Village Lights Bookstore

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We’ve been to quaint, adorable Madison, Indiana, just twice … once for an entire weekend, and once for little more than an hour. But on both visits, we’ve found lots of reasons to enjoy the delightful Village Lights Bookstore.

First, it’s right on Main Street, in a beautifully renovated storefront.

There are multiple rooms of new and used books on the main floor, a cozy meeting / reading room on the second floor with tons of window light, and a fantasy corner at the top of the stairs …

 

 

There’s a child-sized reading nook under the stairs.

 

And at the back of the shop’s main floor, the Twain Room is somehow both large and extraordinarily cozy, with floor-to-ceiling bookcases and a grand piano.

 

 

 

Best of all? They have not one, not two, but three resident cats, and a bookstore dog.

 

Hi, there! I’m Jennifer, and I help too-busy-to-read bookworms and those who want to *be* readers maximize life’s simple joys — like reading a good book — by helping them create quiet spaces (mentally and physically) inspired by the habits of cats, who are masters at finding joy in life’s small details.

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“The only important thing in a book is the meaning it has for you.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

Cicero

“There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.”

Marcel Proust

“Standing there, staring at the long shelves crammed with books, I felt myself relax and was suddenly at peace.”

Helene Hanff

“What a happy woman I am, living in a garden, with books … birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them!”

Elizabeth von Arnim

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”

Neil Gaiman

“The art of reading is … an intimate ritual, that a book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us; when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

“When I … looked round at the familiar bookshelves, and could hear no sounds but sounds of peace, and knew that here I might read or dream or idle exactly as I chose with never a creature to disturb me, how grateful I felt to the kindly Fate that has brought me here and given me a heart to understand my own blessedness.”

Elizabeth von Arnim