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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!

Anna Claire is a third year at UCSD, majoring in Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics. She loves to read, write, go on hikes and is passionate about social justice. After undergrad, she plans on attending law school. Her favorite places to be are the beach or in the desert surrounded by Joshua Trees and a starry sky.