Shopping on Amazon is certainly cheap and speedy, but I wouldn’t say I’ve ever had a moment that approached the sacred while visiting an online bookstore.
Actual bookstores? Absolutely.
I’ve gotten happily lost (physically and otherwise) in bookstores and libraries dozens of times, if not more. Ya know those magical moments when time stretches, or you stop sensing its passage altogether? Yeah, those. They happen, for me at least, in actual places (if we use the old-fasioned definitions of “actual” and “places”) such as bookstores and libraries — even ugly bookstores and libraries.
But when you get lost in a great book, in a beautiful building, the power of words printed on paper is pulpable — I mean, palpable.
Here are a few destinations to add to your literary bucket list, courtesy of the folks at Flavorwire:
What’s the best library or bookstore you’ve ever been in? How about your favorite local book haunts? Let me know in the comments section below.