Bluestocking also carries a variety of vintage records, posters, magazines, and artwork, and the store is especially popular with people who want to trade credit for their used books. This means that their inventory changes every day! Jordan and I would take advantage of this, but we hate parting with any of our books, and having moved all of them upward of seven times over the last five years, I think we're committed to keeping every single one of our books.
Some of the cool posters and artwork that Bluestocking has.
Like most used bookstores, Bluestocking is perfect if you're looking to peruse. They definitely don't have everything, but that's part of the fun! Their collection isn't so huge that it feels impossible to simply look around and see what grabs you. Jordan and I weren't looking for anything in particular, so we spent our time wandering the aisles and checking out different titles. It was perfect. Even though it was President's Day, the store wasn't too packed, which made for a relaxing and quiet experience. I found a lot of really beautiful and unique editions of some of the most well-known works of literature, and it was difficult for me to pass up an especially striking copy of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
Bluestocking boasts a really diverse array of sections, including everything from YA literature and plays to religion and spirituality and collectible editions. Jordan especially loved their science fiction and fantasy section, and he spent most of his time there. They have a lot of really classic titles that most chain bookstores don't carry, and he took home two very cool books that he's really excited about.
I ended up going home with Isabel Allende's Daughter of Fortune, which I haven't read since high school and have been wanting to re-read. I also grabbed one of Bluestocking's bookmarks, which says "Read a F*cking Book." How could I not?
Where are your favorite places to read and/or write?