This summer, my mom and I went to Toronto for a weekend. We saw the Newsies musical (which was awesome!) on Friday. We decided to spend Saturday exploring some of the little bookstores that Toronto offers - and there are a lot! I thought I would share our adventure, in case anyone else is looking for some bookish fun in the Toronto area.
The owner of this bookstore was so nice! At this point in the trip, I had hardly any Canadian cash left. I only bought one book, which didn't cost enough for the minimum credit card amount. So he sold it to me for only $5 because that was all the cash I had left!
My mom is a big mystery reader, so we definitely had to stop here. They have a great mix of new and used mysteries.
If you aren't looking for it, you're likely to walk right past this one. There's no sign (that I could see, at any rate). But there's no denying it's a bookstore as soon as you peek in the front door. Books everywhere!
Nicely organized in the front, literally stacks of boxes of books in the back. Not enough storage or display space for all of the great books they had!
The caliber of books at this one was rather outside of our price range. But that's okay, because we went for the biblio-mat! Just two dollars (Canadian, but the owner will happily change your American dollars for Canadian if you had completely run out like we had) - and you get a completely random book! How fun is that!
Behind the tree is Dencan Books, which was closed for a week because the owner was on vacation. But The Book Exchange next door was open, and the owner kindly suggested another bookstore just down the street (actually, there are a whole lot of them in the neighborhood called The Junction, but we were running out of time. You could probably spend a whole day just in that area alone).
This was our last stop for the day. They sell CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records, along with a wide variety of books.
And after a day spent perusing various bookstores, I had of course amassed quite a pile of finds. Here's what I came home with:
I would happily visit any of these bookstores again, the next time I'm in Toronto. And even better, this is only a small fraction of the bookstores you can find there. There's lots more to explore!
My name is Julie, and I own a lot of books. As in, they are stacked on the floor because I've run out of room on the shelves. And those shelves? There are so many books on them that they smile -- not sag; smile. This blog will cover book reviews and all manner of other bookish things.
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