I have a bucket list. It's only of places I want to visit before I die. Not things I want to do but places I'd love to see, even if only once.
I sometimes wonder if characters in books have lists like that. Not necessarily a bucket list, but maybe a list of favorite places to visit, things to see, places to eat, etc. Well, turns out one character does. *grins*
And, get this, her list is comprised of bookstores! I think I just found new places to add to my own list!
Quinn Higsy, heroine of Best Worst Mistake, is an unabashed book junkie. She knows all bookstores are cool...but some are cooler than others. Here’s a peek at just a few bookstores from her travel bucket list.
Livraria Lello, Portugal
One of the world’s most gorgeous bookstores, this hundred-year-old building filled with stained glass, sweeping staircases, an ornate ceilings almost make reading a distraction.
Boekhandel Dominicanen, Netherlands
About as close as a bookworm gets to heaven, this store is a converted Cathedral built in the 13th century.
Powell’s City of Books, USA
Portland, Oregon is home of the world’s largest bookstore, Powell’s City of Books. Open 365 days a year, it takes up an entire city block and features dozens of author events every month.
The Strand Bookstore, USA
This Manhattan bookstore has a giant catalog of 2.5 million titles (that’s 18 miles of book) but the real draw card is the Rare Book Room. This room is open to the public and the place to go if you’re wallet is feeling fat and you’d like a first edition copy of Gone with the Wind or a copy of Alice in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dali.
Foyles Bookshop, England
With a bright, new flagship store, this London icon has free Wi-Fi, over 80,000 titles to choose from and one of the most diverse browsing selections in all of Europe.
To find out more about Quinn, check out her book below.
Title: Best Worst Mistake
Series: Brightwater, Book 3
Author: Lia Riley
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: October 20, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
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The third sexy and emotional novel in debut Avon author Lia Riley’s Brightwater series set in the mountains of Northern California
Sometimes the worst mistakes turn out to be the best…
Smoke jumper Wilder Kane once reveled in the rush from putting out dangerous wildfires. But after a tragic accident, he’s cut himself off from the world, refusing to leave his isolated cabin. When a headstrong beauty bursts in, Wilder finds himself craving the fire she ignites in him, but letting anyone near his darkness would be a mistake.
After her Hollywood life went up in smoke, Quinn Higsby decided to leave Tinseltown behind and returned to Brightwater to care for her ailing father. Spending her days in a small bookstore, her peaceful existence is up-ended by a fascinating but damaged man. Quinn is determined to not to be scared off by Wilder, not once she’s experienced the heat of his passions.
But when an arsonist targets the community and Wilder is accused, he must confront the ghosts of his past. Will his desire for Quinn flameout or will he be able to tame the wildness inside and rekindle a hope for their future?
Other books in this series
Lia Riley writes offbeat New Adult and Contemporary Adult romance. After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, she scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling XXXX with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.
A British literature fanatic at heart, Lia considers Mr. Darcy and Edward Rochester as her fictional boyfriends. Her very patient husband doesn't mind. Much. When not torturing heroes (because c'mon, who doesn't love a good tortured hero?), Lia herds unruly chickens, camps, beach combs, daydreams about future books, wades through a mile-high TBR pile and schemes yet another trip. Right now, Icelandic hot springs and Scottish castles sound mighty fine.