I love buying books at bookstores. I love the experience of opening one book after another, walking past shelves, looking around, noticing where books and shapes are placed, and how the design of the space invites you to check out various areas of the bookstore.
I love it when bookstores are located in old houses, with a basement, an attic, and great, luminous and large, rooms.
I love it when bookstores also sell CDs and DVDs. And teas. And children’s books and toys, and cards, and notebooks, and art books. I also love it when I can stop from browsing books to enjoy a sandwich and a cup of coffee.
Yes, I have lots of love for bookstores (and libraries).
Read on for thoughts about my dream bookstore.