Kindles, iPads and tablets oh my! It seems like these devices have taken over the task of reading physical books. It is almost rare to find good bookstores besides the typical chains like Barnes & Noble until I discovered Chamblins’ Bookmine. Located in Downtown Jacksonville, FL Chamblin’s is filled to the roof with books-literally! You can spend hours browsing through titles. You can even sell your old books to them-many of the books they sell are used. Chamblin’s Uptown has a cafe attached so you can pick out a book and read all while indulging in one of their croissant sandwiches. (My favorite is the Turkey, Spinach and Brie croissant.)
I’ve recently spent a lot of time there lately grazing through their poetry section. I tend to favor the old hardback covered books, ones where the pages hold memories of time past. We even decided to incorporate these books into our centerpieces for the wedding. Reading has always been near and dear to me. Ever since I was a kid, I was a reader. My grandmother would take us on trips to the bookstore to pick out a book each. I would stay up way past my bedtime in order to read through each book I picked out. One of the many books she bought for me still sits on my bookshelf today-“When We Were Very Young” by A.A. Milne.
Chamblin’s has an array of titles and unique selection of rarities. As seen below, their shelves are packed full of titles. It’s a truly unique bookstore!