Bookish haunts – so many of them exist, thankfully for people like us!! Bookstores, libraries, bookshelves filled with books, book exhibitions, mobile libraries, and so on – every book-lover will enjoy losing themselves in any of these places.
Over the weekend, we had our once in a few months visit to Half Price Books. The closest one in our area, is unfortunately not close enough for us. So our visits are too few, at least for me. We therefore make it a point to visit the bookstore in tandem with our once in a few months visit to the Hindu temple in Concord which is an hour’s drive away from home. And I am glad the store is open till 11 pm so we can spend a leisurely couple of hours after we pay our respects to the deities in the temple.
As I read an earlier post about bookish memories, I realized at least half of them were about bookstores and libraries and book exhibitions – places where one can surround oneself with books and be blissfully lost. While I love the convenience and ease of online shopping, at the same time, I mourn the loss of brick and mortar bookstores and leap at the chance to explore any stores I do find around me (luckily, we do have a few in our area). There is something truly magical about being surrounded by books, don’t you agree? Apart from that famed smell of real books, simply browsing through the shelves means the discovery of unknown treasures and rediscovering old favorites. And used bookstores have their own charm – opening one of these old books with reverent care, we might see an inscription written years ago that tears us up or makes us smile, and no matter what fills us up with an awe that is purely books!
As far as such magical places, aka, bookish haunts go, my favorite has to be…, hmm, well, it is a tough choice to make but I would pick Nagasri Book House in Jayanagar, Bangalore, India and any/every Half Price Books store. I would also include local book stores in our area which I have visited a couple of times, mainly to browse and loved them as well – Linden Tree Books, Hicklebee’s Book Store, and Leigh’s Favorite Books.
Question to you, reader: Which is your favorite bookish haunt?
Here is our haul from our recent HPB visit – some for me, and some for the kids… 🙂 Dear reader, which one would you have picked?