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READ UP FOR SUMMER

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As amazing as the great outdoors gets during the summer, kicking back with an incredible book can be just as magical! Whether it’s a classic tome or the must-have pulp of the season, there’s no greater way to laze the days away than to get lost in a great story. To celebrate, we collected some of our favorite books as well as the greatest independent bookstores we know.

OUR FAVORITE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES

Powell’s Books, Portland – this isn’t so much a bookstore as a literary landmark: the biggest used and new bookstore in the world, it takes up an entire city block, stacked with 3,500 unique sections of one million books. Its convenient location in the heart of downtown Portland’s Pearl District makes it the perfect place to get lost in great stories and ideas. City of Books, indeed!

Strand Book Store, New York City – Head over to Manhattan’s East Village and you’ll find The Strand’s “18 Miles Of Books” – everything from new to used and rare offerings. Hailed by the New York Times as the undisputed king of NYC’s indy bookstores, The Strand’s fame has made it a guest player in movies, TV… even a namecheck in a Steely Dan song!

Weller Book Works, Salt Lake City – Sometimes the charm in a place comes from the people who populate it, and that’s no exception here. A new, used and rare bookstore founded in 1929, the family business continues with legions of followers (now located in historic Trolley Square).

The Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle – A great selection, relaxed environment and frequent readings, events and clubs make this multilevel bookstore one of Seattle’s most dynamic literary offerings.

The Last Bookstore, Los Angeles – true to the creative spirit of LA, this downtown bookstore is the city’s largest – offering everything from used and new tomes to vinyl, graphic novels, DVDs and local art. A true creative (and let’s face it, tourist) destination for people who are avid about their books, music and more.

Sundance Books and Music, Reno – Want to find your favorite new novel in a grand old mansion? Sundance is the place to go! A totally unique two-story historic house, this awesome store is clearly beloved by its staff and visitors, and perfectly houses everything from books to records, gifts and more.

Pages, Manhattan Beach – Right next to SKECHERS’ headquarters, this cool beach town bookseller offers loads of fiction, nonfiction and kids’ tales, along with gifts and greeting cards.

Want to learn more about these and other great local haunts for readers? Check out WhereTraveler’s Top 10 here.

OUR TOP TOMES

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Here are some great books to get lost in this summer – courtesy of our team!

“I would suggest the following two ideas: 1) Diving into The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan; 2) Rereading the entire Harry Potter series (I don’t do this, but have friends who do).”

– Lena

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“A few of my favorite books: The Pact by Jodi Picoult; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins; Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom.”

– Janice

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1984 by George Orwell. These are interesting times we live in, so I plan on spending a few beach days reading this happy go-lucky novel to keep my mind off the real world because Big Brother and the Cult of Personality certainly isn’t at all relevant today.”

– Gunther

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“Most of my books happen at bedtime with the kid – and a couple of my current favorites are Tap the Magic Tree and Mix it Up! They’re really fun, interactive stories that really get children engaged on every page.”

– Deanna

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“I have two books, sometimes three, going at once. Fiction, non-fiction, and introspective. I just finished Lucky Boy by Shanthi Seharan. So topical (way to close to reality), poignant and well-written. Thoroughly recommend but hold on! So now I’m looking for the next fiction and I think it will be A Separation by Katie Kitamura—it’s smaller (perfect for my work trip this month) and is said to be literary and a thriller (perfect for that long plane ride). As far as non-fiction, John Doe’s Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk.—loving it!”

– Ashley

What are your favorite books, places to read and independent bookstores? Any books you can’t wait to take on your next vacation? Tell us your favorites!

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