Bookstore Tourism

BookStore Tourism & Travels

Something I’ve learned about myself when I am stuck at home while sick (2020 update – or now self-quarantined) – I miss the local bookstores that I check in on, from time to time. Doesn’t matter if it’s a big shop with a great cafe, a small quirky indie bookstore or a ‘friends of the library’ used-book store. They’re all fun.

So to help me calm my spirit (and to share with all of you!) I am posting and mapping many of the bookstores I’ve been fortunate enough to visit. Whether you call it bookstore tourism, literary travels, bibliophile travels, it’s always been a highlight to visit a local bookstore and see what’s new and hopefully stumble upon something exciting.

I hope these posts scratch the same itch for you. And if you post about bookshops, let me know! I love to armchair travel.

Here’s a map of all the shops I have thought to take photos of while visiting. If you click on an icon you should get a slide over sidebar with a link to the relevant post:

I don’t know if there’s a difference in bookstore tourism or bookstore travels or bibliophile travels, but all those terms resonate at some level. Here is a list of all the mapped shops, in the above map, linking to where I shared the photos:

Books, Publishing and Birmingham