After hearing author Ryan Holiday on my weekly Mastermind call, I have been on a mission to visit his bookshop, the Painted Porch Bookshop, in Bastrop, TX. Located just southeast of Austin, Bastrop is a small-town destination.
If you don’t know who Ryan Holiday is, I recommend you look him up. He is a writer … philosopher … who, as he says, “takes ancient thoughts and puts them into modern applications.” When I heard him speak of The Stoics it all rang so true in my brain and I had to learn more, and I had to see this little bookshop in Bastrop.
Recently going to Austin gave me the perfect opportunity…and I dragged a colleague and my assistant along with me. All in the name of adventure.
This bookshop was everything that a true bookseller should be. Quaint, cozy, and welcoming. I mean, the fireplace of books…be still, my heart (I definitely need one for my house, just gotta figure out the logistics). I made some purchases: 2 books (Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and How to be a Stoic by Penguin Books), a t-shirt reading “Good Things Happen in Bookstores”, and a couple of other gifts (one for me and one for a friend).
Recommended by: Robin McCoy
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