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5 Best Independent Bookshops in Berlin

Berlin is, for so many people, the literary capital of mainland Europe. So many of Earth’s greatest writers, poets, and philosophers have come out of Germany or etched their name into the history books through the German language: Karl Marx, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Herman Hesse, Hans Fallada, the Brothers Grimm, Bertolt Brecht; I really …

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9 Books to Read Before You Visit Taiwan

Taiwan is the most enigmatic country in East Asia. It’s constant legal and political struggles with China have been upsetting and frustrating to watch, but its close cultural and artistic ties to Japan have somewhat counterbalanced that. What can be said for certain (besides the fact that Taiwan is not China), is that Taiwan is …

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Bookstores Around the World: The Second Shelf (London, UK)

Visit The Second Shelf, A Hidden Bookstore in London A.N. Devers is a fierce woman. She’s a writer with an upcoming debut novel (Train), a prolific journalist who’s been featured in The New Yorker and The Guardian, and she’s also the proprietor of The Second Shelf, a bookstore in the heart of Soho. And she’s …

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Bookstores Around the World: Mr. B’s Emporium (Bath, UK)

Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights A bookstore with a name this glorious couldn’t live anywhere but Bath. One of the oldest and most architecturally beautiful little cities in all of the UK, Bath is a favourite place to visit amongst literary types. The city has a Jane Austen museum (with a gift shop), the …

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5 Books to Read Before Backpacking Southeast Asia

Before you set out exploring or backpacking Southeast Asia, there are some incredible books for you to discover which can light your way and make your journey even more exciting, fascinating, and possibly life-changing. After all, if you’re backpacking Southeast Asia, you want all the enrichment you can get. And we guarantee you’ll find that …

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The Best Towns to Visit in the Hudson Valley, NY

Ulster County is a wonderful place just north of New York City, nestled in the Hudson Valley. This area is made up of mountains, valleys, lakes, forests, and some of the best little towns in all of New York State. There’s nothing better after a busy few days in the city than spending some time …

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A Literary Guide to Stroud, UK

Stroud is a small Gloucestershire market town at the edge of the beautiful and historic Cotswolds. In this quaint and idyllic town, you’ll find farmer’s markets, old manor houses, and endless countryside walks across rolling hills. The town boasts Victorian homes, some charming cafes, and two delightful independent bookstores: one of new books, one of …

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Bookstores Around the World: Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore

Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore Part of our Bookstores Around the World series. Fuzhou Lu is one of the main arteries that lead into the beating heart of Shanghai: People’s Square. The road is lined with interesting stores, cafes, barber shops, and more. Its crown jewel: the Shanghai Foreign Languages Bookstore, located a ten-minute walk down …

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