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Top Ten Tuesday | Bookstores + Libraries I Want to Visit!

Happy Top Ten Tuesday, everyone! This week is hectic and crazy but I’m glad I’m able to post today. I’m in the middle of assignment deadlines plus I’m planning a weekend at the cottage with my friends. Throw in a few appointments and chores as well. Needless to say, there’s a lot on my plate this week.

But, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is definitely one of my favourites. I did not want to miss out on it. I love to travel and one of the best things is experiencing new places that love books and bookish things just as much as I do!

For those of you who are not familiar, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl where she assigns a new topic each week and posts a top ten list to follow that theme.

This week’s topic is bookstores and libraries I want to visit! I decided to make two parts to the post – five bookstores and five libraries. I’m sure there are many more that I want to visit, but I think this is a good start!

Without further rambling, here is this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!


Black Squirrel Books // 📍Ottawa, Canada // I’ve been to Ottawa a number of times and yet I’ve never been able to visit this lovely bookstore! It’s super cute and their cafe sells local items, which I love. They also buy and sell finely used and loved books. One of my best friends lives in Ottawa – next time I’m there, I definitely need to stop by!

Mosaic Books // 📍Kelowna, Canada // In May, I took a trip to the West Coast of Canada and absolutely fell in love. I honestly wish I had more time to explore this beautiful part of my country. I took a cruise from Los Angeles to Victoria, British Columbia so unfortunately Kelowna was not a stop. But, I saw this bookstore on a recent video by Kayla, at BooksandLaLa, and it looked so cute and cozy. It gave me the vibes of Chapters/Indigo but with the perks of supporting a local independent bookstore!

Rizzoli Books // 📍New York City, United States // Rizzoli Books looks absolutely beautiful in all the pictures I’ve seen. They also have been around since 1964! I definitely would be interested in checking this bookstore out if I ever visit New York (which is hopefully someday)!

Shakespeare and Company // 📍Paris, France // Do I really even have to explain this one? This lovely independent bookstore has been around since 1951 and is a must-see when visiting Paris. I was in Paris in 2013 and unfortunately did not have the time to visit. I was only there for a few days and there were other things that my family wanted to do. Next time, I shall visit this beautiful shop!

The Strand // 📍 New York City, United States // This bookstore is an absolute dream of mine to visit. It has new, used and rare out of print books which sounds like an awesome combination. A lot of people on BookTube visit this store and it definitely makes it look like an intriguing place to shop for books!



Boston Public Library //📍Boston, United States // Founded in 1852, this library is absolutely stunning!

New York Public Library //📍New York City, United States // The New York Public Library is apparently the second largest library in the United States. Since I already have bookstores I want to visit in New York, I might as well add a library, right?!

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library // 📍Toronto, Canada // This beautiful library is in my own backyard. It’s at the University of Toronto and looks absolutely beautiful in all the photos I’ve seen. It holds a lot of rare and old books and I’ve heard it actually is home to some of Margaret Atwood’s original manuscripts! Very cool!

Trinity College Library //📍 Dublin, Ireland // This is apparently the largest library in Ireland. And quite honestly, I just really want to visit Ireland so I might as well add something related to books on the list of things to do, ha!

Central Library of Vancouver //📍Vancouver, Canada // The central branch for Vancouver looks absolutely incredible. I definitely want to visit it someday. It’s got amazing books (duh) but I’ve also heard that they have outdoor spaces and retail shopping nearby? It just sounds like a great place to visit and the pictures look beautiful!



That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I’m so sorry for all the text – usually I like to throw some images in, but I just didn’t have the time this week.

In other news though, a post went live today with a free monthly bookish calendar that you all can download! It’s for the rest of 2018 (October, November and December) and will help you all plan out your Top Ten Tuesday posts! Please check it out if you’d like and share with friends!

See you guys next week!

Let’s Chat in the Comments!

Have you been to any of these bookstores or libraries? Which bookstores and libraries do you recommend I check out?

As always, please leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post down below and I will check it out!

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


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