From Enid Blyton To Homer: Bookmark These Places To Load Up On Reading Material

Mahima posted on 09 February

There’s a nip in the air, the winds are changing, and that can only mean one thing — winter is coming. And that also means it is getting to the time when curling up on your sofa, with a big cup of tea or coffee, reading a book, is more acceptable than going out on the town. So find your cosy nook, go scout for new, old, middle-aged book, and get reading! Let us help you along a bit, with bookstores across Bangalore. And if we’ve missed out any, let us know in the comments.

Blossom Book House

Of course, where would we be without Blossom? The old school book house will sort you out with everything from Enid Blyton and JK Rowling to the more obscure Christian Jacq, for history meets fiction, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. Then there are dictionaries, travelogues, rare comic book, sheet music and a whole shelf of Mills & Boon. If that isn’t your jam, the store has close on to 3,00,000 titles, sourced from across the globe, so really, there will be something for you. It’s easy to spend an entire afternoon looking for hidden gems here.

Book Stores

84/6, Church Street, Bengaluru

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Bookworm

One must have great respect for a bookstore that does not have a “bestsellers” shelf. The bookstore is also known for using a unique store credit system where one can pay half the book’s price as “reading fees”, and exchange it for another book. Now that they have two stores for you to choose from, the quaint one at Shrungar Complex and the ginormous one at Church Street, pick from classic works of literature, popular fiction and comics find a major place in their collection. Plus, books on spirituality, science and philosophy. We also love that they sell second-hand coffee table books, for a change.

Book Stores

80/1, Shrungar Complex, Near Deccan Herald Head Office, M G Road, Bengaluru

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Goobes Book Republic

Goobes has a chalkboard sign usually letting you know that you’d have a better day if you entered their lovely bookstore and boy are they right. A bookstore and library on Church Street, it’s an intimate space, not because of its size, but because of its prominence to interactions with its patrons. Cookbooks and Manga to graphic novels and science fiction, to a section dedicated to kids and travel, there’s much to get lost in here. Be sure to take a big bag so you can bring home plenty of reading material. If you happen to be stuck or baffled by the amount of choices available around you, then just ask the ever-helpful owner Ravi for a recommendation.

Book Stores

11, Near KC Das Sweet Shop, Haridevpur, Church Street, Bengaluru

Atta Galata

Atta Galata makes sure that it treats you for braving the Koramangala traffic with their filter coffee on the table, a sandwich if you please and choice of books – in regional languages such as Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi as well as English. This combo is a precise picture of just one of the various other combos that Atta Galatta has to offer to its welcome visitors. Atta Galatta aims to revive the striking pieces of Vernacular writings, while also hosting book readings, workshops, book clubs and theatre productions.

Cafes

134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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Higginbothams

The vintage Greek Palladium building of Higginbothams isn’t just for a great Instagram feed, #vintagebangalore. The oldest bookstore in Bangalore {though it was MIA for a while in the middle} has a children’s section, an exclusive stationary section {get your mood boards ready}, a comics and graphic novels wing as well as sections for non-fiction and academic books. They even have a dedicated travel corner where you can pick up books, maps.

Book Stores

74, MG Road, Opp. Metro Station, Next To Deccan Herald Press, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

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Select Bookshop

Founded in 1945 by the lawyer and bibliophile KBK Rao, and frequented by the likes of Ruskin Bond and Ramachandra Guha! Now that’s elite. Select has been hailed as Bangalore’s finest antiquarian bookshop and has been managed since the 1970s. Housing rare books, they are usually kept under lock and key. Help is on hand for specific requests, but the place is a haven for browsers who’d just like to be able to find something fresh and unexpected. 

Book Stores

71, Brigade Road Cross, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

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Gangarams Book Bureau

Yes, Gangarams has an entire section for “Academic Books” but no that’s not all you can find there. One will find the classics from all over the world, but also a treasure trove of books on the various facets of India and travel guides. There are sections dedicated to lifestyle, gardening, and pet care as well. What has always been a winner for Gangarams, despite it moving from one location to another quite a few times, they are willing to source the same for you, thanks to their special order service with publishers abroad.

Book Stores

16/3, 3rd Floor, Above Blue Frog, Church Street, Bengaluru

The Lightroom Bookstore

The Lightroom Bookstore is an uncluttered and elegant bookstore for children and young adults. They have clearly put in tremendous effort into handpicking the books for the store by Aashti Mudnani, who started Lightroom in 2013. Growing from just 800 books to over 2000 today, usual suspects include Harry Potter, Julia Donaldson, and Percy Jackson. But interesting titles such as Animalium: Welcome to the Museum by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom and Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell’s The Sleeper and the Spindle, are also on offer.

Book Stores

1, Lewis Road, Cooke Town, Bengaluru

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Crossword

Crossword is an open format bookstore with a large enough collection of books, comics, magazines to keep you busy for hours. Crossword is a treasure trove for bibliophiles and even comic book nerds! Pick from the endless collection of travel guides, cookbooks, self-help manuals, children’s books, toys and even some graphic tees. They also have bestsellers like John Grisham, Jeffery Archer, Dan Brown and Indian writers Amitav Ghosh, Chetan Bhagat {gulp} and Arundhati Roy. Go on, knock yourself out.

Book Stores

Central, 36/5, Marathahalli - Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Bellandur, Bengaluru

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Sapna Book House

Bookstores that double with a gorgeous supply of stationery? Sign us up. Apart from the basic supplies, they have a selection of quirky notebooks, to make a record of your books. They have a wide range of art supplies as well, including painting materials, sketch pens, color pencils, canvas boards and much more. Oh, and adult coloring books. And, of course, a plethora of textbooks, digests in regional languages like Kannada and Tamil, that are hard to come by elsewhere. Also a great place to source for your study materials and textbooks. Non-academic books are also aplenty. Geronimo Stilton, Danielle Steele, Sidney Sheldon, and kids’ collections by Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and JK Rowling, plus a few flash-in-the-pan writers too.

Book Stores

32, Next To Hyundai Showroom, Field Marshal Cariappa Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

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Landmark

Landmark started as an independent bookstore but progressively transformed into chain store which primarily offers books, music, movie VCD/DVDs, video game consoles, PC games, video games, console games, video game accessories, toys, and magazines, board games and sour punk candy {yes, it’s important to know where one can grab these}. They also have book launches and readings, so keep an eye out for those.

Book Stores

The Forum Mall, 21, Hosur Road, Koramangala, Bengaluru

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