An El Paso bookstore was just named as one of the best bookstores in the entire state by AAA Texas.  According to the insurance and travel company’s website, Literarity Book Shop located at 5411 N. Mesa is the third greatest bookshop in Texas.  It joins a list of independent booksellers located in places such as Austin, Dallas, and Houston.

When you visit Literarity, you’ll be able to browse through a selection of everything from new and used books to rare and signed first edition books on top of some pretty neat collectables.  You can visit their Facebook page by going to

It’s nice to see these non-chain businesses get recognition.  Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a “You’ve Got Mail” situation where I’m firmly pro Shop Around the Corner and 100 % anti big bookseller.  I enjoy Barnes & Noble as much as the next person and as digital media becomes more prevalent, I’m thankful for ANY store that is still willing to provide hard copy books for those that want them.

But I will say that there’s a different feeling when you walk into an independent book shop or secondhand bookstore.  Books are a magical form of media that many people hold dear to their hearts.  The experience of finding the perfect book in the quaintest of stores can be just as exhilarating and memorable as the story you end up taking home and reading.

It’s great to see El Paso represented, and represented well, among independent booksellers around the state.

To view the entire list of greatest bookstores according to AAA Texas, click here.

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