Bredevoort, Netherlands: The Most Bookish Town in Europe

Have you ever heard of a book town? A 'book town' is an officially designated site that caters to bibliophile tourists. Bredevoort (with a population of about 1,500) is a small medieval town in the Netherlands that was designated a book town in 1993 because of its more than 20 secondhand and antiquarian bookshops. In... Continue Reading →

The Real Life Anne of Green Gables House

House Crazy Sarah is soooo homesick for her homeland lately. Normally she wanders around in a homesick stupor but not being able to go back to Canada this summer due to Coronavirus has made her even more crazy homesick than usual. There are few things more Canadian than good old Anne of Green Gables so... Continue Reading →

Scrivener’s Books and Bookbinding Shop In Buxton, England

Scrivener’s Books and Bookbinding in Buxton, England is thrilling for several reasons. For starters, it is a used/rare bookstore loaded with vintage books in a very unique centuries old five-story building. Prior to becoming a bookstore, the building was a Victorian shop with living accommodations. The cellar still houses the old kitchen range and stone... Continue Reading →

Monk’s House – Virginia Woolf’s Country Cottage

House Crazy Sarah would be remiss if she didn't do a feature on Monk's House - Virginia Woof's former English country home and gardens. There's something special in common about early twentieth century female writers: they had to have their bucolic county escapes - Beatrix Potter, Edna St. Vincent Millay. Virginia Woolf was part of... Continue Reading →

Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Cottage

House Crazy Sarah loves writer's houses, especially historic cottages. She is crazy about beloved children's author Beatrix Potter's former cottage in Near Sawrey, a village in the English county of Cumbria because it was the writer's very own doll house. That's right, Beatrix Potter had her very own she-shed in the form of an English country cottage... Continue Reading →

Bookish Dreams: Old Library Now A Bed And Breakfast

Look at this amazing stately old library in which you can now wander around at night in your comfy jammies and fuzzy slippers! Gladstone’s Library in Northern Wales, UK is a 130-year-old functioning library that is also a bed and breakfast. A dream come true for us bookish nerds! Look how gorgeous and old-world it... Continue Reading →

A Century Old Theater Gets New Life As A Bookstore

  This is truly a stunning transformation! Old theaters are already so enchanting but add shelves and shelves of beautiful books and it is a breathtaking combination. The El Ateneo Grand Splendid is a book store in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2019,  the Grand Splendid was named the "world's most beautiful bookstore" by the National... Continue Reading →

Orchard House: Where Louisa May Alcott Wrote Little Women

This very old Concord Massachusetts dwelling named Orchard House has a literary history indeed. The widely beloved book Little Women was written here! The fictional characters of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March were partly based on author Louisa May Alcott's real-life family and the setting was based on Orchard House, her family home. In... Continue Reading →

Edgar Allan Poe House in Baltimore, Maryland

There's just something creepy about a Poe-boy. And where he once lived. Edgar Allan Poe was known for his literary mastery of the macabre and his contribution to the mystery/detective genre through his terrifying short stories and poems. He lived in various east coast cities throughout his lifetime including Boston, Richmond,  Philadelphia, and New York.... Continue Reading →

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