To me time at the beach means savouring a good book while enjoying views of the ocean and the sound of waves crashing on the sand. This means that I am always on the lookout for local bookstores to provide my holiday reading. On a recent one week holiday at Peregian Beach I came across three bookstores that are definitely worth a visit.
1. Annie's Books on Peregian is a small but jam packed store on the square at Peregian Beach opposite the beach. The store has a great range of books organised into categories from History, Australiana, Surfing, Crime, Fiction, Children's and many more categories. Annie and Lyn are both enthusiastic about books and very helpful. In the past I have bought several history books about Australian women by Australian author, Susanna DeVries and this time I bought a book by Australian author Liane Moriarty and The Bad Book by Andy Griffiths. One of Annie's specialties is book detection, or tracking down hard to find titles, so if you have a long lost favourite she is sure to track it down for you. Once you've purchased your books why not stop for a bite to eat at one of Peregian's many cafes that surround Annie's Bookstore.
I am told the bookstore also hosts regular footpath parties to introduce customers to new books as well as larger events at the Peregian Community Centre. For instance, on Wednesday 21st January Annie's Books is hosting a talk with Tammie Matson, author, safari guide and conservationist and in an Australian premiere showing her film, "Let Elephants Be Elephants". You can sign up to the newsletter to find out about new stock and events so you can time your beach visits to coincide.
Berkelouw Books Eumundi
Books and Gifts at Berkelouw's Eumundi
2. Berkelouw Eumundi Bookshop and Cafe in the main street of Eumundi is a large bookstore with a huge collection of second hand books as well as a select stock of new books and quirky book related accessories which make great gifts ( see the Darth Vader moleskin notebook). The fun of Berkeulows is in wandering the store, browsing the categories and allowing yourself to be surprised by the great titles you find. There is a second hand book on every subject from economics, science, self help, biography, history, management and more as well as large fiction and children's sections. I always find it impossible to leave the store without purchasing something so be warned. You can then drop in to their cafe for a bite to eat and the browse your new purchases. You can also sell your high quality or rare second hand books to Berkelouw's. Send them an email with the titles, publication date and condition to see if they are interested. For more information see their website here.
3. The River Read Bookstore and Cafe in Thomas St, Noosaville sells second hand and new books. This small but well stocked store is another favourite of mine. it is fun to browse the second hand section and be pleasantly surprised when I find books by favourite authors that are perfect holiday reading. Best of all you can recycle your holiday reads for store credit towards more books. It also has a selection of gifts, wrapping paper, cards and children's toys. It also has a cafe on site so you can sit and watch the world go by. For more information see their website.
Peregian Beach, Eumundi and Noosaville are all worth visiting in their own right but as they each have bookstores it makes the visit even more worthwhile.