An article in The Plain Dealer described several independent bookstores in the Cleveland, Ohio area. The reporter wrote a brief description of the store, I looked them up and added a book they are currently recommending to give an added feel for the store.
The Learned Owl Book Shop is a “quaint” shop with “top-notch” reading suggestions, on tap currently is The Little Book by Selden Edwards. The recommending reader started it, put it down, weeks later returned to it and read it entirely in one day.
Fireside Book Shop is a “quaint throwback to a long gone era” reminiscent of George Bailey’s Bedford Falls. They have an impressive recommendation section online, I chose Thread of Grace by Maria Doria Russell as the perfect vacation read for this summer.
Loganberry Books is “warm, slightly cluttered and completely inviting” with a bookstore cat, Otis. They just started the Praise the Unsung Book Club to discover wonderful books few people have read and the first book is 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff.
Appletree Books is an “island of calm in an urban setting.” One website compared it to the book shop in “You’ve got Mail.” Unfortunately, they don’t have a bookstore website, so I can’t include any current recommendations.
Crooked River Reading Club has “an English reading room vibe despite it’s mall location.” The website doesn’t have any reading recommendations but I like that as a downtown store they have their author signings during the lunch hour.
If you have a personal experience with any of these stores, please write a review and send it to us. We’d love to learn more about these bookstores and have a separate post for each of them.