Saturday, July 13, 2013

2013 Reading Road Trip: Ohio

Welcome to our stop on the Reading Road Trip! This adventure is hosted by Hafsah at IceyBooks and Britta at I Like These Books! Want more info? Go HERE.

Today, you'll join Emily on a mini-tour of a few of Ohio's independently owned bookstores.


In Northern Ohio, there is a lovely little city called Hudson. Within the city limits are many stores filled to the brim with things that you want to own (and wish you could afford); Hudson's definitely worth the exploration, but one thing will catch your eye in particular and that is the adorable book store, The Learned Owl. Established in 1968, The Learned Owl not only has three floors of all age-range books, offers an out-of-print search service and is partnered with Kobo, but they host some great author signings!


You can't go to Ohio and not visit the capital city! Filled with mass construction and angry drivers (I'll be in that horde), there is also a gorgeous bookstore that will leave any book lover in awe. The Book Loft has thirty-two rooms of nothing but books. No, you are not seeing things--there are thirty-two rooms packed with books galore. What makes it even better is the environment of German Village! Go have a nice lunch at Schmidt's, visit the Helen Winnemore Craft store to see (and probably buy) some of the beautiful handmade pieces and then read your heart out at The Book Loft!


While you are in Columbus, why not hit up the other adorable children-focused book store? Though the focus is books for children and young adult, there are books for all ages and walls signed by authors galore, including John Green, Veronica Roth and Rae Carson! See some of my own pictures below (and ignore my frowning mother in the corner--it had been a long day):


Okay... So this one is cheating. It's not an independent bookstore, BUT it is one that I frequent because of it's fantabulous signings like Veronica Roth, Robin LaFevers and an upcoming YA Panel including Ohioan authors Kristina McBride, Mindee Arnett, and Liz Coley. The store is HUGE, with an add-on filled with just children's books. They even have a cafe and a drink station so you can take a food break if you need one!

So, I may be itching to get out of Ohio, but you have to admit, we've got some pretty grand bookish venues! Now... What do I offer you as a "souvenir" from your trip?

Up for grabs:
Your book of choice from either Kristina McBride, Mindee Arnett, or Liz Coley signed and personalized to you!

*ETA: Kristina McBride has informed me that the scheduled authors have changed, thus the prize has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Giveaway Details:
- One winner will receive the book of their choice from the authors listed above signed and personalized to the winner
- Open internationally
- One entrant per household
- Cheating results in immediate disqualification (We will check!)
- Winners have 48 hours to respond to notification or a new winner will be chosen (That means check your spam folder!)
- We are not responsible for lost/damaged packages
- Ends 07/31/2013

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Thanks for joining us! Happy reading!


  1. Definitely the German Village. All of it! Being a German myself, this would be just like home :)

  2. I'd love to visit Cover to Cover in Columbus and get to see those walls!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. OMG that is a hard question. I like the bookstore with the author writing on the wall, Cover to Cover and the Book Loft looks cool. I would love to stroll through 32 rooms of books.

  4. Definitely the one with the autographs walls, as I would love to see that!

  5. Cover to Cover the most! But I'd like to visit everything! :)

  6. Cover to Cover! That's so cool that tons of authors have signed the walls! :D

  7. I love the Book Loft. To me, it's the epitome of the perfect bookstore. A delightful maze of tiny rooms, crammed full of books, treasures hidden in nooks and crannies...

  8. I'd love to visit Cover to Cover! Looks like a fun book store with the author signatures on the walls! Thanks!

  9. Cover to Cover! It would be awesome seeing all the signatures :)

  10. I haven't actually stopped in Ohio but I drove through it last year on an epic road trip I was on! I am hosting Utah so stop by and learn all about that state!

    Angela's Anxious Life

  11. I love the smaller shops that have the cafes in them too! All about a great reading environment!

  12. Cover-to-Cover Book Store! It's soooo coool!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  13. Cover-to-Cover Book Store it looks amazing!wish I lived in USA!!

  14. I would like to visit them all. Wish I live there.

  15. Depends on if I'll ever make it back to Ohio! I've been to the state once. And the Cover To Cover store looks awesome! The signed walls idea is pretty cool ;)

    Thank you!


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