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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Literary Vacation Idea: Visit the World's Great Bookstores


Yesterday, I wrote about a literary vacation which would allow you to stay in a library.  If that’s not possible, you might consider visiting some of the great bookstores around the world. 

A couple of years ago, The Guardian presented a list of 15 exotic booksellers around the world (https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/gallery/2014/oct/10/weird-and-wonderful-bookshops-worldwide-in-pictures).  Then, last year, they compiled a list of 10 favourite independent bookstores based on readers’ recommendations:  https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/jun/19/the-10-best-independent-bookshops-in-the-world-readers-recommend.   If you want to see all the recommendations from which these top 10 were chosen, go to https://witness.theguardian.com/assignment/5435135ae4b0cd82a095eef9

There are also a couple of books you might want to purchase: Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers by Bob Eckstein and The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell.

So next time you prepare a travel itinerary, include a visit to a bookstore!  Regardless of where your travels take you, there’s probably an interesting bookshop where you can spend an hour or two.