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

Happy Tuesday!

I’ve been dreaming of this post. If I were to travel the world and to visit libraries and bookstores, I would die a happy bookworm.

Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. Today’s theme is libraries and bookstores we’d love to visit! There are many on my list. So let’s get to the post. I hope you love my picks!

 

Bookstores

Mabel’s Fables, Toronto, Ontario

This children’s bookstore isn’t far from where I live. I’ve heard nothing but great stories from buyers. I love the splash of colour and the magical feel of it.

 

Leakey’s Bookstore, Inverness, Scotland

I think almost every Outlander lover knows about Inverness. But some may not have knowledge of the Leakey’s Bookstore. In the middle of the building sits a stove, which sets the mood of the entire store. Leakey’s isn’t complete without a spiral staircase, which offers views of the Scottish landscape.

 

Waterstones, Piccadilly, London

This beautiful art deco building will bring you back in time. It is the largest bookstore in London and should be the first stop for readers on their London trip.


Libraries

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

This library may be the most recognized. Like Scotland, I’ve wanted to travel to Ireland and find my family roots. And there’s one place, in particular, I want to see: the Long Room, which houses 200,000 of the oldest books in Dublin.

 

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt

I would almost give anything if I could see the original library. But I guess the modern one will have to do. This library pays homage to the Library of Alexandria, which was destroyed thousands of years ago. Brimming with history, Egypt is one country I wish to travel to.

 

New York Public Library

Located in the iconic Midtown West location, the New York Public Library transports you back in history. The Rose Reading Room will inspire anyone to pick up a book.

 

Clementinum National Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Probably one the most beautiful libraries I’ve ever wanted to see is this one. Modern architecture hasn’t touched the Baroque Library Hall. And I don’t think it will.

So what did you think of this week’s topic? Do we have the same places on our lists? Have you had the chance to visit any of these libraries and bookstores? If so, let’s chat! I’d love to read about your experience there!

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

  1. Waterstones at Piccadilly is HEAVEN. Seriously. There was this one time where I left the building with fourteen books? I was supposed to do some other stops after that but ended up going back to the hotel to drop them off because I could not walk around like a donkey, hahah.
    I’ve been to that bookstore often when I’m in London though. Next time I go, whenever that is, I’m planning on looking up all the smaller bookstores and – more importantly – secondhand ones! The dream. ❤

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