Last year, when we first started Thrice Read, Jenn went on a road trip and had and opportunity to check out several really exciting and well known book stores in the country.
This time though, it’s not Jenn doing the bookish road trip post, it’s me.
I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in New York this week and what kind of book blogger would I have been if I didn’t make it to the infamous Strand bookstore.
Let’s start with the size of Strand. To call it large would be a total and complete understatement. Strand is massive. It’s three stories — basement, ground level and second floor — and books fill nearly every space. It’s a book hoarder’s dream and I’m almost positive that even the most obscure books can be found here.
Once you get used to the size of the store and the number of books in it — its slogan isn’t “18 miles of books” for nothing — you can browse books on tables that are labeled with various “genres”. Things like, “Books of the Future” and “Unknown and Upcoming” are some of the book displays that Strand puts out for it’s costumers.
One table that really caught my attention was the “Suggested Strand Reads”, which had not one but two V.E. Schwab books. Not to mention Ibi Zoboi’s American Street was on display and it was a beautiful reminder that bookstores like Strand are helping propel unknown and growing authors.
If you’re not into the table displays you can always find something in the stacks like the one in the photo below. The number of variety in Pride and Prejudice cover options was vast and basically there was an entire wall of Jane Austen novels because this store literally offers every book you could imagine.
Something really impressive with Strand is that the prices on books there are actually better than a typical chain bookstores cost. I found many books that I’ve had on my TBR for a while now that I hadn’t gotten around to purchasing for below the original sale price.
Also, Strand is not just a new bookstore, it’s also a used bookstore and I didn’t see a single book that was less than gently used. I’ve always shied away from buying used books because I don’t exactly trust the quality, but Strand’s standards are so high when it comes to taking in new used books that I would have thought twice about buying a used book from them.
All in all, I was incredibly impressed with Strand. It was really cool to see so many books in a place that wasn’t a library and to also see so many people there that were just as passionate about books as I am.