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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Don’t forget to head over to That Artsy Reader Girl and join the linkup!


Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

I don’t normally keep a list of bookstores or libraries I wanted to visit, but there are a few. (The rest of this list I looked up specifically for the occasion.) I will also freely admit to giving in to dreams and fantasy with this list.

1. Powell’s City of Books (independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon)
This is at the top of my bookish someday-travel plans. I don’t know when I’ll eventually get there, but I will make it someday.

2. Library of Alexandria
Just because it no longer exists doesn’t mean I don’t want to go there.

3. Beast’s Library
And just because this one is complete fantasy doesn’t mean I don’t want to go there, either. (Though, to be fair, I have been to the version of Beast’s Library at the Disneyland Resort, but I don’t count that.)

4. Library of Congress
I went to Washington DC only once, when I was in 8th grade. I think we went to the Library of Congress then, but it was a long time ago and I’m not sure. I want to go now, as an adult, and make it a proper visit instead of the super-quick one that I (think I) remember from all those years ago.

5. The Strand Bookstore (in New York City)
They advertise 18 miles of books. Let me just say that again. Eighteen miles of books.

6. The BiblioBurro
It’s a traveling Columbian library on the back of a donkey. That just sounds AMAZING.

7. Honesty Bookshop at Hay Castle
An outdoor bookshop which runs on the honor system and funds the restoration of the castle… sign me up!

8. Word on the Water
A secondhand London bookstore… that happens to be on a boat.

9. El Ateneo Grand Splendid
It’s a bookshop inside an old theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it looks LOVELY.

10. The Book Barge
Because it’s a(nother) bookshop on a boat.

I have to admit, though, for all that I want to visit cool bookstores and libraries, I rarely remember to actually do that when I go on vacation. Any tips for how I can remember to make time for this? Or do you have the same problem as I do?

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday ~ Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

  1. I’ve been been to Powell’s! Alas, I wasn’t alone and wasn’t able to browse the way I would have liked to.

    One that’s closed that probably would be doing well in our social media times was a Barnes and Noble in downtown Rochester, MN – it was inside the historic Chateau Theater. I remember seeing a lot of movies at the Chateau as a kid and marveling over the starlit sky/ceiling and the castle theme. Imagine how cool it was browsing for books under that same starlit ceiling, castle around you!

    1. Oh that would have been a cool bookshop!

      It’s kinda sad, since I live on the same coast, but I haven’t properly been to Portland since I was in high school, and at that time I didn’t know about Powell’s. Oh well. Some day!

    1. One of the biggest problems with my list of places to visit is being able to speak the language… still, if we get the ability to time travel to the Library of Alexandria in its golden age, I’m sure we can figure out how to read the material housed in the library. 🙂

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