Best Independent Bookstores in Houston

Lauren Rogers

While Houston is traditionally bookmarked for its food and music scenes, the literary scope of Houston is vast. The diversity of the city is also reflected in the various kinds of independent bookstores inhabiting Houston. Whether you want to browse aisles for hours or get a quick recommendation and jet, Houston has what you need. Which really isn’t too surprising!

1. Murder by the Book


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Yes, you read that name right. Murder by the Book is a specialty bookstore in Houston that has been around since 1980. Famous mystery authors often do readings here and always stick around to sign some copies. Whether classics by Agatha Christie or contemporary thrillers is your thing, Murder by the Book is sure to delight and satisfy. Be warned: enjoying mysteries is required.

2. Brazos Bookstore



Likely the best-known bookstore in Houston, Brazos helps Houstonians stay up to date with the most reputable titles in the literary world. Established in 1974, Brazos is an equally welcoming spot for children and adults. If you’re in a pinch and wondering what to read next, one of the staffers is sure to give you that next best book idea. Whether it’s Americanah or Lincoln in the Bardo, new and exciting titles can get you off your phone and into a great story!

3. Kaboom Books


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Originating in New Orleans and later making its home in Houston, Kaboom Books is for the wanderer. With 100,000 books to offer and 76 sections, its customers are at no loss for options. Unlike many chain bookstores, Kaboom Books offers out-of-print titles you’ve been searching for, as well as new titles.

5. Blue Willow Bookshop


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This shop is for any age and where charm lives. Blue Willow Bookshop is a family bookstore that is sure to excite any bookworm or someone just looking for a good gift. Its family vibe and welcoming attitude towards children will make any parent feel comfortable and relieved to not shush their excited kids. The books are even placed at kid level! After picking up a book, there’s a coffee shop nearby that will pair perfectly with your new read.

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