Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip?
What/Where are they?
I always buy books on holiday. It’s one of the things I look forward to – finding a local bookshop and any secondhand bookshops to browse in and pick up a book about the area. One of the disadvantages of the bookshop chains is that they’re very much the same wherever you go, so if possible I look for an independent bookshop. I always buy a map of the area as well.
I don’t have any particular favourite bookshops to visit whilst I’m away as we like to find new places to visit. I’ve recently discovered that you can find details of bookshops and libraries on Library Thing. The next place we’re visiting is Taunton in Somerset and I see on LT that there is an independent bookshop there – Brendon Books and Maps. The shop is a Sub-Agent for the Ordnance Survey and carries a full range of the Explorer and Landranger maps as well as a large selection of local books. It looks as though it’s the place to shop and it has a coffee bar.
I did find a fascinating secondhand bookshop last year in Painswick – The Little Fleece Bookshop, which I wrote about here. If we’re back in that area any time I’ll certainly visit it again.