31 Independent Bookstores That Are Every Book Lover's Dream

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community about their favorite independent bookstores. Here are some of their picks.

1. Commonwealth Books in Boston, MA

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"An amazing place to find signed copies and first editions from your favorite authors, or just to stumble across books you never realized you needed in your life."

Suggested by Jean-Luc Bouchard

3. Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN

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"It's Louise Erdrich's bookstore!"

Suggested by Molly Hensley-Clancy

4. Powell's in Portland, Oregon

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Suggested by Liz Bergstrom

5. Book People in Austin, TX

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"I make the six hour roundtrip to buy all the books and go to events all the time!"

Suggested by Katie H., Twitter

6. Politics & Prose in Washington, DC

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"It's like a wonderland of books -- multiple levels, great coffee, and amazing readings."

Suggested by Annie-Rose Strasser

8. Walden Pond Books in Oakland, CA

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"They have all the important books. Also, a killer collection of stickers."

Suggested by Ariane Lange

9. Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, NY

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"The staff is generous and friendly. They also have an excellent bookstore cat named Tiny, which is very important to any bookstore."

Suggested by Julia Furlan

10. Bookends in Ridgewood, NJ

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Suggested by Amy, Twitter

11. Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville, KY

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"Shout out to Carmichael's Bookstore!"

Suggested by Sarah Hayes Warner, Facebook

12. Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver, CO

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Suggested by Nicolle Lesuer, Facebook

13. The Strand in New York, NY

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"Forever and always."

Suggested by André Larnyoh, Facebook

14. Twice Sold Tales in Seattle, WA

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"It's literally full of cats and books."

Suggested by Lauren Zaser

16. Bookshop Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz, CA

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"I practically live there."

Suggested by Manjula Lisa Stokes, Facebook

17. Prairie Lights in Iowa City, IA

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Suggested by Ariel Lewiton, Facebook

18. The Book Barn in Niantic, CT

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"There’s a fairy garden, a goat enclosure, and like 84 cats. It’s basically a giant, low-key maze of buildings filled with books. It is glorious."

Suggested by Kaye Toal

20. Porter Square Bookstore in Cambridge, MA

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"Friendly staff, coffee, and a great selection."

Suggested by Kevin O'Kelly, Twitter

22. Shakespeare and Company in Paris, France

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"The one reason I have to truly like the French."

Suggested by Krutika Mallikarjuna

24. The Gutter Bookshop in Dublin, Ireland

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"In a city with more than it’s fair share of iconic bookshops, the Gutter quietly established itself as central to Dublin culture, mostly because of the quality of the stock and staff recommendations."

Suggested by patricks4be310d02

25. Bart's Books in Ojai, CA

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"The whole place is outdoors."

Suggested by Jon Passantino

26. Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

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"It's the oldest LGBTQ+ bookstore in the world."

Suggested by prinka314

27. Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ

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"It's an INCREDIBLE community bookstore."

Suggested by Maycie Thornton

29. Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, MI

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"It's like a bookstore you'd see in a movie!"

Suggested by Michael Coulter, Facebook

30. Gould's Book Arcade in Newtown, Sydney (Australia)

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Suggested by Simon Crerar

31. Atomic Books in Baltimore, Maryland

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"Atomic Books is THE. BEST."

Suggested by Adam J. Kurtz

Did we miss your favorite independent bookstore? Add yours in the comments below. And remember to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day!

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Correction: The Book Barn, despite being outside, is open rain or shine.

Sarah Galo is a Books Intern and based in New York City.

Contact Sarah Galo at sarah.galo@buzzfeed.com.

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