Hunkering down with a riveting book is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But with the joy of a book du jour comes the inevitable sorrow of turning its last page and leaving behind the world it so fervently brought to life. Luckily for us literary fiends, a seemingly endless sea of bookshelves beckon us to read on. These bookstores are some of Atlanta’s most popular, whether it’s due to their selection of hard-to-find literary treasures (like at A Cappella Books and Oxford Comics), or the boldness of their books (enter Charis Books), or the vibrancy and comfort of their confines (look no further than Little Shop of Stories and Posman Books). Happy reading!
Local bookworms flock to this independent bookstore, which is known for its impressive collection of out-of-print and rare books. An artfully painted chalkboard greets you upon entering and details upcoming events like book signings, author readings and more.
The inventory of tomes at this shop is as rare as the talent of its namesake author, Charles Dickens. If you're in the market for fine, rare and collectible works, including books, maps, historical documents, autographs and manuscripts, this should be the first stop on your list. Visit the museum-quality showroom by appointment only.
This is the oldest feminist bookstore in the region. Find an ample selection of LGBTQ literature, along with biography, recovery, cooking, women’s studies, psychology and children’s sections. Peruse the music, jewelry, t-shirts and gifts after you’ve found the perfect tome.
If your eyes are drawn to all things well-designed, then this is the bookstore for you. This stunning Westside shop is a culture vulture's dream. Feel free to judge the books and magazines sold here by their cover—the artfully clad literature covers the gamut of contemporary culture, from art and design to food and wine.
Visit this local gem in Decatur for a wide selection of new and used books—"over a mile" of books, to be more specific. The calendar of author events is robust (they held 300 events in 2016 alone). The book consignment program keeps the selection as interesting as it is all-encompassing.
This is one book that matches its colorful cover. Inside this adorable independent bookstore, you’ll find vibrant hues that reflect the diverse content found within its books. Enjoy a wonderful selection of children’s and young adult literature, poetry and nonfiction. Little book lovers can enjoy storytime Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
This is the go-to for local fans of science fiction, fantasy and graphic novels. The jam-packed shelves offer everything from manga to Monty Python, including action figures and limited-edition comic books. New titles arrive weekly.
This expansive bookstore is HQ for all things metaphysical, fantastical and from realms beyond. Explore the ample selection of books about spirituality, metaphysics, holistic health, personal growth and more. Peruse treasures like aromatherapy oils, candles, crystals, jewelry and gift cards. Psychic readings and classes are also offered.
Fittingly, this beloved family-owned bookstore from New York City opened its first locale outside of the Big Apple in the Big Peach. The 2,300-square-foot Ponce City Market shop offers books, toys, games and greeting cards.
Visit this full-service independent bookstore to see why Atlanta's literary lovers have considered it a staple for over 30 years. Tall Tales orders books twice per week and conducts regular out-of-print book searches, to keep the shelves stocked with a wide array of both mainstream and hard-to-find literature.