For What It's Worth

Monday, May 13, 2019

My Monday Musings




One of my favorite discoveries about my new digs in Washington (& Oregon since I'm right near the state line) are all the small indie bookstores. It seems like everywhere we go, I stumble upon one.

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Vault Books & Brew in Castle Rock, WA is located in a renovated bank. It’s small but they have a great selection of books, coffee & pastry, gifts and quite a few events.

But the coolest thing is how they converted the old bank vault into a secret hideaway for kids!


During a visit to Astoria, OR this weekend I found not one - but TWO small bookstores.

Godfather's Books & Espresso - they have a really interesting book selection and fun decor. The usual book genres as well as metaphysical/occult studies, women's studies, local guides and incense, tarot cards, board games and other eclectic gift ideas.







I was drawn like a magnet to Lucy's Books because - flowers! lol

It's an adorable little shop with a great book, magazine and gift selection.


There's another place in my town, called Paperbacks Galore, that I'm planning on getting to soon and of course, my pilgrimage to Powell's in Portland, OR.












Reading:

I just finished the audio of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and I'm blown away but how amazing and powerful that book was. I highly recommend the audio version, read by the author.

What are your favorite bookstores? What are you reading this week?

32 comments:

  1. These places look amazing! Especially the bank vault one. That's awesome. I need to read The Poet X, I hope it great!

    Ash @ JennRenee Read

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    1. They're all so eclectic and have their own vibe.

      The Poet X was my first 5 star read of the year. It was amazing.

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  2. Oh man those look awesome! I would love to visit those places. How fun with the vault too!

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  3. Oh wow what fun! They look like awesome stores.

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    1. That's been a fun discovery here. We only B&N in FL

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    1. It's so cute! There's a sign in front (that came out too blurry in my pic) basically calling it Narnia.

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  5. I still need to listen to The Poet X!

    That bank vault looks soo cool. Did the electric/occult bookstore have a coffee bar??

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    1. It's the PNW - OF COURSE there's a coffee bar lol

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  6. Oh I'll have to see if my library has the audiobook.

    Love these bookstores. My fave is my library's bookstore (local) as you never know what you will find and what bargain you will get. In the big city... The Tattered Bookcover (the first one... as they have several).

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    1. I HIGHLY recommend the audio over the physical book.

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  7. That's awesome there are so many indie stores! They look great, and that bank vault hideaway is super cute!

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    1. Such a fun way to incorporate the history of the building!

      The only other place I've seen so many indie bookstores is NYC.

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  8. See? You may not love the place, but your new home has got enough nature and food and books to keep you entertained! 😉

    Boy, do the bookstores get creative where you are.

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    1. Yes, thankfully, there are things I like! lol

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  9. I want to go on adventures with you. You always visit the best places!!

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    1. There is SO much to discover out here! I'm not even trying lol

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  10. Recommending the audio, look at you! :D

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    1. I KNOW!!!!

      But it was slam poetry read by the author and it works better in audio IMO

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  11. So jealous of all the indie book stores around you! Vault Books looks ah-mazing. We have a truly impressive used book store locally. It's called Chamblin's Bookmine and it is *enormous.* Something like 50,000 sq ft and over a million books (every genre - fic and non-fic - that you could possibly think of). So that's cool. But I wish we had more indie stores with new books.

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    1. Is that in Orlando? I never found anything other than textbook stores and B&N

      These have a mix of new and used and they will order anything you want.

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    2. It’s actually up here in Jacksonville where I am. :)

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  12. I would love to visit a bookstore that used to be a bank. That's so cool! I've been to a couple restaurants that used to be banks, but never a bookstore. That's awesome you have so many small, indie bookstores near you now!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It's been fun discovering them. They're super small with limited selections but surprisingly good selections from most genres.

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  13. We have one small secondhand bookshop and a ton of charity shops in my town but parking anywhere near them is a nightmare!

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  14. Can I go to Vault Books & Brew? It looks so cool! Why aren't there book shops like that near me? What a totally original shop idea. I think it's great you're discovering these book shops and I am totally jealous.

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  15. I really love Waterstones shops all around london and especially the one in Piccadilly and Coventry! I also think that Books on the Water - a bookshop in a boat - is really cool. I am glad you enjoyed The Poet X! I liked that one a lot too ^.^

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  16. I love the looks of these bookstores. 💜 I would have been drawn to the one with the flowers, too. 🌼

    I know we talked about this on Instagram, but yeah, the author narrating The Poet X was the best! 👍✨

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