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Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores
Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers | Bob Eckstein
From beloved New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein, Footnotes from the Worlds Greatest Bookstores invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories. This collection of seventy-five of the most cherished bookstores from around the world features evocative paintings by Eckstein paired with colorful anecdotes about each shop, featuring a roster of great thinkers and artists of our time, including David Bowie, Tom Wolfe, Joe Frank, Tracey Chevalier, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Palin, Roz Chast, Deepak Chopra, Bob Odenkirk, Robin Williams, Patricia Marx, Philip Glass, Paul McCartney, Dave Berry, Michael Jackson, Jonathan Ames, Terry Gross, Mark Maron, Neil Gaiman, Ann Patchett, Jo Nesbo, Diane Keaton, Chris Ware, Molly Crabapple, Amitav Ghosh, Patti Smith, Mo Willems, Alice Munro, Dave Eggers, Roxanna Robinson, Garrison Keillor and many more. Page by page, Eckstein perfectly captures our lifelong love affair with books, bookstores, and book-sellers that is at once heartfelt, bittersweet, and cheerfully confessional. From the Hardcover edition.
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Amandajoy
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A friend posted this on Facebook. I can‘t say I‘ve used a shopping cart before, but I have needed a hand basket before. #goals

janeycanuck I‘ve never even see a bookstore with shopping carts. But now I want to need one!! 2mo
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MamaGina
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Day Seven: #7covers7days #covercrush

Final day for me and it feels appropriate to finish with a book cover that celebrates all things books and reading! 📚

This was fun, thanks again for the tag @Cathythoughts

ANYONE CAN PLAY!!! 🤓
(A week worth of book covers, no explanation needed.)

Cathythoughts Nice cover 👍🏻♥️ im finished my 7 now too. It‘s been fun 😀 3mo
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Soubhiville
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My aunt found this for me at her library‘s used book sale and sent it all the way from Vermont to Texas. ❤️ she gets me ❤️

LeahBergen How lovely! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Lucky you!! I‘ve had this stacked for a long time. 3mo
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thewallflower0707
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LOOK AT THIS PARADISE OKAY? ?

This is my favourite bookstore in Germany: Dussmann in the Friedrichstraße (Berlin Mitte). It has the biggest English books variety in the country, a huge selection of notebooks, travel books, dvds, cds, and more. Also, it is absolutely gorgeous ?.

#bookstore #love #colours #vacation

Sarah83 @Moony der Meinung bist du auch? 😉 4mo
Moony Oh yes! I visited Dussmann last week for the first time and it was amazing! 😍 4mo
julesG @Sarah83 Maybe we should have the next meet up in Berlin? 4mo
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Sarah83 @julesG 🤣🤣🤣 that would be an expensive trip 😉 4mo
julesG @Sarah83 We can save up for it. 😁 4mo
Sarah83 @julesG I need another savings box 🤣 4mo
julesG @Sarah83 But don't spend all your money on piggy banks. 4mo
Sarah83 @julesG I think, I have another one at home already 4mo
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Severnmeadows What an interesting link! I‘m most drawn to El Ateneo Grand Splendid 😊 but also as I buy a lot of books from them, Blackwells in Oxford, and I live not too far away. 4mo
EadieB @Severnmeadows Lucky you! I'd love to live near some of these bookstores! 4mo
Billypar I've been to the Union Square B&N plenty of times, and even though it's huge, it never occurred to me that it would be on a short list of largest in the world. Interesting article- thanks for posting! 4mo
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EadieB @Billypar Interesting! Goes to show you never know! 4mo
Freespirit Wow some bookshops to put on the travel list! 4mo
EadieB @Freespirit Just a few! 4mo
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Ddzmini
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Great quote from bibliophileonabudget 🙌🏽📖😋

brit91 LoL!🤣🤣 4mo
wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 4mo
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Tonton
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Bookstores and libraries are such beacons of light and art and truth. Sacred ground!

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Conservio
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vivastory That's an interesting store 6mo
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jveezer
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When a #booknerd has time to kill in Aspen...📖🤓❤️

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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

A charming book of illustrations of bookshops from around the world (though very US-heavy) paired with some history of the store along with brief anecdotes. What‘s not to love in a book about bookstores? And now I want to visit every one.

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Smarkies
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Something that was gifted to me which I read last year. The pictures are lovely.

RachelO Your calligraphy 😍 11mo
Smarkies @RachelO thanks! 😘 11mo
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Michollio
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Pickpick

A lovely little book with information about and stories from bookstores around the world.

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Michollio
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LOVE this 💙💜💚

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Some books about bookstores and set in bookshops that I‘m interested to read. #wishlist
#readingresolutions #bookstore

mabell Great collage! 1y
Birdsong28 The bookshop of lonely hearts is series which I recommend. 😀📚📖 1y
TheKidUpstairs How to Find Love in a Bookshop was a lovely read! 1y
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SilversReviews Love the collage. 1y
rabbitprincess I loved Diary of a Bookseller! 1y
TieDyeDude Footnotes is a beautiful book, to though the cover is a pain to open, and I was sad that I'll never get to visit all the wonderful stores highlighted 1y
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jveezer
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It's been a good day... 📖🤓

Leftcoastzen Jealous, a little, my city had a big cheap book sale but that is one fine Book event as well. 2y
Faibka How cool! 2y
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TheSketchyReader
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I‘ve missed Litsy and you Sweet Littens so much the past week as I‘ve been in an Ultimate Blogging Bootcamp. My brain is about to explode, and I still have a few days of work left. So since I can‘t focus to read, I‘ve been enjoying this #delightfulbook about the world‘s best #indie bookstores #roadtrip #fieldtrip

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Snow
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Love this Jennifer Egan story

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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

This was a cozy little book perfect for reading on this incredibly cold day. It contains beautiful paintings by the author along with short descriptions and anecdotes about bookstores around the world.

BookMaven407 I also enjoyed this book. 🙂 2y
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Jas16
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Look @JazzFeathers - I made it. It is a miracle that I left with a cent to my name. Thank you again for the recommendation.

JazzFeathers I knew you'd love it. It's a reader's paradise 😍 2y
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Blaire
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Picked up this lovely book at the equally lovely bookstore in the picture. #door #emojinov 🚪Hope to visit all the ones still open one day. #nola

BookMaven407 Love this book. 👍 2y
Blaire @BookMaven407 yes! Looking through it makes me happy. 2y
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BookMaven407
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I love to read and I love to travel. This is a cool book of stories from bookstores around the world. 🌎I always visit indie bookstores when I am traveling. Does anyone have suggestions for ones that cannot be missed?

GondorGirl If you're in Pittsburgh there's a bookstore co-owner by author Peter S. Beagle. It's called Rickert and Beagle, I believe. It's a really neat little store. My other favorite (and the only reason to ever go to LA) is The Last Bookstore. 2y
BookMaven407 @GondorGirl I will add both to my list! Thank you! 2y
shendrix413 I went to undergrad in Knoxville and there was this amazing bookstore there, so I looked it up to share with you and it's closed 😣😢 that was my favorite place 2y
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BookNAround Malaprops in Asheville, NC is great and there‘s Battery Park Book Exhange and Champagne Bar there as well. I love both Charlotte area bookstores and their owners: Park Road Books in Charlotte and Main Street Books in Davidson. McLean and Eakin in Petosky, Michigan is amazing if you ever get to Northern Lower Michigan. Shuler Books in Lansing, Literati in Ann Arbor, and Nicola‘s Books also in Ann Arbor are also great. Love Book Passages in SF too. 2y
BookMaven407 @BookNAround I've been to both of the Asheville bookstores and love them! I think the Battery Park Book Exchange is a beautiful store. For my personal reading likes I found more book selections at Malaprop's. I think both cannot be missed! Thanks for the other suggestions, I will add them to my list. 🙂 2y
BookNAround I agree with you on the book selection comment on the Asheville stores but I visit both (and a couple others as well) when we end up there just in case. 😂 2y
BookMaven407 @shendrix413 I recently visited Knoxville. I ❤️Mckays used bookstore. I spent an entire day in the store. I also visited Union Ave Books. 2y
BookMaven407 @BookNAround I share the same addiction to bookstores. 😁 2y
TricksyTails I just saw this book at the library and enjoyed thumbing through it. I could spend hours –more like days – wandering a bookstore. Unfortunately I no longer live close to any. If you happen to travel to Los Angeles, you must go to The Last Bookstore. 2y
Karkar Not sure where you live but Powell‘s in Portland Oregon is my most favorite book store ever!!!! 2y
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RowReads1
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Cool cover 😎

Graciouswarriorprincess 😍👍🏻📚 2y
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LisaJo
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This is a beautiful book on bookstores. There are little quips about the bookstores. However, the illustrations of the bookstores are what makes this a must for any lover of bookstores. For someone who has actually rode tripped just to visit bookstores, I really enjoyed this book.

BookMaven407 I do the same thing. 🙂 2y
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LisaJo
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A visit to the Garden District Book Shop in New Orleans while on vacation would not be complete without a book. It is included in this charming book.

LauraJ I used to live around the corner. I miss it. 2y
FountainBookstore Love Garden District too! Good folks! 2y
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vivastory
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This is awesome!

charl08 Lovely story. 2y
KVanRead That looks so lovely. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Love that story and the illustration! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk That was an amazing story! 2y
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vivastory
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Picked up this delightful & charming book at Half Price Books today. Found it in Books on Books, one of my favorite sections.

LeahBergen One of my favourite sections, too. 👍🏻 2y
ValerieAndBooks One of my favorite sections too. I wish I had a HPB near me -- closest one is 300 miles away 😢 2y
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TheCanuckReader
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Loved reading the stories and fav quotes behind these stores. Oh to visit them all someday! #bookstoreporn #booksaboutbooks

TheCanuckReader This book is a bit pricey, but worth every cent 2y
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theladygreer
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And so #independenceday marks the close of #independentseveryday! Thanks for playing along. So I've told you about more than 30 independent bookstores I love -- today, tell me YOURS!! (And you can always check the #getindie tag here on Litsy for more great ideas!) #bookstore #bookstorelove #indiebookstore #indiebound #bookstagram #authorsofinstagram #litsylovesbookstores

Erynecki We are so lucky to have multiple independent booksellers in the Bay Area, all of them fabulous in unique ways. 2y
Hooked_on_books The north Oregon coast has the Cannon Beach Book Co and Beach Books (in Seaside), both terrific. And the mothership is in Portland (Powell's, of course). 2y
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theladygreer
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Day 2 of #independentseveryday! Excelsior Bay Books, just outside of Minneapolis, does an amazing job of consistently putting on smart, engaging, well-attended events. Readers & authors alike flock back. Special shout-out to Pamela Klinger-Horn, organizer extraordinaire (and one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.) #bookstorelove #bookstore #booktour #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #twincities #indiebound #getindie

lynneamch Who are these bookishly beautiful women? ☺ 3y
theladygreer Sorry, should've tagged! Lynda Cohen Loigman (author of The Two-Family House), Abby Fabiaschi (author of I Liked My Life), me, and the aforementioned Pamela Klinger-Horn. Alex George and Kelly Harms also participated - this was a great panel event! 3y
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theladygreer
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Now starting: #independentseveryday! Daily til July 4, I'll highlight an independent bookstore I love -- & encourage you all to do the same. Today is @prairielightsbooks in Iowa City, one of many gems in my home state. I attended many readings at the U of I Summer Writing Festival & it was a dream come true to read there myself last year. #authorsofinstagram #bookstore #bookstagram #iowa #iowacity #indiebound #booktour #bookstorelove #getindie

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BookBrat
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Pickpick

Loved flipping through this book and seeing all the amazing bookstores!

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scripturient
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Pickpick

This is a cute little collection of some of the world's loveliest bookshops with pretty drawings and short anecdotes. Makes a great gift for any bookworm (I know cause I got it as such). :)

RealBooks4ever Lovely! 💜 3y
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scripturient
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And another gift. These people know me. 😍

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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My book bag tote celebrating Independent Bookstore Day! My pin celebrating the same; thank you @TheBookHippie 😊 the T-shirt the bookstore gave me and the red bookmark celebrating! And, in the used books section, I finally found the DS book that I am missing! The back of the book bag features a check list of the participating bookstores. You receive a discount upon visiting each one and they check off their store 😉

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bookculture
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Spring is finally in the air and it's feeling fine. Stop by and discover some great books for all your park reading needs! 🌿🌸📚

slategreyskies I'll be in NYC on vacation for Easter weekend. I'm adding your bookstore to my must-see list! :) 3y
bookculture @slategreyskies see you soon! 🔜👀 3y
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bookculture
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A peaceful sight: the bookstore after hours. Goodnight, books. Goodnight, moon. Goodnight, Upper West Side! #thisismybookstore #bookculture #indiethursday

JenFowler ❤❤❤❤ 3y
Leftcoastzen Oh please ,lock me in!😊 3y
Zelma It's very inviting! 💕 3y
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MrBook
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#BookNDessert!!! It's a gelid night that has descended upon us in the dark & wooded mountaintop Middle Earth community. So, with the fire going, we have settled into our reading chairs, me with my hot chocolate & hillock of marshmallows, chocolate chip vanilla biscotti, & book. ....And #Coale is in the background saying, "Muh book." Oh, Coale! ???

Qemorio The Book Shop where I work is in there! 3y
MrBook @Qemorio Yes! New Orleans! Yours looks so cozy! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Qemorio @MrBook That's what I love about it! Thanks! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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akfreeborn
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Pickpick

Great gift book for the bookstore lover in your life. Great stories about visitors to these shops and the illustrations are wonderful.

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MrBook
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What @BookBabe gave me for #ValentinesDay!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! I'll be kick-ass at the library now 😎👍🏻. The book is beautiful and right up my alley. And the card she made is a*maz*ing! (If anyone plays Words With Friends, you can look us up 😊🙌🏻.)

LeahBergen Wonderful gifts! 😍 3y
melrailey Same names? I play Words but am not good at it. 3y
Alfoster Are you mrbook? If so, I just started a game with you. I'm Arnie Foster6 3y
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Alfoster @melrailey What's your name on Words With Friends? 3y
Hobbinol Score! 3y
Alfoster and with BookBabe! 3y
DeborahSmall I prefer Scrabble! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @DeborahSmall Me too! Wonderful gifts❣️ 3y
melrailey @Alfoster I don't know if I show up as MelissaR1594 or Melissa Railey. 3y
Alfoster @melrailey Ok, we've got a game going!😀 3y
Coleen That tie! 👍👍👍 3y
melrailey @Alfoster yay! I need the practice thinking outside the box. 3y
JessicaThunstromNelson Ooo! Mind if I date @BookBabe for like a week roughly a year from now? 3y
MrBook @melrailey @Alfoster I think I'm just Jason or Jason V, lol. I didn't pick up the MrBook moniker until a year ago 😊. 3y
katedensen You two are #relationshipgoals. X's and O's to both of you! 3y
MrBook @JessicaThunstromNelson 😂👏🏻 Okay. @LeahBergen Thank you 😊!!! @Hobbinol Aye, that 😎👌🏻! @DeborahSmall @Graciouswarriorprincess Yes! I have the deluxe set somewhere in a box, lol. Thank you ☺️! 3y
MrBook @katedensen *blushes* ☺️ 3y
Captivatedbybooks @melrailey and @Alfoster im Invinciblecurves (its from michael jackson cd!) i wanna play too lol 3y
Alfoster @Captivatedbybooks Ok, we're on👊! 3y
MrBook @Captivatedbybooks Ooh, I like it! 3y
MrBook @Captivatedbybooks @melrailey @Alfoster My Words With Friends username is "jvigor" 3y
Alfoster @MrBook Good to know since I now have games going with the real you as well as a mrbook and a Jason 😜😂😂😂! Oh well, I love playing! 3y
MrBook @Alfoster 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻 Just don't get us all confused now. I wonder who took MrBook. Dirty, rotten, no-good, why-I-oughta... 3y
Alfoster 😂😂😂😂👊👊! 3y
Kindredanne I have that t-shirt and love it!! 3y
Jbakesmcgee3 Love that book! Got it for Christmas! Will be consulting it before I travel anywhere 😊 3y
Apinlibraryland Wearing that shirt right now! Twins! 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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nanoauthor
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Yet another late night #riotgrams with a bookmark I got as a gift a few years ago. It's just a little bit too accurate

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scripturient
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🤣🤣🤣 True! 😉

brilliantglow Omg yes so true hahaha 3y
BookishMarginalia I get both, I admit 😊🤓 3y
Zelma Yup, so true! 3y
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drbethandherkindle The Haunted Latte is killing me 😂😂 3y
Thessalia True story 3y
Sjo_m Yup! So so true!! 🙌 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa yES! But books last longer than lattes! So much better deal 3y
Craftylikefox True story! 😁 3y
Robothugs 😂😂 Story of every bookworm's life. 3y
TaylorMay I'm lol because I would probably actually read all of those fake titles. 😂 3y
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DaniRa
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❤❤❤all of the stories are why I have always dreamed of owing a bookshop.

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Jbakesmcgee3
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This is such an awesome book!

BookishMarginalia I'm so looking forward to it! (I know @WanderingBookaneer is giving it to me for Valentines!) 3y
Jbakesmcgee3 @BookishMarginalia you'll love it! So many fun anecdotes about each bookstore 3y
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scripturient
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#FunFridayPhoto time: comfort reads. And yes, I need to focus on this now cause what's happening on TV right now is scaring me and I don't even want to listen to this man's tacky speech. So yeah, this is a book that makes me relax and feel good. ❤

R.Lyn-Romance-Reads Omg it's so stressful. I legit want to cry. 3y
NCNY @Silent_Whispers I did cry. Even with two months to mentally prepare, the reality of it was too much for me to handle. 3y
Nonaroo I didn't watch. My stepdaughter is visiting and my time with her is so important to me. That doesn't mean that I want to bury my head in the sand but today I choose love. (edited) 3y
Bette I refuse to listen. 🙉 3y
melbeautyandbooks Whatever you can do to feel good today is worth it! 3y
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akfreeborn
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Another picture from The Oxford Exchange-the pretty edition table!

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akfreeborn
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My favorite local bookstore-thoughtfully curated and beautiful, The Oxford Exchange, Tampa, FL

stacybmartin Wow that's gorgeous! 😍😍😍 3y
OneLitChick Stunning! 3y
britt_brooke Gorgeous! 3y
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Cinfhen Need to go to Tampa😊 3y
Jenshootsweddings Ooooooh I want to go next time I'm in Tampa!! 3y
Dragon Wow that's a fabulous bookstore! 🐉 3y
MyNamesParadise Whoa if I'm ever in Tampa, I'll be going there! 3y
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MamaGina
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Cause & Effect ... @WanderingBookaneer gives this to @BookishMarginalia ... and I immediately have to have it for myself❣
#blameitonlitsy

BookishMarginalia Isn't it fabulous? 👍🏼 3y
WanderingBookaneer Wait until you see the others I bought for her! They haven't arrived though. 3y
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scripturient
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#TBRtemptation - Look what I found at the bookshop. I so need this book. 😍😍

minkyb I treated myself to this. I love it! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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What do you get the woman who used to own a bookstore?

BookishMarginalia Woohoo! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 3y
cathysaid ❤️ 3y
Lmstraubie This looks wonderful! 3y
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MamaGina Oh my goodness, I had to have it ... just ordered😍 3y
AnnieReads Good choice! It's such a gorgeous book. 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess I have this on my wish list! 3y
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