If you’re ever in Pasadena, CA, please check out a fabulous bookstore by the name Vroman’s. It’s a landmark , right on Colorado Blvd. Best part (other than the incredible selection of books and bookish items) is that it’s an independent shop. Two floors of almost every book you can imagine, along with knick-knacks (e.g. bookmarks, t-shirts, mugs). If you are a book nerd like me and have no problem killing 2+ hours in a Hogwarts for book dragons, hit this shop now.
Make sure you bring money (You cannot escape walking empty-headed) and comfortable shoes.
As for me, I managed to walk out with one adult fiction novel (Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson – I love fictional ballet tales), two nonfiction books for my boys (a kid’s biography about President Barack Obama for my youngest and a book about Hinduism for my oldest, majoring in history in the fall), three bookmarks (one for free), a cute magnet about embracing one’s weirdness, and an exclusive short story Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell (only available free for Indie Bookstore Day).
I kept my shopping cool, but I’m glad to support a great spot. Of course, there will be other chances to go bonkers, but patience’s the key.
Like I said, please stop by, if you can. Vroman’s well worth a visit.