Books are great. That’s a pretty obvious statement but it’s 2017 and the number of people reading books is decreasing faster than ever. This is largely due to how readily available other forms of entertainment are, like Netflix on your phone. Furthermore, it’s also because a lot of people who do read books, do so on their Kindle’s or iPad.
However, there are still a lot of like-minded people out there who love nothing more than sitting down in their favourite chair and curling up with a great book. It’s an amazing experience that’s getting lost on the youth of today (says the old man), but it’s one that should be preserved. It’s getting harder and harder to find bookstores, which is why I’ve done the work for you and compiled a quick list. On here we have a variety of book stores that offer everything you could possible want, so you have no excuse not to open up your mind to an old, but timeless experience!
(Erin Mills Town Centre, 5015 Glen Erin Dr, Mississauga, ON L5M 0R7)
Located in Erin Mills, Indigo is the prototypical perfect bookstore. With beautiful, spacious interior design, subdued lighting, and even a Starbucks located within – what more do you need?
Well the books obviously, and Indigo has those in spades. From the newest releases to the classics, as well as books in every imaginable genre, and what they don’t have you can order your in-store with a touchscreen. Indigo really is a book-lovers heaven.
(2200 S Sheridan Way, Mississauga, ON L5J 2M4)
A non-profit organisation, ISNA Bookstore is an Islamic store that “was established in 1972 to provide product and dahwah services to the Muslim Community”.
It can be really hard to find specific books that pertain to your religion but ISNA Canada has you sorted. The store has a great selection of religious texts and you can even order them online.
(1701 Lakeshore Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5J 1J4)
Now you’ll definitely find your book snobs out there who will argue that comics are not “books”, but I’m not one of those snobs. Some of the very best stories you will ever read are – and indeed many movies of the past decade have been adapted from – comic books.
Altered State Comics is probably the best comic store in Mississauga, located in Clarkson, and it has a great selection. It’s not the biggest store in the world but it’s very organized and has a massive selection of current books and those from any era. Not to mention a great selection of collectables. If you’re one of those people who turn your nose up at comics, I challenge you to drop by, pick-up a graphic novel you like the sound of, and not find yourself going back for more.
(34 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1C8)
Turtle Creek Books, located in Port Credit, is a very different type of bookstore.
The store itself isn’t open for customers to simply walk-in, instead you have to make an appointment to come by. That might sound odd but basically you can go to the store’s website, look for something you want in a massive database of books, and then order it to collect at the store. Turtle Creek Books makes the list for their mind-boggling availability of books on the website.
(189 Rathburn Rd W, Mississauga, ON L5B 4C1)
As mentioned above, Chapters is a really big store that has a Starbucks within as well as a sizeable kids section, and even an array of home decor. Needless to say, it also has a giant selection of books with everything you could possibly want. For example, I went to Chapters once looking for a book called Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout, by lead singer of Against Me!, Laura Jane Grace. That’s a fairly niche book but low and behold, Chapters had it in stock!
That should tell you everything you need to know, so like I said, there’s no excuses, get out there and start reading!