I absolutely love bookshops. Even if I have no money to spend, I love walking round a bookshop looking at all the different editions, reading blurbs and looking for books I have never heard of before. I know I have so many books to read but I can’t stop myself from buying new ones!
I thought I would tell you my three favourite places to get books in Oxford and show you a few photos of them.
The Last Bookshop isn't the prettiest of bookshops to visit but it is definitely the best discount bookshop I have ever been to. Every book in the shop is £3 and you can get two for £5. This has gone up from the £2 a book it used to be, but that’s still a pretty good deal. For a discount bookshop, this has an amazing range of both paperbacks and hardbacks. Their stock changes all the time and I have found some really good bargains in here before.
Arcadia, St. Michael's Street
Whenever I go back to Oxford I cannot resist going to Arcadia and seeing what they have in there. It doesn't look particularly impressive from the outside, but it has a really great selection of vintage Penguin classics, post cards, stationary, scented candles and other exciting trinkets. The people who own the shop are absolutely lovely and really helpful if there is anything in particular you want, and every time I go in there I spot something different to spend my money on! If you’re the sort of person who loves their books to be new and in pristine condition then this definitely isn't the place for you. If you’re anything like me however, and you love old beaten up vintage books as much as new ones, then you wouldn't want to miss this little gem.
Blackwell's, Broad Street
Finally, no list of bookshops in Oxford would be complete without mentioning Blackwell’s. The shop is spread over four levels and has a separate shop across the road for art books, music and posters. The star of this shop is The Norrington Room which extends underneath the quad of Trinity College and contains over three miles of bookshelves. While it’s not the cheapest of places to find your books, it is a really good place to have a browse and find some new books to add to your to-read lists. Also it has started selling more book related merchandise and stationary recently so it’s worth a look for that too.
That’s all for now! What are your favourite bookshops? Do you have any recommendations? I have a few favourites in London I might post about at a later date :)