For a true book lover, there may be no better way to spend a day than getting lost in the shelves of a great bookstore. Luckily, Northern Virginia is full of them. These independent bookstores throughout the region have books new and old, spanning countless genres. Spend a few hours browsing their collections, and who knows? You might just find your next favorite book.
Old Town Books
This bookstore, located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, is small but mighty. It is always sure to have the latest in contemporary fiction, hot-topic political memoirs, best-sellers, and cult favorites that you don’t want to miss. And, it has several book clubs that you can join. 130 S. Royal St., Alexandria
Reston’s Used Books
The shelves are absolutely jam-packed with everything from rare editions to well-loved paperbacks. Even if you went in looking for just one book, don’t be surprised if you find yourself spending hours poring over its collections. Lake Anne Village Center: 1623 Washington Plz. N., Reston
Scrawl Books, located in Reston Town Center, is as much a community gathering space as it is a place to buy books. It runs a consistent slate of author signings, story times, and trivia nights so people can get together and talk about the books they love. Reston Town Center: 11911 Freedom Dr., Reston
One More Page Books
As if books weren’t good enough, One More Page also keeps a stock of wine and chocolate. Check out its selection of signed editions, and don’t miss the “#OMP Reads” recommendations – these experienced book lovers aren’t likely to lead you astray. 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Ste. 101, Arlington
This beloved Vienna shop recently underwent some serious renovations, and it’s looking better than ever. There’s a newly expanded section of children’s books, and even more space for the comprehensive collection of bestsellers and local favorites. 110 Church St., NW, Vienna
Hooray for Books!
Hooray for books, indeed! While this little shop in Old Town is primarily geared toward children’s books, it has selections for adults and teens as well. For little ones, there’s a story time every week. For kids between 6 and 18, there’s a Youth Advisory Council where they take home an advanced review copy of a book and write a short review on it before a book club meeting. For adults there are three book clubs. 1555 King St., Alexandria
McKay Used Books
McKay Used Books is a large store that has been around for 40 years (it’ll celebrate the anniversary in June), and Manassas just wouldn’t be the same without it. It’s about more than just books, too. You can bring in books of all kinds, movies, puzzles, games, and even Legos to sell or trade for store credit. Manaport Shopping Center: 8345 Sudley Rd., Manassas
This downtown Fredericksburg shop has a full assortment of used and rare books, including some signed copies. Bring in your used books to sell them for cash or store credit, no appointment necessary. 805 Caroline St., Fredericksburg
Books and Other Found Things
Visiting this store is more like visiting the home of an old friend. It’s located in a historic house right in downtown Leesburg, and each room is bursting with bookshelves full of a lovingly curated collection of used books, trinkets, and an assortment of art from local artisans. It should be noted that the store sits in a 1790 building that is not completely accessible to everyone. 13 Loudoun St. SW, Leesburg
Birch Tree Bookstore
There’s always something fun going on in this Leesburg bookshop. There’s a roster of nine monthly book clubs focused on different genres, including historical fiction, romance, science fiction, and one for young readers. Stop by to join a club, attend an event with an author, or just search the inventory for your next read. 11 W. Market St., First Floor, Leesburg
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