One of life’s greatest pleasures surely must be losing yourself in a good book, and even more so when you’re traveling. I particularly love finishing a story on the road and then exchanging for a new one with someone I meet along the way.
There are plenty of options for book shopping in Toronto, such as the standard big-box Chapters/Indigo, or charming second-hand book stores (there are a handful on College St just west of Bathurst St). However, when I have a particular title or author in mind, or when I just feel like browsing and treating myself to a new read, my personal go-to is BMV, a bookstore in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood.
BMV has a huge selection of, well, everything: classics, modern literature, non-fiction, coffee table books, comics, cookbooks, you name it (though they often don’t carry the brand-new bestsellers, but that doesn’t bother me). Even better than the vast selection are the prices; I rarely spend more than $ 5 – $ 8 on a paperback that otherwise retails for $ 20 or more. You won’t leave BMV Books empty-handed.
BMV also has locations at 10 Edward Street (near Yonge and Dundas Square), 2289 Yonge Street (uptown, at Yonge and Eglinton) and what looks to be a new one on Queen West, at 244 Queen St W.