Friday, May 22, 2015

Feature Friday: Magical Bookshops

I really wish these bookshops were actually, literally magical.  Alas, it's just a figure of speech.  Still, I'd be pretty dang happy to spend an afternoon in any of these:

From Buzz Feed:

1. Barter Books, Northumberland

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Based in a former Victorian train station, Barter Books is breathtaking. Comfy sofas, a model railway and a children’s room too. Oh! And it’s the home of the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster.

2. The Bookshop, Wigtown, Scotland

The Bookshop, Wigtown, Scotland
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You can tell by the destroyed Kindle on the wall (left) that this bookshop doesn’t mess around. Situated in Scotland’s National Book Town, The Bookshop stocks about 100,000 titles, so the odds of finding something good to read are high.
Octavia’s Bookshop won the 2013 Best Independent Children’s Bookshop award, and it’s not hard to see why. Utterly enchanting, with regular readings by authors, and Moomin fairies in the window!
Secondhand and antiquarian books, in a picturesque setting. And on Saturdays, there’s a cake sale. So charming!

5. Madhatter Bookshop, Oxfordshire

Madhatter Bookshop, Oxfordshire
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This quirky shop sells both books and hats, and is utterly delightful. They’re committed to hosting literary events, as well as “book clubs, literary study groups, break-into-books groups and creative engagement with GCSE and A level groups.”
6. Scrivener’s Books, Buxton
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With five floors of books, this is a bibliophile’s dream. And what’s more, there are cosy sofas, and tea-making facilities. Wonderful.
7. Honesty Bookshop at Hay Castle, Hay-on-Wye
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A tradition since the 1960’s, the Honesty Bookshop has no till. All books are £1 or less, and the money is left in a collection box. Amazing.

8. Beware of the Leopard Books, Bristol

Beware of the Leopard Books, Bristol
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Named for a joke from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this second-hand bookshop has a big selection. Perfect for rummaging.

9. Wild and Homeless Books, Dorset

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A bookshop named for a Virginia Woolf quote? How delightful. The cutest thing? Customers can leave reviews on their typewriter.
OMG this bookshop has an open fire. And a cafe. And yes, lots and lots of books.
Often described as a TARDIS, it’s easy to get swept up in Armchair Books. By the way, if you’re a book lover in Edinburgh, try and get a ticket to Electric Bookshop to chat about the future of books.


  1. I'm clearly living on the wrong side of the Atlantic :)

  2. I want to open a bookshop now!

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