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These OC bookstores are local favorites and are sure to have a book to inspire, entertain and educate. With genres ranging from children’s books, romance novels, science fiction, cooking, humor, business, self-help, philosophy, psychology and more, these stores will enable you to read to your heart’s content.
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Laguna Beach Books
1200 S. Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 494-4779

Laguna Beach Books is an independent bookstore located in one of OC’s most beautiful beach communities. In addition to a staff passionate about books, this local gem hosts events with celebrities and acclaimed writers. Jason Priestley from “90210” paid a visit in May; check out the event calendar to find out who the next exciting guest will be. Also, if you and friends are part of a book club or forming one, the staff can help make reading suggestions and order books as needed.

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(credit: Whale Of A Tale Children’s Bookshoppe)

A Whale of A Tale
16277 Laguna Canyon Road, Suite G
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 854-8288

This children’s bookstore makes reading more fun for the entire family. With several book signing events and a helpful, knowledgeable staff, you and your kiddos are sure to create a stronger passion for reading. Awarded the distinguished Lucille Pannell Award for supporting children’s literature, this specialized store is the place for children to learn and advance reading skills. Browse the generous book collection online and take a look at some of the exciting upcoming events being hosted at the store here.

Related: Best Children’s Bookstores In OC

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Martha’s Bookstore
308 1/2 Marine Ave.
Newport Beach, CA 92662
(949) 673-7185

Martha’s Bookstore is the place to go for a peaceful afternoon. In addition to a diverse book selection, the staff also offers a relaxing glass of chardonnay and a cup of tea to accompany your book exploration. After finding the perfect book to immerse yourself in, you may want to see some of the special items sold such as candles, cards and figurines. An ideal spot for an individual outing or a place to bring the kids, Martha’s Bookstore is sure to have the right book for everyone in the family.

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840 N. Tustin St.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 538-0166

As one of OC’s most popular bookstores, Bookman houses an extensive collection of books covering various genres. Bookman not only sells books but also enables patrons to trade books for store credit. Learn more about the buying and trading policies on the website. Conveniently, you can also shop Bookman’s collection online. Your shopping cart and imagination is likely to be full of the written word. Take a look at the numerous books available here.

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Camelot Books
18838 Brookhurst St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714) 963-3122

Not many small bookstores still exist, but Camelot Books has survived the test of time. Carrying books for more than 40 years, this independent bookstore is where to go to buy books the old-fashioned way. Offering a notable selection of printed books varying across more than 100 topics, Camelot Books is a treat for those who love to read. Additionally, the store houses a large paperback section with about 33,000 different books to choose from. With a generous selection of hardcover and paperback books available, customers are sure to find the right book at the right price.

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