Road Trip Wednesday #164

YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday: 

Imagine you get to open your own bookstore. What would it look like? What kinds of books would you sell?

Wow, what a question! I’m going into this with the assumption that money is no object, the location is prime, and the market is infinite. Because my ideal bookstore isn’t just a hop-in-and-out sort of a place that survives on the target market doing what it’s supposed to do. My ideal is more of a tourist destination.

First, you need an old home. Tudor style is a plus, with lots of old wood and at least three staircases:

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The house inspiration came from a Supernatural episode featuring this beauty:

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The inset is what it looked like in the Season 2, Episode 11 “Playthings”. I wish I could find photos of the inside.

But here’s what I imagine…

Once you enter,

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You’ll have to pick up a map and then feel free to wander the halls to any number of rooms, themed according to genre. (Unfortunately, most of the pictures I could find showed old books…but imagine new releases included, also)

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The books sold would be new and used, and people could bring old books to exchange.

After a day exploring, you could visit the restaurant/coffee shop, and we could sit down for coffee, surrounded by books…

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I would want the house as much a place to explore as the books…

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A place to spend the day relaxing and exploring and reading and loving books

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All books would be welcome. The number of rooms means you could host signings and Austen parties and Inklings and whatnot. I could have my own private living space attached to the house, which means the bookstore is my library.

I’d want it all to be more than just a place to buy a good book, but a place to enjoy one, as well. A place to find new treasures, regardless of the packaging.

Not just a book store, but a book house.

What does your bookstore look like?

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27 comments on “Road Trip Wednesday #164

  1. Corrie says:

    All of these pictures make me want to crawl inside my computer screen. I know they’re basically traditional library/bookstore feeling pictures, but really, what else is like this in the world? Nothing!

  2. Colin says:

    This is a great concept, Rae. One thing any brick-and-mortar bookstore has to consider these days is what service(s) it can offer that people can’t get at Amazon. I think you’re on to something with this idea of the bookstore being more than just a bookstore, but a “book house,” where the environment is almost as much of an attraction as the books it contains.

  3. Um. I didn’t realize I needed a place like this to exist until you just described it. What a fantastic idea—especially love the thought of giving each genre a room, almost like a living museum. Geez. Let us know if you somehow get to make this happen, ok??

    • Rae says:

      I wish I could find pictures of rooms decorated the way I’d like. And I still love the small bookstores, but the idea of a huge house is really getting to me!

  4. I want to go to there! What a great concept! All those book ladders…ever since Beauty and the Beast came out I’ve wanted a library with a ladder.

  5. Jaime says:

    And you’ve pretty much just described heaven for me. 🙂 I love the idea of an old Tudor house with gorgeous wood and grand staircases. Of course, with books shoved into almost every nook and cranny. I like how you compare it to a tourist destination. I’d be there in a heartbeat (and I’d probably have to be forcibly removed). 🙂

  6. Rachael says:

    That would be gorgeous! I’d be afraid to walk in because I’d probably never want to leave.

  7. This looks so awesome, I would love to just curl up on one of those couches and get lost in a good book! Such a cool idea! 🙂

  8. Viklit says:

    Oooh I love the feel of this and love the supernatural ref! 🙂 I’d visit!

  9. Melanie says:

    Wow, that can’t be a bookstore, that has to be my HOME. Except I need a bedroom somewhere. 🙂

  10. Miss Cole says:

    Just so you know, I’d be moving in.

  11. Alex says:

    That’s such an original and pretty nifty idea! I love it! You’d have the best library going! 🙂 And you get extra points for liking Supernatural. It’s the rules.

    xo

    • Rae says:

      😀 Yay for extra points! The episode gave me creeps regarding that house, but it kind of made me want to visit, too…it’d be beautiful on a sunny day!

  12. I love the idea of the bookstore being a cozy, beautiful house. I want to move in with you! I love old Tudor style homes. So gorgeous.

    • Rae says:

      I’ve visited a few old homes like this, and they somehow manage to seem cozy and regal at the same time…? Not a lot of places can manage that!

  13. Verry nice post….ii`d love to have one of these library

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