The Most Loved Bookstore in Every State
Despite the rise of Ebooks and Amazon, the charming independent bookstore is still alive and well in America. From those with the largest selection to the ones with the coziest atmosphere, these are the best bookstores in each of the 50 states, according to customer votes on Nextdoor.com.
Alabama: Page and Palette
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The early bird may get the cup of coffee at Page and Palette in Fairhope, but the night owl gets the craft cocktail. That’s because this fourth-generation family-owned shop, which began as a book and art supply store, now has both a cafe and bar, meaning you (almost) never have to leave.
Alaska: Title Wave Books
You’ll find quality and quantity at Title Wave in Anchorage, the state’s largest bookstore. Bonus: The price is definitely right, especially if you shop the $1.99 (yes, really!) and $3.99 tables. Not sure which book to choose? Start with these great books you can read in a day.
Arizona: Changing Hands Bookstore
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Come for the pages, stay for the pours. Phoenix’s Changing Hands is home to the cleverly-named First Draft Bar, one of the only “book bars” in the United States, where you can sip a lavender mimosa or a locally made mead while discussing that month’s book club pick.
Arkansas: WordsWorth Books
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If you’re looking for a book on Arkansas flora and fauna or even a guide to the most bizarre Southern state lingo, you’ll find it all at WordsWorth, which offers a large selection of local interest reads. As you browse, you’ll be treated to the pleasant sound of chirping from the flock of finches that lives in the back of this store in Little Rock.
California: Bookshop Santa Cruz
Become a regular at Bookshop Santa Cruz and you’ll join 49,000 other people who make up the store’s “Frequent Buyer” program. Whether it’s Bookshop’s extensive new release section or the fact that it’s been a California institution for over 50 years, customers keep coming back for more. And speaking of new reads, here are some books you should add to your reading list before you watch their movies.
Colorado: Tattered Cover Bookstore
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The Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver is a literary lover’s paradise. You’ll find tons of comfy couches to pass a rainy day with your nose in your favorite book, the coziest atmosphere, and, with its slew of book signings and celebrity appearances, a solid chance you’ll catch a glimpse of one of your favorite authors.
Connecticut: R.J. Julia Booksellers
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One thing that makes a good bookstore a great bookstore is a knowledgeable staff. Which is exactly what you’ll experience at R.J. Julia in Madison, where the salespeople not only read all of the books they recommend but also include a handwritten index card in each novel with a quick summary of the plot and why they liked it.
Delaware: Browseabout Books
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Big-city selection with a small-town feel—that’s the vibe at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, where the shelves may be stocked with over 35,000 different titles but the owners have worked hard to keep that quaint and charming bookstore atmosphere that big chains lack. While you’re there, snag one of these books for the person who’s read everything.
Florida: Haslam’s Book Store Inc
What’s better than an afternoon spent with a good book? An afternoon spent with a good book and a cute kitty. At this St. Petersburg institution (it’s been around since 1933!), you’ll likely be joined by one of the four kitties that roam the store as you read. If you aren’t sure what to dive into, here are the 9 books that might just change your life.
Georgia: Little Shop of Stories
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There are regular children’s bookstores—and then there’s the Little Shop of Stories. While the magical shop in Decatur hosts four storytimes a week and four book clubs just for kids and teens, its real claim to fame is its nine weeks of wonderfully whimsical summer camps which each feature a different book theme (there’s even a Camp Hogwarts!). And for adults, these are the children’s books you should definitely reread as a grown-up.