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WELCOME! Now you can Take A Ride on the Reading...

 anytime, day or night.

Welcome to Reading Books
Take a Ride on the Reading! For an Express Trip to Anywhere!
Romance - Thrills - Mystery - History - Action-Adventure - Know-How

Entertainment and Pure Excitement await you in the 1920s era railroad cars in Downtown Rockford. 
We sell dreams, romance, confidence and peace-of-mind.
Ride the range, slay a dragon, bake a cake, solve a murder!
It's all possible when you take a ride on the Reading!
Reading Books

Sidewalk Sale is inside.

All books priced $7.50 or up are 20% off.


All books priced under $6.00 are buy 3 get the 4th book free* 

*4th book is of equal or lesser value.

In store sales only. Cannot be used with any other discounts.

West Michigan's Largest Paperback and More Exchange.

Search or browse, by catalog, just like you do in the store.

Free US Media Mail Shipping on orders of $25.00 or more.

If you make a purchase of $50.00 or more, enter the coupon code Save5on50 at the checkout and get free Media Mail shipping and $5.00 off your purchase.

I'm sorry, at this time I cannot offer International Shipping I will when I: get a chance to figure out the new rates and get the new packaging in.

Located in the 1920s train cars in downtown Rockford, Reading Books is an open shop, in business since 1984. We specialize in genre fiction, but we also carry thousands of nonfiction titles.

We are right next to the White Pine Trail, just one half a block south of the Rockford Dam.  The next time you are biking, hiking, walking your dog, cross-country skiing, canoeing or kayaking through town, be sure to stop in.

Book Condition


All of our books are graded when they are shelved. Since the condition of a book can change, due to customers browsing, please, check the Condition Guidlines link. We are always happy to provide a complete description or photos of books, just contact us at

We have more than 100,000 books in stock and thousands more stored off the premises.  But, remember we only have about half of our inventory listed here so far.

Please search or browse our inventory of hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books.

If you can't find what you what you're looking for, send us a want and, we will search our shelves for you.

New Hours

Monday thru Friday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sundays by appointment or chance.

(Sorry, but I really need a day off. I've found that my house will not clean itself.  If it sunny and not too cold I"ll probably come in because I enjoy the walk.)

Need to come in earlier in the morning or later at night?

Evening appointments available Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday

Morning appointments available Tuesday through Saturday.

Call 616-866-1319

Thank you and enjoy your visit,

Kim (with Zelda and Dickens)

Reading Books.


Just Arrived!
What's Cooking? : More Than Two Thousand Recipes To Vary Your Everyday Cooking
9.00 USD

Beautiful Lies
Unger, Lisa (aka Lisa Miscione )
7.00 USD

Sliver of Truth: A Novel
Unger, Lisa (aka Lisa Miscione )
7.00 USD

Lovey Childs: A Phildelphian's Story
O'hara, John
7.00 USD

Fatal Error, Jance, J.A.
Fatal Error
Jance, J.A.
7.00 USD

Heads You Lose, Lutz, Lisa; Hayward, David
Heads You Lose
Lutz, Lisa; Hayward, David
8.00 USD

Slam, Hornby, Nick
Hornby, Nick
7.00 USD

Savannah Style
Junior League of Savannah Inc.
7.00 USD

Redemption, Jackson, Lee
Jackson, Lee
4.50 USD

The Target
Baldacci, David
5.50 USD

Along Came a Spider, Patterson, James
Along Came a Spider
Patterson, James
3.50 USD

The Lucky One, Sparks, Nicholas
The Lucky One
Sparks, Nicholas
4.50 USD

Wicked Ways
Jackson, Lisa; Bush, Nancy
4.50 USD

Come Summer
Steffen, Sandra
3.75 USD

Sycamore Row
Grisham, John
5.50 USD

12th of Never
Patterson, James; Paetro, Maxine
5.50 USD

12th of Never
Patterson, James; Paetro, Maxine
5.50 USD

Mistress, Patterson, James; Ellis, David
Patterson, James; Ellis, David
5.50 USD

Dragon Fire, Cohen, William S.
Dragon Fire
Cohen, William S.
4.50 USD

First Sight: A Novel
Steel, Danielle
4.50 USD

The Hard Way, Child, Lee
The Hard Way
Child, Lee
5.50 USD

One Shot, Child, Lee
One Shot
Child, Lee
5.50 USD

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Larsson, Stieg
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Larsson, Stieg
4.50 USD

Only in My Arms
Goodman, Jo
4.00 USD

24 Hours, Iles, Greg
24 Hours
Iles, Greg
5.50 USD


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