Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

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

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  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit.  I’m going to put my own spin on this week’s topic to mark the fact that I’m enjoying an Autumn break in Cornwall (in Falmouth, to be precise) and that to recognize this my blog has a Cornish theme all week.

Since I’m writing this blog post in advance of my trip, the first two items on my list are bookshops in Falmouth I’m planning to visit while I’m there.  The remaining eight items are books that feature bookshops or libraries as part of the story and which are just the kind of book that might catch my eye while browsing in a bookshop, or which already have done.

Falmouth Bookshops

Falmouth BooksellerFalmouth Bookseller, 21 Church Street, Falmouth

From their website: ‘Falmouth Bookseller is one of the leading independent bookshops in the UK.  Located in the heart of the busy working port of Falmouth in Cornwall.  We are staffed by knowledgeable booksellers who enjoy nothing more than recommending great reads. We aim to cater for everyone, stocking a wide range of fiction, children’s and local interest titles.  We host many vibrant and diverse book events throughout the year.’  (Photo credit: Falmouth Bookseller website)

Beerwolf Books, 3 Bells Court, Falmouth

Books and beer (freehouse to boot) – need I say more!  (Photo credits: Beerwolf Books website)

Books set in Bookshops or Libraries

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Employee Clay discovers the bookshop is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything; instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

When his delicate mission is overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William of Baskerville turns detective. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie library-labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night.”

The Shadow of the Wind (Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Enigmatic writer, Vida Winter, has spent six decades creating various outlandish life histories for herself – all of them inventions that have have kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now, at last, she wants to tell the truth about her life and summons biographer Margaret Lea, daughter of a dealer in rare books, to the library of Vida’s home to record her story.

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. Into her refuge – the York book emporium where she works – come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories.

84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

For 20 years, an outspoken New York writer and a rather more restrained London bookseller carried on an increasingly touching correspondence.

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan

When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library or to spend her pocket money on amassing her own at home.

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls.

Next week’s topic: Top Ten Villains (favourite, best, worst, lovable, creepiest, most evil, etc.)


7 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores/Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

  1. I know it’s cliche but I really want to visit the famous Shakespeare & co in Paris. I already visited The Stand in NYC so I feel like I can tick that off the list. I had no idea such cool sounding bookshops were down in Cornwall though.

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