It’s been a while since my last bookshop post, but never fear because I visited an absolute beauty of a bookshop last week that I can’t wait to tell you about. I really have missed going to bookshops during these last few months. It’s one of my charmingly endearing traits (ahem) that I can’t walk past a bookshop without having to go in. So with the restrictions loosened slightly, I visited Storysmith, a bookshop that I have been wanting to go to for ages.
You’ll find Storysmith nestled amongst lots of other independent shops on North Street in Bedminster. The area is very cool and colourful so their shopfront fits right in. Look how cute it is!
Stepping inside, Storysmith is small but perfectly formed. It has a really friendly feeling, with pared-back decoration that lets the books do the talking. The wall of shelves (which I want for my house) is split into genres and has been impressively curated. There are, of course, familiar books, best sellers and recent releases, but there are also lots of interesting and lesser-known titles. I was so excited I didn’t know where to start! They also have on display Storysmith’s recommendations, which I am always drawn to in bookshops.
I didn’t manage to get a photo, but there’s more! Up a couple of steps is a non-fiction section and the till where you can also get a takeaway coffee. (Best combo, right?) There’s also a little children’s selection tucked in at the back which is great to see. I love that they have managed to offer something to younger readers too in a fairly small space!
It’s probably no shock, but I could easily have gone home with about twenty books but I tried to show some restraint, so I settled on two. Eventually I picked up My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and Supper Club by Lara Williams. They were both impulse purchases really, from browsing and just getting what caught my eye. That’s my favourite way to shop for books really.
What else Storysmith offers
Storysmith looks like an amazing bookshop to live nearby as they always have loads of interesting events lined up, plus they hold monthly bookshops. I am also hankering after their Subscriptions for Curious Readers, where you receive a book handpicked by the Storysmith team, with some notes from them and coffee too. (This is a non-subtle hint to anyone reading who knows me personally that this would be a wonderful gift. Just putting it out there, into the universe.) There’s also an online shop, so basically, near or far they’ve got you covered.
The only fault I have for Storysmith is that it’s not closer to me. I will be back!