Last Friday was the much-anticipated book date, and it was magical! It was a beautiful day. We visited three amazing bookstores. I came home with about ten books and Kelsey obtained nine. I haven’t done a book haul of this magnitude in years, and it felt divine. I hope to have the pleasure to repeat it.
We started the day off with brunch at the Bongo Room with fabulous brunchy cocktails. Since the Bongo Room is about 45 minutes from my house I had plenty of pre-reading time on the way. It won’t be the last time I bring a book to a book haul.
After brunch we went to Myopic Books. It is a used bookstore and an absolute magical place. It’s gigantic and smells of that delicious bookish smell. The only bad news is that they asked that no photos be taken in the shop. So, I can’t show you just how expansive and impressive their collection is, but that just means you will have to visit yourself which we would certainly recommend.
Kelsey and I would also recommend that you create a list like we did. It can be overwhelming, so having a list will help you keep your wits about you in this lovely labyrinth. We also recommend making a slightly longer list than we did. (We had a list of about 10 books each) This is especially helpful if your only stop is Myopic. It is a used bookstore and while their collection is large, they do have their limits.
Kelsey, for instance, struck out on quite a few of her list items. I was luckier and was able to obtain copies of:
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Storied Life of A.J. FikryI by Gabrielle Zevin
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
However, Kelsey was able to get Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Alienist by Caleb Carr off her list. She also added Dead Wake by Erik Larson to her acquisitions.
After Myopic we decided we needed a little refreshment, so we grabbed a tea and proceeded to take pictures and ogle over our new found reads. Once we were slightly more hydrated we went off to Quimby’s
We didn’t know what to expect at this second stop given that it is a very niche bookstore. It has many unique reads and focuses on local authors. They had some absolutely gorgeous books and a few hilarious ones such as the well-named Cocktails for Ding-Dongs. In retrospect, I should have probably purchased it despite its price tag. I did, however, purchase The Mirror Thief by Martin Seay which was not on my list, but seemed like an intriguing read. Kelsey also made an off-list purchase of The Circle by Dave Eggers.
After Quimby’s, we found a local pub for a quick bite and brew. We took more bookish pictures and had some Instagram story fun. We then hopped an Uber and landed outside Unabridged Books which is an awesome, locally owned bookstore.
Here we were able to procure many of the books on our list and a couple that were not. After much searching, perusing, and decision-making I left with five wonderful books:
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Kelsey left with five great books as well:
Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
At this point, we took our backpacks and hoofed it to my neighborhood to a bar where we ordered a drink and with no shame unpacked all of our book purchases onto the bar. It was a glorious sight. Luckily, we were in an arcade bar so nerds be welcome.
We have some serious reading to do in the coming months, but I’m so excited to read our treasures and compare notes. We will update you along the way.
So, what do you think of our picks? Did we get some hum-dingers? Let us know in the comments below!