Andover Bookstore is a favorite bookshop on the North Shore for good reason. From the charming fireplace to the beautiful woodwork, leaded windows, and more, it quite literally makes you want to curl up and discover a new book—or revisit an old classic. Fun fact: They are the second-oldest independent bookstore in the country!
74 Main St., Andover, 978-475-0143, hugobookstores.com
Whitelam Books is an independent bookstore with an extensive selection of books for people of all ages, from infants through adults. They are community focused and host a full calendar of happenings, from author events to book clubs, story times, pop-up comedy shows, and an ongoing Monday morning Sit ’n’ Knit.
610 Main St., Reading, 781-779-1833, whitelambooks.com