2Hello bookworms and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic is: Favourite Bookstores OR Bookstores I’d Love to Visit (The UK celebrated National Bookshop Day on October 1, so I thought it would be a fun topic!)
Oooh this is a great topic! Mine will be a mixture of the above and I can’t wait to see what every one else has chosen.
1. Bert’s Books, Swindon
How can I possibly not start with my local Book Shop! Bert’s is famously known for their online shop but this year the owner, Alex, decided to open a shop in his hometown and I for one am so pleased he did. Since he’s opened it I have visited quite a few times and joined his local book club which is brilliant!
2. Rossiter Books, Cheltenham
My lovely book club friend, Kath, works Rossiter Books and splits her time between the Monmouth and Cheltenham store. I am yet to visit Monmouth but the Cheltenham store is beautiful. I look forward to making a return trip soon when I attend Cheltenham Lit Fest!
3. Fox Lane Books
Fox Lane Books are an independent online book store who once again have a fantastic selection. I have teamed up with them a couple of times to do an online giveaway and their customer service is fantastic.
4. Goldstone Books, Carmarthen
I recently went to Carmarthen and found this adorable book shop that sells new and used books. Going in I didn’t realise that the books were used until my son found a children’s book that was extremely well priced. I ended up buying a few books and got a discount too!
5. Barter Books, Alnwick
I am yet to visit Barter Books! I was supposed to go for my 30th birthday but that all got delayed due to lockdown. I am hopeful that I will get there one day as I have heard amazing things about it.
6. Mr B’s Emporium, Bath
I visited this shop for the first time in September with my book club buddies. This shop is like a Tardis! From the outside it looks quite small but looks can be deceiving. Once again they had a great selection but I was most intrigued by the Reading Spa gift! This is where you can go and have a chat about books over coffee and cake then come away with personally selected books to enjoy! It’s a bookworms dream!
7. Toppings, Bath
This shop is to die for! They even have the bookcase ladders, which you can choose! If you hang around long enough you’ll be offered complimentary tea/coffee whilst you browse their amazing selection.
8. Charity Shops
Whilst this isn’t a ‘book shop’ I do often find myself purchasing quite a few books from these shops so how could I not include them. It’s great to browse the selections and find a bargain or two.
Obviously this is the big one that most people will have on their list. I do enjoy wandering around all book shops and if there’s a Waterstones in the area I’m visiting then I will make sure I visit.
For my final choice I have gone with a book shop that is sadly no longer open. I have many fond memories of my dad and I visiting our local store, buying a tea or a coffee and spending an afternoon reading the books. It was a great place that often had wonderful children’s events too, such a shame that it is no longer around for my boys to enjoy.
Have you visited any on my list? What would be on your list?