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Bookstores in Houston, TX

For the best deals on books in Houston, look beyond the well-known chains. These top Houston independent bookstores carry today's hottest best sellers, your favorite classics and rare collectible editions.
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Brazos Bookstore

If you want to hear a feel-good story about a bookstore, Brazos is it. Several years ago, the owners were struggling to keep the store open when 25 customers banded together and actually bought the store. So, now Brazos is owned and managed by people in its own neighborhood. Beyond the back story, this independent store features a fantastic stock of literary fiction, children's books, literary journals, art books and much more. This Houston shop is also a nice spot where up-and-coming authors host events.

 

Domy Books

Housed in a little bungalow, this cozy bookstore is known for its extensive collection of graphic novels and toys -- yes, toys. This shop has an amazing array of collectible vinyl toys, unique gift ideas and fascinating books. This bookstore is tucked behind Cafe Brasil and has a large patio area in the back where you can hang out, read, and even watch movies on their special film nights. In addition to graphic novels, they have text books, art books, photography books, architecture books, comics, documentaries, DVDs and more.

Kaboom Books

This independent Houston shop has floor to ceiling shelves of books in 76 different sections. Their stock is extensive with over 100,000 books -- both current titles and out-of-print books. Kaboom used to have two locations but now they have condensed into the Houston Ave shop, but expanded the space -- so there is plenty of room for all the books and patrons. Check their calendar for different events including author book signings, release parties, seminars, study groups and much more.

 

Becker's Books

Located in a converted house in a primarily residential area of Houston, Becker's Books is a winding labyrinth of rooms, full of gems and treasures for collectors and casual readers alike. From modern crime novels to historic documentaries and practical reference books to rare antique cookbooks, you'll find books in every category imaginable. Whether you are looking for a well-worn paperback or an exquisite leather-bound classic, you can find it on the shelves and stacks of Becker's.

 

The Lift

This charming book and gift shop is owned by Rhonda Rhodes, who really cares about her books and her customers. The Lift stocks new books, discounted at around 20 percent, as well as unique jewelry, handmade soaps, stationery, home decor items and other gift ideas. The shelves are highlighted by current fiction and nonfiction, as well as classic children's books, cookbooks, book club books, autobiographies and much more. If you are hunting for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, just talk to Rhonda and tell her about the person. She'll be more than happy to help you find the perfect book or two.