Check out this link below to the coolest bookstores around the world. I'm salivating, here. One thing that really sucks about living in a small Chinese city is the lack of access to English language bookstores. There's a big bookstore in town, with a small English-language section, but selection is extremely limited. And yeah, I can order some books online, and if I'm lucky, actually receive them in the mail (not always the case!), but I miss spending an afternoon browsing among the stacks. Nothing beats the feel of an actual book in the hands, I say, and I'll remain a purist until the day I die (no Kindles here!). Anyway, follow the link to see these amazing bookstores~my favorite, Paris' Shakespeare & Company, is in here:
Coolest Bookstores: http://travel.spotcoolstuff.com/shopping/worlds-best-bookstores
Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France
And while we're at it, here are two more links to the Most Amazing Libraries in the World, Parts 1 and 2. The only one featured here that I've ever been in was at Trinity College in Dublin, where I saw the Book of Kells. I'd love to visit these others, though:
Most Amazing Libraries in the World, Part 1:
Most Amazing Libraries in the World, Part 2:
I guess I should've been a librarian or bookshop clerk. In the meantime, I'll just keep dreaming of the day I get to walk into one of these gorgeous places, and lose myself, and all sense of time, among the storied stacks.