Friday, April 17, 2015

Feature Friday: Weird Bookstores

Let me be clear, it's the folks at Ink Tank who called these bookstores "weird."  I would have gone with "delightful," personally, but what can you do.  What do you think of these below?

List and images from Ink Tank, text is my own:

Singing Wind Bookstore, Benson, Arizona

swinging wind
This bookstore is located on a cattle farm – almost four miles from the nearest settlement.  Which only makes it all the more amazing that it's been in business for four decades.

The Book Barge, various locations, UK

book barge
I love that this nomadic independent bookstore (housed on a narrowboat) accepts goods for barter as well as hard currency.  If I lived in the UK I'd definitely try exchanging some fresh baked goods.

Baldwin’s Book Barn, West Chester, PA

baldwin book barn
Ink Tank says that this bookstore is a five-story eighteenth century barn.  Yes, please.

Kid’s Republic, Beijing, China

kids republic
As a parent of a two-year-old, I think this playground/bookstore is most excellent.

Selexyz Dominicanen Bookstore, Maastricht, Netherlands

Churches converted to bookstores actually isn't all that uncommon, but this one, with its vaulted ceilings, stone pillars, and Gothic windows, is pretty spectacular.

Which is your favorite?  Have you ever visited any of these?  What is the strangest/most delightful bookstore you've ever visited?


  1. The one in China is pretty cool!

  2. Those bookstores look amazing. Love the look of the one in the Netherlands!

    1. Yeah, that Netherlands one looks dreamy, doesn't it?

  3. I seriously need to see more bookstores when I trave . There are some awesome ones out there!

    1. Me too! Plus, they're usually not crowded and they're air conditioned. A great mid-trip stop indeed.


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