I love independent bookstores, and books, and reading! So surprising that I am a writer, right? Well anyway I love bookstores and even better if they are independent. There is nothing better than scouring through funky colored bookshelves and uneven stacks of books strewn everywhere. Don’t get me wrong Barnes and Noble is convenient, but I prefer talking with bookshop owners. They know their books and have probably read most of them. If you feel the same way I do then check out my favorite bookshops in the St. Louis area!
- Left Bank Books – My all time favorite independent bookstore. My family has been going there for years and by this point know whenever they change even the slightest thing in store. They have lots of different events and book signings throughout the year, so check to see if your favorite author will stop by!
- Subterranean Books – A great find on the Delmar Loop. This bookstore has rooms full or great books and also great places to sit and read. Stop in on an afternoon shopping in the Loop or spend a rainy afternoon with a great find (that you found in store of course!)
- The Novel Neighbor – A cute corner shop in Webster Groves, this is a must stop. The shop is decorated superbly and there is a place in the back to get all cozy and read. I could stay there in that chair all day, but they probably wouldn’t like that…
- The Book House – This is exactly what it’s called: it’s a book house. Like it’s a house and there are books in it. What could be better than a house filled with books? My mother would say nothing. Stop in for some a cozy time picking out the perfect book.
- Main Street Books – In downtown St. Charles this bookshop is not one to miss. It is a bit outside of St. Louis, so make a day of it! St. Charles has loads of other shops and you can spend the whole day shopping, including stopping in at Main Street Books.
- Webster Groves Book Shop – In downtown Webster, this bookshop is the perfect little corner store. The shop is dim lighted but there are lots of pretty twinkly lights and plenty of books. Their children section is fun to explore at any age!
- Hammond’s Books – I touched on this bookshop in an earlier post, but check this place out! They have old and new books piled high in every corner, and also fun old and new knick knacks. They sell vintage jewelry in a couple of cases, so you can get a new statement necklace and a new book. Two treasures in one!