Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl.

On April 30th, Brooklyn became the place for bibliophiles and literature buffs to be. It was a way for us to appreciate and show some love to the independent bookstores in our city.

Mackenzie and I signed up for the newsletter and we were prepped to go.
We printed out the map distributed by Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl.

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Our Map. You could Meet the Bookstores here.

We started at the Unnameable Bookstore.
Our first task was to take a photo of the Wall of Stuff.
In this tiny used bookstore, wall to wall, ceiling to ceiling of books – we found this wall. The wall is all the things employees of the bookstore has found inside used books.

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The Wall of Stuff @ Unnameable Bookstore

From there, we headed to Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab.
This bookstore was a brand spankin’ new bookstore nestled in between two stores with a blank awning. The Doughnut Plant was situated on the corner: a perfect place to grab a good ol’ cuppa and a heavenly doughnut. It was the very first day of opening and I was so glad to have been there on a special day in their independent bookstore life!
Our task for this bookstore was to find our favorite childhood book and post a photo of it with a quote.

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Nikki || Favorite Childhood Book & Quote || “…he was a beautiful butterfly!” 

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Mackenzie || Favorite Childhood Book & Quote || “As long as I’m living, my baby you’ll be.”

After diving back into our childhood and letting the nostalgia eats us alive, we walked to Greenlight Bookstore. On our way, we went through the most beautiful, greenest street of Brooklyn I’ve ever seen. The street ended with a mural dedicated to Biggie (aka: Notorious BIG) and some exuberantly painted cafes.
Our task was to take a selfie in the author photo booth.

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Selfie in the Author Photo Booth!

Now, this next bookstore I was most excited about because I heard there is a resident pug that chills here. As an animal lover and an owner of a pug, I couldn’t control my excitement. I entered the bookstore and started squealing because Remy the Pug was there and kissing me like never before! Oh, and that was our task: a picture with (or of) Remy!
Remy the Pug resides at Grumpy Bert, a really cool bookstore of comics and odds & ends. The owners were incredibly kind, too.

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Remy the Pug!

Our fifth bookstore was Book Court, a bookstore I’ve been longing to visit. They had a whole section for young ones, and just books upon books in wide open spaces for you to chill. Our task here was to take a selfie with our favorite book. I scoffed at that simply because there is no possible way I can choose just ONE book. Instead, I went around the store, collecting my faves, piling ’em on top of one another. I’m surprised I didn’t topple over. Mackenzie did the same with a much lighter stack.

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Nikki || Well, I couldn’t just pick one, could I? || Bottom to top: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell ; One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García-Márquez ; The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath ; The (entire) Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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Mackenzie || Some of her favorite books || A Ken Follet Novel ; A Prayer for Owen Meany ; Pride & Prejudice ; Sherlock Holes ; Devil in the White City ; To Kill A Mockingbird.

Our next bookstore was number six on the list. To be qualified for any prizes, we only needed five. But we were on a roll! We headed to Freebird Books, a tiny bookstore in the middle of nowhere. Our task was to take a picture with a book from the Bad Title Shelf. Well…

Our seventh and last bookstore of a very long walking day was WORD Bookstore in Williamsburg. It’s a tiny bookstore where Gotham does a lot of their free events in the basement. It was also really close to our coworker’s vintage pop-up shop. So, while we were out supporting independent bookstores, we wanted to show a bit of support to independent shops, as well. Our last task of the evening was to choose a book and say who you think would do the audiobook.

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Mackenzie chose Bill Murray.

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Nikki chose Anna Kendrick.

Our bibliographic day came to a close with some Dunkin Donuts and a pit-stop at Mackenzie’s. Followed by a long bus ride home for me.

But all in all, it was totally worth it. It was a fantastic day filled with books and great company.

I hope this isn’t a one-time deal. I would love for a Brooklyn Bookstore Crawl next year… and the following… and the following… because it was just that fun. Any bookstores I didn’t make it to this year, I want to hit next year.

This bookstore crawl even gave me an idea to continue it into the summer with Mackenzie. Something to do. New places to see. And more books to sniff (yes, I am a book-sniffer).


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