I work at the library, so I spend a lot of my time surrounded by books. On my day off I still often find myself downtown browsing my local used book store. (It happens to be right next door to my favorite pizza shop).
It is so full of books they are stacked haphazardly on the floor, so it’s quite possible to dig through and find hidden treasures. Mister BS collects vintage paperbacks with absurd titles or intriguing cover art, so I always check out the spinning rack of old mass markets. They sell postcards and t-shirts from Out of Print, a company that prints classic book covers on t-shirts and donates a book to Africa for each one sold.There is a vintage Royal typewriter that works, and you can type out on a note if you’re so inclined.
Oh, and don’t forget, they have a cat. I understand people have allergies or just don’t like cats so we can’t have a cat in the library, but it still disappoints me. One of the things I love about downtown is the number of shops with cats. There’s an annual competition for the best shop cat, and it’s generally neck and neck between Stanley from Sunflower Bike Shop and Alice from The Dusty Bookshelf.
My favorite way to spend an afternoon is browsing this book shop. Even when I’m on vacation, I like to check out different booksellers. Some favorites include Russian Hill Bookstore in San Francisco and Harvard Book Store in Cambridge and Tattered Cover in Denver.
Where’s your favorite bookstore?