A whirlwind bookish adventure in Bath, city of readers

Finally, after what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, my love asked me the four words I’d been longing to hear most.

“Bookish adventure this weekend?”

I said yes.

We contained our ventures to Bath this time around, and our first stop was the Patten Free Library Book Sale. This was our first time going to this annual book sale, and neither of us were disappointed. With two floors of books, who could be anything but absolutely giddy?


Bestsellers, fiction, children’s, Young Adult, literature, poetry, travel, romance, mystery, history, cookbooks, audio books…. Suffice to say, anything you could want was there for the taking. And all at insanely, ridiculously, almost laughably cheap prices: $1 for hardcover books ($5 for 6), $.25-$1 for softcovers.

Take it from someone experienced in the sometimes expensive art of book-buying: those prices are a steal.

We left the sale after spending $22.50 on two boxes full of books. When we will have time to read these and where we will find room to store them are questions not worth answering. What matters is that the books are ours now, ready for us when we’re ready for them.

Our next stop was The Library Bookstore, sponsored by the Friends of Patten Free Library. A friend of mine (and a fan of this blog) who happens to volunteer at the store has invited me on several occasions to visit the store, and I’m glad I finally got the chance to do so.

A clean, well-lighted place, warm and inviting, the Library Bookstore is a great little shop. With everything from current bestsellers to puzzles, there is plenty of variety to choose from, and all at low prices. All items are donations from the community, and all proceeds benefit Patten Free Library.


My same friend happened to be working when we went in, and we chatted about the book sale and the store. As a volunteer there, she gets to see countless bibliophiles walk through the door in search of their next great bargain read.  “I’ve always thought that Bath is a city of readers,” she said.

Our third and final stop was Open Door Books, just down the street from The Library Bookstore. Readers may recall that I’ve mentioned this shop in two prior posts.  http://twicesoldtales.bangordailynews.com/2016/06/28/home/3-essential-maine-bookshops-for-summer-road-trippin/http://twicesoldtales.bangordailynews.com/2015/11/01/home/round-the-corner-there-may-wait-open-door-books-in-bath/ Once again, we weren’t disappointed with our experience in this store.

The fella walked away with yet another book about some maritime disaster or another, and I plucked Stephen King’s The Dead Zone off the shelf. And once again, the owner, John Ring, was only too happy to talk Stephen King with us, sending us on our way with smiles still lit upon our faces.


I highly encourage readers to check out both the Library Bookstore and Open Door Books, as well as the annual library book sale (check with the library to find out when it will be held again). I’m confident you will find books you never knew you wanted and that you will find yourself in the company of fellow bibliophiles just like yourself.

And I know that at the end of your bookish adventure, the only problem you will have is the same one that now faces me: Where on earth am I going to find room for all these books?





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Shannon Bowring

About Shannon Bowring

I am 26 years old. I was raised up in the County, in the tiny town of Ashland. I attended the University of Maine in Orono and graduated in 2012 with a BA in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Reading and writing have always been the greatest loves of my life. I am most at home in the dusty corners of used bookstores, surrounded by forgotten books. One day, inspiration struck when I decided I wanted to combine all my loves – writing, reading, traveling, exploring these beloved shops – to create an outlet in which I can share my bookish adventures with an audience of like-minded readers who could appreciate my love of words and stories.