I once had a blind date in a bookstore. We set the time to be there and wandered the stacks until we found each other. It was like a flirty game of hide and seek through your typical bookstore sections. Was he the guy looking at travel books on Vietnam? Was he the guy reading Sex, Drugs, and CoCoa Puffs? Lordie, was he the guy scouring Where’s Waldo in children’s lit? We finally met between cookbooks and staff picks. Now, that was a good bookstore.
Sean Dodson recently wrote a piece for The Guardian’s website on the world’s 10 best bookstores. He mentions Livraria Lello in Porto and El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, among others. The article is loaded with links to Flickr photos, architectural and design firms, bookstore sites, and blogs that further elaborate on this epic selection of book shops. A great read that will make you want to travel to them all.
What’s your favorite bookstore? Add it to the list by posting it in the comments below. I’m partial to San Francisco’s Green Apple Books, mostly because it reminds me of going there with my dad when I was growing up.