Thursday, February 14, 2013
Romance + Reading = Pittsburgh!
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes news that Pittsburgh has been named one of the Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in the United States, according to Amazon.com.
You read that right. Pittsburgh!
And speaking of reading, turns out that Steelers Nation is also quite bookish. We are #4 on the Most Literate Cities list.
I knew of both of these esteemed rankings (books and romance being two of my interests, naturally) but didn't put them together until the fine folks at Shelf Awareness did so in this issue. Pittsburgh is the only city to make it into the Top 10 of both lists.
For us 'Burghers, I think that calls for a celebratory trip to your local independent bookstore or library with your favorite date. Fortunately we are so, so lucky and downright spoiled here because we have more than a few to choose from. On this list, I've only been to two of them (Copacetic Comics and Red Barn Books).
The Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore and Cafe
Caliban Book Shop
The Copacetic Comics Company
East End Book Exchange
Eljay's Used Books
Mystery Lovers Bookshop
... and about an hour's drive east, there's Red Barn Books in Greensburg, which is definitely well worth the trip. I was there on Sunday with my boy (the 11 year old) and wound up buying way too many books while he was taking a video animation class in the next room.
Since my idea of the perfect date is a nice restaurant dinner followed by a visit to a bookstore (or, better yet, a nice meal at home followed by reading a good book), it looks like The Husband and I are right in our element here in Pittsburgh.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!
photo taken by me of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, September 2012
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