Books of Wonder doesn’t look like much from the outside. Actually, if it wasn’t for the green flag out front, I would have totally walked right by it—and I was looking for it.
But, as we know, looks can be deceiving. The store itself isn’t very big, but it’s a necessity for any lover of children’s literature. It brags the title of oldest—and largest!—independent children’s bookstore. And it has everything, from baby’s first book to all those wonderful YA titles we know and love. The place is so cute and cozy.
(As seen from the front of the store. Forgive the blurriness.)
As I wandered toward the back of the store, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself greeted by glass-fronted bookcases containing old, rare, and signed books. Did you ever have the urge to purchase a signed advanced copy of Harry Potter? Now you can, for only $2,500! (Note to self: keep all my advanced copies.) But most of all, I was in awe over this wall:
Never before have I felt the need for a signed book poster, but now my life feel empty without one. They’re quite lovely, and I spent most of my time gazing longingly at them all. And cringing at price tags. When I saw this one in particular:
I thought that, maybe, $450 wasn’t that much money. Right?
But I resisted, and almost made it out of the store without breaking out the wallet, but then I stumbled upon my to-read list in physical form.
…otherwise known as the “teen fiction” section. But considering I resisted the Madeleine L’Engle poster, I think it’s okay that I grabbed a signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars. Now I just have to get around to reading it. (One step at a time.) The store also has an adjoining cupcake cafe, so really, there’s absolutely no reason to dislike this place. I do believe I shall return (but leave my credit card at home.)