Top Ten Tuesday: 5 Bookstores and Libraries I’d Love to Visit, and 5 I Have


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme created by The Broke and the Bookish blog, and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is: Bookstores and Libraries I’d Love to Visit

I’ve included five bookstores and libraries on my travel bucket list, and five that I’ve been lucky enough to visit.

5 Bookstores and Libraries I’d Love to Visit 


Persephone Books, London

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Trinity College Library, Dublin

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Powell’s City of Books, Portland

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El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires

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Honesty Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye

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5 Bookstores and Libraries I’ve Loved Visiting


The New York Public Library, NYC

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The British Library, London

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Strand Book Store, NYC

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Boston Public Library, Boston

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Shakespeare and Company, Paris 

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Have you visited any of these lovely bookish places? Which ones are on your travel bucket list?

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 5 Bookstores and Libraries I’d Love to Visit, and 5 I Have

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  1. I’ve been to the top two and bottom five. Also really want to visit Livraria Lello in Porto Portugal (supposed to have inspired the bookstore in Diagon Alley in HP series)

    Also Boekhandel Dominicanen in Maastricht, Netherlands, in a converted 13 century church.

    I’m hoping to visit both of these before I move back to the US next year!

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    1. Ooh, I’ve definitely added Livraria Lello and Boekhandel Dominicanen to my bookish travel bucket list- thanks for sharing! I hope you make it to both soon. Be sure to take lots of pictures when you do!


  2. I’ve been to the Hay-on-Wye Honesty bookshop several times – I’d recommend, though many of the books are a bit weathered! Having to use the British Library for research has put me off it somewhat – it’s not very user-friendly. Cambridge’s University Library is not as pretty, but by far the best of the English* copyright libraries for actually getting hold of books.

    (*I’m deliberately excluding Scotland here as I haven’t used the Edinburgh library)

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  3. Great selection. OMG that Dublin library looks amazing.

    I think my big regrets are that I’ve only stood outside the NY and Boston libraries but never actually went inside them.

    Persephone book shop and Shakespeare & co are also on my ‘want to visit’ lists. 😀

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