paper places | june + july 2016

summer is now in full swing!

this post is just a montage of the bookish places i’ve been to during june and july. book shops, libraries, and other book-filled places have always been my favorite. as jen campbell puts it, “bookshops are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers, dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders, & safe places.” and this, for me, applies to libraries too! i hope the photos of these places fill you with the same bookish love that overwhelmed me when i visited in person.

inside books project | based in east austin, IBP is one of the largest nonprofit, community service organizations in the country that works to send free books and educational materials to prisoners in the state, and it’s also the only one in texas that does so. this is one of my favorite places to volunteer.

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half-price books | the second-hand bookstore frequented most often, featuring a cool vertigo poster:

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harvard book store | my first thought was, “this place is a mash-up between barnes & noble and half-price books.” there are new and mainstream books on the ground-floor, with more second-hand books downstairs. there were so many fiction and poetry and art book titles that i’d never seen anywhere else.

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cambridge public library | lots of outdoor space, as well as numerous areas inside for reading and studying. i forgot to take interior pictures, but everything was bright, cleanly defined, and filled with light.

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boston public library | the architecture was absolutely beautiful. the atmosphere indoors felt heavy, solemn, and ancient.

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mit press bookstore | 100% nonfiction books, as far as i could tell. there was a subtle emphasis on technical STEM reference books, particularly computer science, but the store covered everything from architecture to art to education. no interior shots again, whoops.

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brattle bookshop | this place was so!! cool!! it consists of an outdoor reduced-price area (carts of books priced at $1, $3, or $5) and three floors inside. there were so many titles that i’d never seen before; i could spend a year there picking out books and still not be done.

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the third floor was a rare books section that was really fun to browse:

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wellesley books | i loved the book recommendations that they had. they also had a large selection of book-related gift items, and they had really beautiful editions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books.

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no interior shots here either, unfortunately, but i did see this:

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book culture | a two-story bookstore with used and reduced-price books on the second floor. there was also a section of new york review books classics (which i forgot to photograph), and more book-related items like book-themed candles and miniature book sets.

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HONY spotted!

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why you should shop at independent bookstores:

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kinokuniya books | a japanese book/stationery/paper store that was one of the most gorgeous and adorable bookstores i’d ever visited. there’re three floors.

ground floor:

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upstairs, which was completely devoted to manga and anime:

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downstairs:

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(no exterior photos – it had a silver storefront that matched that of the ORIGINAL PENGUIN store next door.)

purchases/hubris:

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the language of houses
slouching towards bethlehem
classical bearings
greek art
the luminaries

(i really miss karen brissette’s aifafs…)

bonus: books with eye-catching titles:

see you guys next time. have a citrusy summer!

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