There are times when I have to force myself not to wander into a bookstore, because I know that if I do, I will leave with a book. And I already have an entire bookshelf of books I still have to read. It’s an addiction.
I could also spend hours perusing the shelves and taking in that ink drenched paper smell of new books. Second hand bookstores are also great. There the paper has more of a musty smell, but special in its own way.
The enchanted bookstore
There’s something wonderfully magical about bookstores and these two owners of the Type bookstore in Toronto try to capture it in this video:
Most beautiful bookstores in the world
What would I do if everyone bought their books online and bookstores were to disappear? Where would I get my high? Thankfully I’m not the only one who feels this way.
Flavorwire.com made a list of the 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world as a tribute. “We can’t overestimate the importance of bookstores,” they write, “they’re community centres, places to browse and discover, and monuments to literature all at once.”
Two of the 20 bookstores are found in the Netherlands. I know the TreeHouse in Amsterdam well and have been there several times. The spiral staircase is filled from top to bottom with books and it’s very tempting to sit on those stairs all day.
The rest of the selection is also great. They’re so varied; it’s hard to pick a favourite. What about the Harry Potter lighting in the English-language bookstore Bookworm in Beijing, China? Or how about the theatrical setting of the Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires, Argentina? And the next time I’m in Paris I won’t force myself to wander past the Shakespeare & Company bookstore.