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A reader’s photo diary of the two months she spent living in a bookstore in Paris.

86 Comments

  • decemberflower September 4th, 2013 11:36 PM

    I visited this place over the summer; it really is magical.

  • MaddsBeMe September 4th, 2013 11:38 PM

    This is the Coolest thing ever!!! Wow it’s amazing that the tradition has been carried on for so long even in a place as popular as Paris. I would love to hear more about Molly’s stay there, it sounds incredible

  • sungiant September 4th, 2013 11:40 PM

    oh my god this is the best thing i have ever seen and the cherry on top was the music that you dance to ahhhhhhhh

  • megs September 4th, 2013 11:41 PM

    This is so amazing, I would love to do this!!!!

  • GagaMcQueen September 4th, 2013 11:45 PM

    I learned to read in this bookstore. A picture of me from when I was five is on the mirror somewhere and George would always be around handing out cookies. It’s maybe my favorite place in the world. Wonderful, wonderful photos!

  • rainingmay September 4th, 2013 11:55 PM

    this is so perfect and beautiful. I’m dying to go to paris, and living in a bookshop would make my life. this would be a dream come true!!!!!!!!!!

    http://catwitches.blogspot.com/

  • -anna- September 5th, 2013 12:01 AM

    Wow, this is the coolest thing ever. I really want to stay there!

    -Anna
    http://www.floralled.com

  • intergalactic fork September 5th, 2013 12:03 AM

    this is my dream. amazing photos.

  • jessmargo September 5th, 2013 12:10 AM

    This sounds so marvelous! I would love to stay there one day, it really seems like the coolest place in the world.

  • JadeTayla September 5th, 2013 12:29 AM

    Absolutely beautiful photographs!! This must have been so amazing, just, wow. It’s cliché, but I want to go to Paris so bad!!!

    http://daftpunkisplayingatmahouse.tumblr.com

    • Cerise September 5th, 2013 3:29 PM

      Haha, Paris does sound like a cliché sometimes–everyone seems to want to get there someday. I studied abroad last spring and got to visit Paris for the very first time–for just barely over 24 hours–and was kind of worried that it wouldn’t be worth the hype, but it was wonderful. Magical, even.

  • zombiesockmonkey September 5th, 2013 12:37 AM

    This is a total overdose in happiness for this literature major

  • Marian September 5th, 2013 12:38 AM

    Can I please just skip high school and live in an amazing parisian bookstore? This sounds fantastic and the photos are beautiful.
    http://thelunalovingbookworm.tumblr.com

  • lizabeth September 5th, 2013 12:54 AM

    Shakespeare & Co. is my favorite place in the whole world <333 I hope I get to spend the night there sometime

  • Monq September 5th, 2013 1:16 AM

    Love the Photos! Everything Seems to be so Dreamy & Magical. This is so Amazingly Perfect. I’ve Been Dying to go to Paris, & Living in a Parisian Bookshop (Two of my Favourite Things Put Together) Would Be Icing on the Cake. Definitely Adding This to my List of Things to Do!

    xoox

  • Shay Lynn September 5th, 2013 1:42 AM

    Are there a lot of places like this? I’ve always been really interested in places like this or the Chelsea Hotel or the Beat Hotel. I can never find more information on the smaller, still functioning places though.

  • xcelina September 5th, 2013 1:54 AM

    this looks like such an amazing experience!

  • Blythe September 5th, 2013 2:34 AM

    That’s it, I’m starting a bucket list, and this is the first thing on it.

  • emeraldruby September 5th, 2013 3:00 AM

    I want to go there I want to go there I want to go there I need to go there

  • magenta04 September 5th, 2013 3:07 AM

    O.
    M.
    G.
    !!!!!!!!

  • Zoe September 5th, 2013 3:12 AM

    That has to be the best place to live EVAAAAR

  • abitofavagabond September 5th, 2013 3:36 AM

    I was there three weeks ago, and in two days Im going back! Everything about it is so wonderful. But by the time i was there the dancing tune had changed to drop it like it’s hot, which really, really confused tourists outside.

  • Alienor September 5th, 2013 3:39 AM

    I love when it snows here, it doesn’t very often, she’s lucky to have caught it on camera! the last time it snowed was like in march for just a short week ! beautiful pics !

  • ♡ reba ♡ September 5th, 2013 4:24 AM

    this is the coolest thing EVER oh my god and the pictures are gorgeous!! i love it xxx

  • Sam September 5th, 2013 5:09 AM

    This is everything I want from life

  • eliselbv September 5th, 2013 5:11 AM

    I love Shakespeare & Co so much ! I’ve been working here last summer it was such a great experience ! Now I live in Paris and everytime I feel like escaping the craziness of the city I take the metro and go at the bookshop. The best part is you inevitably meet nice people there.

    http://www.iloveyourjokes.blogspot.com
    http://www.iloveyourjokes.tumblr.com

  • ruby September 5th, 2013 5:15 AM

    Did you keep a diary of who you met/what you did/what you read while you were there? If so, I would love to read it – it should totally be posted on here! (If you don’t mind sharing)

    • Molly Dektar September 7th, 2013 2:11 AM

      I did keep a diary! Thanks for the idea– I will try to write a diary-based post for my blog soon.

      • emellie September 8th, 2013 1:31 PM

        What’s your blog called?

  • Joyce September 5th, 2013 5:55 AM

    It’s always been a dream of mine to visit Shakespeare and Co. These photos are absolutely beautiful. just to be surrounded with books is a blessing.

  • dragonfly September 5th, 2013 6:00 AM

    Wow

  • rahima September 5th, 2013 6:18 AM

    such a beautiful bookshop! if i get the chance to go to Paris, this is the first place i will visit. ps Kitty is a lucky cat ♥

  • TessAnnesley September 5th, 2013 6:18 AM

    oh my GODDDDDDDD my dad’s friend told me about this years ago and i’ve always wanted to stay here – i hope i can!!!!

  • emlyb September 5th, 2013 6:29 AM

    I CAN’T EVEN BELIEVE THIS PLACE IS REAL hands down bookshops are my favourite places ever but my local independent bookshop has fucking closed down :((((( i’ve been going to it since i can remember (i cried when i found out) and now it’s an empty shop and i can’t explain how sad that is :((

  • takethreestepsback September 5th, 2013 6:45 AM

    Such an atmospheric and incredible photoset! I’m incredibly inspired and have learnt so much! Although I knew it was famous, I had no idea of the significance of Shakespeare & Co.
    Thank you so much!
    - Isabella :D
    ['umm_isabella' on twitter and instagram]

  • flocha September 5th, 2013 6:58 AM

    This bookshop is so beautiful, and such a wonderful idea! I remember first hearing about it on a documentary about Jeanette Winterson, and thought it looked amazing then. Unfortunately, I am terrible at writing, and so I probably won’t be spending my days sat in there, reading peacefully.

    http://www.whimsicalprocrastination.blogspot.co.uk

  • Sophie ❤ September 5th, 2013 7:12 AM

    This is so cool!

    http://theneonpapaya.com

  • disast3rology September 5th, 2013 7:19 AM

    oh my gosh, i recently went to paris, but i didnt have time to go into this bookstore!! it seemed really cool from the outside, so i was upset i never got to go inside. but now, i have this photoset!!!!

  • Lillypod September 5th, 2013 7:27 AM

    I was there last July!!
    a helpful american guy working there complemented my taste ..aw shucks..
    (btw the way i bought infinite jest by d.f.w.)

  • Ruby September 5th, 2013 9:19 AM

    These pictures are magical! You look like you had such a fantastic experience there. This is the kind of thing I want to do when I graduate.

  • inesc September 5th, 2013 10:16 AM

    This is so, so, so, so beautiful. I really love it.

    x
    http://www.riotsandroses.blogspot.com

  • la fee clochette September 5th, 2013 10:37 AM

    I was there, June of last year! And you can’t go wrong with Talking Heads or Fleetwood Mac

  • Salomeq September 5th, 2013 11:27 AM

    this is so beautiful! It’s like heaven! Can you tell me which camera you used pleeease???

    • Molly Dektar September 5th, 2013 10:16 PM

      Thanks! I used mostly a Canon AE-1, and sometimes an Olympic Stylus Epic, and mostly 400-speed film.

  • Ally_O September 5th, 2013 12:02 PM

    I visited that bookstore when I went to Paris in April! It’s such a cool place and I’m so jealous that you lived there!

  • imogan September 5th, 2013 12:30 PM

    this is so crazy! i spent all of last week drowning myself in as much information and pictures of shakespeare and co as possible!
    it’s so beautiful, i’m so obsessed!

  • Cutesycreator aka Monica September 5th, 2013 1:22 PM

    It’s places like this that make me glad to live on earth/be a human/etc. etc. This is seriously so beautiful, I’m gonna cry rainbows

  • Sonya September 5th, 2013 1:28 PM

    I am speechless and moved to tears

  • rhymeswithorange September 5th, 2013 1:55 PM

    This is MAGICAL. Shit I am going there before I die

  • flapperhatgirl September 5th, 2013 2:46 PM

    WOW, this is perfect. I need to visit.

  • Saana V September 5th, 2013 2:49 PM

    I had to take a deep breath before opening these photos – i visited Shakespeare and company last spring and it is on the first place on my list of 10 magical places. The first thing i did was gasp when i opened the door and got a smile from a middle aged customer. I spent like, over an hour there and shed a few tears before leaving. (i sound so pathetic) and oh man i miss it.

  • alissa cha September 5th, 2013 2:54 PM

    this is so definitely on my bucket list !!
    it looks like one of the most beautiful things to be done in paris. i’ve been there twice so far, but never suspected there’d be such an awesome thing as living at shakespeare and co ! the people look all so wonderful and contemplatively beautiful – how i’d love to meet so great persons there.

    xx cha

    p.s. fellow artists and poets might wanna say hi (:
    http://alissa-cha.net
    http://me-glow.tumblr.com

  • Cerise September 5th, 2013 3:31 PM

    Okay. Now I HAVE to go back to Paris and stay at that bookstore. It sounds amazing.

  • maxrey September 5th, 2013 3:45 PM

    I want to go to there.

  • thelionheartedgirl September 5th, 2013 3:45 PM

    This is FANTASTIC.

  • anaisabel13 September 5th, 2013 4:06 PM

    This is beautiful and magical and all I want in life. I can’t even imagine getting to read all those autobiographies!

  • elliecp September 5th, 2013 4:58 PM

    this is the most amazing place ever…I can’t really believe what I’m reading. I want to go there so badly, it looks like heaven…what a beautiful idea! I want to cry for some reason I don’t know it just makes me so happy that places like this exist

    http://roseandvintage.blogspot.com/

  • catpower44 September 5th, 2013 5:01 PM

    I was there this summer! It was on my hit list of places to visit while I was there, I bought the Diviners by Libba Bray and a biography of Joni Mitchell. My favourites are 9, 13,29,34 and 46!

    http://cosmicballerinas.tumblr.com/
    http://cosmicglitterqueen.blogspot.ca/

  • lucy97 September 5th, 2013 5:09 PM

    woahhh… so cool

  • die_mad September 5th, 2013 5:48 PM

    God I went there once when I was 13 and I didn’t really appreciate it… I want to return now that I can actually appreciate the beauty of the place…

  • Ting September 5th, 2013 6:11 PM

    MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE! Now I just need to get there…

  • etoilefille September 5th, 2013 6:11 PM

    Sorry for the slightly cautionary comment but… is it safe to have that photograph up of the autobiography where someone’s passport number is visible? I know it’s from 1997 but still… just thought I’d check!

  • AnaRuiz September 5th, 2013 6:30 PM

    My life would be seriously boring without Rookie.

    http://anaruizwriting.blogspot.com

  • meganthehuman September 5th, 2013 9:06 PM

    I was kinda stressed out and needed a break, but then I looked through this album and it made my heart soar :)

  • Cactus Woman September 5th, 2013 9:11 PM

    SIGN ME UP
    SIGN ME UP
    SIGN ME UP

  • Laia September 5th, 2013 10:21 PM

    i love everything about this.

  • bibliovore September 5th, 2013 10:32 PM

    This is so wonderful. It’s definitely on my list of favorite things ever.

  • speakthroughvision September 5th, 2013 10:37 PM

    So magical and wonderful and mysterious and intellectual my goodness. I could have never believed something so precious and historical could exist! Its like a modern-day Ravenclaw dormroom!!
    Someone really ought to make a movie about this. Your photo diary is simply fascinating. Thank you for sharing, you have made my day (if not week) better!

  • loonylizzy September 5th, 2013 11:07 PM

    Okay, so this is kind of the coolest place ever. I must visit next time I go to Paris! Who knows, maybe I’ll become the next Tumbleweeder? :)

    http://www.theflightoftheflamingo.blogspot.co,

  • Shanlew September 6th, 2013 12:00 AM

    Wow I’m actually crying for some reason. I went there last December and it was so incredible :) I’m dying to go back!

  • nickcaves September 6th, 2013 1:46 AM

    beautiful pictures and also this is the same bookstore in the beginning of Before Sunset

  • Toilets September 6th, 2013 6:15 AM

    I’m going to Paris on Monday and this just made my tourist hitlist

    Amazing photos!!

  • Angeline . September 6th, 2013 6:20 AM

    Oh my…

    Going on the bucket list.

  • SophieFay September 6th, 2013 11:44 AM

    Amazing! Definitely going on my bucket list.

    http://www.fashionandfilles.blogspot.com

  • amescs September 6th, 2013 4:18 PM

    oh my gosh all the pictures are beautiful and everything about it is just so so wonderful i need to go one day

  • Adrienne22 September 7th, 2013 3:05 AM

    This is on top of my bucket list. Staying a night in a place filled with books and being surrounded with like minded people would be the best experience.

    http://thefashionetudiante.blogspot.com/

  • just_me September 7th, 2013 3:20 PM

    this is where i need to be. this is really where i need to be.

  • meels September 7th, 2013 7:38 PM

    how brilliant!

  • cloudinthesky September 8th, 2013 1:19 PM

    I really love this… wow!

  • dessertstealer September 9th, 2013 12:38 PM

    Beautiful photos! I always wanted to visit Paris.

    rawillyolivier.blogspot.com

  • TessaTheTeenageWitch September 10th, 2013 1:31 AM

    OH MY GOD IS THIS A DREAM WORLD??!!??!1!?

  • AliceS September 10th, 2013 10:09 AM

    This is probably the coolest place on the whole world.

    http://toomuchlightburnsthenegative.blogspot.it/

  • Mifti September 11th, 2013 5:35 PM

    Oooh I’m going to Paris tomorrow. Probably going to spend an entire day here. Last time I was in Paris I missed my train because I was reading Pablo Neruda at S & Co…

  • amelia September 27th, 2013 4:28 AM

    i clicked on this because i recognised the bookshop from Before Sunset, but this turned out to be one of the most amazing posts i’ve seen on here in a while. i think you’re probably living my ideal life.

  • October 1st, 2013 4:07 AM

    OMG!!! This is awesome!!! :)

  • Alicja October 5th, 2013 1:35 PM

    Whoa, I had no idea such a place existed! I can feel the magic through the photos, thanks for sharing!