If you didn’t know, a bibliophile (bookworm) is an individual who loves and frequently reads books. Me!!! I have loved books even before I knew how to read. Looking at the pictures and making up my own stories, until I was taught to read. For me, many great memories revolve around books…. my mom reading to me constantly, going to the library & checking out books every Saturday morning. Whether you’re an active reader or an occasional reader, there are great benefits to finding the time to read. Reading challenges your perspective and allows you to grow, to see things from a different reality. It is portable entertainment that reduces stress, builds vocabulary, focus & concentration. I could go on and on about all the wonderful things about books, but I’m sure you agree!
While technology is great (e-readers, audio books), I still prefer a good ole book, turning the pages and holding it in my hand, writing in the cover when you buy it for someone… ahhh nothing like it! I have received a Nook tablet & Kindle as gifts and they have been donated to my kids (sorry). So for all the bookworms who love to browse the bookstores, I have listed some independent bookstores we have around the city. Happy browsing & reading!
- A Cappella Books (208 Haralson Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307)- unique selection of new, used, and antiquarian titles. With a wide range of partners across Atlanta, they bring great authors to the city all year long for book signings and literary events.
- Posman Books ~Ponce City Market (675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30308) – family-owned independent bookstore distinctive selection of adult and children’s books, toys and games, and greeting cards.
- Little Shop of Stories (133A East Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030) – Charming bookstore with loads of kids and adult books and a friendly staff. Weekly story time events and several book groups that meet monthly.
- Medu Bookstore ~ Greenbriar Mall (2841 Greenbriar Pkwy. SW, Atlanta, GA, 30331) – second largest African-American owned bookstore in Atlanta specializing in culturally significant and often hard to find books written, published and distributed for enhanced awareness. Make sure to check out book signing events & lectures.
- Tall Tales Book Shop (2105 Lavista Rd. #108, Atlanta, GA 30329) – small, independent bookstore with great customer service. Make sure to check out upcoming events, several author signing throughout the month.
- Charis Books and More (1189 Euclid Ave, NE Atlanta, GA 30307) – independent feminist bookstore. Specialize in diverse and unique children’s books, Feminist and cultural studies books and L GBT fiction and non-fiction.Celebrating radical and independent voices in the heart of Atlanta.
- Barnes & Noble – several locations & a wide selection of new books, as well as movies, music, toys and games.
And of course, I can’t leave out visiting your local libraries.