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Reporters Sara Konu and Katie Lane rate the quality of local bookstores

Puyallup Book Mark

812 39th Ave. SW. , Puyallup: The PBM has a very clean feel. There are a decent amount of books to look through and they are generally half the price of new books. There isn’t a large selection of your every day titles. The interesting aspect is there are quite a few shelves of history and romance titles. If you’re looking for a bookstore that has the feel of Borders but discount prices, then this is a good pick.


I give it: Four stars


A Novel Idea

116 S. Meridian Suite A, Puyallup: Near Pioneer Park, A Novel Idea gets points for location. It’s surrounded by great places to read like the park, several café’s and a frozen yogurt shop. It’s a great place to pop into on your way somewhere else, or just on a lazy day that you feel will be best spent reading. While there isn’t a huge selection of books, what they do have is well organized and easy to find. The staff is also very friendly and willing to order a book for you if they don’t have it.


I give it: Four stars


A Good Book

1016 Main St., Sumner: This is the best bookstore I’ve been able to find since Border’s closed. The selection of books and size of the premise is huge for a non-chain bookstore. I was also impressed with the cleanliness of the store as well as the professionalism of the staff. These were no mousy used bookstore workers lurking from behind some dark and dusty shelf; they were genuinely friendly and helpful. Other perks include store credit for used books you bring in and they’ll order books they don’t have in stock for you.


I give it: Five stars


Park Avenue Books

8304 S. Park Ave., Tacoma: This bookstore is quaint and amazing. Their shelves are full. Books are stacked on the floor and stuffed on top of shelves. Hours can be spent snooping through books and finding the treasures hidden there. You have to ring the doorbell to be let in, but once you’re in, you can get lost in the rows of books. I love this place. When you first shop there they give you 50 percent off. Then, when you come back, if you bring books to trade in, they’ll give you credit for more used books.


I give it: Five stars


Half Price Books

4027 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma: Although it’s a chain store, Half Price Books has a lot to offer. The clearance section is decent. You have to dig to find the books you like, as they aren’t always ordered correctly in this section. They have a mixture of new and used books and each location has different titles. You can also buy textbooks and movies at each location.


I give it: Three stars


Value Village

1124 River Road, Puyallup: While Value Village doesn’t advertise itself as a bookstore, they have several shelves of books upon walking in and they’re all incredibly cheap. If you’re looking for an eclectic collection of rare finds and unique selections, then I recommend giving this place a shot. Although, if you’re looking for a clean or good smelling book I wouldn’t go here because some have suspicious looking stains and most of the books have a dusty scent. This also isn’t the place to go to if you’re looking for good customer service.


I give it: Two stars

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by Sara Konu time to read: 2 min