Discovering Literary Treasures: Bookstores in Lake Tahoe and Truckee

By Shanie Matthews | Sunday, January 28, 2024

If you're a book enthusiast exploring the scenic wonders of Lake Tahoe and Truckee, you're in for a treat. Beyond the breathtaking landscapes, this region boasts a collection of unique bookstores that cater to various literary tastes. Let's take a closer look at some of the gems waiting to be discovered.

Photo: Reading at Word After Word Bookshop creates happiness, especially when enjoying this year's Newberry Medal and Caldecott Medal award winners. Photo courtesy of Word After Word

Keynote Used Records & Books

South Lake Tahoe

For those with a penchant for poetry and mountaineering, Keynote Used Records & Books is your go-to spot. Specializing in used books and records, this store offers a unique blend of literary gems and musical treasures. Lose yourself in the aisles while perusing an impressive selection of historical memorabilia and literature not easily found elsewhere. 


South Lake Tahoe

Step into Bookworks, a one-of-a-kind nonprofit bookstore entirely operated by volunteers. The best part? All proceeds from your literary finds benefit the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center. Dive into a treasure trove of science fiction paperbacks, featuring classics from Golden Age writers like Heinlein, Clarke, Simik, Dick, Herbert, Lieberman and more. If you're a Star Trek, Star Wars or Gor enthusiast, you'll be delighted to find paperbacks priced at just $1 each. Don't miss the chance to explore this volunteer-driven haven for book lovers!

Photo: The literary treasures are vast at Bookworks. Photo courtesy of Bookworks

Cuppa Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe

Cuppa Tahoe is not just a place for delightful food and drinks but also a haven for book enthusiasts. Featuring a fully stocked bookstore with a diverse selection of books, games, unique gifts and stationery, Cuppa Tahoe offers a cozy atmosphere where you can enjoy good company while exploring literary delights. Whether you're looking for a captivating novel or a thoughtful gift, Cuppa Tahoe has something for everyone.

Photo: The ambiance at Cuppa Tahoe is perfect for enjoying a leisurely day reading and relaxing. Photo courtesy of Cuppa Tahoe

Word After Word Bookshop


Nestled in the charming town of Truckee, Word After Word Bookshop is a welcoming space that connects the community and visitors through the love of books. This independent bookshop takes pride in its collection of titles by local authors, regional and historical books about the area and literature related to the outdoor lifestyle. The store also boasts bestsellers and staff picks, ensuring there's always something for every reader. Be sure to check out the Kids Room, filled with delightful books for children of all ages.

Photo: Be sure to visit Word After Word for their New Release Tuesdays to find the best new books on the market. Photo courtesy of Word After Word

As you explore the breathtaking landscapes of Lake Tahoe and Truckee, make sure to carve out time for a literary adventure. These bookstores offer more than just books, they provide unique experiences and opportunities to connect with the local community through the magic of storytelling.

To learn about events to pair with the enjoyment of a good book, visit our Daytime and Nightlife pages.

About the Author Shanie Matthews
A longtime Lake Tahoe local, Shanie is a freelance writer, Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and positivity warrior. A true lover of the the gorgeous Tahoe region, she connects with the serenity of the mountains via skiing, biking and backpacking. She also believes in the gift of yoga and its way of allowing one to become his or her true best self, a passion she shares with the world with her online yoga studio.
Lake Tahoe Articles