Turning the pages of a book might seem like a lost practice in relaxation, but there are still many people who engage in the art of reading and plenty of places in the DFW area where people can find some items to help them in their quest for education, enlightenment and adventure. National Read Across America Day is on March 2 and would be a perfect time to visit your favorite independent bookstore and find a new treasure.
The Wild Detectives
314 W Eighth St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 942-0108
www.thewilddetectives.comIt might seems strange that an independent bookstore is celebrating its second anniversary in a time of digital readers but that is the case with The Wild Detectives. The Oak Cliff bookstore carries unique titles of authors you may not have ever heard. Lover of Spanish titles? Then you will feel right at home at The Wild Detectives. Plus, where else can you have a good glass of wine and find a great book?

Lucky Dog Bookstore
911 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 752018
(214) 941-2665
www.luckydogbooks.comLucky Dog Bookstore in the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff has moved from its West Davis location to Jefferson. Founded by book lovers John and Marquetta Tilton, they have shared their love for books by opening three stores in the Metroplex — Paperbacks Plus in Mesquite, Lucky Dog Books in Lockwood on Garland Road and its newest Oak Cliff location. While all three locations carry CDs, movies, 8-track and cassette tapes, and vinyl records (45s, 78s and LPs), each store is different in their inventory. Lucky Dog Bookstore also buys books from their customers and encourages recycling of once-loved books so that others may enjoy a never read before title. Lucky Dog Bookstore supports local authors and carries their books on consignment.

The Book Carriage & Wonderland Coffee Creations
304 N. Oak St.
Roanoke, TX 76262
(817) 491-2858
www.bookcarriage.comThe Book Carriage & Wonderland Coffee Creations in Roanoke is a member of the American Booksellers Association that promotes making books available to the public. The two-story independent bookstore is community-oriented and specializes in new books. More than stocking the required reading material for Liberty Christian School, Westlake Academy, Argyle and Northwest ISD, the Book Carriage & Wonderland Coffee Creations offers meet-and-greets.

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Duncanville Bookstore
101 W. Camp Wisdom Road
Duncanville, TX 75116
(972) 298-7546
www.duncanvillebookstore.comFor over 40 years, this family-owned bookstore is a hidden gem in the DFW metroplex. Duncanville Bookstore has an impressive selection of collectible dolls, statues and toys with a special emphasis on the comic book lover. People flock to Duncanville Bookstore for new comic books as well as the vintage comics. People line up early on Sat., May 7 for Free Comic Book Day at Duncanville Bookstore.

Half Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 379-8000
www.hpbooks.comHalf Price Books has come a long way since its humble beginnings at an old laundrymat. The Flagship Half Price Books store moved across the street years ago into a 50,000-square-foot warehouse store on E. Northwest Highway. Half Price Books features select new hardcovers as well as used books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl and vintage posters.

Rosedale Rare Books
3416 Rosedale Ave.
Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205
(214) 682-0889
www.rosedalerarebooks.comNestled inside the Jackson Armory in University Park is a bibliophile’s treasure chest — Rosedale Rare Books. There are vintage, first edition books for the serious collector and Rosedale’s collection varies with historical literary works. Many of the books feature gold-leaf edges and panoramic painted scenes, a very rare find. Business partners Wrenda Coughran and Forrest Jackson are celebrating 10 years of carrying rare books like St. Augustine’s Sermons (this book was published in 1494), signed first editions like Jack London’s “The Call of the Wild” (published in 1903) and private printed books including the 1892 “Montesquieu – Persian Letters.” You will feel like Indiana Jones surrounded by a bounty of beautifully-crafted, priceless literary collections.

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