Say hello to Bookmarked. In this weekly series, I bookmark things I covet while sharing alternatives I can actually attain in the meantime. This is the dream bookstore edition.
If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to teleport. Hands down. Some of you may dream to fly or be invisible every once in a while or speak any language fluently, and that'd be great, but nothing seems better than being able to travel anywhere at any time. Maybe tomorrow I'd do breakfast in Paris, the afternoon in Tokyo, dinner with my mom in Seattle, a sunset in Norway...Clearly, I spend a lot of time daydreaming about where I'd love to go next (and doing some quality virtual teleportation on the interwebs).
Anyway, one of the far-off places I'm dying to visit is Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen in the Netherlands. It’s a thirteenth-century church converted into a gorgeous bookstore. Bookstores and libraries already feel like sacred places to me, so adding amazing architecture and holy history is just icing on the cake.
It’s a bit difficult to pop over to the Netherlands from Chicago on a whim, but I do make it to the West Coast pretty often. It’s easy to get a holy-bookstore fix at Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon. Powell’s is a great place to explore — the building is so huge they have to color-coat the rooms by genre so you don’t get lost forever! They carry used and new books, so it’s the perfect way to find something you crave that’s out of print. Stop in if you’re in the area; I promise you’ll never want to leave.