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7 Stunningly Beautiful Bookstores Across Asia: Critical Linking, January 24, 2019

Sponsored by Flatiron Books, publishers of As Long As We Both Shall Live by JoAnn Chaney

There’s something about the feel and smell of real paper that’s simply irreplaceable. It’s comforting, homely, nostalgic. What better way to escape the frenzy of modern life than by curling up by the fire with a nice hardback?

Here’s a list of seven bookstores across Asia that more than give the oldest — and most beloved — medium in the world their due. Ranging from glossy and state-of-the-art to low-key and bohemian, each of these uniquely beautiful spots is sure to excite your inner bookworm.

These are breathtaking

What was starting to look like a horror story for the owners of Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank has turned into a fairy tale.

Burbank residents Del and Sue Howison launched a GoFundMe page Friday night asking their customers, friends, fans of all things horror or anyone who wanted to help a mom-and-pop shop in the Magnolia Park neighborhood of Burbank stay in business after 25 years.

This specialty bookstore has been saved


Likely, Up Lit’s popularity stems from the same forces that led to the rise of the literary rom-com. These books are escapes into the goodness people know is possible — even if it’s not readily apparent on the news or in the outside world. Given Oliphant‘s success (and forthcoming movie adaptation), this is just the start of a trend. Here are the books to read when you need the literary equivalent of a cozy fireplace, warming up your cold, jaded heart.

This seems to mirror “Up TV”—think Queer Eye, British Bakeoff, Marie Kondo, etc. 

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