My Instagram, Tumblr, and Pinterest feeds are full of bookish stuff. Pretty much all my scrolling gives me major wanderlust, which made it super hard to narrow down to ten this week y’all. But, I did it, and here they are!
Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA
I’ve been to this bookstore many times, and I think I can safely say, this is my all-time favorite. I love the way the wood creaks as I’m browsing the shelves. I love all the lights that comes in the massive windows, even on a dreary Seattle day. I love that every memory I have in this place my belly is full of delicious food, I have a coffee in hand, and I’m with someone dear to me.
Powell’s City of Books in Portland, OR
I have also been to this one, and may or may not have been asked to leave because I may or may not have touched stuff in the rare book room. Hypothetically speaking, of course.
Bart’s Books in Ojai, CA
I see this place pop up often on the aforementioned interweb feeds, and it looks so charming. Some day, I would like to go for myself to meander the outdoor shop.
The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, CA
A million years ago, my ultimate cool girl idol (and former babysitter/best friend’s older sister) packed up and moved to LA. And my response still to this day is, OMG she’s so awesome *cheers* She started working here and would send/post pictures to we townies back at home. My inner teenager still wants to go visit her here someday, even though now she’s impossibly cooler.
The Ripped Bodice in Los Angeles, CA
Three reasons why I want to go here: Owned by sisters, exclusively romance books, AND there is a bookstore dog called Fitzwilliam Waffles. I rest my case.
New York Public Library in New York, NY
In my family we place this game, “You’ve been lioned.” It’s our very silly way of honoring the matriarch of our clan. Whenever we see a lion in our daily life, we take a selfie and send it in our group chat. I feel like if I got a picture with Patience and Fortitude, I would be the reigning champ for just a little while.
Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
I’ll be honest. I don’t want to go here for any noble or patriotic reasons. I want to go because of the greatest movie of all time: National Treasure.
Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland
I mean, do I even have to explain this one. *swoons*
National Library in Vienna, Austria
Fun fact: This library was one of the inspirations for the library that the Beast gives to Bell in Beauty & the Beast – one of the first movies I ever saw. Naturally, I fell in love with the gesture and the library, and it ruined me for the real world.
In my heart, I’ve been here a thousand times, and a thousand more times I shall go.