Book hunting is one of the best parts of reading because there is the excitement of finding an unexpected new book or a great bargain. Electronic books are convenient, but bookstores provide a cornerstone to any community as a place to read and learn something new. Whether looking for the latest bestselling novel or a gently-used paperback edition of an old favorite, the bookstore provides endless hours of collecting books suited to either fiction readers or people looking for specific subjects. Here are the 10 best bookstores in the New Jersey!
Watchung is a great community bookstore with general selection of books including all the basics of fiction, travel, and more. They also sell local author’s published works and work on local events with the library and schools.
As a small-town bookstore, this location aims to create a welcoming familial environment for both the local community and anyone who enters. Their goal is to be as inclusive as possible. They carry contemporary fiction, children’s, and classics. If you’re in need of a new book, check out their staff picks.
WORD is a quintessential modern bookstore offering events, e-books, and an in-store café. Their events include genre groups, live readings, and open discussions. It’s small but complete and offers a lot.
The Book Center offers an enormous selection of new and used books from every genre. Once you walk in, you meet the smell of old books and stories waiting to be reread. You’ll spend hours browsing the shelves.
Open since 1934, this bookstore lives up to its name as the town bookstore. It’s a staple for local readers and offers consistency in Westfield’s bustling downtown retail shops. They were voted New Jersey’s best independent bookstore in 2014.
Labyrinth is its own small labyrinth of books with books in every genre. The store is small enough to not feel lost but the selection is wide enough to spend a couple hours browsing. They can special order books for you in philosophy, religion, fiction and many other subjects.
Self-proclaimed south New Jersey’s only combined bookstore and coffee spot, Bogart’s is a popular spot for its area. Enjoy a latte, munch on a pastry and buy a book to read all in place. They also enjoy hosting local musicians, poets, and more.
This somewhat young bookstore has been blossoming in the busy city of Hoboken as small, independent store. Special orders are an option. The owners like to make visitors feel welcome and recently added a children’s section.
If you’re a fan of used books, check out Booktrader for deals and special offers on gently used paperbacks and more. They have their own store credit system for you to sell your books that can be used towards future purchases. More details are on their site.
The quaint Garden bookstore offers not only books but writing workshops and participation in other town events. Special editions of certain books and editions can also be found here. The pleasant, quiet store offers an easy and relaxing environment to find books.