Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. You can find a list of topics for each week at That Artsy Reader Gir if you’d like to join in! This week’s theme is Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit.
I am lucky enough to be living in Cambridge, UK where I am not short of decent bookshops. Having said that, there are still quite a few that I haven’t managed to visit yet.
P.S. Looking forward to the “Favourite bookshops/ libraries I have already visited” post- or have I missed it already?
1.Shakespeare and Company, Paris – I’ve been to Paris a few times now, but I’ve never managed to schedule any times to visit this legendary bookshop – the haunt of Hemingway and local cats ( I am so hyped for the cats)
2. City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco The haunt of all the Beatniks. I was in San Francisco in half a day, and I didn’t manage to squeeze it into my itinerary… Next time?
3. Richard Booth’s Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye I’ve been living in the UK for 7 years now, and I still haven’t managed to make it to the legendary Hay-on-Wye Literary festival. There are so many good bookshops in Haye that I just picked one that I liked the photo of and went for it. (Here’s the articlearticlearticle I looked at.)
4. Morgan Library, New York The collections they have there are simply incredible. I’ve already corresponded with them briefly (asking for permission to use a photo of the name “Darcy” in Jane Austen’s handwriting – here’s the link to my original post on what Mr. Darcy REALLY looks like) and they were incredibly friendly. I just want to go see that library for myself!
5. El Escorial Library, Madrid – The photos of this library look incredible. I am sold.
6. The Strand Bookstore, New York They say they have 18 miles of books. The only problem I might encounter is actually forcing myself to leave the place…
7. Livraria Lello, PortoThis bookshop apparently inspired J.K. Rowling with ideas for the Harry Potter books! Just one more reason to go to Portugal…
8. Persephone Books, London Okay, this is embarrassing. I go to London at least once a month, and I’ve still never made it to the bookshop of this incredible publishing house, which specializes in republishing previously forgotten 20th century works by women. I need to go there immediately.
9. Golden Hare Books, Edinburgh When I was looking for independent bookshops in Edinburgh, I came across this one, which looks like an absolute treasure. I also love the golden hare as a logo.
10. Hodges Figgis, Dublin Partly because it mentioned in James Joyce’s Ulysses, and partly because I really want to go to Dublin. It’s also Ireland’s oldest bookshop. So, there.