Sunday, September 13, 2015

Visiting Vroman's for the First Time

So...September 7th was not only Labor Day this year, but it was also my birthday. Yup, my birthday!

On that day, I celebrated like any bookworm would...I visited a bookstore!

Now, I didn't visit any bookstore. I decided to go somewhere special. I decided to go to a place that I've never been and has been on my bucket list. 

I visited Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena!

Vroman's Bookstore is Southern California's oldest and largest independent bookstore. It was founded in 1894 by Adam Clark Vroman. According to the website...

"Vroman’s is also famous for its world class author signings and events. The store hosts over 400 free community events a year including children’s storytimes, trivia nights, craft classes, bake-offs, and special launch parties, and has hosted such authors as President Bill Clinton, President Jimmy Carter, Irving Stone, Upton Sinclair, Ray Bradbury, David Sedaris, Salman Rushdie, Walter Mosely, Joan Didion, Barbara Walters, Anne Rice, Neil Gaiman, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor."

I've heard from many people that I should go visit Vroman's, and I've always enjoyed their book stands over at LA Times Festival of Books every year.  I was thrilled that I finally made the 45 minute journey to visit the bookstore. 

Outside of the building

View from the stairs

Vonnie after her purchases
Summer time is usually hard for me because I don't get paid, which means I hardly have any money. However, my stepdad treated me by giving me moola just so I could buy to my heart's content anything at Vroman's. I was so thrilled and grateful. 

These are the few things about for myself:

The famous P&P tote

The book I needed from Neal Shusterman and a book about my favorite artist, Frida Kahlo

Vroman's was a wonderful place to visit. I'm going to keep a look out for their famous author book signings. I hope to visit it very soon again!

Make sure you visit Vroman's Bookstore website.


  1. I love Vroman's Bookstore!! I've only been there once, but it is awesome.

    Glad you enjoyed your visit there too!!

    1. It was awesome! Glad you had the chance to visit it too :)

  2. Woo hoo! Happy Birthday my wonderful friend!
    Looks like you had fun! What a way to celebrate!
    And I love that bag, its beautiful!

    1. Thank you, Chica! By the way, I love my bag! I am very surprised on how much weight it can hold. So far, it's my school book back, which means I am carrying my text as well as my laptop. I hope the bag doesn't die on me with my abuse.

  3. So glad you finally visited! I never thought of putting bookstores on my bucket list!! Woe is me!

    I hope you had a great birthday, and hope this is your best year YET!

    1. You should!!! It's awesome crossing bookstores off a list. I hope to one day to be able to do so every time I visit a new state or country.

      Btw, thanks for the bday wishes! I need to make sure I make many memorable memories for my last year in my 20s. :D

  4. Ladies...I could have sworn I have commented back to you already but I didn't see my comments posted. Did I just dreamed that I did or am I losing my mind? Oh well, I commented again just to be sure you all knew that I do care about your comments.