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.

48 comments:

Alabama Book Worm said...

I do not have the HTML thing down yet, but my comment is posted on my blog.
http://albookworm.blogspot.com/

thekoolaidmom said...

Thanks, Marie! That was a lot of fun to answer, and I always love bragging on my "people" :-D

In the Shadow of Mt. TBR

icedtea said...

My answer is here.

Lenore said...

Love going to bookstores!

Here's mine

Cathy said...

I've had a hard day, otherwise I'd give that HTML thing a try. (Maybe next week!) Here's mine:

http://cathyskye.blogspot.com

Julie said...

Here is my answer...happy Tuesday everyone!
http://julyso4463.blogspot.com/

Bluestocking said...

Here's my answer.

http://web.me.com/bluestocking_bb/The_Bluestocking_Guide/Book_Reviews/Entries/2008/8/12_Favorite_Bookstores.html

Bluestocking said...

Ok that link got cut off. Just click my name.

Icedream said...

Up and at it early this week. My answer is posted at
my blog.

sheistoofondofbooks said...

Too funny, this "great minds think alike" thing ...

See my "Week Ahead" post on Monday. I've been brewing an idea over the weekend for a new series highlighting our favorite bookstores.

I posted the outline of the idea last night on my blog

I haven't posted the first spotlight, on the Concord Bookshop ... it's written, but I was hoping for some photos to go along with it. This rain is really starting to get to me!

Anyway, I'd love to invite you all to write short guest posts that I can cross-post on my SOBs page. We can add pics, etc.

I'd like to keep the essays to one store (or town) at a time, just to make it easier to navigate.

If you're interested, drop me a Comment or use the Contact tab.

Marie, we haunt some of the same bookstores, although I'm in Cambridge less now that we live "in the country!" I miss Wordsworth, too, that used to be one of my favorites when we were in school. And I used to only "shop" the remainders and used books at the Harvard Book Store (I'm glad those Ramen noodle days are over :) )

I'll have my full post about the Concord Bookshop up later today, with or without photos.

literatehousewife said...

Marie, it sounds like you have some wonderful bookstores. I've never much been into them myself - but they haven't been as fabulous as yours. :)

Here is my post

Jen - Devourer of Books said...

My post is here! Great question.

Lisa said...

My post is posted!

I also posted about favorite bookstores recently - you can find that post here.

Yvonne said...
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Yvonne said...

Mine is up!

http://socratesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2008/08/tuesday-thingers.html

bermudaonion said...

Here's my answer - http://bermudaonion.wordpress.com/2008/08/12/tuesday-thingers-2/

nicole said...

I miss the Harvard bookstore, I used to go there ages ago when I had reasons to spend time in Cambridge. My post up here.

jaime said...

I went to college in Waltham, and used to spend a lot of time at WordsWorth in Harvard Square. I miss that store!

bermudaonion said...

Let me try again - my link is here

jlshall said...

More great questions. Thanks, Marie. My answers are here.

Michele said...

My post about my favorite book stores. I wasn't able to pick just one.

Elizabeth said...

Here's mine, after missing a couple of weeks.

Meghan said...

Harvard Bookstore is definitely a great one. I miss being close to so many terrific bookstores. I went to college in Waltham too (like Jaime some comments up), so some of my favorites are still up in Boston. here is my post.

Dave Rosenthal said...

At the Baltimore Sun's book blog (baltimoresun.com/readstreet), we asked readers to tell us which bookstores they visit on vacation. We've received more than 130 recommendations from Maine to California, and they're still coming in. Here's a U.S. map: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=100515186800624771848.00044ef22bd1d720733d3&ll=35.746512,-95.625&spn=55.832856,70.3125&z=2&source=embed

Lallybroch said...

My post is up here

Silverheron said...

Here is mine this week.

karenvanuska said...

My reply is here: http://karenvanuska.livejournal.com/25727.html.

J. Kaye Oldner said...

Great questions this week! My Tuesday Thingers is here.

readerville said...

I spent the morning with Margaret Atwood, but I'm up in Readerville . Happy Tuesday!

Allison said...

Another good question...and HERE is my answer to this weeks question!

Ok, tried the html link..hope this works!

PopinFresh said...

Here is my answer.

Thanks!

~ Popin

Lori Thornton said...

Here is my response.

justareadingfool said...

I'm not as privileged as Marie to live in Boston, where so many great bookstores are. ;) However, we have a nice little bookstore where I live that does just fine. Plus they can order anything. To see a slideshow I created of the hometown bookstore, visit here.

printedpage said...

Here's mine though I got on my soapbox my this week.

Book Zombie said...

Here's mine!

Now I'm off to look at everyone else's answers - and probably take notes too - I love bookshops :)

Moo said...

Great question. Brings back many memories of my days in Boston. My response is here.

julesjones said...

And mine's here:

Livejournal version

WordPress version

Kathleen said...

I've been to Boston/Harvard a couple times and have yet to be to that bookstore, although I've heard it's amazing!!!

Here's my answer

Vickie said...

My favorite bookstore, High Crimes in Boulder CO, closed not long ago, but I have access via internet. I am a big fan of B&N for at least book searches and wishlisting.

Alea said...

My post can be found here

nashvillebookworm said...

Great topic this week. I've posted my responses on my blog.

Susan L said...

Here's Mine:

http://susanlovestoread.blogspot.com

Marie said...

Alyce over at http://athomewithbooks.blogspot.com/ left a Tuesday Thingers post as well! Welcome aboard Alyce :-)

tapestry100 said...

Better late than never, right?

from-my-bookshelf.blogspot.com

Bart's Bookshelf said...

Posting here a bit late...

But, here's mine.

Matt said...

Here is my answer. I'm so behind this week, but I enjoy the topic. :)

Margay said...

I practically live at my local Borders. Seriously, if they start to take notice of how much time I spend there, they might start charging me rent.

Florinda said...

Better late than never :-). I wish we had some good indie bookstores around here.