National Book Lover's Day is coming up on August 9. Whether you're a regular bookworm who makes reading part of your daily routine, or you haven’t picked up a book in months, this is the perfect occasion to discover some new titles. Here are six great Austin bookstores to visit on National Book Lover's Day.
BookPeople has been voted the best bookstore in Austin for 15 years in a row, and for good reason. Independently owned, they carry new books as well as used books on consignment. The shop regularly hosts book signings and events for children, and there's a cafe inside where you can sit down and sip some coffee while you read. They even offer vegan and gluten-free options.
If you love rare and vintage books, magazines and artwork, then South Congress Books deserves a place on your must-visit list. They also stock many first-edition titles, which are perfect for collectors. The owner has been in the book business for 25 years and opened South Congress Books in 2011.
Another great destination for loyal bookworms and collectors is 12th Street Books. They specialize in rare and antique books, and also stock many small press editions. As you walk through the racks of finely bound literature, you'll almost feel like you're in a museum. The shop is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association and the Texas Booksellers' Association, and they operate the only rare book room in Austin.
Brave New Books caters to those who like unique and controversial literary niches. You'll find a lot of political and science-related titles, plus conspiracy and economic texts. Along with books, they also sell apparel, DVDs and music. Brave New Books has a large used books collection for those who are looking to save, and they host weekly speaking events led by interesting people.
Monkeywrench Books is a nonprofit organization run by volunteers. They carry both new and used books, magazines and posters. Inside the shop, you'll also discover a social center where you can meet other locals who share your interests. Coffee is available for patrons, and the store aims to create a friendly, welcoming environment where all feel at ease.
Malvern Books specializes in poetry and prose from independent publishers, and is a great place to discover unique and emerging authors. The owners and employees are happy to make recommendations if you're not sure what to read next. There are coffee shops nearby, and the store will gladly allow you to carry in a beverage to sip while you read.