It’s a poorly-kept secret that many librarians deep down really love– gasp – a really great bookstore. While I love libraries so much I try to visit a new one every time I travel, I’m no exception. I love inhaling that new-book smell while wandering past stacks of pristine, never-touched books. Ditto for the slightly musty scent of a well-stocked used bookstore, with shelves of hidden treasures waiting for the discerning browser.
It’s hardly surprising, then, that I also can’t resist a great fictional bookstore. Who wouldn’t want to walk in wonder through J.K. Rowling’s Flourish and Blotts or pop into Portlandia’s Women and Women First? Take a stroll through this eclectic collection of fictional bookstores and you’ll be a fan as well.
Grumpy, disillusioned A.J. Fikry is more than ready to leave his woes and his failing bookstore on Alice Island far behind. He’s even willing to sacrifice his most prized possession – a 1st edition copy of Poe’s Tamerlane – to do so. It takes a midnight theft and a surprise package to help A.J. see his life, love, and yes, his bookstore, in a whole new light.
Mr. Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
When unemployed website designer Clay Jannon takes a job working the night shift at San Francisco book store, he agrees to honor the odd stipulation he never to open a single book. Intrigued by the quirky shop’s odd design and eccentric customers, he embarks on an adventure using technologies old and new to solve an ancient mystery.