Book Stop is an occasional meme that allows me to travel and indulge in a good bookshop or library browse, during these strange, strange times when it’s difficult to travel outside our home state, let alone the country. I plan to combine my bookish instincts with my itchy feet and explore the world via bookshops and libraries.
I have a number of bookstores on my to-visit wish list, if I am ever in that country, state or neighbourhood. This is the perfect time to share some of them and my reasons for wanting to visit (beside the obvious reason, of course!)
Readings in Melbourne is now an institution, and I have no idea how, with all the visits I’ve had to Melbourne over the years, I’ve managed not to visit one of the Readings stores.
The first store was opened in 1969 by Ross and Dot Reading and Peter Reid. After a couple of moves to find larger premises, the Carlton shop can now be found at 309 Lygon St, Carlton.
One of the reasons I’ve wanted to visit Readings in more recent times, is that it was first opened in the same year as the bookshop I manage. There are not many 52 year old bookshops left in Australia. And like my bookshop, it has undergone a beautiful architect designed renovation in recent years.
Readings now has sister shops in Doncaster, Hawthorn, St Kilda, Malvern, a kids shop at 315 Lygon St and an outlet for students at the State Library. They have a great blog, which is regularly updated, and features reviews from their very well-read staff.