1. Books & Beans - Aberdeen, Scotland 
I visited this bookstore years ago and it was exactly the cozy, charming type of shop you would imagine exists in Scotland. It's essentially a few narrow, winding stories crammed full of secondhand books! Things may have changed at this best-kept-secret since I walked those creaky staircases, but I'm thrilled to see it's still open and thriving. 

2. Your Mind - Seoul, South Korea

This spot has a lot of open space and great windows to illuminate the books as you read through them. Your Mind has foreign and Korean books for sale. Also, there's a store cat, which I think is a huge bonus! 

3. BookPeople - Austin, Texas

The coffee shop, the prices, and the selection is top shelf at this enormous independent bookstore in Austin! 
Author signed copies abound and there's plenty of seating at the cafe and throughout the store. 
They have a policy that requires guests check their bags at the door, but anything to protect the books! 

4. Volumes BookCafe - Chicago, Illinois 

I went to visit the Wicker Park location while researching an upcoming novel and unfortunately that location has closed while the owners try to find a permanent home in that neighborhood. However, the Michigan Ave. location is still alive and well! 
This is another shop that has a great selection and the owners are extremely helpful and nice! 

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