Grab a New Read at These Independent Bookstores in Houston

The independent bookstore business has been growing in the last few years and for good reason: they are local hubs of culture and community. What better way to integrate yourself into a new city than visiting its bookstores? Here are three independent bookstores in Houston near Marquette at Piney Point Apartments you should stop by.

Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book has been a local haunt of Houston since 1980. Also, it is one of the country’s largest bookstores that specializes in mysteries. They boast having a constant stock of over 25,000 books and host over 200 author events every year. You can also join in on their monthly book discussion group. The store itself is adorned with all-black shelves and dark wood tables, giving it an appropriate atmosphere for a shop of mysteries. They recently added a resident puppy named Maisie Doggs to the staff. Books and dogs—what more can you ask for?

Kaboom Books

Kaboom Books is an eclectic used bookstore stocked by the local community. Inside, it’s a beautiful mess of shelves of different heights, sizes, and colors with books stacked all over the place and surrounded by plants. Out back, they have a patio covered in palm trees and twinkling lights where they hold author readings. You can also enjoy other events, such as their amateur choir that only practices and never performs. Kaboom Books is a quirky place perfect for finding old editions of books and new friends. It’s also a popular site for photoshoots.

Blue Willow Bookshop

Blue Willow Bookshop is dedicated to providing the Houston community with the best new releases. They also host several events every week, from three different book clubs to storytimes for kids. Their storefront has large white windows and a cute sign, making it look like the homey and cozy store that it is. Check them out on Instagram for a beautiful collection of recommendations and photos of their gorgeous shelves.

No matter what you’re looking for—a murder-mystery, an old hard-to-find book, or the newest best-seller—these independent bookstores have unique atmospheres and communities and are a great way to involve yourself in the culture of Houston. You can also try these fun photography classes from local experts. Contact us to learn more about our community.

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