Thursday, July 17, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

Do you buy books while on vacation/holiday? Do you have favorite bookstores that you only get to visit while away on a trip? What/where are they?

LOL. I actually sort of answered this last week for Tuesday Thingers but that's ok! I'm a serious book shopper while on vacation. Books are souvenirs to me. I always pack light because I know I'll be coming home with books. That doesn't stop me from bringing several with me as well.

About two years ago when I went to visit my grandparents on the east coast and go on a two week vacation to Delaware I managed to buy, I kid you not 18 books. There may have been more! I hid them under my bed so my parents never knew how many I had actually purchased. My sister knew though and rolled her eyes at me several times. A lot of the books came from this great used book store called The Book Alcove, I now go their every time I visit my grandparents. They have the BEST selection I've ever seen in a used bookstore and the best prices too. That summer I believe I went there 2-3 times in a matter of a few weeks.

I went to London several years ago to study abroad for a month. I thought my suitcase was going to be overweight because... you guessed it I bought books. Really nice, big, heavy, museum books! I got some absolutely fabulous books there.

Last year while visiting my grandparents (and going to The Book Alcove) we visited a friend in Baltimore. I had done my research and knew that Atomic Books was close by. We all went, I bought a stack of comics and zines, my grandpa got a magazine, and my friend a book. Great, great times. My dad knew how very excited I was that he gave me some cash so I could get even more things! Now that I have a REAL job that probably will not be happening anymore... haha!

This past weekend I was on a mini vacation for a wedding and my friend took me by two bookstores, the one we really wanted to go into was closed. I settled for a magazine ;)

Where/what is your favorite vacation bookstore spot?


  1. I never thought about buying a magazine from a bookstore. And, you bought 18? WOW!

  2. Books are souvenirs! I like that :)

    When we went to PR last year on vacation, I bought a few books there...books from local shops I couldnt really find here....all in Spanish to add to my collection.

    18 books...impressive!

  3. Visiting bookshops is #1 on my agenda when vacationing, and I especially enjoy used bookshops. I just spent a few days in Boston and bought If On a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino at the Trident Booksellers & Cafe on Newbury Street. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  4. smilingsal- It was a longer vacation so i had many chance to grab those 18 books!

    naida- I like it too! It reminds you of the place when you read it!

    charley- That's awesome! My goal is to make it to Powells, now that would be a great bookcentric vacation!


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