Sunday, Oct 30, 2022 9:00a -
Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 6:00p

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Happy cozy season! As the weather cools down and the days get dark, we’re turning to one of our favorite pastimes: snuggling up with a good book. You can find your next read at these incredible local, independent bookstores. 

Beacon Hill Books & Cafe (pictured) ☕️

Where: Beacon Hill

Info: Boston’s newest (and perhaps prettiest) bookstore just opened in Beacon Hill and it’s causing a literary stir. Book lovers are waiting in line to get into the highly anticipated shop and cafe in the historic Boston neighborhood. 

Harvard Bookstore

Where: Harvard Square

Info: Despite the name, this shop isn’t run by the famous university. Harvard Bookstore is an independent shop with a robust calendar of events focusing on author talks and panel discussions, plus new and used books for sale. 

Brookline Booksmith

Where: Coolidge Corner

Info: Okay, so technically this is in Brookline not Boston, but it’s one of the most beloved bookstores in the surrounding area. The newly expanded store offers a huge selection of new books, discounted copies, and used books as well as unique gifts. 

Trident ☕️🍷

Where: Back Bay

Info: Part bookstore, part cafe, and part meetup space, Trident has become known for their delicious all-day menu and robust events calendar. Peruse the latest book selection, have a coffee or a glass of wine, and attend a Trivia Night or Skip the Small Talk gathering. 

Pro Tip: you can also order a surprise book to go if you get takeout! 

All She Wrote Books

Where: Somerville

Info: All She Wrote Books highlights all the writers that are typically neglected in big chain bookstores: female, POC, and queer authors. The owner Christina has selected an incredible array of books across all genres and is on site most days to give recommendations. 

Porter Square Books

Where: Cambridge and Seaport

Info: This beloved shop now has two locations, one in Cambridge and one in Boston, each one offering a great selection of books. The staff here are true booklovers, they all put together bundles of books they personally recommend in different genres. 

Brattle Book Shop

Where: Downtown

Info: One of Boston’s most charming and historic bookstores, Brattle offers two floors of general used books and a third floor of rare and Antiquarian books. They also put out carts of books in the outdoor space next to the store for open-air discount browsing year round.

Commonwealth Books

Where: Downtown

Info: Tucked into an alley in Downtown Crossing, Commonwealth Books is the winding used bookstore of your literary dreams. You’ll find a huge selection of volumes, as well as rare books, maps, and even retro comic book editions. 

More Than Words

Where: South End

Info: As if you needed more motivation to buy books, you can now do it for a cause. More Than Words is a nonprofit organization that provides real life job training and personal empowerment to young people in difficult situations. The store is completely run by youth workers and offers a great selection of new condition used books and local gifts. 

Frugal Books

Where: Roxbury

Info: Boston’s only Black owned bookstore showcases an extensive array of diverse books for readers of all ages. It’s a particularly good spot to grab children’s books and YA novels by authors of color. 

Papercuts Bookshop

Where: Jamaica Plain

Info: This female owned indie bookstore stocks a great collection of new books and gifts. If you’re looking for activist literature this is the spot. Right now they have a curated selection of books relating to abortion rights, in response to that political battle. 

Raven Used Books

Where: Harvard Square

Info: Raven stocks more than 15,000 used books at any given time. Even more impressive, they turn over a third of that collection every month. Here you’ll find current popular titles alongside rare, niche finds. 

Tres Gatos Book and Record Shop ☕️🍷

Where: Jamaica Plain

Info: If you want to pair your books with a cocktail (and who doesn’t), head to Tres Gatos in JP. The front is a killer tapas restaurant and the back is a small but mighty book and record store with a diverse selection of titles. 


Photo by Sarah Winchester

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