List names the best bookstores in the South

While there are no metro Atlanta bookstores on the list, there is one in Georgia and plenty others within a short drive

The most popular books checked out in 2019 from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Ownes “Becoming” by Michelle Obama  “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones  “The Reckoning” by John Grisham “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty “Past Tense” by Lee Child

Booklovers know that stopping at a local bookstore while traveling can be a delightful way to get to know a new city. Across the South, there are charming indie bookstores to check out while you’re on the road.

In a recent roundup, Southern Living compiled 26 of the South's best bookstores.

“In addition to sharing stories and recommending new reads, the South’s indie bookshops are also building community and nurturing conversations,” the folks at Southern Living write.

While there are no metro Atlanta bookstores on the list, there is one in Georgia and plenty others within a short drive.

"It's hard to overstate how important these shops are to the communities in which they make their homes. The literary life is thriving in the South, and that's thanks to indie bookstores and the people who love them—their owners, staff, and customers past, present, and future," the article reads.

The best bookstores in the South, according to Southern Living:

Blue Bicycle Books - Charleston, South Carolina

BookPeople - Austin, Texas

The Bookshelf - Thomasville, Georgia

Brazos Bookstore - Houston, Texas

Carmichael's Bookstore - Louisville, Kentucky

Commonplace Books - Oklahoma City

Faulkner House Books - New Orleans

Fountain Bookstore - Richmond, Virginia

Hooray for Books! - Alexandria, Virginia

Hub City Bookshop - Spartanburg, South Carolina

The Ivy Bookshop - Baltimore, Maryland

Key West Island Books - Key West, Florida

Lemuria Books - Jackson, Mississippi

Little Professor Book Center - Homewood, Alabama

Malaprop's Bookstore/Café - Asheville, North Carolina

Marfa Book Company - Marfa, Texas

Octavia Books - New Orleans

Old Fox Books & Coffeehouse - Annapolis, Maryland

Parnassus Books - Nashville, Tennessee

Politics and Prose Bookstore - Washington, D.C.

Scuppernong Books - Greensboro, North Carolina

Skylark Bookshop - Columbia, Missouri

Square Books - Oxford, Mississippi

Sundog Books - Seaside, Florida

WordsWorth Books - Little Rock, Arkansas

Taylor Books - Charleston, West Virginia