Category Archives: Favorite Bookstores

Riverside Books – Pittsburgh, PA

This is a nice bookshop near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

There’s a lot to like about this bookstore.

The best thing is that the staff put index cards on the shelves for recommendations.

That’s always nice when the people that work at the bookstore can give personal recommendations.

They also have some reader book clubs and supply monthly books. The best thing was finding out that each summer they support a reading program for kids. I hope they can do it again this year. If interested in sponsoring this event, contact the store.

https://www.riverstonebookstore.com/

Last Exit Bookstore – Kent, Oh

I’ve been going to Last Exit Bookstore since they opened. We haven’t had a used bookstore in our area for quite a long time, so it’s nice to have one close by.

They opened close to KSU and catered to the college students – but they have changed and expanded. For a couple years, it seemed that every time I went in, they had a new section and new books to explore. At one point, Jason (the owner) purchased a collection of old science fiction magazines. I dug through those and found a true treasure – 2 of the Science Fiction and Fantasy magazines with the original Gunslinger stories that eventually became Stephen King’s Dark Tower series! Very exciting!

Now, they not only have a cafe where you can order great coffee and food, but they opened a whole new section that features great music – on LP! And classic books and more.

If you are in Kent, Ohio, make a stop and check out Last Exit books. Tell Jason hi. Just make sure you have time budgeted, you don’t want to rush through this one.

https://www.facebook.com/Last-Exit-Book-Store-124622894348655/

Books in Stock – Wooster, OH

Books in Stock home page

https://www.facebook.com/BooksInStock

Books in Stock (Wooster, Oh) is one of those bookstores that you just can’t help but browse forever. They have been in downtown Wooster for decades and offer a HUGE assortment of books, including some nice rare ones.

I had no trouble finding more than I needed to get. Along the way I discovered books I hadn’t known about and found books I hadn’t seen for a long time.

We visited during the towns winter window wonderland and it made the visit ever more enjoyable.

Say hi to Jennifer when you go!

Paperback Shack – Niles, Oh

This is a nice little bookstore, and it’s in an area that doesn’t have many bookstores. I’ve been wanting to visit because the owner used to do writing classes (which she may start doing again).

When I stopped, a girl was there getting her senior pictures. I thought that was pretty great. The owner said that they’ve been there for 11 years, but a lot of people still don’t know about them. Time to get the word out. They offer some products and services that I haven’t seen at other stores.

The store is divided into sections as most stores are. She also has mystery boxes of books in various genre’s. That’s a great thing I wish other stores did!

I did find a book that I’ve not seen in other bookstores (except the big chains). Not only that, they have books on writing which most independent bookstores don’t carry. That and the mystery boxes make this a unique place.

They do offer ordering and having items shipped, so it may be worth contacting them if you are looking for something.

email: thepaperbackshack@gmail.com

website: thepaperbackshack.com

Cupboardmaker Books – Enola, Pa

I’ll make this easy – this is one of my all time favorite bookstores. Ever. ‘Nuff said.

If you are in the Harrisburg Pennsylvania area, it is definitely worth a detour to get to this store. They have SOOOOO many books. And lots of books that I hadn’t found anywhere else were here. There is just so much to look through. Even my pre-teen was so excited that he looked through several shelves of books, which he doesn’t usually do.

The topper is that this is also a cat rescue. There are kitties everywhere and some very humorous signs about cats. If you like cats and books – and who doesn’t – this is worth going. In fact, our family has plans to do a several hour trip to include this.

German village book store – Columbus, Oh

Don’t you just love to walk into a book store? All the possibilities! And even better, is when you go into a bookstore that has quite a bit of atmosphere – you know, the kind that just calls to you and draws you in.

Books are fantastic travel companions. You can visit not only other places, but other times and even other planets. Anything you want, there is a book that can help you be there.

The great thing about the Book Loft in German Village (Columbus, Ohio), is that you can find most of the books you want to travel with and do it in a wonderful and unique setting. I mean, take a look at the picture – it’s so cool.

If you would like to pretend that you are an explorer and looking for a lost treasure, this is the place to do it. The layout is a bit chaotic, but each room is dedicated to a specific type of book or genre. It’s just not always an easy, straight course to get from one room to another. All it really needs is shifting staircases. Check out the video:

If you are looking for a book, this place probably has it. While they aren’t a used bookstore, the selection is phenomenal. If you are passing through the area, it is well worth stopping.