Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.
It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This weeks topic is Top Ten Bookstores/Libraries We’ve Always Wanted to Visit
1 Honesty Bookshop,
I have a bag from this town, but I’ve never been. The internet tells me this fantastic information!:
Really, the little town of Hay-on-Wye should count as a single famous bookstore itself, its shelves merely split up by streets and pubs—it’s by far the most famous of all the “book towns,” with some 40 bookshops in a town with 1,400 residents, as well as the annual Hay-on-Wye literary festival, which draws tons of tourists. If I have to narrow it down, one of the best bookish attractions they have going is the Honesty Bookshop, which has been around in various forms since the ’60s. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a huge outdoor swath of books, each priced at one euro (paperbacks 50p), the bookshelves unmanned. There’s simply a box for you to drop your payment, which goes to the Hay Castle Trust.
2 Bodleian Library
Oxford University, England
I’m reading about it and also watching it on A Discovery of Witches. It looks so atmospheric that I just want to go there and write.
3 Looking Glass Books,
It’s a book shop, with comfy sofas and it’s also a cafe?! Yes please!
4 Library of Alexandria,
Aparently the stories of it burning down are greatly exaggerated, so it wasn’t quite the fictitious wild card I’d thought…. But still wow! Look at it!
5 Flourish and Blotts,
Books on magic? Yes please!