I am back from my first trip to LA for teacher training! I have a lot of thoughts from the week including the election, the power of yoga, and how we view mental illness as a society. I will be getting into those subjects in future blog posts, but today I just need to let the serious stuff go. I need to relax, unpack, and recalibrate myself before getting back into my daily routine at home. So, let me tell you about a magical place called The Iliad Bookshop.
I have some amazing friends and one let me stay with her during my time out west. After I arrived at LAX, my Lyft driver took me to her house, which I had never seen before. It was late at night (very late for me with the time change). We turned onto a side street and I saw this bookstore on the corner. It was closed at the time and it was quite dark, but I knew I had to venture in. My driver thought it looked a little creepy but I knew it must hold some special stories. Luckily, it was a less than 5 minute walk from my friend’s house.
I drove past it every day last week and finally had some time to venture in on the morning of my last day. It was everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s one of those bookstores that might be on the smaller side, but the shelves were stuffed with books up to the ceiling. And there were cats!
I always take my time in bookstores and this was no exception. I strolled up and down the aisles not looking for anything particular, just taking it all in. When I did decide to get down to business, I went to the Classic Literature section. When going to a used bookstore, my rule is always check out that section because you can find some beautiful copies. Sometimes they’re really expensive, but sometimes they’re really cheap. These were the latter. After walking up and down this aisle literally 10 times, I decided on Despair by Nabakov, Anna Karenina by Tolstoy, and A Christmas Carol by Dickens. Most of these I have been wanting/meaning to read for a while, but I either couldn’t find it in store or always thought of something else. But I found all 3 and spent less than $5. I deem that a great success!
If you live in LA, or visit and aren’t far from North Hollywood, I definitely recommend checking out The Iliad Bookshop. Surround yourself with books, pet a cat, and find something unexpected. For more information, you can check out their website here.