Summer in Maine is perfect for many things: warm, starry nights, ice cold lemonade on a sweltering July afternoon, dips into the clear, cool waters of favorite lakes and swimming holes, the taste of s’mores slightly burned over a fire-pit.
Summer in Maine is also perfect for hitting the road and discovering new shops, ice cream stands, drive-in theaters, restaurants… and, of course, bookstores. Because what is summer without good reads?
Here are three great bookshops to check out in Maine. Follow the link for a more detailed review, and be sure to read my previous post about three other recommended bookstores: http://twicesoldtales.bangordailynews.com/2016/06/28/home/3-essential-maine-bookshops-for-summer-road-trippin/
1.) hello hello books, Rockland: This quaint shop packs a lot of punch into very little square footage. Located in the back of Rock City Coffee Roasters on Main Street, this shop is filled to the brim with fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books. There is also a great selection of quirky knick-knacks aimed for word-nerds and bibliomaniacs. While you’re in the area, soak in some culture at the Farnsworth, Maine Lighthouse, and Owls Head Transportation museums. http://twicesoldtales.bangordailynews.com/2016/03/13/home/books-and-weekend-adventures-in-rockland/
2.) The Book Warehouse (or is that Wholesale Books?), Old Orchard Beach: For a break from the usual souvenir shops and food vendors lining the crowded streets of OOB, duck into this shop to find a great selection of books. With everything from current bestsellers to more obscure fiction and Young Adult/children’s books, you are sure to find something to satiate your book lust. Added bonus: the sandy beach and the pier are only steps away from this shop’s front door! http://twicesoldtales.bangordailynews.com/2016/06/12/home/beaches-boardwalks-and-bargain-books/
3.) Twice-Told Tales, Brunswick: Located at 11 Pleasant Street, this wonderful shop is completely staffed by Curtis Friends, the volunteer organization that supports Curtis Memorial Library. One of my own favorite shops, this store boasts a great selection of fiction, travel, art, history, maritime history, other nonfiction, and children’s books. All proceeds from Twice Told Tales benefit Curtis Memorial Library.
A full-fledged review of this shop is still in the works (translation: will be completed when my burgeoning To-Do list allows me to do the store proper justice), but more information can be viewed here: http://www.curtislibrary.com/twice-told-tales-bookstore/. You can also visit the store’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Twice-Told-Tales-903018426439537/
Know of any other great Maine bookshops? Tell me all about it! Contact me or leave a comment below. I am always on the hunt for the next bookshop to explore, and often the best ones are the most obscure. But isn’t that the way of many things in this strange little thing we call life?
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