Spending more time at home these days?

Yeah, us too…

It’s easy to feel “stuck” at home. But maybe this time, as difficult and challenging it is for so many of us, has a (hidden) silver lining? Many more moments of silence and solitude (hot tip for those with kids: just put in the ear plugs and the screeching of frustrated children almost start to sound like calming bird sounds echoing through the trees…yes?).

If you do get a moment for yourself, it may be a good time to start that book you’ve been too busy to get into. We all know about Amazon, but did you know that you can place book orders through some of your favourite local book stores as well?  We’ve listed a few of our favourites below who have gone above and beyond to adjust their businesses to keep serving you during this unprecedented time.


Russell Books

Selling both new and gently used books across Canada since 1961, this third-generation, family-owned bookstore is a fantastic place to buy used books at an unbeatable price. You can load up your virtual cart with our whole list of “must reads” without an iota of guilt – feed your brain, the local economy and do so in a sustainable way! A win for everyone! If you’re in the market for a fresh book, Russell Books also sells new.  Russell Books is now offering pick up through their contact-free pick-up window, as well as the option of free shipping on orders of $50 or more across Canada & US. Order online , by phone 250-361-4447 or by email.


Bolen Books

Established in Victoria in 1975 and going strong ever since, Bolen Books not only has an extensive collection of reads but also boasts a great supply of board games and other great items to keep the whole family occupied.  Offering a $5 flat rate on shipping across Canada (beat that, Amazon!), you can place your order online or by phone at 250-595-4232.


Munro’s Books

Opened in 1963 in Victoria’s Old Town by none other than author Alice Munro and her husband Jim Munro, Munro’s Books remains a landmark for booklovers everywhere. Often included on lists of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, Munro’s has a team of highly experienced and accommodating staff that will help find the book you are looking for.  Order online or by phone (250-382-2464) and pickup at the store – or get your order delivered – your choice!

Wherever you buy your books, we hope you find a quite place in your home to enjoy them.


If you’re looking for other businesses still open at this time, check out Things That Are Open for your favourite shops, restaurant and services.


As always, we also remain open to serve your needs, now operating remotely as an essential service. Visit www.pembertonholmes.com to check out our current listings!