Independent bookstores do not get enough attention. They deserve recognition for their uniqueness such as pet mascots and wine bars. The employees can give you the best-personalized book recommendations.
Books & Mortar
Books & Mortar is in Grand Rapids. The bookstore has three different book clubs; bookseller faves book club, young adult book club, and sci-fi book club. Books & Mortar also does a reading challenge; when completed you can turn it in to receive $10 off your next purchase. It’s a fun way to get everyone reading as there is a challenge for adults, young adults and children! Next time you’re in the city, visit Books & Mortar then read it at a fabulous Grand Rapids coffee shop.
Located in Rockford, epilogue books is among the shops and restaurants near the Rockford Dam. The bookstore has its own mascot, Tommy, a golden retriever. They have a loveable dog, and the shop is also a delight. epilogue books has a large selection of books, plus a wide assortment of great gifts, such as fun cards, book coasters, puzzles, and more.
Hooked, located in Lansing, is best described as a bookstore and more. The bookstore has a coffee and wine bar inside also featuring snacks so you can stay awhile. If you are looking for a true community experience, Hooked can provide you with it. They host book clubs, wine-tasting events and so much more.
Midland Street Books
Midland Street Books is a used bookstore in Bay City. They will buy a variety of books from you as long as they are in good shape. This means no food or drink stains, mold, or musty books. The majority of the time they give you cash, but in some instances you will receive a store credit to turn around and purchase more books! Bay City is perfect for a getaway, especially if you stop at Midland Street Books!
Located in a historic building, Pages Bookshop is beautiful inside and out. This women-owned bookstore has a wide selection of children’s books in addition to adult books. The staff has an assortment of suggestions to find the perfect book for yourself or as a gift for someone. When visiting the store, you will also get to see Pip the cat for some cuddles if you’re a cat fan.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without an Upper Peninsula bookstore. If you’re taking a trip to Marquette, Snowbound Books is a must-visit. The store sells both new and used books. Used books can be sold for store credit or half the amount in cash, so it’s best if you live nearby to sell books here. The staff has a variety of book recommendations online so they will be just as good if you need a suggestion in-store.
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