Top Ten Tuesday #388

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good week since I last did one of these. As I mentioned in my last post, I went to see the stage show of Moulin Rouge on Thursday and it was INCREDIBLE. I was a little worried that it wouldn’t live up to the film for me, but it was a *pardon the awful and niche pun* spectacular experience, the cast were amazing, the staging was incredible and some of the songs that I wasn’t quite sure about what they’d done with them from listening to the cast album actually turned out to be some of my favourite moments in the show, which just goes to show you really do need to see the live thing before you judge! I definitely left the theatre feeling like I just wanted to go back in there and experience it all over again, which is always the sign of a great show.

Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so time for another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, in honour of National Bookshop Day (which was on Saturday here in the U.K.), we’re talking about our Favourite Bookstores/Bookstores We’d Like To Visit. I did a post on Bookshops I’d Like To Visit a few years back, so this list will mainly be my favourite bookshops, but I didn’t have quite enough, so I added a few extra bookshops I’d like to visit that I didn’t feature on the previous list of them I did to make up the full list of 10:

Favourite Bookshops:

  1. Foyles Charing Cross Road

Every time I step into this bookshop, it just feels like coming home. It’s basically bookworm heaven, there’s such a massive selection of books, whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it here. I also really love that they get in some US releases that haven’t got a UK publisher, as it’s meant I can get books I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. Whenever I used to come down to London from Cambridge, I would always try to make a stop here, and now I live in London, I can literally just get the bus there whenever I want (which of course means I haven’t been in since I moved! Must change that soon!).

2. Waterstones (Sauchiehall Street), Glasgow

Am I a bad book lover if I say I love this Waterstones more than the one in Piccadilly? Whenever I go to Glasgow, I always make it a point to stop off here as it’s one of my favourite places. It’s such a beautiful shop, it’s MASSIVE so there’s a wide range of choices, no matter what your reading tastes and I could happily spend hours and hours in there. There are several Waterstones in Glasgow, but this is definitely the best one!

3. Waterstones, Piccadilly

Okay so when I say I love the Waterstones in Glasgow more than this one, it is a really close competition as I do love this one a lot too. Waterstones flagship London shop is basically book lover paradise, it’s the BIGGEST bookshop in EUROPE and basically everything you could ever want can be found in here. It’s another place that I always made sure to stop off in whenever I was in London, and again, I would love to go more now that I live here (though it is much quicker to go to the admittedly smaller Waterstones that’s just down the street from me!).

4. The Book Nook (Stirling)

I so wish this place had been open when I’d still been at uni in Stirling because I don’t think I would have ever left it! Still, in my couple of trips back since the shop opened two years ago, it’s been a place I’ve made a point to visit because it’s so lovely! It’s a second hand bookshop/cafe, with a reasonably wide selection of books and they do fabulous hot chocolate and cakes. I’m still kicking myself for not buying the hardcover edition of Vicious they had the last time I was in!

5. Transreal Fiction (Edinburgh)

This is one of my favourite independent bookshops, it’s a specialist Sci-Fi/Fantasy shop, so you can imagine the field day I have when I go in here! The first time I went here, I managed to find copies of VE Schwab’s The Archived and The Unbound which I don’t think were published in the UK at the time (they had the US paperbacks, I think), so as you can imagine, that instantly endeared me to the place. Edinburgh is brilliant for bookshops and if you’re a Sci-Fi/Fantasy fan, I really do highly recommend this one as they have a great selection.

6. Blackwells South Bridge (Edinburgh)

Yes, I had to make the distinction as there is more than one Blackwells in Edinburgh! This one is the one that has fiction books, I think the other is an academic bookseller on one of the university campuses. I really love this shop as it’s so neat and well organised, and everything is really easy to find. It’s got a really nice size YA section, and there’s a Cafe Nero in there as well, so it’s a good place to go around lunchtime as you can instantly resolve it if you get hungry!

7. Heffers, Cambridge

Honestly, I’m not sure when or why I started going to Waterstones in Cambridge more than Heffers as Heffers does have a bigger selection of books. Still I have really great memories of this bookshop as it’s where my dad used to take me to get books when I was younger, whenever I got a treat for doing well in school or something like that, we’d always go to Heffers and I always really enjoyed myself, so yeah, fond memories.

Bookshops I’d Like To Visit:

8. Goldsboro Books (London)

Every time I see one of their gorgeous special editions, I’m always tempted to go and visit Goldsboro Books, but I never have. I think it’s in a similar area to Foyles though, so maybe the next time I go there, I might try and make a stop in here too? It looks like a really lovely shop, so I definitely want to try and visit.

9. Topping and Company (Bath)

I have been to Bath but for some reason we didn’t stop into this shop when we were there (I guess we were only there a couple of days and had other things we wanted to do!). I’ve heard amazing things about this particular shop, so I really want to go and check it out in person, maybe I’ll go back to Bath one day and do another Bookshop tour in a similar style to the one I did for Edinburgh a few years back?

10. BookBar (London)

I heard about this shop, I think maybe last year, and it sounds so cool! It’s basically a bookshop/wine bar which sounds like the perfect combination to me and it looks like a really cute shop. It is on the other side of London to where I live, but I’m sure I could make the trip out one day.

So there we go, those are some of my favourite bookshops, and some bookshops I’d still like to visit. Have you been to any of these bookshops? What are your favourite bookshops? Let me know in the comments!

I’ll be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, though I will be changing the topic once again, as the original topic, Books I Read On Vacation, is one that I’ve already done here twice, and I’m not sure I have anything more to add on it seeing as I’ve not really been on holiday much in the past two years! So instead, I’m going to use a topic I saw on another blog recently, and do Book Titles Beginning With The Letter “A”.


62 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #388

  1. Anne Bennett 04/10/2022 / 4:44 pm

    I sometimes dream of taking a vacation to visit bookstores and libraries around the world. Such a joy!

  2. lindseyhabets 04/10/2022 / 5:23 pm

    These all look great, I love the pictures! Hope I’ll get to visit them someday 🙂 And glad to hear you had a great time at Moulin Rouge!

  3. jennielyse 04/10/2022 / 5:31 pm

    The BookBar sounds and looks amazing. I’m adding that one to my list. 😀 And, that’s so cool you got to see a stage play of MOULIN ROUGE. It’s one of my favorite movies and I’d love to see the play. I’m glad you enjoyed it! And, thank you for stopping by!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 5:39 pm

      No problem! I definitely recommend seeing it if you’re in London/visiting London, it was so good 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 5:03 pm

      I felt the same way when looking at other people’s lists this week, though a lot of them would have involved very long plane-rides!

      • Emily Jane 11/10/2022 / 6:24 pm

        Yeah! Once my son is older and Covid is less of a thing hopefully we can start travelling again, although that won’t help with the reading as we will be seeing all the sights!!

      • iloveheartlandx 18/10/2022 / 10:12 am

        Hopefully! I’m going on my first international holiday post-covid at the end of the year and I’m really excited to finally get away again 🙂

      • Emily Jane 18/10/2022 / 11:38 am

        That’s exciting. I hope you have an amazing time 🙂

  4. smellincoffee 04/10/2022 / 6:33 pm

    I like the Book Bar! When I was in college there was a combination bookstore, bar, and cafe called “The Eclipse”. It was an uber-cool place, but was closed when the proprietor retired.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 5:02 pm

      It does look so cool, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get out there one day. That sounds so great, such a shame it closed 🙂

  5. deanne01 04/10/2022 / 6:57 pm

    These look like marvelous bookstores. Being from the US I’ve only heard of Waterstones but I’d love to visit them ALL! Glad you’re able to get a few US publications on your bookstore visits. We do have many wonderful authors here with fabulous books 🙂

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 5:01 pm

      They are! That’s not surprising, Waterstones is definitely our biggest known chain, but there are a lot of independent places in the UK too (although Waterstones does now own both Foyles and Blackwells). We do get a lot of US authors picked up by UK publishers anyway, so I’m generally able to get what I want, but Foyles is good for finding books by smaller US authors.

      • deanne01 11/10/2022 / 9:35 pm

        Glad you have some awesome bookstores there and that you can read books from US authors. Seems like pretty much everything is everywhere now.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:50 pm

      So good right? It’s the nicest little place, they do really good hot chocolate and cakes 🙂

  6. Louise 04/10/2022 / 7:39 pm

    Great choices! I really love the sprawling size of Foyles and Sauchiehall St Waterstones, but I love the charm of the Book Nook too!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks! They all offer very different things, and I love them all 🙂

  7. agreatreviewer 04/10/2022 / 9:37 pm

    Ooh nice ones! I forgot about Goldsboro! I tend to just order one author from them when they have her special edition that I forget they have others too! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:48 pm

      Thank you! I’ve never been there, but always wanted to go because the special editions look so lovely.

  8. Rissi 04/10/2022 / 10:58 pm

    I reused one of my lists from several years ago with updated thoughts. I forgot what the topic this week was and so I kind of, last minute, threw something together. Kind of wish I’d done books about bookstores or something. But oh, well! At least I did mange to publish something. 🙂

  9. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 04/10/2022 / 11:25 pm

    Golly, I wish these were closer. I would love to visit them all. Just looking at the photos of them delights me.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:48 pm

      I felt the same way looking at other people’s lists last week!

  10. Carla 04/10/2022 / 11:45 pm

    These look like some great places to spend a day reading, browsing and shopping. Lucky you.

  11. Terrie Purkey 05/10/2022 / 12:13 am

    Topping & Co & Book Bar look absolutely delightful. I wish I’d known about all these London bookstores when I visited a few years ago – I only went to Waterstones, which was amazing, but giant! Guess I’ll just have to go back! Thanks for the visit!
    Hope you have a great week and have some time to read a good book.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:47 pm

      Hopefully one day I’ll get to go and experience them for myself! There are so many great options for bookstores in London beyond Waterstones (which I do also love) so I hope you get the chance to come back and visit some of them. No problem. Thank you 🙂

  12. WendyW 05/10/2022 / 3:01 am

    I love these stores. I like that you found so many unique and interesting books stores that you’ve been to

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:43 pm

      Thank you! I’ve been very lucky to have visited so many places with fab book stores 🙂

  13. Davida Chazan 05/10/2022 / 9:12 am

    I’m visiting London right now and the first place I went was to Foyles!!! I mean, Catholics visit churches, readers visit Foyles!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:43 pm

      Ah I hope you had a great time/are having if you’re still here! It is true, tis the spiritual home of readers 🙂

  14. Eswee @ Spiderwebz 05/10/2022 / 12:26 pm

    All of these British bookstores are just amazing. I don’t know what it is about them, but they all seem so much cozier than others!

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:42 pm

      I don’t know what it is about them either, but they do definitely have that feel don’t they?!

  15. Marianne Maurer 05/10/2022 / 3:21 pm

    How lovely those bookshops all look. If I didn’t miss the UK anyway, I really would want to go there now. Thanks for showing the shops to us.

    Thanks for visiting my My TTT this week which is on books about bookshops.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:41 pm

      We do have some really lovely bookshops, I feel very grateful that the UK has so many great bookshops to choose from! No problem 🙂

      • Marianne Maurer 12/10/2022 / 9:13 am

        I remember lots of independent bookshops when we lived there but I guess that’s the same as over here, many of them disappeared. We are lucky to still have one in our little town but I have to order most of the books I want and the can’t get non-German books for me. But that was the same in England, I couldn’t get foreign books at all at the time.

      • iloveheartlandx 18/10/2022 / 10:08 am

        We still have quite a lot, to be honest, I just haven’t been to many!

      • Marianne Maurer 18/10/2022 / 11:24 am

        As long as we all support at least one local independent bookshop, I guess we’re fine.

    • iloveheartlandx 11/10/2022 / 4:40 pm

      Well if you ever come to the UK, chances are you’ll end up in at least one, they’re everywhere here!

  16. FangirlFlax 11/10/2022 / 10:16 pm

    I have so many fond memories of Waterstones Piccadilly! I find the London Foyles too big to properly navigate, which is never a problem I thought I’d ever have, haha.

    • iloveheartlandx 18/10/2022 / 10:09 am

      It’s such a lovely place. I definitely get that, it helps that I’m usually going one of two places, (either YA or SFF), so as long as I know where those are, I’m fine.

      • FangirlFlax 18/10/2022 / 8:47 pm

        Honestly, I think it’s more a me thing–if I have to consult that list of what’s on what level to find the genre I’m looking for, I decide it’s too big. Senseless lol!

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