Turning the Page: Top Local Bookstores

Chris Edwards
Book lovers often flock to Park Road Books for its author book signings and talks.

Paper Skyscraper
The books have the same quirky quality as the gifts at this Dilworth staple. While you’ll find contemporary bestsellers (think Sedaris’s new release), there are also stacks of architecture, landscape, and design books perfect for the coffee table. Check out the unique selection of Southern cookbooks and pocket-size, just-for-fun humor reads, too. 330 East Blvd., 704-333-7130, paperskyscraper.com

Park Road Books
This spot treats its books like a wine shop treats its bottles: they flag individual volumes on the shelf that have earned staff recommendations or great reviews. And while you’ll definitely want to check out the shelves of regional history and local writers, it’ll be hard to miss the floor-to-ceiling selection of jigsaw puzzles along the walls. 4139 Park Rd., 704-525-9239, parkroadbooks.com

Real Eyes
This small, NoDa store—and host of the annual Charlotte Literary Festival—is a thrifty reader’s dream. There’s a $1 bargain book bin at the cozy store’s entrance, where you can dig for literary gems, and they offer cash for lightly used books. Plus, for every ten books that you donate, you’ll get one free read in return. 3306-A N. Davidson St., 704-377-8989, realeyes bookstore.com

The Bookmark
For some quiet reading time during the day, Founders Hall has benches, lunch spots, and easy access to this uptown store. The Bookmark features today’s fiction and nonfiction bestsellers, as well as an extensive audio-book collection and children’s picture books. There’s also a convenient selection of Hallmark cards. 100 N. Tryon St., Ste. 265, 704-377-2565, thebookmark.biz

Book Buyers
You won’t mind the musty, old paperback aroma in this Plaza Midwood shop. The enormous space is lined with shelves of classic novels, unique art books, poetry, and essay anthologies, and even obscure science-fiction series. With prices only possible at a used bookstore, you’ll find yourself filling bags with potential page turners. 1308 The Plaza, Ste. F, 704-344-8611

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