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Booklover's Guide to Riverside, CA

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A travel journal to Riverside by Elli Metz

Quote: Where to find the best bookstores in and around the Riverside, CA area.

Booklover's Guide to Riverside, CA

Overview

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The bad news is that Riverside doesn't have that many chain bookstores. You won't find a Borders or Barnes and Noble here. The good news is that, as a result, independent bookstores are king -- and that gives you some unique choices in both new and used book buying. Try: Jim's Used Books, downtown Pandora's Books, downtown Ananda Books, Canyon Crest The Book Quest, Moreno Valley Paperback Junction, on Arlington Paperback Exchange, Lake Elsinore Renaissance Bookshop, on Magnolia (items above will be elaborated upon, as soon as I get pictures.)Quick Tips: Check the used stores before goin...Read More

Ananda Books & Gifts

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Attraction | "Ananda Books"

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Set off from the main parking area, behind a gnarled tree, Ananda has a little bit of everything for the Seeking reader. Books on yoga, prayer mats, books on Reiki and tarot, feng shui materials, and jewelry. It smells like incense no matter what time you go in, and the lady behind the counter will be more than happy to discuss the finer points of astrology with you if you ask. The store is priced moderately -- on the low end for accessories, cover price on new books. There is a used book section in the very back (near the table where they do "energy readings" and tarot readings), which is also moderately priced -- roughly half-price regardless of condition. (There are better places for use...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Ananda Books & Gifts
5225 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, California 92507
(951) 686-3471

Imagine That

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Attraction | "Imagine That!"

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Although Imagine That! is technically a children's bookstore, there is something here for just about every bibliophile to love. Books range from books for babies to titles for adults (on one shelf, presumably to give parents something to do while their children are browsing), and run the gambit between. There are also rubber stamps -- a small collection for artists and teachers -- though the selection is small and hand-picked. The selection here is pretty incredible. I found a book here that I used to love as a kid in the '70's that I didn't even remember the title to. I told the clerk what it was about and she led me to it without hesitation. The workers know their stuff. Prices are aver...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Imagine That
5225 Canyon Crest Drive
Riverside, California 92507
(951) 784-0132

Pandora's Books

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Attraction

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The musty smell will tell you you're in a bookstore, but it's the attitude of the employees that will tell you you're in a SERIOUS bookstore, despite the name. (Which, at least to me, sounded like a new agey kind of place.) Don't get me wrong -- Pandora's has class. The two-story, mahogany staircase will easily convey that. As will the selections -- old books with history, new books ABOUT history, expensive books for people who take their reading very very seriously. Prices are high, even for used books, the help is generally snobby (don't go in in sweats and a ponytail, or you won't get much help at alll, I found), and there wasn't that great of a selection when I was there. I did...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Pandora's Books

Riverside, California

The Book Quest

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Attraction

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I didn't realize, walking in to The Book Quest, that I was about to be regaled with stories about my aura, nor did I realize that there were other places in town to sell my used books. From most places in Riverside, TBQ is only about twenty minutes away -- but from a quality standpoint, it might as well be on another planet. The prices are high (over half, for even the rattiest used books), and the quality generally low here. The buying program is one of the worst in town (not only do they give you maybe a dollar or two per book, but they also charge a fee for using your credit unless you buy something at full price along with it), and they generally look for books of a pagan bent or sci-fi, n...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

The Book Quest
Moreno Valley Mall
Riverside, California

Downtowne Bookstore

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Attraction

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Although the sign is very obvious, it feels very hidden and secretive when you enter Downtowne Bookstore. You have to walk around to the side of a building, and into a metal door that looks like a staff access door. Inside, the smell of old paper and leather combines with dust, and a large dog sits on the floor most days, merely looking up when you enter. Downtowne Bookstore isn't my favorite of the used bookstores in Riverside -- its contents often vary in styles that aren't my own preference -- but it has a certain feel to it that makes it an interesting place to hang out and browse. Books are reasonably priced here, and the specialty (rare) books can still run you a small fortune. (They a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2001

Downtowne Bookstore
3582 Main Street
Riverside, California 92501
(951) 682-1082

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Elli Metz

Elli Metz
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