Reading is the perfect way to relax! Here are some D.C. bookstores where you can stock up on reading material!

Getting yourself lost in a book is the very best way to relax! Tons of adventures and experiences await you behind pretty book covers of all colors and sizes. Here are some great D.C. bookstores where you can find your next reading adventure!

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

[caption id="attachment_9498" align="aligncenter" width="960"] Courtesy of Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe (Facebook)[/caption] Where: 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW (just above Dupont Circle) Contact Information: Head to the website for more info From fiction and non-fiction bestsellers to novels for young adults and kids, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe boasts a plentiful selection of page-turners. After you make your picks, grab a bite to eat at the Afterwords Cafe and try their hickory smoked wings or the crispy duck salad!

Second Story Books

[caption id="attachment_9499" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Courtesy of Second Story Books & Antiques -- Dupont Circle (Facebook)[/caption] Where: 2000 P Street NW Contact Information: Head to the website for more info A D.C. staple since 1973, Second Story Books specializes in used and rare books, so if you're ready to find a jewel, this place is for you! Thumb through their collections that span from adventure books to world history and so much more. And you never know: you might stumble across a first edition text to add to your own collection at home!

Upshur Street Books

[caption id="attachment_9500" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Courtesy of Upshur Street Books (Facebook)[/caption] Where: 827 Upshur Street NW Contact Information: Head to the website for more info. On Upshur Street is the cozy and aptly-named Upshur Street Books! Find books on D.C., design, cooking, and more. You'll also want to keep an eye on their website because they hold author readings and cool events, like their Literary Open Mic!

East City Bookshop

[caption id="attachment_9501" align="aligncenter" width="924"] Courtesy of East City Bookshop (Facebook)[/caption] Where: 645 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Contact Information: Head to the website for more info Gather all the literature enthusiasts in your circle and head to East City Bookshop for books, audiobooks, toys, gifts, art supplies, and book-related tidbits you can take home with you, too! You won't leave disappointed! Is reading one of your favorite pastimes? What are you planning to read in the coming months? What's your favorite bookstore? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Need some good book ideas? PBS's "Great American Read" has a list of America's favorite novels, here!