Journey to the Last Bookstore

Last week, I finished reading Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Ever since, I’ve been looking around the internet for ideas on what to read next. I eventually came across a Buzzfeed article listing various books that should be read before the movies come out this year and one in particular interested me with its premise: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. My new goal was to find this book and I decided that it was a perfect time for an adventure.

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The afterschool program I oversee is still closed for winter break, so I left work early on Thursday to explore downtown. As usual, I parked at the North Hollywood red line station and hopped on the subway, making my way towards Pershing Square. I didn’t have lunch yet, so I made a stop at Grand Central Market and, since it was across the street, I also visited the Bradbury Building. After some pictures, it was time to fulfill my mission to find this novel by heading to…The Last Bookstore.

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The Last Bookstore. Doesn’t it sound so mysterious? Located on the corner of Spring and 5th, this place does have a kind of whimsical charm that makes the name so fitting. There are many books and records to peruse.

Oh, there’s also a giant mammoth head…

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…And flying books…

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Diagnosis: An installation by Jena Priebe and David Lovejoy

…And some other nifty art installations.

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After wandering the aisles for quite a bit, I made my way over to the modern fiction section to see if they had what I was looking for….and they did! Success! A Long Way Down became my first purchase at this bookstore. Since I was pretty nearby already, I also decided to walk down to Bottega Louie and buy a five-piece box of Earl Grey macarons. Mm, best flavor they have!

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I will definitely be back at The Last Bookstore once I finish this book and start hunting for my next one. I’m aiming to finish at least two books a month now, so we’ll see if I can accomplish that. Here’s to a year of new adventures, both on and off the page!

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