Hello Readers!!!

Last week, my friend and I went on the BEST mini road trip… aka visiting really cute bookstores in Connecticut. Since we are both soon to be teachers and school was beginning soon, we thought it would be a great way to end our summer. I knew our trip HAD to include RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison CT, Travelers Restaurant in Union CT and The Book Barn in Niantic CT. We then looked up what the best indie bookstores were in Connecticut and mapped out where we were going. I am going to recap all the bookstores we went to on our two day trip and post what books I got at each store.

First Bookstore:

Books & Company 1235 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT (203) 248-9449

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83F907AF-01BD-47BF-A66F-6715542C7C45For our first stop, we ended up in Hamden, CT at a cute indie used bookstore. At the back of the store there was actually a little cafe with food/drinks and a little eating area. My friend and I were there for about forty-five minutes or so just browsing what they had. They also had a lot of cute book-ish gifts, including book necklaces, bookmarks, socks, etc. I made a promise to myself to only get ONE book from each bookstore we went to (if you’ve seen my physical to-read bookshelveS, you would understand). It took awhile to find a book, because there were SO many to choose from. I liked the fact that they sold gently used books. Its always fun to know that other people have the same interest in books that you do. I ended up getting Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I will admit that I actually saw the movie first (booknerd mistake, I know), but my friend said the book is really good and very different from the movie. I was also very excited to find out that the book I bought was only $5.00 or so, perks of it being a used bookstore. And yes, I did a little dance in excitement, as my friend face-palmed in response to my dance.

I would highly recommend visiting this bookshop, grabbing a cup of coffee or tea and relaxing with a good book.

Second Bookstore: 

River Bend Bookshop 2217 Main Street Glastonbury CT (860) 430-6608

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Our second stop was at River Bend Bookshop in Glastonbury, CT. As soon as we arrived, I knew right away I would want to come back again just by looking at the exterior of the building. On their website, they said they had customized bookshelves made in order to fit this house that was built in 1863, which makes this bookshop that much more unique. This independently owned bookshop also holds different author events as well as writing workshops. IMG_2132.jpegMy friend and I absolutely went nuts when we saw there was a Harry Potter section, UNDER THE STAIRS! They also had a section celebrating local authors, which was pretty neat.

I ended up getting a fiction book called The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. I typically don’t read historical fiction, but this book really caught my eye and knew that this was going to be an extremely heartbreaking book.

Third Bookstore: 

Traveler Restaurant 1257 Buckley Hwy Union, CT 06076 (860) 684-4920

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48D6F9DB-955B-4495-B6A1-1C2D9CE6D0F8Our third stop was the fantastic Traveler Food and Books in Union CT. I found out about this place from someone I knew and LOVED the fact that you could get THREE free books with your meal! My friend and I couldn’t believe how enormous the sign was for the restaurant and were so excited once we went in. My mouth immediately dropped seeing all of the books in this restaurant. It took a few minutes to pick out what to eat because there were some menu items named  1D932E39-47E2-4C81-88F5-D9D90AB35DB1after books or authors! While waiting for the food, we went and browsed for books. It took a very long time picking out a book at this store. However, I was able to manage to find the three books I stumbled upon. I ended up with How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found  by Sara 04E66867-3438-40D4-BC46-2877C4D1112CNickerson, Pandora’s Clock by John J. Nance and Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson.

I definitely recommend going to the Traveler restaurant. The food was very good, especially the milkshakes and of course getting to pick three free books was an absolute perk for this restaurant.



Fourth Bookstore:

Books-A-Million (BAM!) 915 Hartford Tpke Waterford, CT (860) 442-7644

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I wanted to go to this bookstore because I heard a lot of book bloggers ordering their books from this store. However, I came to find out that there was actually one more local for me, but I was still glad to finally go to one. I finally was able to snag a copy of Killing November  by Adriana Mather. Mather wrote two other amazing books, so I can’t wait to read this book!

Fifth Bookstore:

The Book Barn 41 W Main Street Niantic, CT (860) 739-5715

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4FBDC233-FDDB-4167-BEAA-53043F2AA88E.pngI was so excited about going to The Book Barn again. This is one of my favorite bookstores to go to in Connecticut. Its a used bookstore that is divided between four different sites all within a mile of eachother. We ended up going to the main building, which of course was my favorite. I also love the fact that there are a bunch of cats that live there and two 

C2E4E13A-86D9-4CDE-9244-6A67E5990D08.jpeggoats. I was still sticking to my goal of only getting one book from each place. At The Book Barn, I snagged a copy of The Last Child by John Hart. This place also buys back books, but they do this based on how many bags you bring and not by how many books you bring. 


Sixth Bookstore: 

RJ Julia Booksellers 768 Boston Post Road Madison, CT (203) 245-3959

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Once again, this is also one of my favorite bookstores in CT. This bookstore is in the center of town in Madison, CT. Its a two floor bookstore with a cute cafe in the back of the store with seating outside, with a gift shop portion down a few steps. The first time I was here I went to the Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings book signing back in April. I resisted getting the Stranger Things book and only ended up getting The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t With Her Mind by Jackson Ford.

RJ Julia Booksellers ended up being the last bookshop on our trip. We figured out the last two bookshops were going to be closed by the time we would be able to get to the area. The last two were Whitlocks Book Barn in Bethany, CT and Books by the Falls in Derby, CT. On our next book trip, we will definitely be sure to stop in.

We both had such an amazing time and look forward to more book road trips in the future! Stay tuned for future reviews of the books I bought on this mini book road trip!