Summer is the ideal time to pick up a good book. With high temperatures and unrelenting sun, what could be better than spending the afternoon curled up indoors with your favorite novel? Mesa boasts plenty of terrific used bookshops where you can stock up on titles that grace your summer reading list. Here are a few places you’ll find a hot summer read.
Bookmans on 1056 S. Country Club Dr. is more of an adventure than a trip to the bookstore. From thousands of titles to games, music, and even artisan jewelry, this buy-and-sell shop has it all.
Plan an entire afternoon to soak up everything this gem has to offer. Don’t worry, there’s a cafe on-site that’s stocked with coffee, smoothies, and pastries when hunger sets in. Bookmans has served the valley since 1976 with six locations from Tucson to Phoenix. It’s a genuinely cool place to hang out in the summer.
Half Price Books
If you’ve ever turned on the radio in Phoenix and tuned in to KTAR, you’ve heard of Half Price Books, located on 6339 E. Southern Ave. Here, bookworms are invited to browse aisle after aisle of classics to contemporary novels and everything in between. Come in on Tuesdays for new releases hot off the presses or on the first Saturday of the month, when you can meet a featured local author. Drop off your old books, and the Half Price staff will donate them to nonprofits. They’ve contributed more than a million books to organizations so far.
If you’re on the hunt for a discount bookstore, head to Book Gallery in downtown Mesa at 50 W. Main St. Get lost in this cerebral maze with your summer reading list in hand. It could take days to fully appreciate all the titles awaiting at this charming wood-shelf and wood-floor adorned shop.
Come in on a whim to find some real treasures, or ask the friendly staff to help you find specific titles. You’ll even find an assortment of vintage series, such as the 1930s Nancy Drew mysteries for young adults, comics, and more — and all at reasonable prices.
Old Town Books
Old Town Books at 518 S. Mill Ave. is not your typical Barnes & Noble-type bookshop. Plan to be captivated by the knowledgeable owners who offer personalized service that won’t interfere with your browsing enjoyment. Their excitement about books is contagious, and they know every inch of their shop.
Find hidden gems on every floor, including out-of-print books, first editions, and signed copies, all at reasonable prices. There’s even a bargain rack where you can get books for only a dollar. Old Town Books does keep odd hours, however. Call ahead so you won’t miss them.
Spend your relaxing summer days by the pool with a book. Now that you know where to find a hot summer read near Mesa, get your list together and head out on a treasure hunt.