Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday Thingers

Today's question: Favorite bookstores. What's your favorite bookstore? Is it an online store or a bricks-and-mortar store? How often do you go book shopping? Is your favorite bookstore (or bookstores) listed as a favorite in LT? Do you attend events at local bookstores? Do you use LT to find events?

My answer: My favorite bookstore is the Harvard Bookstore, in Harvard Square in Cambridge. It's an independent bookstore that is amazing. It has a great selection of fiction, especially literary fiction and off-the-beaten path books. It has a nice children's section and some graphic novels as well as extensive nonfiction, although I use it mostly for fiction. It also has a whole floor in the basement devoted to used books and remainders, including a lot of graphic novels and manga. They have an online presence but I've never shopped online. One time I did reserve a book online though.

I go book shopping whenever possible! My husband and I go to Borders and Barnes and Noble frequently in the evenings. A few of my favorites are favorited in my LibraryThing, like Porter Square Books (also in Cambridge), Borders, Schoenhof's (a foreign-language bookstore) and Globe Corner Bookstore (specializing in travel books). I love the LT local feature; I used to attend a lot of readings but over the last few years I don't seem to get out as much.