Nov 18, 2010

by English Muse

The great thing about reading is it takes you places you’ve never been before or never thought to go. And there’s no place where that’s truer than in a great secondhand bookstore…

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It’s a place where tattered best sellers from a decade ago
merge with books that defeat time…


And literary journals are mixed with foreign magazines…

Read Books

Like some perfect literary alchemy…

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So this is my favorite hangout…


It’s called Read Books and it’s in Eagle Rock, a neighborhood in Los Angeles.

Lately I’ve been buying a book and a magazine (requiring much restraint), and then heading a block down the street to Auntie Em’s for coffee and a chocolate cupcake.

Added bliss: sitting at an outside table, reading and watching
the sunset over the Santa Monica Mountains.

ADD: I just realized that this post has received comments from readers in six countries: the US, the UK, the Philippines, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. So lovely to know that the love of wonderful old books is global!


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17 Responses to “My Favorite Used Bookstore”

  1. gracey says:

    i love going to used bookstores! there is so much treasures to uncover there πŸ™‚

    nice post πŸ˜‰

  2. See Me Everywhere says:

    Gorgeous! I adore 2nd hand bookstores, they have so much character. Found some cute little ones in Wellington a couple of weeks ago, that I am dying to return to!

  3. Micaela says:

    oh heaven indeed!

    i'd like to go there with you πŸ™‚


  4. Tina says:

    oh i would love that!!!

  5. littletoiloflove says:

    I miss my favorite used book store, back home…books filling shelves, stacked on shelves, stacked in piles, filling every little space imaginable in its little building. My small town has no bookstore, but we do have the county library in an old church building, and it's quite lovely in itself.

  6. Molly McGonigle says:

    Oh my gosh! This place looks magical … as an Angeleno I must visit this book haven.

  7. Janey says:

    Swoon. Oh, I want to go to this bookstore, and then the coffee shop after.
    I'm new to your blog, but just wanted to say hi, and tell you how much I'm enjoying all your posts. I am a used book store junkie. This one looks fantastic.

  8. Tina says:

    Hello Janey! Thank you!!

  9. curious constellation says:

    That sounds like absolute bliss.

    There is a little secondhand store down the road from my house called the Bookworm and I love wasting away my Saturday mornings there.

  10. Tonia says:

    My favourite second-hand bookshop has OS maps from the 20s and 30s in as well which I just love – how to choose one only?!

  11. petachloe says:

    my favourite thing to do too!! we have a book exchange down the road (Freshwater, Australia) sometimes on my way to buy a grocery or two I sneak in & it's like my secret happy place!

  12. Victoria says:

    Yes, love it! My favourite for second hand books (plus chai tea and banana bread) is Gertrude and Alice in Bondi:)

  13. Hermione says:

    Oh, I love used bookstores. I also have a thing for the ones that mix old and new, like Spoonbill and Sugartown in Williamsburg, NY. But anything goes, really!

  14. iva yaneva says:

    … and Bulgaria πŸ™‚
    That sounds like the best routine ever! Definitely what I'd be doing in a perfect afternoon πŸ™‚

    I wish we had used bookstores here. They are not so popular. You can find old books being sold by random people on the street though, but it's mostly textbooks and dictionaries πŸ™‚

    It's been a while since I was last here (or on any other blog for that matter, including mine, lol) It's nice to "see you" again, dear πŸ™‚

  15. Jo says:

    Thanks for the tip! I live only a few miles from Read Books, and yet I've never been! I'll definitely pop in….and then I'll head straight for Auntie Em's!! πŸ˜‰

  16. Ryan says:

    Oh my! There is nothing so wonderful than crouching on all fours, seeking every nook and cranny just to sniff out literary dust! This is a wonderful, wonderful find. I’m from the Philippines and we also have similar stores, all too eclectic, too random and too exciting. I wish you could visit my blog. I am just starting out and you serve as a dippable inspiration.

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