Gratia - Bookshops
A maze of books is the best place to get lost
Hard to Find Books in Onehunga, Auckland, is an exquisite second-hand bookshop, huge and maze-like and home to over 100,000 books. Stepping inside is like entering another world, one that is old and intimate and slightly overwhelming with that sense of ‘now where to begin?’ It’s easy to get lost amongst the crowded shelves, when you go in to find a good thriller and are then buried in the photography section two hours later.
Dogs welcome! And well-behaved children.
The age of chain bookshops is over. It is time for the rise of the independent store. Okay, yes. I watched Lord of the Rings recently. But it’s still true – independent bookshops like Time Out bookstore are the way to go.
Time Out bookstore is a small shop, with books covering every possible surface. Due to its small size, each book in the store is carefully and thoughtfully chosen to be there, creating a diverse and wonderful range of books. If you want a book that isn’t on the shelf, Time Out goes out of their way to find it for you and bring it in.
Come on in, read, support the Second Sex
The Women’s Bookshop is an independent bookstore in Ponsonby that focuses on celebrating the written work of women, and stocks a diverse wider range of books. Obviously, as a woman, and as someone who dabbles in writing, I’m a fan.