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10 Lovely Bookshops in Places Near and Far

On Instagram, we have this great thing going on—it’s called #ThisIsMyBookstore, and it’s a little corner of the internet that we carved out to celebrate independent bookshops.

As we usher in 2017, here are some bookstores you all shared over the year that made our hearts sing. If you haven’t already, be sure to submit your own photos using the hashtag #ThisIsMyBookstore—we’d love to see them and feature them in the future.

1. Atlantis Books in Oia, Santorini

What’s better than being on the island of Santorini? Being in a bookshop on the island of Santorini, of course. According to the founders, Oliver and Craig, “the land inspired them and there was no bookshop, so they drank some wine and decided to open one. Oliver named it Atlantis Books and the two laughed about how their children would run it someday.”

2. Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA

You don’t have to be a student at Harvard to shop like one—the charming Harvard Book Store is a locally owned, independently run Cambridge landmark since 1932. They have it all: new, used, and remaindered books, as well as author events.

3. Libreria Acqua Alta in Venice, Italy

If you’re planning a trip to Venice, you would be a fool not to stop at the Libreria Acqua Alta, where books are stuffed into boats, gondolas, canoes, tanks, and bathtubs. There’s even a staircase built from old encyclopedias!

4. Carturesti Carusel in Bucharest, Romania

Browse books in Carturesti Carusel, a beautifully restored 19th century building with six floors and over 10,000 books—the spiral staircases and gleaming white bannisters are the cherry on top.

5. Walden Pond Bookstore in Oakland, California

If you ever find yourself in Oakland, be sure to head to Walden Pond Bookstore, a lovely independent bookstore since 1973. There’s a rare book room, plenty of staff picks, and even vinyl records.

6. Berkelouw Books in Paddington, Sydney

Wood floors, tall stacks, and family history—the folks behind Berkelouw Books have a bookselling history that can be traced back to 1812.

7. The Abbey Bookshop in Paris, France

As if being in Paris isn’t magical enough, a visit inside The Abbey Bookshop is a real treat. Browse the selection of over 40,000 books and be sure to strike up a conversation with Brian, the owner, for a book suggestion (or just to chat).

8. Alexander Book Company in San Francisco, California

Alexander Book Company is just a stone’s throw away from our office, and what a blessing that is. This independent bookstore is situated in downtown SoMa, bringing the coziness of books to an otherwise urban, tech-filled space.

9. Twice Sold Tales in Seattle, Washington

If you are in Seattle and seeking rare, used, and out-of-print books, head on over to Twice Sold Tales. They partake in a book happy hour—that is, a book sale every day from 6-7pm.

10. Daunt Books in London, England

Daunt Books is anything but daunting. Founded in 1990 in a building originally built for the antiquarian booksellers Francis Edwards in 1910, the shop has a unique twist: all the books are organized by country!

Want more bookstore eye candy? Check out these past #ThisisMyBookstore round-ups:

11 Beautiful Bookstores from Around the World

9 Wonderful Bookstores to Fall in Love With

And of course, don’t forget to submit your own bookstore photograph with the hashtag #ThisIsMyBookstore on Instagram—we just might share it on our feed.

Featured image by Megan Leaf

Jenna Homen

Community Manager at Chronicle Books. When she's logged off, she can be found cooking, camping, or in a museum. You can follow her on Twitter at @jn_na.
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