Throughout the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose and the surrounding area, independently owned bookstores offer a break from big-box sellers. This list is not comprehensive.

1. Basket Books & Art

In addition to being a bookstore, Basket Books & Art has an art gallery space. Books in stock reflect the convergence of art and literature.

Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat., closed Sun.-Mon.

115 Hyde Park Blvd., Houston


2. Brazos Bookstore

Founded in 1974, Brazos Bookstore has a collection of books ranging from subjects from mathematics to pets. It has been locally owned and operated by 27 Houston residents since 2006, following the retirement of the store’s founder, Karl Kilian.

Hours: 1-6 p.m. Sun., noon-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fri.-Sat.

2421 Bissonnet St., Houston


3. St. John The Divine Bookstore

The bookstore can be found in the Church of St. John the Divine’s business building. Offerings largely focus on Christian living, and the store also sells gifts, greeting cards and children’s books.

Hours: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Thu., closed Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sun.

2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston


4. Kaboom Books

The used bookstore can be found in Houston’s Woodland Heights neighborhood. The inventory of books exceeds 100,000, including fiction, literature, art, history, social and physical sciences and children’s books. In addition to selling books, Kaboom is also open to buying and trading.

Hours: noon-6 p.m. daily

3116 Houston Ave., Houston


5. Kindred Stories

Located in the Third Ward, Kindred Stories highlights the works of Black authors in subjects such as graphic novels, young adult fiction, nonfiction and cookbooks.

Hours: noon-5 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wed.-Sat., closed Mon.-Tue.

2304 Stuart St., Houston


6. Magick Cauldron

The Magick Cauldron has been supplying patrons with magical items since 1985 while also selling items at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Book offerings cover subjects from astrology to herbal sciences to witchcraft.

Hours: noon-6 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

2424 Montrose Blvd., Houston

713- 523-0069

7. The Menil Collection Bookstore

The Menil Collection—known mostly for its collection of art curated by owners John and Dominique de Menil—also features a bookstore with rare finds. Customers can browse from books published by the museum related to the various exhibitions on display as well as other material on art, architecture, design and children’s books.

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wed.-Sun., closed Mon.-Tue.

1520 Sul Ross St., Houston


8. Murder by the Book

Established in 1980, Murder by the Book lists itself as one of the oldest and largest mystery specialty bookstores in the U.S. The store sells everything mystery from new and used books to first editions.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., closed Sun.

2342 Bissonnet St., Houston


9. Out-of-Print Bookstore

Specializing in rare and antique books, Out-of-Print Bookstore sells books in categories such as art and literature, children’s, and mystery, among other genres.

Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily

1500 Hadley St., Unit 3534, Houston


10. Quarter Price Books

As the name suggests, Quarter Price Books markets itself as having discounted books, most of which are under $6. The store sells used and vintage books and offers frequent sales.

Hours: noon-7 p.m. Tue.-Sun., closed Mon.

3820 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston


11. Tomfoolery Toys and Books

Specializing in children’s books and toys, Tomfoolery Toys and Books offers picture books for the youngest of readers all the way up to elementary-age nonfiction books.

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.

4854 Beechnut St., Houston