I want to start by saying that I know that it’s been awhile, and I am so sorry! Things got crazy busy the last couple months, but I promise not to let that happen again!
So to get back into the swing of things I thought I would tell you about the new independent bookstore that I went to yesterday, The Bookery Manchester, in Manchester, NH.
The Bookery Manchester
848 Elm St Manchester NH 03101
Hours: 11am-9pm Sunday-Saturday (yeah, everyday. Mind. Blown.)
The Bookery Manchester is a new independent bookstore that opened up about 20 min away from my house this spring, and I have been dying to get over there to check it out and it was finally the perfect day to do it (after the week from hell when it was over 90 degrees everyday – I don’t go anywhere when it is that hot out).
When you first walk in, the entrance has these adorable shelving units on both sides of the door that look like the honeycomb of a bee displaying books, and you are met with a table filled with books. I have read a couple of books on both of these displays this year, On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan, The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory, Beartown – Fredrik Backman and The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin. A couple of them are also on my TBR list, Us Against You – Fredrik Backman and Noir – Christopher Moore. .
If you keep moving forward, there are about two rows of these shelving units that had the normal categories: fiction, classics, poetry, science, biography, non-fiction etc. One thing that I noticed throughout the store is that they don’t have lot of books, and not many duplicate copies (although I did hear a bookseller tell another customer that they were more than happy to order books that weren’t on their shelves.) Although with it being a smaller store, with a smaller selection, I think I pulled out and looked at more books that weren’t my normal go to’s than I would have had I been at a bigger store, like Barnes and Nobles or BAM. But don’t worry, they also had another room full of YA, Sci Fi, Mystery, and Fantasy.
Off to the right, when you walk in the door, they had a table full of summer reading, and another table of books that are currently being featured on PBS’s The Great American Read programming right now! As some one who wants to get through the list eventually I’ve been loving these types of displays.
How is the kids section you might ask? Well, it was a hit for my daughter once we got over the heartbreak that is being told you can’t buy the one millionth stuffed animal that you just *have* to have. They had the kids section split up into its own sections like, non-fiction, picture books, baby books, and middle grade books. Not to mention little puzzles and games that were scattered throughout the area for kids (or adults) to play with at little tables, and a table with drawing pages and colored pencils. A (age 7) ended up picking out a copy of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which she proudly read to me on our way home.
What about snacks? Drinks? Don’t fear, there is a cafe in the back of the store! A bookstore with food, drinks, and outlets? Basically what I’m saying is there’s enough here to keep you content for hours. My fiancé grabbed a coffee (which I snuck sips from) and A chose a cake pop (which I happily helped her finish). Both were very delicious.
There were also plenty of other places to sit if the cafe isn’t your speed. There were a couple sets of fancy chairs and then there were some normal tables inside and right outside. Not to mention, a section which had some bookish goodies including: cards, socks, enamel pins, totes and some art supplies. And if you’re into bullet journaling, which I can’t seem to get the hang of, they have multiple different sizes of the popular Leuchterm notebooks.
Ultimately I was really impressed with The Bookery Manchester. I love the hours, 11am-9pm everyday except holidays? That is amazing. I imagine they might being doing that to compete with the Barnes and Noble that is about 10 min away, but regardless, I know that I will be coming to look for things at The Bookery Manchester before heading to Barnes and Noble. I really enjoyed spending the time that we spent there, and thanks to the smaller selection, poking around and looking at books I wouldn’t have normally picked up, I’ve added quite a few books to my TBR.
And before you ask, of course I bought something, how could I not? I ended up choosing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. I have been meaning to read something by her all year so I figured this was the perfect place to pick this up!
One of my favorite things to do is explore bookstores, so let me know in the comments if you liked this and I’ll do posts like this more often!