Local Bookstores for Summer Reading 

We get it—it’s hot! The temptation is probably really strong right about now to flop onto your couch at your The Isle apartment, flip on the TV and enjoy the comfort of your air conditioning! That’s all well and good, but at some point, your summer leisure time should actually have you enjoying the great outdoors!

Even if baking on the beach isn’t your thing and if you’re not into the crowds and costs of the water park, you can still stretch your legs and get some fresh air and relaxation. What better way to recharge your batteries than with a good book? Whether you’re hiding out on the beach under an umbrella or kicking back in Matthias Baldwin Park, losing yourself inside the pages of a book can help you push the reset the button and make the most out of the lazy days of summer.

Here are a few local spots where you can get your hands on everything from classics to the latest best sellers:


The Spiral Bookcase: Get ready to get lost among the shelves of this quirky neighborhood favorite. Located less than one block from your The Isle apartment, The Spiral Bookcase features a wide array of titles, from classic literature to the latest best sellers and to some rare collections. The shop has been a longtime Manayunk fixture and, as such, offers a welcoming, community feel to all visitors.


Big Blue Marble: Head to nearby Mt. Airy to enjoy all that Big Blue Marble, about 2.5 miles from your The Isle apartment, has to offer. Apart from its extensive book collection, the shop is known to host frequent author events, book groups and other community functions. Kick back and enjoy free Wifi at the shop’s café to get a head start on your purchases.


Narberth Bookshop: About three miles from your The Isle apartment, Narberth Bookshop is a newcomer to the local book scene. The shop opened about two years ago and since then has built a strong following of book lovers, who enjoy its eclectic mix of genres and full event schedule.


The Spiral Bookcase

112 Cotton St
Philadelphia, PA 19127



Big Blue Marble

551 Carpenter Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19119



Narberth Bookshop

221 Haverford Ave
Narberth, PA 19072