Top New York City Bookstores to Visit

One of the best parts about moving to a city as large as New York is that there are so many bookstores to browse. I can spend an entire afternoon just looking for unique fiction finds or a great used book deal.

1.Barnes and Noble at Union Square

This is actually my favorite bookstore in the city. It may be because I live so close to it, and I know it’s just a chain, but they have the best selection of YA ever! This Barnes and Noble is also huge, and they always have fully stocked new releases and I am always finding a new book that I want to read. This huge bookstore also has four floors, so you’re bound to find something you’re interested into reading.

2. Books of Wonder

This is such a cute children’s bookstore! But they’re not just full of kid’s books – they also have a great YA section, and frequently have events with the top YA authors. I’ve already went to two events there and met author Kendare Blake of Three Dark Crowns and Sarah Dessen when she released her new book Once and For All. Books of Wonder is always having YA author events, so keep an eye on their events calendar so stay in the loop of who’s coming!

3. Rizzoli Bookstore

This bookstore has a small fiction selection, but their main expertise is in specialized books like travel, fashion, and gardening. I think the first time I went here I spent 30 minutes in the fashion section alone, just looking through coffee table books. The overall atmosphere with its black and white floors and chandeliers is so charming and classy. And to me, I always feel like I’m in some rich person’s personal library.

4. The Strand

This is an iconic NYC staple, and it’s a must do for anyone visiting the city for the first time. With so many floors of used books, brand new books, classics, and basically any and all books you could think of it would be so easy to spend hours there. The crowds and tourists can get a little crazy and annoying at times, but if you’re willing to stick it out you might find a great book at a great deal (I found The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry for five bucks!). They also have the best literary themed gifts; mugs, t-shirts, tote bags, and even socks!

5. Three Lives & Company

I discovered this cozy bookstore in Greenwich Village on Instagram, and they have a lovely atmosphere and book selection. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable too. I found a sweet collection of Paris short stories from here that I use as a coffee table book.

6. Bookbook

This Greenwich village bookstore has some good discounted new fiction books and wide selection of literature.

I know that I’ve barely scratched the surface of all the bookstores that New York has to offer, so if you have any good recommendations let me know!

Xx Tracie

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