Independent Bookstore: Barter Books in Northumberland!

I love independent bookstores. I’ve talked about my favourite before on the blog; The Cut-Price Bookstore in Helmsley! But a close second is Barter Books in Northumberland. It’s slightly different as it’s a much larger, second hand bookstore in a building that used to be a railway station. Even if you’re on a book buying ban, if you’re near I recommend a visit just to have a look around and take in how booky and beautiful it is! … I did buy some books too though.

The outside of Barter Books with the opening times and bench

Toy train on track around top of bookshelves

There is a little train that goes over tracks around the top of bookshelves since it’s an old train station. It’s a lovely touch and it’s charming to be browsing, hear the train coming around and look up to see it pass.

Bookshelves with lines of poetry between them

Cafe inside of Barter Books bookstore with fire

There are two fires burning away that you can sit, read and relax in. And a little cafe in what used to be the waiting room where you can sit and get a cup of tea. 

Steel heart by Brandon Sanderson and Eleven by Mark Watson

Barter books is not the kind of store that you go in with a list. It’s a browsing store. But I thought I’d have a look for the second Mistbourne book by Brandon Sanderson and found Steelheart, the first book of the Reckoners series instead. I don’t think I’ll get around to reading it anytime soon but it was £2.20 and what’s another book on the TBR pile at this point? 

The other book I found was Eleven by Mark Watson. It was one of those free iBook of the week deals, probably about a year ago, and I read a chapter or two and loved it- it’s about a radio host and we all know I have a soft spot for radio host books- but I’m not a big fan of reading on my phone so I was glad to get a physical copy. Again, it was £2.20 and I’m thrilled to finally have this book. 

Barter Books mug with a stack of books, a cat and a train on it.

And a mug to join my collection. Cats and books are two of my favourite things so this was a given.

What do you think of Barter Books? Have you ever been?
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