Bookstores is a bibliophile’s dream. The enchanting aroma of new and old paper-bound stories fills the space. Paperbacks, hardcovers, signed copies, beloved second or third hands… There’s no fragrance better.
There are plenty of bookshops worldwide. Each holds precious memories of its patrons and booksellers. The hidden nooks and corners, the categorized sections, the friendly faces…there is much to love.
Chain bookstores have dominated in recent years. Still, Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million have built a sense of belonging for readers.
Continue reading for books about bookstores: the best of both worlds!
1. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The first book of The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, The Shadow of the Wind, is a historical fiction based in 1945 Barcelona. Released in 2001, this bestseller Spanish novel was translated into English and released in 2004. It is believed to have sold 15 million copies globally.
The story follows Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son, who finds a mysterious book titled The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax. But he soon realizes that there is a lot more behind the book. It is allegedly the last of his existing works, as someone has destroyed every other book by the author.
Read to find out why in this mysterious tale!
2. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
84, Caring Crossing Road is a heart-touching autobiography based on Helene Hanff’s correspondence with a used book dealer in London. The book was published in 1970 and is a unique take on an already-niche genre.
Hanff forms a long-distance friendship with Marks & Co. chief buyer Frank Doel, who helped her source some British literature. They talk about recipes, books, and Queen Elizabeth II. A sentimental story, it shows how friendship knows no borders.
A memoir full of insights and history, it is a great take to delve into the firsthand experiences of a bookstore worker.
3. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
Jean Pedru has magic. He can heal people’s sorrows and mend their hearts by finding the perfect book for them in his little Paris bookshop. Calling himself a literary apothecary, he uses his intuitive sense to match people and books. Alas, the only person he can’t heal is himself.
But he undertakes an unmooring journey to the south of France to find solace and peace. He makes amazing discoveries about life and gains wisdom from the people he meets. First published in 2013, Nina George takes readers on a fantastically enlightening journey of books and bookstores.
4. Moonstone Beach by Linda Seed
A sweet romance based in the backdrop of the rocky beaches of California, Moonstone Beach by Linda Seed is the first book in the Main Street Merchants series.
Two years after her divorce, Kate is ready to find love again- or even just a fling. Jackson Graham is a hot chef, both in his physique and temperament. He’s long had a crush on Kate. But will his self-destructive behavior destroy the bond they’ve managed to build?
A warm and fuzzy read, Moonstone beach will give you a breath of fresh beachy air as you read.
5. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
The only non-fiction in this list, The Bookshop Book is the dream of every booklover. Traveling to different bookstores from the comfort of your home. Yes, this book lists 300 unique bookstores worldwide with accounts from the people who’ve shopped and worked there.
Author Jen Campbell gives a wonderful insight into the successful and enduring bookstores. And the strange things people overhear in these shops.
We hope this list of books about bookstores transports you into the amazing world of literature!