mind that you’re hoping to get around to visiting someday. These are ten of mine.
10) Union Square Barnes and Noble, NY
I know that Barnes and Noble is definitely not the most exciting bookstore that I’ve put on this list, but I’ve always wanted to visit New York and Barnes and Noble is such a well-known American chain of bookstores, so I’d love to visit their Union Square store. I don’t think I’d be able to fly home, though, because I’d end up spending far too much…
9) Tell a Story, Portugal
Tell a Story is a book van which travels around Portugal, carrying volumes of Portuguese literature translated into English to promote it amongst tourists. I think the concept of Tell a Story is wonderful, and I’d love to track it down and discover some of the countries hidden treasures.
8) Barter Books, Alnwick
Barter Books is famous for a couple of reasons, but the instantly recognisable one is that it was the location where the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster was discovered. There is poetry printed along the bookshelves and a model train which runs around the store, making it a quaint and adorable site that certainly makes for a memorable experience.
7) Big Green Bookshop, London
Big Green Bookshop gained notoriety a couple of years ago, as the owner decided to tweet Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at Piers Morgan after he had a blazing row with J.K. Rowling. I’ve followed them on Twitter ever since, and it’s been quite emotional to experience the ups and downs of running an independent bookshop – something which I’ve always aspired to do – so I’d love to be able to go down and purchase a few books from them to help them keep going.
6) Leakey’s Bookshop, Inverness
Leakey’s Bookshop looks like something ripped straight out of the pages of Harry Potter. Located inside an old church, it’s the definition of the world magical, and it looks like somewhere I could spend hours upon hours (or, more likely, days).
5) Waterstones Piccadilly, London
Waterstones Piccadilly is London’s largest bookstore, and one of the only London Waterstones that I’m yet to visit. I was hoping to go there last year for an event with Lisa Williamson, Non Pratt and Hannah Witton, but tickets sold out before I was able to snag them, so I’m just waiting for another brilliant event line-up to give me an excuse to travel across to this store.
4) The Strand, New York
A bit more exciting than a trip to Barnes and Noble, I’d definitely visit The Strand if I ever went to New York. It’s one of the most famous independent bookstores in the world, and definitely the most famous bookstore in New York. This is a destination that should be on most bookworms bucket lists. It’s apparently home to 18 miles of books – who knows how many new favourites you could discover?
3) The Book Barge, France
The Book Barge was originally located in the UK, but that’s the problem with boats – they can easily float away and find new homes! There are a few canal boats which have been converted into bookshops out there now, but I’d ideally like to visit The Book Barge, as it seems to have been the first (and is still one of the most popular) of its kind.
2) Goldsboro Books, London
I’ve bought a lot of signed editions from Goldsboro Books‘ online store, but I’d love to visit them in person one day. They often have great events on: they even had a signing with Pierce Brown at the start of the year, but I was in the late stages of pregnancy and didn’t want to risk going all the way to London in case I popped!
1) Shakespeare and Company, Paris
I have wanted to visited Shakespeare and Company for a very long time, and this desire only increased after reading Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. It’s described in such a magical way, and if the inside is as beautiful as the outside – and as wonderful as Perkins describes it – then it’s going to be worth the wait when I eventually get to visit it.
I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday. Are there any bookstores that I’ve missed that you think I’d love just as much as these ones?