Happy Independent Bookstore Day!
Everyone has a favorite bookstore—the one you go to because you know your way around the stacks, you trust the staff's opinion, there's always a great selection and maybe even a good cup of java.
Bestselling author Lee Child summed the value of a good local bookstore up very nicely:
"Because there are so many books, it’s really helpful when people will point you toward things you may not know about but you will enjoy. Once you develop that relationship, you’ve got a lifelong source of great reading."
I've had a bunch of favorites over the years, but living in the Chicago area offers the opportunity to really explore what every neighborhood has to offer. I've yet to make it to every one I hear raves about, like Women & Children First and Powell's, but here are a few I really enjoy:
The Book Cellar, Lincoln Square: Cozy, not overwhelming, great staff recommendations, and an excellent selection—and in a great locale, to boot.
The Book Table, Oak Park: Huge selection, nice collection of first editions, and a really friendly vibe.
The Book Stall, Winnetka: Award-winning, fantastic crop of recently released reads, great author events and a fabulous kids' section.
Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville: Full disclosure, I've never been—BUT, the list of authors this store brings in is a-maz-ing.
Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest: Great author lunches, wonderful selection and so friendly.
And a shout out to my favorite Michigan bookstore, Schuler Books & Music. A comprehensive selection, great recommendations and the place I stood in line with one of my BFFs back in the early 2000s, with our wee wots in tow, waiting on the midnight hour and the release of the latest Harry Potter. Good times. No one parties 'til it's 12 a.m. like a bookstore.
So tell me—what's your favorite bookstore? Give 'em a shout and visit one today!
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