|A sign inside City Lights Book Store in San Francisco|
I love to read. It is something that I have always liked. It is something that I really enjoy, sitting down with a book. I know that I am still so 20th Century as I like holding a book and not reading it on the computer, tablet or IPAD. There just something I enjoy about holding a book.
Besides books, I love bookstores. I love going into a bookstore and looking around and seeing what is there. Many times, I go in looking for one thing and leaving with another thing. For new books, I used to love Borders Books. I knew all the locations in the Bay Area and since their demise I have found Amazon. I like Amazon.com, but it is sometimes hard to wait for the book to come in the mail. I want it now-LOL.
More than new books, I love the independent stores that sell both used and new books. Most stores do special orders and once you have been there a couple of times they treat you like family.
So here are some of my favorite local bookstores or as someone said "The happy places you go to":
City Lights Booksellers in San Francisco is one of most famous bookstores in the country. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and became a huge part of the beat movement of the 1950's. Most people know of it due to publishing of Allen Ginsberg's Howl in the fall of 1956 as number four in the Pocket Poets Series. City Lights is a official historic landmark and still has the 1950's beat feel. They have books from unknown authors and books that will expand your mind and make you think.
|The outside entrance to Book Passage inside the Ferry Building in San Francisco|
|Inside Moe's Books in Berkeley|
|Inside Shakespeare&Co's books|
|Inside Half Price Books in Berkeley|
|The Book Shop in Downtown Hayward|
|The Book Shop's great Renee Rettig. The spirit of the place.|