It’s been quite a while since my last blog post, but now that I am finishing up my busy fall semester I can get back into the groove of things! After such a jam backed schedule, it’s nice to take the time to relax and do something fun, such as exploring our local landscape. We just recently went to Richmond for a quick day trip to drive around and check out some pretty cool book stores!
I am huge book lover and I am always looking for new stories to read, and if I can find a good deal…even better! So used bookstores are one of my favorite places to explore, since you never know what you will come across, and our first stop was by far one of the best places for this!
When I walked into Mckay brothers I was completely overwhelmed (in a good way). Huge shelves just full of all sorts of books, from science and gardening, to fantasy and romance. Not to mention a massive collection of DC and Marvel comics. Video games, music, movies, and even some board games are also tucked away on the selves.
The prices are what really set this place apart from most other places I’ve been. They are awesome! On the day we went, they were even having a sale for the holidays, so everything was even CHEAPER! I ended up getting 5 books for $5! I literally wanted to walk right back in the moment we left and buy more!
The books that I ended up purchasing are…
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Darkborn by Alison Sinclair
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs
A History of Engraving & Etching by Arthur M. Hind
Goya and the Satirical Print by Reva Wolf
2nd & Charles
Our second stop for the day was 2nd & Charles, which I will admit I had thought was a similar place to Mckay Brothers, but it actually falls somewhere in-between a used bookstore and a normal one.
This place is huge and has a lot of various things, but books definitely occupy most of the space.
As I searched around I found that there were a couple of books for a cheaper price, but for the most part, the prices are comparable to Barnes & Noble. Where this store really won me over though, was when I found the Graphic Novels/Manga. All of the manga was about half of the typically price, so I was able to get four volumes for about 14 dollars which is a really great deal! Their selection was also decent and I was able to find series that I can’t always find at Barnes & Noble.
So the four volumes that I purchased were from…
The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross by Arina Tanemura
One of our last stops of the day was Aquarian Bookshop, which was a great tucked away new-age bookshop. They had a huge selection of gemstones and crystals, some of which were made into some very lovely pendants. In the corner of the store was a selection of books and sets of tarot cards! I absolutely love tarot cards so it was really cool to find such a diverse selection, and I definitely found a couple that I would love to have in the future.
Traveling between stops, we took a breath to go see the Virginia House, which is actually a castle! And it definitely looks the part. It is such a cool building and is located in a really gorgeous neighborhood with plenty more lovely houses! So if you find yourself in the area, it is a really nice car ride.
Another bookstore we took a minute to check out is called Black Swan Books. This place is very different from the previous bookstores I mentioned, because this stores specialty is rare books. It was almost like being inside a museum and with prices to match, but if you are in the market for rare books and are willing to pay the prices then this is the place for you!
So that is a few of the honorable mentions from our Richmond adventure! There are still a couple places I would like to check out (including some more bookstores) but that will have to wait for another day! 😉
Thank you for reading and have a fabulous holiday!