The Book Monster: a new Independent Bookstore in Santa Monica, CA...

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Santa Monica, CA  90401 has a new Independent Bookstore: The Book Monster

The other day, Diane and I had some business to take care of in Santa Monica, CA, we were done by about 9 am and as we were heading towards the beach to grab breakfast, look what we discovered. Indeed, you guessed it, another Independent Bookstoreūüėä

Immediately, I headed to a nearby parking structure and in we went. I am sure you can just imagine we were probably the first customers in the store.

This of course is not your everyday bookstore, the books are arranged in such a manner, that you can find a specific book just like in a library. Instead of having three by five cards in a file cabinet, nor having to ask one of the workers you can help yourself, since they have a computer with all the books catalogued by authors, titles and where the book is located in the store.

Alternatively, you can meander on your own and discover books just by wondering around. Diane immediately went to the computer, I on the other hand continued to browse the isles.

As anticipated we walked out with about three books, a hip cool and trendy bookbag with an awesome message from a well-known author.  Since they had CD’s I could not help myself, but pick up a Chuck Mangione CD that we did not have in our collection. We could have browsed around for hours, but it was time to for breakfast.

We, had a great conversation with the owner and she was proud to say, that she opened the store around the middle of May. With that said we parted ways and assured her that we will be back and will spread the word.

If you like what I mentioned please check out their Website (for your convenience I will add a link at the bottom of this post) and if you are in Santa Monica, CA. be sure to stop in and support this great independent bookstore, which happens to be two blocks from a National Chain.


  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Address:¬†
    212 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Store Hours:
    9:00 AM - 9:00 PM, 7 days a week
  • ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†Tel : 424-238-8576

They are also on FB give them a like to support their store. Now if you are looking to buy or sell Real Estate in Santa Monica, CA or vicinity, please reach out to me directly.

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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Endre.

I have a book on the nightstand I've been trying to read for about a month.  It just doesn't hold my interest.  Last night I got through one page.  I think it's time to out that one to rest and move on

Oct 22, 2017 02:18 AM #1
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY),, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

I love the fact that there is a new bookstore opening. It's a shame that most independent book stores are out of business and all we have left (in my area) are a few B&N stores. I love wandering around small bookshops.

Oct 22, 2017 03:40 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Endre... I am soooo envious of your new bookstore. I'd love having one like this in my area to hang around in.

Oct 22, 2017 04:20 AM #3
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Endre.  Looks like you made a wonderful discovery on this day.

Oct 22, 2017 05:27 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Endre. I would have to have breakfast first to satisfy my hunger for food before I browsed the aisles! Enjoy your day!

Oct 22, 2017 06:09 AM #5
Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations

Nice looking store. Great name as well. A highly competitive industry, especially in the brick and mortar category. I wish them well in Santa Monica.

Oct 22, 2017 06:52 AM #6
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS¬ģ in Clark County, WA

I genuinely wish them continued success. I love bookstores and libraries. I'm always worried we're going to lose both due to technology. 

Oct 22, 2017 07:44 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


How wonderful, next time we are in Los Angeles, we will check it out.  We are going to be in San Marino for a party, so I will check out the famous Pasadena store.  A

Oct 22, 2017 09:31 AM #8
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
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I find it interesting that "used books" is the largest typeface with the name of bookstore in Santa Monica. My husband gets most of his books from the library, and he buys the classics that he never opens as a collector. I get mine downloaded, I know, I know.

But I do like to support local bookstores over the big chains. Reading is probably the most important thing people could do.

Oct 22, 2017 09:46 AM #9
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Endre - Seeing new bookstores open is comforting for us booklovers. I hope they're very successful.

Oct 22, 2017 02:26 PM #10
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Endre I know of your love for books.  I got a feeling this will be a regular stop for you!

Oct 22, 2017 04:28 PM #11
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Endre -- I agree with Dick Greenberg -- it's reassuring to see/know that new bookstores are opening.   

Oct 22, 2017 11:50 PM #12
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