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Monday, March 13, 2006

Inklings: Almost the Best Bookstore in Lynchburg

On Main Street, Lynchburg, across from the farmer's market, is a quaint little book shop called Inklings. Inside, a regal world of yesteryear comes alive out of the eclectic ensamble of books. If you enjoy american history and regious ideas and classic literature, then you will not be disappointed with Inklings Bookshop.

In the survey results released by the News and Advance, the best bookstore in town is Barnes and Noble followed by Givens. First of all, Givens is far superior to Barnes and Noble and should have been number one, but that's a whole other discussion altogether. Inklings should have most certainly been at least number three.

Inklings is considered a religious bookshop. So, in the category of best religious bookstores, where did Inklings rank? Astonishingly, not even in the top three. Inklings, probably the third best bookstore in town, didn't even place in the top three for the religious category. It's a travesty. People should check it out.

Inklings doesn't have the volume that some others have. But it's small, quiet, and pleasant. And it holds a wealth of knowledge upon its shelves. It specializes in Inkling literature which is the writing of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, George McDonald, and others considered to be in the classical, religious mindset of the early to mid twentieth century. Furthermore, it boasts an excellent selection of civil war history as well as other time periods. You can find current academic works as well as regious and political theory, both past and present. You can find classic childrens books and literature. You can find used gems at a good price. But mostly, you can find things which you won't find at any other bookstore in Lynchburg.

Inklings is unique, small, and local. It's a neighborhood bookstore. It rests fittingly downtown. It doesn't try to be something it's not. It not a megastore. And the things that it's not is what makes it truly worthwhile.


At 10:56 PM, Blogger Melissa O. Markham said...

Inklings is probably hurt a bit by its location. I hardly ever shop downtown. But the next time I visit Amazement Square, I'll have to stop by and check it out. Thanks for the information!


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