It’s been a very long time since I’ve done a Bookstore Tour. I think because most times I go to a new bookstore, I find myself browsing the books and the atmosphere and forgetting to take my phone out of my bag. Is anyone else the type of person who loves to be in the moment than recording the moment?
However, I made sure to take out my camera for this one. Warwick’s is the oldest family-run bookstore in the United States. Can you believe that one family has owned this bookstore for forever and continues to share their love of books to this day? I mean, I hope one day I’ll have something I can pass down to someone and they’ll keep it around for generations.
When I first stepped inside the store, I was a little confused. The store actually takes up two storefronts. One side of the store is dedicated to gifts and stationery goods while the other is the actual bookstore. I only took pictures of the bookstore side, but I would strongly recommend taking a browse through the gift and stationery side too.
The bookstore has a beautiful and clean feel about it. The displays are loving put together and they even look jam packed with books. The selection is also very big, so you’ll easily find books bookstagrammers post about all over the store. I absolutely loved the bookish quotes printed on the walls.
I wanted to grab a tote bag or a mug or a t-shirt with the bookstore’s logo, but the only thing they had were bookmarks given to you when you bought a book. I hate when I leave a new bookstore empty handed, but I also understand that not all bookstores have their own swag. So I set out to buy a book.
As we were wandering around the shop, I saw B in the nonfiction section. He was perusing a book and as a guy that doesn’t read on the regular anymore, I had to find out what he was looking through. It turned out to be Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan. This memoir is supposed to be one of the best memoirs written and also one of the best written on surfing. He was an avid surfer and spent most of his life finding the perfect wave. It’s like the documentary Endless Summer except without an annoying narrator making dad jokes.
When I saw B skimming through the novel, something in me wanted to read it. I knew about the book from bookstagram and it was one of those books that I wanted to read but didn’t know when I would read. So, I decided to pick it up and make it a priority. I also got my souvenir bookmark to go with it.
Seriously, this bookstore was lovely. They have bookish events and while I didn’t see many seats to just sit and read for hours, it’s definitely the kind of place you can stop at before hitting up one of the cute coffee shops and cafes in the area. Warwick’s is on a pretty big main road in San Diego’s La Jolla Cove. You can easily walk to the beach with your new book if you wanted to as well!
I would strongly suggest checking this place out the next time you’re in San Diego. Not only will you find something to read on vacation, but you’ll support local businesses too.
Have you been to Warwick’s?