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The bookstore in the city of sin October 31, 2007

Filed under: Book Shops — Kim @ 1:28 am

As promised, in this post my ‘review’ of another book shop. This is my second ‘reportage’ in the series “The bookstore in…” (Click here to read the previous one.) The bookstore that is the subject of this article is a little bit further from home. Last week I visited The Reading Room in Las Vegas. Click on ‘more’ to read the story.

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No sins in this bookstore


The contradiction between the loud, camp, Strip and The Reading Room could not have been bigger. And I was glad about this. After a long walk down Las Vegas Avenue I finally reached the Mandalay Bay. This enormous hotel and casino supposedly houses a great little bookstore. I could not wait to find it.


After looking around for a while, I finally asked for directions at the front desk. The very Image by Kimbooktu.comfriendly lady behind it raised her eyebrows for a moment when I told her what I was looking for. The Reading Room. If I had to spend money, I would rather do it at a bookstore then at a slots machine. Even with directions it was not easy to find, but what a find it was. It was a breath of fresh air to find a place that was not ‘sinful’.


The front of the shop blew me away. It was just what you would picture an old fashioned bookstore to look like. Except this is Vegas, so it is not old fashioned as in ‘old’. The Reading Room opened in 2003. The owners, Melony Vance and Irma Wolfson, have done a great job with the bookstore. Even though it is tiny occupying with just over 90 square meters, they made the most of the space. I found the décor of classy woods a great choice. Inside the store I really felt like I had escaped Vegas. I especially liked the hand written cards with book recommendations taped to the shelves.


The bookstore does not have a large stock, but the selection is good. The Reading Room can offer you anything from best sellers to classics and from nifty bookmarks to children’s books. This bookstore is a real labor of love. It is obvious tImage by Bookforum.comhe owners take a lot of pride in what they do. The love of books just illuminates the place. And what to think of the Socrates Café Discussion Group every Tuesday night?! Remember: this is Vegas we are talking about. Amazing.


If you are one of the two million inhabitants of this desert city, or one of the 40 million visitors that ‘hit’ Vegas every year, the Reading Room is not the obvious attraction. But being a visitor myself, I can honestly say that I am so happy it is there. A small and peaceful little haven of books. If you cannot stand the loudness and the bright lights anymore or you just want a book to drown in, this bookshop is your place to go.


The Reading Room, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States


8 Responses to “The bookstore in the city of sin”

  1. JaneFan Says:

    How delightful! If I go to Vegas with my husband for his work conference next year, this is probably where I will be hiding out. I enjoyed reading your bookstore review, Kim.

  2. Melodee Says:

    Wow! I have been to Vegas 30+ times (not a habitual gambler, we used to live 80 miles south of there!) and never ever saw this. It looks warm and cozy.

  3. Sue Says:

    I have family in Vegas, so I visit them a couple of times a year. This is a great little bookstore and I hope it stays around for a long time.

  4. […] @ 11:08 pm Remember that cute little bookstore I visited when I was in Las Vegas? (If not, click here.) This haven of peace in the city of sin, called The Reading Room, is no longer. It was a huge […]

  5. Thanks for pointing that out. The reading room looks like an interesting place to relax and get away from the noise.

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  7. Sue Says:

    Just returned from a vacation in Las Vegas and discovered that a new bookstore has opened there — actually in Henderson — called Cheesecake and Crime. Obviously their collection involves mysteries. Great selections and activities at the store, and “killer” cheesecake. Here’s the URL:

  8. good goodthis post deserves nothing hahaha just joking 😛 nice post 😛

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