559 Tyler St., Monterey
No bookstore in the county has the selection—or the prices—of this local gem. As the big-box bookstores enter their period of decline, Book Haven shows us the bookstore of our future (and past) with shelves stocked with classics, contemporary gold, and all the edifying books in between. The vast fiction, extensive children’s and impressive history collections are likely to entice any local reader with an urge to own. But no pressure. Relax, chat with the knowledgeable staff, and crack a cover to see what unfolds.