Top Ten Tuesday: My Bookstore Bucket List -10 Bookstores I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit.  I could only think of one library, the New York Public Library, so I decided to go with bookstores.  I’ve pretty much never met a bookstore that I didn’t want to wander through, but the bookshops below are what I would call my Bookstore Bucket List.  I’d really love to visit all of these some day.

 

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10 Bookstores I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

 

1. SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY, PARIS

 

 

Isn’t this the cutest shop?  I really blew this one too because I was in Paris

just a couple of years ago and forgot all about this gem.  Oh well, it’s an excuse to go back some day, right?

 

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2. THE STRAND, NEW YORK CITY

 

 

I actually have visited The Strand before but it was a rushed shopping excursion, so I’d love to go back.

Why?  18 MILES OF BOOKS! Oh and lots of fabulous author events.

 

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3.  THE LAST BOOKSTORE, LOS ANGELES

 

 

Another fail on my part because I’ve been to L.A. twice and didn’t know this bookstore existed until after my trips.

They sell new and used books and they also sell vinyl records. And how amazing is that book arch?!

 

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4. POLITICS AND PROSE, WASHINGTON D.C.

 

 

This one is actually pretty doable since I live in Virginia, but what appeals to me about this bookstore is that it has a great mix of literary and political events. Alan Greenspan, for example, is speaking there on October 16th and Tahereh Mafi has an event there the next evening.  Plus, you just never know who you might run into while you’re browsing. You might turn the corner one day and find one of the Obamas shopping for a new read.

 

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5. LIBRERIA ACQUA ALTA – VENICE

 

So much failing on my part because, again, I have traveled to Venice, Italy but because we were only there for a day, bookstore visiting was just not in the cards.  If I ever make it back to this incredible city, I will make time to visit this shop.  The store’s name means “Book Store of High Water” and, accordingly, they store many of their books in bathtubs, boats, and other waterproof basins.

 

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6. LIVRARIA LELLO E IRMAO, PORTUGAL

 

How beautiful is that? This is a bookstore where I could actually see myself wandering around

and gawking at the beautiful building rather than browsing the book offerings.

 

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7. BART’S BOOKS, OJAI, CALIFORNIA

 

I don’t even know exactly where in California this bookstore is, but it advertises itself as the largest outdoor bookstore in the world.

The idea of an outdoor bookstore intrigues me so I’d definitely be interested in visiting if my California travels happened to take me anywhere near it.

 

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8. BARTER BOOKS, UK

 

 

This is another shop where I just think the architecture is so cool.  Barter Books is also supposed to be one of the

largest secondhand bookshops in Britain so I bet a bookworm could score some pretty great deals here.

 

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9. THREE LIVES & CO., NEW YORK CITY

 

 

Three Lives & Co. is a neighborhood bookstore located in Greenwich Village.

It has been around since 1968 and I just love how wonderfully old fashioned it looks.

If I ever visited, I could see myself not wanting to leave.

 

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10. THE BOOK ESCAPE, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND

 

This is one I’ve been meaning to visit since Baltimore is only a couple of hours away from me, but I just haven’t quite made it yet.

It just looks like such a cute shop and I hear they have a great selection of used and rare books.

 

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Question:  What are some shops on your Bookstore Bucket List?

 

48 replies
  1. sjhigbee
    sjhigbee says:

    A great article, Suzanne – I love your choices, particularly as I wasn’t aware of most of them! My treat happened earlier this year when we visited Oxford and I got a chance to spend the afternoon in Blackwells with Himself reading a book in the cafe while eating a delicious slice of carrot cake… Bliss!

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  2. RO
    RO says:

    Wouldn’t it be great to just travel to these different places just to check out all those fabulous bookstores? I’m from Baltimore, so I need to pass this info to a friend to get all the details. Another great post! Hugs…RO

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  3. verushka
    verushka says:

    Shakespeare and Company is just lovely, isn’t it? It and No 5 are on my list too! And Livraria in Portugal looks GORGEOUS! I agree, the building is as attractive as the books!

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  4. Jordan
    Jordan says:

    Any excuse to go to Paris is a good one! Shakespeare & Co. is definitely on my bucket list as well. I live in Southern California so I’ve been to The Last Bookstore twice and it truly is amazing! The sheer amount of detail and effort that went into constructing that store is crazy. I’ve also driven by Ojai a lot on drives up north and I can’t believe I’ve never thought to stop. :O All of these bookstores look incredible, I hope you get to visit some!
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  5. Tânia @MyLovelySecret
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret says:

    Shakespeare & Company is such a gorgeous little corner. I had the chance to visit it last June (I only had a few hours in Paris before catching my flight and decided to visit it with a few bookworm friends) and it’s beautiful. It has such a great selection of books. I couldn’t resist getting myself something from Shakespeare – and Shakespeare related – and something from The Lost Generation.

    Although I don’t live in Porto, I do study there (while I was doing my BA, I lived there for two years) and I visited Livraria Lello a few times. It’s a beautiful library. However, I don’t go as often because you must pay to enter (however, you can use the entrance ticket as a discount on any book you get). I hope you’ve the change to visit it someday.

    Happy readings! 😉
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      I have that same problem when I travel. I feel like my husband is standing there staring at his watch the whole time I’m trying to soak in all of the bookish goodness, lol.

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