I recently discovered a really special place hidden in the small town of Niantic, Connecticut – The Book Barn. A huge used bookstore with four different locations, The Book Barn is exactly what it sounds like – barns with books! Each week, the owners receive thousands of books for a total of over 500,000 used books. Some of the copies are so old and fragile that they are kept within glass cases, and some have been used so gently that their pages are as pristine as when they were first printed. However, the books are all similar in their affordability and accessibility. The barns, each with their own themes and genres, are connected by paths lined with witty signs, seasonal decorations, potted plants, wooden benches, and smaller book stands. Of course, no barn would be complete without goats! Just a few steps away from the main barn is a small pen with a few goats. But, most importantly (ie my favorite find), the barns are homes to many cats that add a heart-warming component to the readers’ browsing experiences. Sleeping within the shelves and on couches spread out throughout the barns, the kittens accompany those who read within the stores. With countless gems and books scattered throughout The Book Barn, one can spend hours simply enjoying the warm environment and flipping through pages. What’s not to love?