Originally posted 2016-08-15 08:00:21.
As we reach the halfway point of Books and Cupcake’s Photo Book Challenge and I saw the topic of “Bookstore” I decided that I had to recognize a few of my favorites, but then thought: Wait, what about important bookstores in novels?
For example, Harry Potter universe! Two that stood out to me here were Flourish & Blotts where students bought books for class, and Obscurus Books where they publish and sold “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them”. Both stores were mentioned and visited in the novels.
They’re not the only literary bookstores. Stephen King’s Dark Tower series introduces “The Manhattan Restaurant of the Mind” which becomes a very significant location later on in the series.
I will say though, as far as real bookstores go, you can’t beat a cramped used bookstore where novels are stacked to the ceiling. There’s an organic feeling of discovery walking around and finding treasures among the chaos. I have to give a shout-out to my local used bookstore: Second Edition Books, Music, and More. My Pittsburgh favorite: Half Price Books, and the coolest used bookstore I’ve ever experienced- The Last Bookstore in LA. Seriously, if you’re ever on the west coast, check it out. I lost over three hours (and a bunch of money and suitcase space) exploring that building with my sisters. It even has a book tunnel hallway: