I was really hoping we'd go global again with Indie Advent this year, so I was especially thrilled when Molli Moran - author of some of my favourite small-town romances - offered to contribute a post on Nashville's Parnassus Books!
Hi, fellow book lovers! I’m Molli, a lifelong Southerner and self-proclaimed book nerd, and I’m here today to talk to y’all about my favorite indie book store: well-known Parnassus Books located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee.
Nashville is a wonderful, thriving city full of so many hidden treasures. When I was growing up, it was a treat to get to go to places like the Nashville Zoo or the now-closed Opryland theme park. As a kid, I loved to read but had no idea what an important role books would play in my life, or that I would one day become a romance author. I just knew my biggest adventures in those days happened in the pages of my favorite books.
Fast-forward to my adult years, where I was a book blogger for several years before I transitioned away to become an author. I learned so much about publishing and the highlight of my book blogging days were getting to go to author events, especially if they were at Parnassus Books.
Parnassus is a small bookstore, but one that can’t be overlooked. Stepping inside, you’re immediately at home in the little shop, with its warm and beautiful shelves, comfortable chairs to sit in while you read, and friendly booksellers. There’s an alcove dedicated just to children’s books for little ones to lose themselves in, and a stage area for visiting authors to sit on while they read from their books or converse with their fans.
Everyone who works at Parnassus wants the same thing: to help each reader find their perfect book. The booksellers are knowledgeable on new and upcoming releases, trends in different categories, and have great book recommendations.
I think my favorite moments at Parnassus have been author events. The setting is intimate, which brings readers and authors closer together. I’ve participated in some thoughtful and insightful discussions with authors like Tamara Ireland Stone, Andrew Schvarts, Cora Carmack, and others. My inner shyness disappears in those moments!
If I was there right now, I would honestly do some serious damage to my bank account, let’s just have some real talk. I’m never happier than when I’m in a bookstore. Nashville is a little bit of a drive for me but Parnassus Books is worth it!
Here are a few books that I’m dying to read, but don’t currently own, and will likely order from them:
• These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong. Romeo and Juliet inspired! Sign me up.
• Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Who doesn’t want a book that sounds this good?!
• The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert. Voting is more important than ever and Brandy’s books are always amazing.
• Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles because ALL of my favorite reader people loved this one.
Comment with if you’ve read any of these or if you have a favorite indie bookstore you frequent. Stay bookish!
Bio: Molli Moran was born and raised in the South, and brings a love of all things small-town to her romances. She grew up with her nose in a book and her head in the clouds, and not much has changed since then. Molli found her own happily-ever-after on the West Coast. Give her Kay and coffee, and you've never seen a happier person. Other things she loves include road trips, the ocean, and Captain America. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram, and at her website.
Thanks for a great post, Molli! I'm intrigued by the sound of Where Dreams Descend and was already desperate to read The Voting Booth and Cemetery Boys - and I can confirm These Violent Delights is INCREDIBLE!
Check back Monday for more from #IndieAdvent, everyone.
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