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Last weekend I visited nine bookstores for the San Diego Book Crawl. I had so much fun exploring more of San Diego and browsing through books. It was the perfect way to unwind and spend some time alone. I want to share with you some of my favorite stores that I visited, in no particular order.
- Diesel, Del Mar
I loved the overall feeling of this store. It was inviting with lots of natural light. The contrast between the white shelves with the colors of the book covers brought a sense of warmth. There was a wide variety of genres ranging from fiction to feminism and I especially enjoyed reading the handwritten descriptions made by the staff.
- Bluestocking Books
As soon as you walk into Bluestocking Books, your senses are filled with the smell of books. I loved that this store sold both new and used novels. The staff were so welcoming and I admired that they encouraged not using cellphones while in the store.
- Verbatim Books
Verbatim was definitely one of the most unique bookstores I have ever gone to. With a mural covering the outside walls, a chandelier hanging from the ceiling, old furniture, and art lining the walls, Verbatim is a bookstore like no other. The number of used books they offer is impressive and you could easily spend hours browsing through their selection.
- Libélula Books & Co.
This store was beautifully decorated. The shelves were filled with colorful books and knick knacks. Most of the books were focused around latinx, queer, and black narratives and I enjoyed seeing so many progressive books in one place.
I’m so grateful that I was able to discover all of these wonderful locally owned bookstores. I hope that you are able to explore them for yourself in the future!