Love Your Book Shop Day!
Bookshops are some of our most favourite places to explore. Whether it’s a planned visit or you’re walking by a store and can’t help but pop inside for just a sec (which inevitably turns into hours and a stack of new additions to your collection), you never quite know what you will find, where you will go, or who you will meet in and amongst the shelves.
To celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day this weekend, we wanted to share with you some of our favourite stores in and around Hinkler’s hometown of Melbourne.
Readings, various stores
Independent bookshop Readings is a Melbourne icon. They have stores all across town and last year were awarded Bookstore of the Year Award at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Accolades aside, what makes these stores so brilliant is their support of local writers, knowledgeable staff, and engaging events. One of the first areas we head to upon entering is their wall of staff recommendations. But also make sure you check out the Readings Monthly newspaper, available online and instore; it’s one of our go-to sources to discover the latest releases, particularly in Australian and literary fiction.
Best for: literature and Australian stories.
The Little Bookroom, 759 Nicholson Street, Carlton North 3054
North of the city is The Little Bookroom, Australia’s first children’s bookstore. It’s the perfect place to inspire a love for reading in little ones, not just from the books that brightly fill the shelves, but also from hosting regular events during the week for babies, toddlers, and pre-schoolers that feature stories, songs, and rhymes.
Best for: kids.
Dymocks, Melbourne, Lower Ground Floor 234, Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Hopping onto the escalator leading down into the depths of Collins St is like entering Aladdin’s cave of wonders. Yes, the store is brightly lit and their signage is on point, but Dymocks’ store in Melbourne is so expansive and well-stocked with books from all genres that it instantly becomes a treasure trove for every type of booklover. It’s such an enormous space, that even houses a café, which allows for their collection to be broad and varying. We love their annual Top 101 list which features the “best books of all time” voted in by Australia’s book-loving public. Not only is it a great way to find out what’s trending in books, but Dymocks frequently has a 3-for-the-price-of-2 promotional sale for the books that made it into their Top 101 list.
Best for: genre fiction, trade non-fiction, or the latest blockbuster.
The Book Grocer, various stores
Yes, all of their books are $10 and under. Yes, really. Nuff said.
Best for: a bargain.
NGV Design Store, Ian Potter Centre, Federation Square, Russell Street Flinders St & Russell Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Stocking some incredibly beautiful books about both old and new creators, the NGV Design Store is the bookstore to go to when you’re in need of art and design books – whether it’s for a gift, your coffee table, or for you to actually read.
Best for: all things art and design.
Paperback Bookshop, 60 Bourke Street Melbourne Victoria 3000
Near the top end of Bourke St in Melbourne’s CBD you’ll find Paperback Bookshop. You never know what you may stumble across as books are crammed into every nook and cranny, and piled high on the floor. It’s a case of – which many of us booklovers suffer from – too many book and not enough shelf space. Though can one really have too many books? When you don’t know exactly what you want but are ready to go rummaging to find a new favourite, then Paperback Bookshop is the best place to go.
Best for: finding a book you didn’t know that you wanted.