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I read books, I write about books, I would probably marry a book if I could find one who liked me enough. Three words to describe me mature, irresponsible, contradictory, unreliable...oh...that's four...

With sales in 2012 up 8%, independent bookstores have turned the corner according to the American Booksellers Association.


This is great news for me. I love indy bookstores because they're so individual, so full of unpredictable delights. One of the best moment in my vacation this year was visiting the Mysterious Bookshop in NYC and choosing two great crime novels to read during my trip. I also love Sally Evans' wonderful second hand book store in the tiny Scottish village of Callander where I found a lovely volume of Robert Frost's poems, complete with the previous owner's notes.


Do you have a favorite indy bookstore - somewhere which always has the right book for you, or which contains gorgeous surprises?