Have you ever met someone who reads 8 books a week? Thats right, 8 books a week! Well, I have — my sister Taylor. And she just so happens to also be the beauty and brains behind the recently opened Harbor Books, located in Sag Harbor, New York. Being a lover of books since such a young age, it’s no wonder Taylor found herself in a profession that lets her share the magic of reading with others. Her appreciation for a good story is quite admirable, and infectious to say the least.
Harbor Books truly stands out amongst the rest, and for good reason. When building the store, Taylor only used local businesses, such as contractors, hardware stores, and local suppliers for the job. It is truly a local business, through and through. Opening their doors only 21 days after taking over the space, Harbor Books has more than impressed us with their diverse selection, cozy vibes and intuitive staff. And being located right down the road from the beautiful harbor itself, Harbor Books is quickly becoming the locals go-to place to unwind and escape reality for a while.
On my most recent trip back home, I was able to make my way over to Harbor Books (finally!) and talk with Taylor for a while. We spent the day relaxing at Harbor Books, and enjoying everything that Eastern Long Island has to offer. We sat in her new custom leather reader chairs (OMG), one of her go-to places to read a book, and talked about some of her favorite parts about reading.
Favorite children’s book? Right now it’s Violet The Pilot or You And Me — but of all time? The true story of The Three Little Pigs.
JK Rowling or Stephanie Meyer? Ursula K. LeGuin. Without her, they wouldn’t exist.
Whose book — Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling? Tina Fey.
50 Shades of Grey — your thoughts? I could find you better porn if that’s what you want to read. Don’t get me wrong, I (shamefully) read them all. I had to know what happened and it was on the Best Seller List for weeks and weeks. So, brava EL James, but I just think so many other writers have done erotica SO much better.
Describe a good story in one word. Impactful. As long as there is something in the story that impacts you, it’s good.
Favorite section in a book store? I love every single part of a book store. I guess that’s why I opened my own!
What’s the next book on your list? I’m playing catch up since I haven’t read much since we opened. Next up is The Rocks by Peter Nichols. I’m really excited about it!
What is your “go-to” book? I re-read Gone With The Wind, Atlas Shrugged, and The Tender Bar … oh god, and so many more, but those are the main ones. Depends what I am looking for. I treat books like a therapist or a friend, I know exactly where to find what I’m needing at the moment. And sometimes I find something I didn’t even know that I was looking for.
How do you find the right book? Ask the bookseller! That’s what booksellers are there for — good booksellers at least. Or a friend! I’m also really fond of looking at my favorite writers reading list, or indie book store recommendations. I find that there is always SOMETHING that will work for you! And if you can’t, you can email me at email@example.com and I’ll recommend something! And we ship everywhere! It’s my favorite thing we do.
List 5 books you think everyone should read in their lifetime. Can I have 10?
For Whom The Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Lost Horizon – James Hilton
Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
Travels With Myself and Another – Martha Gellhorn
The Tender Bar – JR Moehringer
Seducing The Demon – Erica Jong
Fear of Flying – Erica Jong
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Anything Jane Austen
And finally, the greatest story ever told — The Bible, anybody’s Bible.
When asked what has been the most rewarding part so far about being a bookstore owner, Taylor said, “There is something really special about changing a persons life — and that’s what books do!” I couldn’t agree more myself. At only 28 years old, Taylor is quickly becoming the person to see in the Hamptons for all of your literary needs.
So with all that said, if you haven’t been there yourself, make sure you do so soon! And with special guests like Jimmy Fallon (coming June 20th!), you can be sure to have a unique experience every time you walk through the doors.
“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”
– Oscar Wilde
– Naturally inspired. Locally aware. Universally beautiful. With love, Kerri.
** Some photos courtesy of Harbor Books.