As part of the Reading Glasses Challenge, one of our tasks is to review a bookstore on social media. Simple enough. However, there is a certain bookshop in my hometown that doesn’t get enough love, so I am using this as an excuse to rant and rave about this hidden gem.
The Book Tree.
The Book Tree is a small secondhand bookshop in the Savoy Centre in Glasgow. From local history to high fantasy, from collectors antiquity to paperbacks, they have it all. You can spend hours browsing all the titles, and I am not exaggerating because I have done just that, multiple times. I often go in telling myself I should only get one book, and leave with my arms filled.
I am a sucker for old school SciFi and fantasy, thankfully The Book Tree has literal piles of these prizes. From the likes of Robert A. Heinlein and Roger Zelazny to J. R. R. Tolkien and Marion Zimmer Bradley. As well as countless classics ranging from Agatha Christe to Emily Brontë.
Now you may be asking “can’t you do that at any secondhand bookshop?” well yes, but no. Because other bookshops don’t have Paul.
Paul is the older gent who runs the shop, and he is an absolute delight. He is such a stand-up guy who loves to chat. He is so amicable it’s impossible not to like him. Since the shop is small, if it’s just the two of us there, which it has been quite often, we chat while I hunt for hidden gems lurking in the stacks of paperbacks. He also has a special talent for finding the perfect book for his customers, his recommendations are always golden.
I mentioned this before in another ramble, but I was so worried that they would not reopen their doors again after the pandemic, but thankfully that didn’t come to pass. As a matter of fact, I was there yesterday. Once again leaving with two books instead of just one like I silently vowed.
If you are ever in the area, please pay Paul and The Book Tree a visit. You will not regret it, I promise.
I miss bookstores. With the ease of ordering online and with the availability of most things in digital format, many of them have closed here.
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We have a fair amount here, but most are Waterstones. Nothing wrong with that, but indie bookshops are few and far between
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