Popular Yardley Bookshop Named the Best Bookstore in the Suburbs of Philadelphia

Image via Liz Young.
The bookstore opened back in 2019.

Commonplace Reader, located at 49 South Main Street in Yardley, has been included in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” as 2023 Best Bookstore, ‘Burbs. 

The bookstore was opened in 2019 by Liz Young, a long-time resident of the area. She has lived for over 30 years in Yardley and raised three Pennsbury graduates. Young is a fan of all things local: walking on the canal, organizing and supporting Music Off Main, and working as president of Experience Yardley.

Philadelphia Magazine describes Commonplace Reader as “sprinkled [with] oodles of homespun charm” and “a little spot of small-town magic.” This magic comes from the store’s community partnerships.

Young and the staff host book clubs on the store’s front porch in a number of different genres: women’s literature, mystery, sci-fi and fantasy, environmental sustainability, and romance. These book clubs bring together multi-generational groups for discussions on books and life. This connection with the community is close and it’s what makes the store so magical.

Commonplace Reader also hosts a number of author events on the porch. Join us for an upcoming author panel with local authors from Read Furiously on Aug. 12, and on Sept. 9 for a reading of local poetry. The porch and store are accessible to all; the store has an ADA compliant ramp.

Learn more at Philadelphia Magazine.


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