Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Los Angeles Bookstore Hop

You may have noticed Kat and I had an irregular posting schedule for a few months and while part of it was a slump, it was also because we were deep into planning a  trip to Los Angeles. We wanted to get a taste (literally, 80% of what we did was eat) of West Coast vibes and being book bloggers we had to, of course, visit some of L.A's popular book stores.

The Ripped Bodice

Romance and Sensibility is our romance blog, so of course, we had to stop at the Rippped Bodice--one of the first bookstores to cater to romance readers. This was one of our first stops after landing and the quaint bookstore is on a hip little street in Culver City.  I liked the open floor plan and it had books for readers of all types. We ventured up to the used book room to check out the stacks of used old school romance. The staff was super helpful. Kat bought I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest and Angel's Blood by Nalini Singh. I picked up Red, White, and Royal Blue and a Ripped Bodice Tote !

The Last Bookstore
Part bookshop part museum this two-story bookish wonderland was like a  supped up version of The Strand with an artistic flair, The top floor is a maze of exhibits and shelves of books, while the bottom floor is like a regular indie bookstore with a rare book section. Because there are exhibits visitors have to check large bags.

Barnes & Noble at The Grove
We passed through The Grove at the tail end of our trip and stopped for a quick look around this massive two-story Barnes & Noble. Going up the escalator you can see signs for events they are hosting and I am so jealous at all the author events they have.

Our L.A Trip has some hitches along the way so we didn't get to everything we'd planned. We stayed in an awesome Silverlake Airbnb with a balcony perfect for reading and visited some of the best coffee shops I've ever been to. I could totally see myself going again in a few years.

Even though it's not bookish related here is a list of all the amazing places we ate:
  • Tito's Tacos
  • Pasta Sisters
  • Hi-Ho Cheeseburger
  • The Coffee Beanery
  • Paper or Plastic's Cafe
  • Little Damages
  • Alfred's Coffee Silverlake (literally the best vanilla latte I've ever had)
  • In-N-Out Burger
  • Silver Lake Ramen
  • Milk
  • Homestate
  • Caffe Stella
  • Pine & Crane
  • Alfred's Tea Room 
  • Alfred's Coffee Melrose (This one was cool but not as good as the Silverlake one)
  • Cafe Carerra
  • Sprinkles Cupcakes
  • Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles
  • Randy's Donut

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