If you love to read, it's easy to find yourself spending hours browsing the fascinating titles on the shelves of a good bookstore. While national chains have taken much of the business today, San Antonio still has a number of fine independent bookstores where you can while away a rainy afternoon. Find your next favorite book at one of these popular locations.
1. The Twig Book Shop
306 Pearl Parkway
San Antonio 78215
This shop on the Museum Reach of the Riverwalk is frequently named as the city's best bookstore by resident polls and local media. The Twig carries all the newly released books as well as classic titles for adults and children. Their comprehensive Texana collection attracts history buffs from all over. Miss Anastasia's Friday morning TWIGLET story times will help to instill a love of reading in your kids.
2. Nine Lives Books
4907 NW Loop San
Nine Lives promotes "green" reading by finding homes for used books that can still provide enjoyment for a new audience. They have merchandise in popular categories like mystery, science fiction and romance along with more specialized areas such as business, computers and medicine. Recycle your used books by selling them for cash or store credit.
3. Imagine Books & Records
8373 Culebra Road
San Antonio 78251
Imagine is a true independent bookstore in every sense of the word. Owner Don Hurd is a retired English teacher and published author who is also active in recording arts as the founder of Red Wheelbarrow Records. Featured titles include selections from Charles Bukowski, Jack Kerouac and Noam Chomsky. The store also hosts performances by local bands, poetry readings and movie nights.
4. The BookCellar
600 Soledad Street
San Antonio 78205
Located in the basement of San Antonio's Central Library, this unique bookstore sells titles that have been "retired" from the system as well as donated books. Most hardbacks are priced at $1 or less, with paperbacks and children's books going for 25¢ to 50¢. All proceeds from the non-profit organization benefit the San Antonio Public Library.
If you were stranded on an island, what one beloved book would you want to have with you? Share your choice in the comments!