Thursday, November 8, 2018

The reader’s tour in Coral Gables: 4 bookstores that you need to know

 “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
Oscar Wilde

When we talk about love of reading, it’s not complicated to understand this Oscar Wilde quote, because if you can't immerse yourself into the pages of the book and swim through the story that is narrated, if you can't feel the same joy, the same pain or the same love each character feels, and if you do not feel you are daydreaming of that mythical universe and that the only way to wake up from that dream is a fist-hammering “there is no use in reading it at all.”

Of course, who wouldn’t feel panic when the police officers knocked on the door asking about the death of The Elder in Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart? Who wouldn’t feel like losing their own sanity like Don Quixote of La Mancha did? Who would not feel the same surprise, sadness and anger Katniss felt when she experienced the loss of her friends and family in The Hunger Games? Like these examples, there are many more stories where all of us, book lovers, have lived an experience in which we feel that we are living within the narrative. That’s why we recommend touring this Reader Path in Coral Gables, a route of bookstores to enrich your spirit and intellect.
  • Books & Books
For tourists, when getting around Coral Gables, it’s necessary to visit the Coral Gables Museum, and you will be surprised to find Books & Books is located next door.  If you are a bookworm, this place is perfect for you, not only for its comfortable spaces, but also for its full stock of the latest books. You might feel like Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street. Moreover, there is a coffee area with singers serenading the diners, and many events, from authors meetings to readings, are constantly offered. Awesome! Don’t you think? –“Elementary, my dear Watson!”
  • Barnes & Nobles
Perhaps your last name is not Potter, nor are you a wizard, but we are sure that visiting this bookstore will make you feel at Hogwarts, because of its big size. At Barnes & Noble, you should do several activities; you can find many toys, games, music, movies, and even DVDs and vinyls to choose from. Additionally, there are 3 stories filled with books covering numerous subjects. For this reason, we invite you to know this bookstore, grab a coffee, and sit on the comfortable armchairs with your preferred book. If you’re ready for Barnes & Nobles, say “Wingardium Leviosa!
  • University of Miami Bookstore
A reading tour wouldn’t be complete without a university bookstore; they’re even present in our favorite books. For example, in Discworld, we can find The Unseen University Library (UU), known for its large magical grimoires that create portals into L-space –a strange extradimensional place that connects all the libraries in the universe. In this case, you will not find magical grimoires in the University of Miami Bookstore, but a two-story bookstore with a huge variety of UM accessories such as mugs, socks, hats, shirts, notebooks, plates, cups, and much more.
  • Altamira Libros
We could describe the Altamira Libros bookstore in the same way as Jorge Luis Borges –one of the most well-known Hispanic writers– describes his utopic "The Library of Babel"; a library where all possible books exist. In this case, Altamira Libros offers the widest variety of Hispanic book authors you can imagine. It’s located across from Barnes & Nobles and two blocks away from Books & Books, which means you cannot lose the opportunity to know it.

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