Monday, March 23, 2009

Musing Mondays

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about bookstores…

How many bookstores do you frequent? Do you have a favourite? If so, which one and what makes it so?

I am blessed to live in a town with many great bookstores, both independent and chain, and I can barely go a day without visiting one of them! Where to begin? Porter Square Books is a great little indie- everything an indie should be. The Harvard Coop (short for Harvard Cooperative Society), Harvard University's bookstore, is run by Barnes & Noble but has to be the best Barnes & Noble in the country with standout selections in just about everything. The New England Mobile Book Fair in nearby Newton is a huge reading wonderland of new and remaindered books. The new books are separated by publisher and they carry everything. The remaindered books are diverse and cheap, cheap, cheap. The Bryn Mawr Bookstore is a medium-sized used bookstore located in a tony neighborhood where folks drop off some real treasures. There are others- this is just what occurs off the top of my head. In my neighborhood there are specialty bookstores for poetry, travel, foreign language, science fiction, manga, comics, and other things as well. I love Cambridge!

My favorite bookstore, though, is the Harvard Book Store, an indie unaffiliated with the university. The first floor houses a fantastic selection of new books, specializing in fiction and academic nonfiction. They have great displays and great taste, and I can never walk in there without wanting to buy the place out. Downstairs houses a fabulous selection of used book and remainders- bargains galore. They host tremendous, frequent readings and events. They're awesome, they're open late, and I can walk there from my house. What more can you ask?

Musing Mondays is hosted by Rebecca at Just One More Page.