Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Shops

Our local Border's closed this past spring and the nearest one is now 30 miles away.  Not really far on a good spring day; but in the summer, in the height of tourist season, it could take me two hours to get over the bridge alone. We have a Barnes and Nobles in the mall, but then I have to fight for a space in the mall parking lot and deal with tourists who are shopping for the multitude of "things" they forgot to pack.

I suppose I could be economical and down-load my books to my e-reader, but there is something I love about the feel of a book in my hand and the smell of the ink.  So, I have discovered a handful of small  bookstores here on Cape Cod, ones I am sad I hadn't discovered years ago.  My Favorite:

                                         Titcomb Bookshop in Sandwich, MA

Titcomb Bookshop was started in an abandoned barn in the late 60's.  It is now three stories of new, used, and hard to find books.  They host book clubs, have an active schedule of signings, and are always friendly and willing to help.  I stop every time I drive by now, often leaving with a book I never would have picked up had the manager not suggeted it.

So what's your favorite bookstore or are you a digital type or reader?


  1. A friend and I were talking about this last night. We are on the hunt for a good independent in the area. They are a rarity.

  2. Oooh, I LOVE the look of that book store. I love Unabridged here in Chicago. It's small and quirky with little personalized notecards for their favorite books.

  3. I love the statue out front! We have a used book store by me called The Bruised Apple. I love the name & the smell of the place.

  4. I'm definitely a digital type, but I very much love wandering through a real bookstore. As a writer it's inspiring, and as a reader it makes me realize how many things I truly need to read!