Do your New Year resolutions include reading more? Books are definitely on our list, especially since we discovered that a good home library has shown to be a strong factor in academic achievement and success – so says research that was conducted on the subject in no less but forty two nations! There is also research that points at the benefits of reading a printed book rather than an electronic one, which makes sense in today’s world when we are surrounded by glow of screens. If you are ready to take break and build up your home library, we recommend paying a visit to one of these excellent bookstores we frequent and love:

Vroman’s

695 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 449-5320

Vroman’s first opened doors in 1894 in Pasadena: a testament to Southern California readership (we are not just movie-goers!), it stands as an oldest and largest independent bookstore in the state.  Check in for a frequent author events, and once you are done browsing books, be sure to check out the Pasadena Laemmle Movie Theatre (lots of indie greats playing at every time) right next door.

 

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The Last Bookstore

453 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 488-0599

A must visit, this downtown LAbookstore occupies a 22,000-square-foot space in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th & Spring. It boasts a most impressive number of 250,000 new and used books on two floors, as well as a curiosities room and an atmospheric book labyrinth where you’ll find the ultimate Instagram backdrop – whole stacks of volumes arranged by color. Also not to be missed, especially around Halloween, is a “terror vault” of scary books.

 

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READ Books in Eagle Rock

4972 Eagle Rock Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90041Eagle Rock

We are big fans of this intimate independent bookseller that’s filled with used books, including covetable first editions. It’s a great place both to shop for books (there are lots but the resident bookish canine, Florence, is on hand to recommend the latest read), and connect with community (we love the monthly reading group & thematic potluck). Come browse books and then stop in for a visit to our new home community, The E.R.B. Homes, right down the street.

 

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