Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack

“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” — Virgina Woolf

I can’t see myself ever going over to the Kindle-side as long as there are bookshops like these in which to lose myself. Many a blissful hour has been spent wandering aimlessly around aisle upon aisle of books – and secondhand bookshops especially just whisper of the excitement of potential new worlds and characters to meet. This list of the ten most inspiring bookshops just makes me want to pick up an empty suitcase, get on a flight, and not come back till the suitcase is heaving with books from each of these places.

I especially love the pictures of the timeless bouquinistes of Paris, and I never knew that the fantastic Barter Books – housed in an old railway station in the beautiful town of Alnwick – was the origin for the Keep Calm and Carry On resurgence!

Kanako, 2013 – A Japanese artist living in Paris, for more go here

Today’s quote is from Virginia Woolf.

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