Novel Places, the New Bookstore for You

One thing I always loved about Massachusetts bookstores was the old town feel, since quite a few are in older homes or businesses, and the combination of new and old and/or used books. There are certain things I would do when I went home to visit my parents — eat mom-and-pop place pizza and subs, eat my favorite Chinese food, and go to an indie bookstore.


I’ve got my very own mom-and-pop pizza place and the best part is I can walk to it, which just opened here this year.  And now, I’ve finally found the equivalent of my favorite bookstores in Maryland!  It’s only taken me 10 years.  Novel Places is that bookstore, and their motto is very accurate!

My husband, “Wiggles,” and I took a little ride to visit this cute little store on Frederick Road in Clarksburg.  It’s not that far from where we live and its a cute little shop inside an old general store/post office.  I have a thing for older buildings, perhaps its growing up in a post-and-beam construction house that was always in need of  repairs and upgrades, especially when you find tree trunks in the walls with bark still on them.

Used Books in Novel Places

Novel Places has a great selection of used books from mystery/thriller to nonfiction and reference. There are a great number of new books as well, and there is a large section of children’s toys, including those wood peg puzzles. In addition to books, the store offers space for up to 25 people for gatherings, tournaments, and other meetings. When we were there, they had a Magic tournament going on. Now, if I ever get another book club going, maybe we could have our meetings there! So if there are any interested people in Maryland near Clarksburg interested in starting a book club, I’m all ears.

Currently, they are honoring Borders Rewards members, which came in handy for me when I wanted to pick up a cool book about my current city/town!  The store also offers Google ebooks downloading for those of you with ereaders, and you can get them to track down those hard to find books for you.  There are some great gifts like book covers made of various fabrics and one of my favorite finds was the nice Atticus Books display, which is one of my favorite local publishers in Maryland (though I still am waiting for Tracks to arrive!).  Check out these great photos from inside the store.  I can’t wait to see them expand upstairs!

Take the time to click on the Novel Places Logo at the top of the post, visit them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to see what’s new.  You can also find the owner, Patrick on LinkedIn.  Come experience the quaint bookstore with me when you’re in town!


  1. This looks like a wonderful bookshop & one you could easily spend hours, weeks, months etc in.

  2. I read this post in my reader and the first thing I did was recognize the baby! Hi Wiggles!

    I live in a big city and we have NO indie bookstores. I have to drive at least 25 miles before I hit one. Ridiculous. My dream is to open my own, with a little coffee bar attached to it.

    • Ti, you and I have the same dream…too bad you live on that side of the country! LOL 25 miles for an indie bookstore is ridiculous. I had no idea she’d be so recognizable…that Wiggles…she’s too popular on Facebook.

  3. Oh – I wished I lived closer so I could spend time in this store! Maybe one day I’ll get to Maryland…

  4. This place sounds fantastic. We’ll have to go one day when we’re at your house and I have $$ to spend on books.

  5. It sounds like a lovely bookstore. I hope you are able to get a book club started. That would be a lot of fun.

    • I can’t seem to find like-minded people for a book club. I have very wide-ranging taste and I’m looking for the same in a book club.

  6. Sounds like a great place. I almost always end up visiting bookstores when we go on vacation. You’re lucky to have one that is so great nearby!

  7. I wish we had bookstores like this here. All we have are the big stores now. I miss the feel of the independent stores we used to have here.

    • It’s funny, I used to work near an indie in Bethesda, Olsson’s, but that closed down before we changed offices. Then the only bookstore close enough to me was a big box store, and now the Borders is gone. I’m glad to have a bookstore, especially an Indie that seems interested in having groups commune over the written word.

  8. Thanks for the blog! I really appreciate it. I’m glad you like the store and all it offers. I’m looking for book groups, so I hope you can start one, or join one here. It’s been a lot of fun finding books for people, and hearing their stories. I want the store to be the meeting place it used to be when the general store was here.

    • I’ve had very little success with book clubs…they seem to fall apart, but I would love to find a group to join. I love bookstores in which people can meet and discuss books.