12 Of The Biggest Bookshops In The World For When You Want To Lose Yourself In Literature

If you've never been bitten by the travel bug before, this might be the moment everything changes for you. Maybe Instagrams of tropical beaches or snowy mountaintops didn't make you jealous — but reading about the biggest bookshops around the world is sure to get you itching for a trip. These 12 bookstores are big, beautiful, and magnificent; within their walls you can lose yourself in books for hours at a time. Just don't blame me when you spend all your rent money on books, OK?

Small cozy bookstores are adorable — but you have to admit there's something pretty breathtaking about a ginormous room full of all the books your heart could ever desire. Even just standing inside one, staring up at the mountains of books that surround you, is enough to give any book-lover serious chills — and once you get your wallet out, it's time to wave your savings goodbye. But you know what? I'll happily live off bread and butter for life as long as I've always got a good book to read.

So pack your suitcase, because it's time to go on a global bookstore crawl. But don't forget to leave extra room for all the books you'll be bringing back from these enormous collections.