This is a weekly event hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where bloggers relate their "top ten" of a certain topic. This week's topic - Freebie Week!! Anything goes! After sharing a bit about a mystery bookstore I love a few days ago, I decided that we should all take a tour of some great independent bookstores, located all over the US. So, pack your bags and come along with me. I'm including a US map below with our route marked.
We will leave Austin, Texas, my home town, and head west first. Are you ready? As my Dad would say, did you visit the 'necessary' room? Here we go! (Sorry I don't have any pictures except for the Poisoned Pen, but there will be a few videos.)
1. The Poisoned Pen Bookstore located in Scottsdale, Arizona - This is a bookstore that I've visited many times. As you can see, I've included a picture above and below, I'm including a little video that was published just recently. You get a tour!
2. Mysterious Galaxy located in San Diego, California - I have heard such good things about this bookstore that specializes in mysteries and sci fi. It opened in 1993. I have not visited, but would love to do so.
3. Powell's located in Portland, Oregon - Oh, my goodness - I love Powell's!! We lived in Portland for 3 years and the first time I visited the downtown city block that houses Powell's, well...it...was...amazing!! Never had I seen anything like it. I could have moved in and stayed. Established in 1971 - if you ever get to Portland, visit Powell's. There are several locations, but the downtown store. You gotta see it!
4. Elliott Bay Book Company located in Seattle, Washington - Even though we visited Seattle several times during our Pacific Northwest time, we never got to this bookstore. Seattle has given us a lot and this bookstore is deservedly well known. It began in 1973 in Pioneer Square and has since grown and moved more than once.
5. Tattered Cover Book Store located in Denver, Colorado - Another wonderful store that I would love to visit. I've been to Denver several times, but not the Tattered Cover - yet. My daughter brought me a mug back from a visit to a college friend. I treasured that mug and still drink coffee out of it, even though my Tattered Cover markings have washed away. The Tattered Cover was opened in 1971 and now has several locations throughout the Denver metro area.
6. Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore located in Ann Arbor, Michigan - This lovely little mystery bookstore is another that I've not yet visited. In fact, I've never been to Michigan. But, if I ever get there, you can find me at Aunt Agatha's (isn't that a great name?). Aunt Agatha's has been open for over 20 years and in 2014 won a Raven Award, presented by the Mystery Writers of America. This award recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside of creative writing.
8. Strand Bookstore located in New York City - Our oldest bookstore on our tour, Strand Bookstore was established in 1927. It's still a family run independent bookstore and I'm sure everyone has heard it. The slogan is '18 miles of books'. Love it. And would definitely love to visit one day.
9. Murder On The Beach located in Delray Beach, Florida - Another store that specializes in mystery books and author events. Their website says they are the leader in signed books by Florida authors. And, again, not a bookstore I've visited. One day, one day.
10. Murder By The Book located in Houston, Texas - Slogan is 'Where a good crime is had by all!'. And I hang my head in shame by sharing that I've also never visited Murder By The Book. In my defense, it's been years since I've been to Houston. This bookstore was established in 1980 and bought by the current owner in 2009. I have heard wonderful, wonderful things about the author events, the store itself, the staff - really everything. If you get to Houston and you like mysteries, go visit Murder By The Book. It's not far from Rice University and The Galleria.
Extra: BookPeople located in Austin, Texas - And we are back around to my own home base. BookPeople was established in 1970 here in Austin. It is a lovely bookstore in downtown Austin and they host many, many events. I don't live at all close anymore or I would likely be there much more often. If you get to Austin, visit BookPeople. You won't be sorry.
Hope you've enjoyed our little vacation tour of some wonderful independent bookstores. I've included links to all their websites. I suspect that all of them would sell you books online. So, tell me your favorites in your area or share if you've visited any of these.