I am a self-confessed bibliophile. I bloody love books. I love reading, I love libraries, I love book stores. I love almost everything there is to love about books. It’s probably a good job considering how much I talk about them. Top Ten Tuesday is all about connecting book lovers like myself with others, and that’s why this week’s theme is so awesome, because it’s all about other ways book lovers find new books and acquire new reads. I think we all have those book stores and libraries that we have always wanted to visit and admire, and I am the same, which is why I’ve been looking forward to this week’s top for a little while now!
For all of you who don’t know what Top Ten Tuesday is, or don’t know how to get involved, click here. The lovely folks at Broke and Bookish teamed together to create this awesome weekly prompt, which is now hosted by the wonderful Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl. Then you simply get listing!
1. The Bodleian, Oxford, UK
The Bodelian is probably one of the most instantly recognisable libraries in the world, certainly from the outside, and for many from the inside too. It pops up in TV shows, movies, and books all the time and is somewhere my housemate has visited and has highly recommended.
2. George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA
I don’t know what it is about this library that particularly appeals above many others but it’s just stunning. The inside is absolutely beautiful, the architecture, the stacks, the books, I would just really like to go one day.
3. The British Library, London, UK
This library is a copyright library, and therefore houses a copy of every single book every copyrighted and released. Pretty cool huh? I would really like to visit and see it for myself, and mainly get a chance to visit the main reading room.
4. El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Get a load of this book shop and I am quickly sure you will see why I want to visit it so much. Yes, you read that correctly, this stunning building is a mere book store!
5. Book and Bed, Kyoto/Tokyo, Japan
I think all book lovers on social media have probably been made aware of these hostel/bookstore/library trifectas that seem to have become a think in Japan. The Japanese clearly know what is what and are ahead of the game with cool places to read.
6.9 3/4 Bookstore and Café, Medellin, Colombia
This small book store and café knows what we want, coffee, books and reading nooks all in one place. They deliver and then some! It has books everywhere, eclectic seating, shelving, and art work, and looks wonderful.
7. Skakespeare and Company, Paris, France
This is a world famous book store that I would really like to go and see. My housemate Emma has this on her bucket list and brought it to my attention, it’s features a wonderful mix of book selling (both new and old), library, and writer encouragement.
8. Biblioteca Marciana, Venice, Italy
This library building can be found at St. Marks Square Venice and is absolutely stunning architecturally, on both the outside and the inside, not to mention that it’s the oldest manuscript depository in the world, how cool is that?
9. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
I mean this place just has books upon books and stacks upon stacks, and is just spectacularly stunning. The symmetry and the little shelving ladders…
10. The Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA/The Strand, New York City, USA
When we visited New York, Emma really wanted to go to The Strand and it was one of the places we visited first, and if I am honest, is one of the things that I would most like to go to again if I ever go back to NYC. There are books piled everywhere, I believe there is 18miles of book shelving, and lots of bookish merchandise too!
The Library of Congress was also a stop on our adventure last year, and is somewhere that I feel like I barely had the chance to experience. We went on a great free tour and got to see some awesome bits of the library but feel like we only just scratched the surface. I definitely need to go back one day!
What libraries and book stores have you always wanted to visit?
Have you visited any of these? What did you think?