My bookstore hunt around Minneapolis is complete! Throughout this exploration, I have eleven new books and five comic books in my collection. The three bookstores we traveled to include: Magers & Quinn, Book Trader and Bone Shaker Books.
Magers & Quinn is located in the Uptown Shopping District in Minneapolis. I have been to this book store before, but it’s been a while. Upon entering the store, I immediately gravitated toward the fictional section.While shopping, I saw my Anatomy & Physiology lab professor from Winona State University! It’s refreshing having a conversation with one of my past professors especially because she still recognizes me.
I ended up buying four books because they were three or four bucks a piece! I liked this book store and I would go back, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to come back to this store. If I am in the Uptown area, I would definitely visit again.
The next store on our list is Book Trader. I am very unimpressed by this store. Walking into the store, it smells of perfume and cigarette smoke. There were books and antiques everywhere, I could barely walk. It was so overwhelming that I couldn’t even search the shelves. It felt like I was in a store that could be on the TV show Hoarders.
The lady working the store is friendly, but the store is an utter mess. The books themselves are in pretty beat up condition considering a few of them were lying on the floor. I will not be visiting this place ever again because it’s overwhelming and as soon I as walked in the store, I wanted to leave.
After that unsuccessful trip, we went to the last place on our list, Boneshaker Books. This store is located right near the Augsburg campus in Minneapolis. I walked into the store and I was immediately greeted by two employees. The store itself is pretty tiny which I liked. My favorite part about this store is the used book section. Each book is around three-five dollars. The proceeds from the used book section go to helping to fund reading material for women in prison facilities. The fact that the used books are cheap and go to a good cause made me want to purchase at least one book. I ended up finding two books while my roommate found four hardcover books worth around twelve dollars! I also talked with one employee who graduated from Winona State University! She and I talked about campus, past professors and our experience. Boneshaker books has a great atmosphere, polite employees and interesting novels on the shelves. I definitely want to go back when I am back home over the summer.
The bookstore hunt is officially over, but this spring break has been memorable. I have so many different books to read and I am getting excited to read as I write this post. I definitely would go back to Boneshaker Books and I will never again visit the Book Trader. I cannot wait for my summer to start so I can start flying through this wonderful reading material I have purchased.