Friday, August 5, 2011

Photo Friday: Independent Bookstores

I love independent bookstores. I know that chains also have their place and so does the internet, but there's just something about independents.

Whenever I travel, no matter how short the trip, I am always on the lookout for indie bookstores. Each has its own flavor and attitude. The one in the photo is in Tillimook, Oregon. Rainy Day Books has an eclectic, small town, earthy feel. It's just a few miles from the coast. Their store mascot is a cat who fetches balls. The floor is light wood and so are the shelves. The shelf closest to the door has things like books on nature and hiking trails. I buy something every time I go. Why not just buy it once I get home? Well, because...that's why. That book, no matter the title, will always be the book that brings back the wonderful aroma of Rainy Day Books. What's better than that?

Do you have a favorite independent bookstore? I'd love to hear about it and the memories it evokes for you.


Linda said...

One of our favorites is The Edmonds Bookshop in Edmonds, Washington, near where I grew up, and also near the ferry dock. When I was there a few weeks ago I bought Priscilla Long's delightful "The Writer's Portable Mentor: A guide to art, craft, and the writing life." I highly recommend the book. :) And like you said, the book always retains the Edmonds aura.

Kansas City also has a charming independent book store named Rainy Day Books. They bring in lots of big names for book signings and related big events.

I hope you're having a good day, Karen.


Karen Fisher-Alaniz said...

Ooooh...that title is great! I'm going to add it to my list.