Category: Travel

Bookstr: Support Independent Bookstores!

We Want to Know YOUR Favorite Independent Bookstore!

Independent bookstores are the lifeblood of any community. Recently, the passionate book-lovers of New York’s Upper West Side crowdfunded over $50,000 to save beloved local independent bookstore Westsider Books from an untimely closure. People love their bookstores, and that love transcends what’s on the shelves. Independent bookstores support local authors, diverse books, and the neighborhoods that love them so.

These literary hotspots are more than safe (and beautiful!) spaces. They represent a community of people who are truly passionate about books and reading—a community that Bookstr is proud to support.




We need local bookstores now more than ever, and, here at Bookstr, we’re passionate about raising awareness of the importance of these places, these sacred spaces that at once cozy and enormous enough to contain a thousand worlds.

We want to know about your favorite bookstore, the one that always makes you feel like you’ve come home. Is it that cozy nook down the block with personally curated shelves? Is it the one that brought you some peace when you were at your most stressed-out? What about the bookstore you stumbled into that rainy Wednesday and never really left? We want to know.



Bookstr: Support Independent Bookstores!



Click here to tell us all about what makes your favorite store so special, and it could be featured on Bookstr, made available to our international audience of 1.5 million fans! Include photos, gushing testimonials, memories of a sunlit afternoon—anything to show how much you care. Earn your beloved book spot free publicity, and earn yourself a huge THANK YOU across all our social media channels in the form of fun articles, interviews, and more!

(And hey, if those bookstores don’t give you a free book or two after the enthusiastic promotion, we can’t be held responsible.)


8 Real Literary Locations You’ve Read About in Novels!

I know it’s the end of summer vacation, yet I still want to share this combo of traveling and literature with you, maybe for your next vacation plans. Here are eight beautiful places that have been set in the world of words!




Thanks to Tim Pile’s recommendation, plus one of my pocket list, here’s the eight literary books:

  • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1994) by Louis de Bernieres
  • The Great Gatsby (1925) by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • River of Time (1995) by Jon Swain
  • Our Man in Havana (1958) by Graham Greene 
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) by Thomas Hardy
  • Out of Africa (1937) by Karen Blixen
  • The God of Small Things (1997) by Arundhati Roy
  • The Stolen Bicycle (2017) by Wu Ming-yi






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Have read these yet? Let’s see the pictures first!



1. Kefalonia in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin


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The Greek Island of Kefalonia is the soul in both Bernieres’ novel and 2001 cinema. In the story, a young officer came to the island with the Italian army and fell in love with a local doctor’s daughter. However, the woman he thinks is the one is already engaged to someone else. In the real word, the beaches on the island are incredibly beautiful without much contamination of tourism.



2. The Oheka Castle in The Great Gatsby


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In Gatsby’s world, there’s a mansion called West Egg where Gatsby lives in search of his lost love of Daisy. Though it’s a fictional place, there’s a spot which inspired Fitzgerald in the real world. Located in Long Island, New York, the Oheka Castle is a place where literary New Yorkers should visit.



3. The Mekong River in River of Time


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Jon Swain’s memoir describes the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge in 1975. The Mekong River is the soul in Vietnam. Sampans in the picture allow visitors to explore the beauty of the Mekong.



4. The Havana streets in Our Man in Havana


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It’s a story about a vacuum cleaner salesman living in Havana, Cuba, who agrees to moonlight as a secret agent and recruit local spies for the British government. If you visit the streets in Havana, you can jump directly into the novel as Tim Pile suggests because the view has never changed.



5. Dorest inTess of the D’Urbervilles


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One of the most famous villages for every English majors: Dorest in England’s southwest aka Hardy Country. It’s a beautiful village with “thatched cottages, grand manor houses, rolling hills and dramatic seascapes.”



6. Kenya’s Malindi beach in Out of Africa


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British East Africa, or Kenya, has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world!!! Look at the transparent water! You can swim as if you’re in the center of the world and think of the story of Karen Blixen.



7. Kerala in The God of Small Things


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Kerala is always a mysteriously attractive place to visit. In the jungle, would you find your god of small things?



8. Taipei in The Stolen Bicycle


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Longlisted in 2018 for Man Booker’s International novel, Wu’s The Stolen Bicycle tells of stories interweaved in this beautiful island called Taiwan. The capital Taipei is a wonderful place to visit. You can find unbelievably delicious food here! 




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