Poll: What's Your Favorite Bookstore in South Pas?

Tell us: Where's your favorite place to shop for books in South Pas? Which of these is your go-to spot?

Are you a mystery novel fanatic, or do you prefer to read books about the history of California? 

Either way, bookstores in South Pas have got them all. We even have a place just for the kids. 

So tell us: Where's your favorite place to shop for books in South Pas? Which one is your go-to spot? 


If you frequent any of these places, make sure to cast your vote!

But most importantly, remember this is not a scientific poll and the winner will be chosen based on poll results PLUS comments below, AND reviews and ratings on Patch Places. 

So write a Patch Places review of your poll choice to increase its chances of winning.

And please: vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Readers' Choice

This poll is a part of Patch's new Readers' Choice initiative. Last month, we launched the series with  

Last week, Check back tomorrow for an article on the winner! 


Elliot Kwock March 13, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I miss Crown Books:(
Ron Rosen March 13, 2012 at 06:23 AM
www.half.com What's a book?
Marvion March 13, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Crown Books, that's where I learned some html, C++, and gaming programer language. To bad they'er now a tattoo shop.. lolz no kids stuff!
Jones Foyer March 13, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Considering that the other stores are specialty (mystery books, kids books, etc.) The Battery has what I need. Great selection of art books, and friendly service!
Lori Fuller Rusch March 13, 2012 at 03:50 PM
The Friends Bookstore at the South Pasadena Public Library!
Ruth E Hernandez March 13, 2012 at 03:58 PM
The Friends of the South Pasadena Library Bookstore has all the books that I have been looking for. Over the last few years I have been able to build up quite a collection of books by my favorite authors all purchased from here.
Marlane Osman March 13, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I am a long term fan and customer of Bookem! Mary, Barry, and Jean keep me up to date and keep me in books...what more can I ask!
Kathleen O'Sullivan March 13, 2012 at 05:42 PM
While I love to patronize our local shops, I must admit that when it comes to books, Kindle and Audible fit my lifestyle and way of learning and enjoying content these days (or is it daze?). Sign of the times!
Gary Pia March 14, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I like the books Marz carries. Whimsy. Eclectic. Childlike. Odd. It puts me at ease.
marcia ellinger March 14, 2012 at 04:21 PM
thanks Gary for putting me on the list Marz
Bob E. Smith March 14, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Clearly you must read only junk self-help books or whatever pap is pushed into the gaping maw of its incredulous audience by the New York Times. Or you simply don't read, but, like many, are all too easily sold on gadgetry. Sign of the times indeed.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 14, 2012 at 06:23 PM
@Gary & Marcia: We added Marz to the list. Vote away!
David Lasell March 14, 2012 at 11:06 PM
A reply actually to Mr. Smith: I thought we had a low key, respectful conversation going; we're talking, after all, about bookstores, not politics; no need to get nasty. But, while we're at it, anyone who actually reads appreciates the New York Times Book Review above just about any other, unless of course he's threatened somehow by New York, the NY Times, ... and perhaps the Ivy League. Are you perhaps a Rush Limbaugh fan?
Bob E. Smith March 14, 2012 at 11:46 PM
To Mr. Lassell: I think the fact that I can express myself lucidly and gracefully, generally adhering to the rules and protocols of written English, and without confusing the semi-colon for a full-stop speaks volumes for my erudition. Therefore, I should turn the question around on you: are you a fan of Rush Limbaugh? Furthermore there are plenty of reasons not to like the New York Times and its arts writing without having to dislike their political bent (which, let's be honest, is dictated solely by their need to meet their advertising and subscriber revenue goals). Personally, one of the reasons I find the New York Times repugnant is for being the finest exemplar--a resplendent mirror, if you will--of the cultural navel-gazing that is endemic in the United States intelligentsia today. Behind the veneer of multiculturalism and talk of globalism is, in the end, an intense self-absorption with themselves. That is to say, pretty, trendy, middle to upper class white people who look upon other cultures as harmless exotica (if they're lucky), ogling them with all the wide-eyed wonder of a Jane Goodall, paying them some token praise, but ultimately consigning it into the vast rubbish heap of the "other." You especially see that mentality in the American literary scene which starts and ends at this country's borders. Very little interest is ever demonstrated in foreign literature. Unless it's from France. Because everything from France is, like, so sophisticated and superior.
Bob E. Smith March 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
The point of this digression is that the New York Times is hardly an arbiter of quality literature. It used to be. No doubt about that. But for the last, say, 20 or so years, whatever makes its bestsellers lists is generally garbage; what earns its praises are mostly safe choices that don't stretch the minds of its readers too much. Therefore the idea of abandoning bookstores--especially independent ones--and treating it as something laudable strikes me as sad beyond belief. If you're the sort of reader who truly loves literature, is interested not just in what grows in your backyard, but also with what's occurring on the other side of the planet, owning a Kindle or such device is pointless. Because the only things you can really find are the literary equivalent of junk food and classics that are always easy to find. That such devices are essentially expensive doorstops will come into greater focus as the evolution of their formats begin to render early models obsolete. Meanwhile, the used market for physical books will dwindle--and accrue enormous value in the next quarter of a century as many older tomes will most likely never make the leap to Kindle.
A J Russel March 16, 2012 at 07:31 AM
The Battery Bookstore buys best books becuz Battery Books is good for you xAndrea
Ginny Moore March 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Did you forget the bookstore at Holy Family? Truly a treasure!
spidra March 17, 2012 at 09:15 PM
If I were into mysteries, I'd probably visit Book'em. I love supporting local indie bookshops. As it is, my favorite in town is The Battery Used Books & Music. The fact that they buy and sell used books allows me to occasionally splurge on books despite my penurious state and Lilliputian living space. I also like that they have a community feel. They occasionally book in musicians. They were receptive when I was planning on holding a Tweetup there. (I ended up not having it because South Pasadena folks on Twitter weren't really stepping up.) They chat with customers. Customers chat with each other. It's a real boon to South Pasadena.
Kristen Lepore (Editor) March 17, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@Ginny: I have never been to Holy Family's bookstore. But it's recently been brought to my attention that the store carries all types of books—not just religious ones. I'll have to check it out. Has anyone else been?
Michelle C March 20, 2012 at 02:10 AM
You can't beat The Battery. The selection of literature is unmatched in these parts.


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