Operation Find My Next Bookstore: Town House Books

My mom and I are on a mission to find my next bookstore. After Borders closed a year or so ago and last month my Barnes and Noble closed I need a new bookstore. I'm a very picky person when it comes to bookstores and pretty much any public place. For my new bookstore I want it to have tons of awesome books, lots of space, nice employees/ customers and somewhere I can go by myself if I'd like. 

What I Liked:
-It was huge. Every nook and cranny was filled with books. It was like a maze.
-There was a cafe.
-Books I've never heard of and lots of history books. Good place to get my dad a gift.
-It was downtown and it was a fairly pretty area. There's also a nearby yarn shop which is perfect for my mom. Since we'd have to travel all that way, it's nice that she has something to look at too.

What I Didn't Like: 
-High prices (Most of the books were used and they were going for full retail.)
-There was lost of dust and a dead fly on the books. I sneezed too much.
-Too far away, definitely not somewhere I'd want to go alone (I'd totally get lost on the way there).
-Have you ever been to Ikea? If you haven't it's seriously like a maze with only one way out. The rooms were small, but stacked with shelves of books. I both liked this and didn't.
-I felt like I was trapped sometimes and had no idea where to get out. I hated that! I need to know where all exits are at all times and I couldn't tell who was in the next room or if someone was coming or not. I think that's just me and my social phobia though, yeah probably!
-The cafe was flipping packed and the table were right next too each other. 
-It was very loud, as you got deeper in the book maze it got a little quieter, but there was a lot of drifters from the restaurant just lazing around and blocking the books while talking about their daughter-in-law's bad cooking or about their gel shoe inserts. 
-It was freaking HOT in there. I know it was a heck of a lot warmer than usual for a January afternoon, but come on, crack a window! I thought I was going to turn into ash! 
-The staff wasn't that friendly and the customers were rude. No one said 'excuse me' and there were very grabby. Like please don't put your veiny hand in front of my face when I'm looking at books. I do not what to smell your Elizabeth Taylor perfume, I mean really!

Definitely not my next bookstore, thought I'm glad I went. It was interesting to see a completely different type of bookstore from what I'm used to and a very fun day out with my mom.

Thank you to my amazing mom for making this a fun adventure. It makes me feel a lot better about my other bookstores closing. Love you! (She doesn't read my blog, but whatever haha!)


  1. That really doesn't sound like the quiet, spaceous book haven that you're looking for! High prices for used books, dust, dead flies, and small enclosed spaces? Get out of there now!
    We don't really have many proper book stores over here in the UK. In fact there's only 1 that I can think of that doesn't do magazines and stationary and stuff as well.
    Good luck on your search ☺

  2. Bummer. Was your original store a locally owned or chain store? How's your library? Mine is pretty awesome. But I know some suck

  3. I wish there were affordable coffee houses/book stores that were cozy and a place to meet and read. I think they need to add a coffee bar to the library.

  4. This is a very cool feature! (I'm really sorry about your last bookstore closing, by the way! That sucks). This bookstore sounds super trendy, but I can definitely see why you didn't like it because I probably wouldn't either. I'm not a fan of rude people especially, so that alone would make it a "no" for me. I would definitely like to see you do this feature again (hopefully with better results!)!

  5. This is so smart! It's like a you are a top secret agent trying to locate the best book store!! :D