Half Price Books, University City, MO https://www.hpb.com/123 Get on the mailing list for offers and updates on their sales and events. This is a great place to take the books you have read and sell them–so you can buy more, of course. They also have a good selection of vinyl and CDs for the music lover and DVDs for movie buffs.
Left Bank Books, St. Louis, MO https://www.left-bank.com/This longtime STL favorite is unsurpassed for bringing cool authors and events to the area. Lonely Planet recently named it one of the best independent bookstores in the nation.
The Novel Neighbor, Webster Groves, MO https://thenovelneighbor.com/ Drive slowly as you’re looking for this small but excellent store. The best perk they offer (other than a great and friendly staff) is a lending service for Advance Reader Copies. Let your voice be heard!
Main Street Books, St. Charles, MO http://www.mainstreetbooks.net/ New owners, same fabulous store. Hint: the best books (and seats) are upstairs.
Books Galore, Festus, MO http://books-galore.com/ If you can’t find it anywhere else, you will find it here. They will also happily order new books if what you want isn’t in stock.