Trying my hand at something new, and (hopefully permanently?) adding a meme to my regular schedule here!
This week’s prompt is all about bookstores and libraries you’d like to visit, and I’m not sure I have ten to talk about but that’s just one more reason to keep looking for new places, right?
Meanwhile, let’s take a look at the places that are definitely on my list.
A list like this, coming from me, would never be complete without Shakespeare and Company. Paris is a city that’s been on my bucket list of places to visit forever, and this bookstore has been on it nearly as long. I’m a sucker for a bit of romance to flavour my travels, imaginary or otherwise, and it doesn’t get more appealing for me than a second-hand bookstore in Paris where the visitors can stay in exchange for a spot of work (if you’re a writer or artist, of course)!
*Wistful sigh* One day!
On that note, let’s bring it home for a minute or two, because if I’m charmed by the idea of going to Paris for an experience like that, let’s not forget that there’s a similar one to be had much closer! The Open Book is “a bookshop holiday experience” – you get to run a bookshop while staying in the one-bedroom flat upstairs. Truly, my heart’s desire is to work in a bookshop one day! This one’s located in Wigtown, Scotland’s national booktown, and it is firmly in my sights as a place to visit.
Staying in Wigtown for this one, because a) this shop sells science fiction and fantasy, both new and secondhand, and b) I just love the name. I mean, come on. Obviously I have to go here.
Portland, in Oregon, claims a massive bookstore as a tourist attraction. That alone is reason enough for me to want to go there, am I right? Having actually heard reliably good things about this place from friends in the US, I am more determined than ever that one day I will explore here. Though I’m not sure going alone would be wise because it’s entirely possible that I would never come back out. And no, that’s not a complaint or even a concern. Just a fact.
Moving on to another city I’ve wanted to visit for years – this one’s in San Francisco, and its history is all tied up with the Beats movement, and it doesn’t just sell books but publishes them too! I love a place with a fascinating history, and City Lights has that by the bucketload. No wonder, then, that it’s on my travelling wish list.
… And while I’m in San Francisco, I could never leave it without a visit to Borderlands. It specialises in new and used SF/F, it’s been featured with love in Seanan McGuire’s October Daye novels, and its name makes me immediately think of urban fantasy adventures. Naturally, I must go here one day.
That’s about it from me for now, but please do share your own bookish hot spots in comments! I am always here for new and interesting places to explore. Enlighten me!