Fave Five Friday: Local Bookstores

5. The Book Bin

The Book Bin Store Front

Location: Corvallis, OR.

The Book Bin is the closest large bookstore to my area, and I worked there for nearly three years. It has a huge selection of new and used books and until recently had the coolest bookstore cat named Tess (retired). I love this store because I met some of the best coworkers I’ve ever had here and if you go here, there are still pieces of me around the store. Little signs and labels, sections I organized, it just gives me a nice feeling of familiarity.

4. Browser’s Bookstore

Browser’s Bookstore Store Front

Location: Corvallis, OR.

Broswer’s is the competing bookstore to The Book Bin, so I feel a little like a traitor mentioning them, but I’m going to talk about why I loved it prior to my time at The Book Bin.

Browser’s is books head to toe, books on the floor, stacked in corners, and balanced on tables. I always found hidden gems in this place, and their sci-fi section is awesome. The best part? It’s cheap! I could get way more books here than The Book Bin, but the catch is that the owner at Browser’s is not at all friendly. So if you can handle a grump, you’d probably love Broswer’s.

3. Bob’s Beach Books

Bob’s Beach Books Store Front

Location: Lincoln City, OR.

Bob’s Beach Books is a comfy little bookstore with all of the basics, plus a ton of knick knacks. Their prices are decent and they sell new and used books, so you’re bound to get a good deal. It sits right on a nice busy tourist area of the town and it’s not far from the beach. It’s a good place to go on a fun weekend adventure.

2. Canyon Way Bookstore

Canyon Way Store Front

Location: Newport, OR.

Canyon Way is not only a bookstore but a restaurant. The books are a little pricier but the whole experience is awesome. You can make a reservation show up early and browse for books, or go on a nice romantic dinner date and pick out books for each other after. This store is dog friendly and right off of Newport’s historical bay front, which has candy stores, gift shops, and a newly renovated Ripley’s Believe It Or Not (which I used to work at years ago, before the renovation).

1. Powell’s City of Books

Powell’s City of Books Store Front

Location: Portland, OR.

The holy grail of Oregon bookstores, Powell’s is an absolute must visit for any book lover. This store have been here since 1971, it sells new and used books, it’s massive, and every Oregonian knows about it. Powell’s City of Books has a color coded organizational system and a team of staff members that will go above and beyond to help you. I love this place and there is definitely a reason it’s been around so long. It has become an Oregon landmark and a standard set for all bookstores. If you come over to the Pacific Northwest, you must visit Powell’s.

Thank you for reading! What is your favorite bookstore? Do you have a favorite independent bookstore, strictly an Amazon shopper, or are you in love with Barnes & Noble? Let me know in the comments.

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Savannah Worman

My name is Savannah, you can call me Sav. I am a recent Oregon State graduate, Siletz tribal member, and aspiring book critic. Join me on this exploration of the literary world around us. You’re sure to find something you like. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments feel free to hit me up on the contact page! I live in the Pacific Northwest with my boyfriend, my Havanese/Aussie Shepard Stark, my Jack Russell/Shih Tzu Daenerys, and my son Finn.

11 thoughts on “Fave Five Friday: Local Bookstores”

  1. Ugh, if I didn’t want to walk the bookstore before reading your post I sure do now! Isolation has me missing the smell of bookstores. Not that I need more books, but you just never know what you’re going to find there 😊

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  2. I cannot remember the last time I visited a bookstore, honestly. Thank you for sharing, I really enjoyed the reading ♥️. Have an great weekend!

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  3. Have you ever been to DUDLEY’s Bookstore in Bend, Oregon? I haven’t. Yet. It sounds like an awesome place (on Youtube). There is at least one other decent bookstore also in Bend, too.

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  4. pt. 2…….went to the Book Bin in Corvallis. Very nice. Lots of categories and the sections are not “skimpy”. Usually always something good, in whatever area you’re looking for.

    Also tried Browser’s books. A much more “messy” place, but some good finds if you’re just willing to slowly look through things a bit.

    Some BIG, and kinda frustrating things that far too many bookstores do:
    1. (if you’re into Metaphysical or Spiritual stuff at all)—–there will often be waayyy tooo much either Wicca books, or dreams/ghosts/reincarnation books (when there really is much more to it than that) that dominates and over-represents those sections. What about Psychic Development? or Astrology? or “the Unexplained”? or Chakras? or Ancient Wisdom, or “Consciousness” research? You might get a little “meditation-lite” these days. They call it “mindfulness”. Mehh, leaves me feeling like “still-waiting-for-the-GOOD-stuff”.
    2. The Psychology sections are often not near enough info on Personality Disorders or clinical info. The Relationship/Romance books often aren’t that useful. Too much of a disappointing batch of how-to-be-more-assertive stuff , or Time management books, or “you will be happy if you just have more friends and a better job
    sorts of books.
    3. Not enough Philosophy 101 books or writings OF philosophers.
    4. Not enough Horror paperbacks, or sci-fi short stories.
    5. Too many people who work in bookstores only know whats out now. Ask them: “What was a VERY “hot”, popular, or informative Psychology book (or whatever topic) that was written 10 or more years ago?”—and they won’t have a clue.

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    1. I completely agree. When I worked at the Book Bin I briefly had the metaphysics section and I tried to make really clear sections. I had a chakra section and an astrology section, plus many more. I haven’t been to The Book Bin in a while so it’s probably way different. That section changed with each person who was responsible for it. It was hard to keep a good selection of metaphysical books, and we mostly had old used books that were out of date or Wicca stuff. I also shelved psychology for a while and the same pretty much goes for that section. It was either really old stuff or stuff released within the last 3 years. Plus a ton of Brenee Brown.
      The horror section at The Book Bin was always small and at least 50% Stephen King. But the good thing about The Book Bin is they’ll order stuff for you if they don’t have it.
      It’s weird going from a worker to a customer because I see a lot more of what’s missing in book stores.

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