Posted by: Drew | July 5, 2008

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? – Hooked On Books Wildwood NJ

Special Shore Correspondent Laura Bopp

Looking for a great summer read? Budget tight? Gas prices getting to you? Well have we got the place for you. Hooked on Books located 2 blocks off the Wildwood Boardwalk is the perfect place to loose an hour or two. As you peruse the stacks in this wonderfully quaint little used bookstore you will get lost in the great titles and selection.

A few summers ago when Drew and I lived in Wildwood there were a few things we could afford for entertainment. We could see the fireworks every Friday night, for free, from our front porch on Magnolia Avenue. We would occasionally treat ourselves to breakfast at our local WaWa. We would walk on the boardwalk, taking in the sights and sounds of summer, “Watch the tramcar please!” Hooked on Books became one of our haunts. I loved browsing and trying to find books I always meant to read, but never had the time. Imagine the Strand Bookstore In Manhattan only smaller, more friendly and with a great selection of books not art guides.

Open seasonally this wonderful little jewel in the middle of Pacific Avenue is run by Kieran & Jim. Both great guy’s who don’t mind you spending time browsing and looking at books until you have made your selection. Speaking of selection, it’s huge, you will always find something you haven’t yet read, always wanted to read, or just talked to a friend about, and they read it, and recommended it to you.

You will find that most books are pretty much half of what they would be if you were buying them new. They also run two consistent specials: 20% off when you buy 10 or more books. Also when you buy 3 kids books you get the 4th for FREE. Now you will need these specials because you want to buy the entire collection of Oprah’s Book Club, or the entire Chronicles of Narnia.

On my last visit to Hooked on books I bought enough books to last me the whole summer. It’s a must see if you are in the Wildwood area and a destination if you are vacationing elsewhere. So go out there and get hooked, it’s worth it!

“A summer time store only, open from May through September.
We carry all kinds of books. Popular fiction categories include mystery, horror, science fiction, fantasy, romance, historical, techno-thrillers, westerns, adventure, and the classics. Non-fiction categories include biographies, true-crime, travel, business, art, sport, music, religion, new-age, self-help, cook-books, gardening, parenting, teaching, language, trivia, black and latino culture, history and politics. They also have a great selection of kids

Each of these sections are clearly sign-posted, categorized and alphabetized”

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