Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Cool Bookstores and Other Bookish Stuff

I found a website with some really amazing bookstores and libraries from around the world.

I'd love to be able to browse through a large bookstore right now. I am in need of new reading material. I keep seeing all these great books reviewed and I started making a list... Now there's so many, I have no idea where to begin! Anyone recommend a really good science fiction book? One that's available now? Seems half of my list is for upcoming releases...

In addition to selecting a new book or two, I'd like to be able to explore the sci-fi section for some great cover art. I need some ideas for my next writing project. A single image often sparks my imagination.

Here's some of those amazing bookstores. Links to visit the website for more are below.


Visit the Mirage Bookmark's site to see more of the Most Interesting Bookstores and check out the Most Interesting Libraries, too!

18 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Those are some amazing bookstores!

Hope you feel inspired soon, Alex!

Crystal Clear Proofing said...

Wow! What amazing pictures! I'd be able to spend at least a day in each just admiring the architecture!

Michele Emrath said...

I would LOVE to spend some time in those bookstores. We have nothing like that in Raleigh, big surprise.

I am hosting a SciFi author on April 9th--Barry Pollack, and I recently discovered a blog for another guy, Scott Westerfeld, whose books look pretty interesting (http://scottwesterfeld.com/blog/). Hope that helps.

Michele
SouthernCityMysteries

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Oh, I could kill a day in these places, EASY! Thanks for the pictures.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow - those are amazing photos! It would be easy to spend hours, or days, in any of them!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Incredible bookstores, aren't they?

I'll check out your blog for Barry Pollack. I've read a lot of good things about Westerfield's Leviathan, but it's more of a middle-grade read.

Helen Ginger said...

Seriously? Those are bookstores? At first, I thought we were looking at the Library of Congress. Those are amazing. I could spend a full day in any one of them.

Helen
Straight From Hel

arlee bird said...

Yikes! These are temples and cathedrals for book lovers. What a destination for book buying this would be. Sure doesn't look like my neighborhood Borders Books. I usually buy all by books online now.
Lee

Marvin D Wilson said...

Woa - those are some AWESOME bookstores!

The Old Silly

Hagelrat said...

one day my house will look like that. First, I must build a bigger house. :)

Y.F.N. Palindrome aka Hannah said...

Mind officially blown! i want to visit all of these bookstores! I'm going to make a list now!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They are really bookstores. Amazing, huh?

Haglerat, I am with you!

Palindrome, I think a lot of them are in Europe, so visiting them will be half the fun.
And hope your mind reforms soon...

B. Miller said...

Wow, those are incredible! I'd love to spend days in those bookstores... browsing and reading and browsing and reading and... well, you know how it goes.

Thanks for amazing me today, Alex! :)

DEZMOND said...

Dear Lord, how could you possibly concentrate in such a book store or a library?? :)))
You could go on a whole tour in such a huge book empire!

hampshireflyer said...

@ Helen - yeah, I thought those were grand 19th-century university libraries when I saw the pictures!

I never realised that many people had had the idea to start a bookshop in an old church...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You're welcome, Miller! I was amazed...

Dez, maybe they should have a hotel and charge admission like a theme park?

Yeah, Hampshire, I thought they were libraries at first, too.

DEZMOND said...

yes and they need a guide to take you all around if you wanna find a particular book, and a fast food stand could be helpful too :))

Creative Chronicler said...

Wow! Those are incredible stores!