The 10 Most Unconventional Bookstores In The World: Critical Linking, April 2, 2017

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If you’ve ever wanted to shop for books on a boat, in a train, or in an underground parking lot, then you should add these stores to your travel list right away. These bookstores range from unbelievably huge book depots to secret little nooks in private apartments. They’re cramped, gorgeous, bizarre, and everything in between. At least one of them will let you sleep there if you book your trip in advance (and it’s every book lover’s dream to spend the night buried in a pile of literature).

So check out some of the most unconventional bookstores the world has to offer.

I love a good romp through unique bookstores.



Literature lovers, here’s another shop to add to your bookstore bucket list. Located in Zhen Yuan, China, Yangzhou Zhongshuge has an interior design that feels like something out of the movie Inception. The dizzying space contains a grand optical illusion that you only see once you’ve set foot inside. Its lobby is a cavernous tunnel that most notably features striking black mirrored flooring. Together, the reflective ground and curved shelving creates the feeling that you’ve stepped into a perfectly circular room, making you question which way is up. Luckily, there’s help in finding the path forward. The shelves are split by a lightning bolt-shaped gap in the ceiling that leads you into the rest of the store.

Speaking of amazing bookstores. Bucket list this one!



Dictionary entries require a million editorial decisions to be made about everything from font size and part-of-speech abbreviations to how to structure a definition. It can take a while to get comfortable in a set of guidelines, so it’s better start with H or one of the other letters toward the middle of the alphabet that doesn’t have as many words attached to it. If you work to the end from the middle, then tackle the beginning of the alphabet last, those letters will be “as close to stylistic perfection as possible,” Stamper writes, and it’s good to have the cleanest copy up front because “back in the days of yore when dictionaries were actually reviewed, reviewers would inevitably start looking at definitions in the first chunk of the book.”

Secrets of the dictionary. I’m here for this. I also feel like “start in the middle” could be applicable life advice in many situations.


But sometimes wildly overdue books do get returned, even years after the fact, by either the original borrowers or do-gooding citizens. It could be a mother, for example, who didn’t realize her son squirreled away The Mouse and the Motorcycle that summer two decades ago, when life was different. Or, take the patron of the library in Great Falls, Montana, who recently returned a copy of Richard Matheson’s 1975 novel Bid Time Return after 35 years on loan. 

I’d have kept it personally, but I love that he did return it and with a nice donation (which is more than he’d have likely been charged).

Kelly Jensen: Kelly is a former teen and adult librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Twitter @veronikellymars.