Last Saturday (April 30th) I went to a bookstore crawl in Brookyln! It was the first one in Brooklyn and my nerdy self was pretty excited to go. All you had to do was go around to different bookstores that were contributing and take a picture of whatever the task said, then post it to social media in hopes to win one of the many prizes. I was all about that. Free books plus shopping around Brooklyn?! Sign me up!
My boyfriend, some friends and I woke up early (meeting up at 9:30am, yes thats early to me. Haha!) and made our way down to Brookyln to get started.
The first stop we made was at Spoonbill & Sugartown Books
The first task was to take a picture of book that had a cover with a bird on it. I found one pretty quick and posted it to Instagram. I didn’t even realize the title until after…a little dark don’t you think??
Next stop, Desert Island which was a super cool comic book store. If you like dark stories and great art this is definitely a place to check it. The vibe overall is super cool. Our task was to find the free comic publication “Smoke Signal”
“ummm can I cover my door with stickers now?!? I feel SO Tumblr” Haha!!
After walking more for some time, we got to the third place we wanted to visit which was the Brooklyn Art Library.
This place is so different! I was not expecting to walk into a library filled with sketchpads and sketchbooks from all around the world. Each pad is different and can be about anything and everything. I chose to look at a random one because I couldn’t wait to see what this was really all about. For the task we had to find a pad by a Brooklyn-based artist, and it did not disappoint.
For the fourth bookstore, we then headed back to our parked car and drove over to Park Slope from the Williamsburg area. We ended up at Mama Says Comics Rock, a brand new comic shop on Court Street in Brooklyn.
The task for this place was to take a selfie with a Stormtrooper, or any other cut-out in the store. I chose my boo, Batman!
Although the selfie was a nice idea, overall I did not find this place as interesting as the others. Personally, something like a huge library filled with sketchbooks of artists from around the world is more appealing to me than a comic book store. Not that I have anything against people who like comic books (I myself like super heroes) I am just not a big reader of comics themselves.
For the fifth and final stop, we trekked all the way from Court Street to the water near Governor’s Island to reach Freebird Books.
Out of all the places we visited, this place was definitely the most cozy. It was very cute, and tiny which I really liked. The task for this place was to take a picture of a book off of their “Bad Title Shelf.”
I thought it was pretty cool how all the books were organized throughout the store. The categories were really cool. “Bad Titles”, “First Editions”, “Women’s Rights” and many others. For those of you who like small unique little book shops, this is the place for you!
Overall, the entire day was fun! It was nice to do something different like this. The best part about all of this was experiencing new places that I would have never known about! Since I am not from Brooklyn, I am only there every once in a while, so the fact that I have new places to look forward to is really great. The crawl was a blast, and I intend on doing it again next year.
Basically, I am thankful that my love of books and reading (and nerdy attributes) lead me to an amazing experience!