Parnassus Books is everything I could want out of a bookstore times a million.
It’s about that time you guys. It’s time for another bookish road trip post! This stop is Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee. When researching bookstores to go to on my road trip list after list had Parnassus Books as one of the top bookstores in the nation.
I was worried this shop wouldn’t live up to the hype. I had been pleasantly surprised with the other bookstores on my journey (check them out here, here, and here). However, I didn’t have expectations for those stores. Parnassus had been spoken about so highly it became like the holy grail to me. And boy did it deliver.
Parnassus seemed to have everything I liked in a local bookstore. It was organized beautifully with a huge selection. This store actually had the largest selection of YA novels that I have seen in a local bookstore. They also have a huge collection of signed books. (Which I totally took advantage of.)
While having an expansive collection of books Parnassus still was able to keep the charm of a local bookstore. There were recommendations by the owners and shopkeepers. There was also a local happenings board right at the beginning of the store. Local authors were also highlighted beautifully at the entrance of the store. There’s even shop dogs roaming around which is adorable.
This shop just really felt like the owners get readers. This can be seen by the subscription box they offer. The ParnassusNext box is a monthly subscription box which features new YA books. Each book in the boxes is signed and a hardback first edition. The cost of the subscription is merely the cost of the book plus shipping if you cannot pick it up in store. I am so excited to subscribe to this box. I seriously cannot wait. In addition to the great selection of books they also have a section of bookish goodies. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful items in this section. The stationary was gorgeous and way too cute to pass up.
I am obsessed with Parnassus Books. I would take a whole new road trip just to visit this shop. If you have the chance to visit this store take it. You will not be disappointed.