Friday, 9 August 2013

Book Places: The Monkey's Paw

Hi everyone! I hope that you are all having a nice Friday so far. Yay! it's the end of the week. :) I'm going to be starting this type of series called "Book Places" where I discuss various book places/book shops that I have visited in Ontario AND out of Canada in various countries. Here I'll talk about book shops not like the norm mass franchise type of bookstores, but privately owned, small owner, used book shops or antiquarian type shops. First up.. is The Monkey's Paw which is located at 1229 Dundas St. West. Toronto, Ontario M6J 1X6. You can visit the website here for further details!

So what is it about this bookstore that is so special? I had heard about this place from my friend Nikki and we went down together. It sells "old and unusual" books as it says on the site. There are out of print books and a large variety of topics. I saw a smaller wall for fiction however in the back of the shop, but still, they had a lot of good stuff. I walked away with a book by Stendhal in a Penguin classic type of covering so that was good and a collection of poems by T.S. Elliot!

But the greatest thing and one to definitely make a trip downtown for is that.. the bookshop has a VENDING MACHINE! For books! You only put in $2 and then a book comes out, it's super cool. You don't know what you are going to get so if you aren't the type like me who will enjoy anything and everything, you might want to save your money for something you really want. But the experience of it was super cool. :)

The vending machine!

This is what I got from the vending machine which I honestly think is pretty cool. A book of literary terms and it will definitely come in handy cause you can never have too many of these! I love that every book that comes out of the vending machine also comes with this cool seal on it as well. 

I highly recommend you make the trip down to visit this book shop and I also recommend a small cafe near by called Arrow Cafe that has delicious red velvet cupcakes! Have you been to the Monkey's Paw before? What did you think? Or if you haven't, will you be making the trip down?

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this bookstore. The Biblio-Mat is so cool and I'm glad someone invented that :D