The secret to finding truly hidden gems in a big city is to let loose and wander a little. You may stumble across the best bagel you’ve ever had, or uncover a clandestine cocktail lounge, while simply taking a walk somewhere new. The same principle applies to finding your next great read. Bring your friends and enjoy an aimless stroll around WORD, a community bookstore in Brooklyn, until you find the perfect book. From the moment you walk in, you’ll notice that there’s something delightfully different about this cozy shop. Staff picks are organized under quirky headings like “book that can change your life,” “nerd-in-training chapter book,” and “history that reads like a novel.” A calendar of events includes not only readings and author discussions, but Brit Lit book group meetings and screenwriting workshops. An extensive stationery section offers colorful modern designs from Pantone that raise letter-writing to an art form. Let your imagination guide you from shelf to shelf as you browse fiction and nonfiction titles from local and emerging writers that don’t always get prominent placement in chain bookstores. Strike up a literary conversation with one of the well-read staffers, who can give you a recommendation based on what you’ve enjoyed in the past without resorting to an algorithm. And once you’ve made your purchases, head to a coffee shop—or nearby McCarren Park, if the weather’s nice—and get started on reading. Who knows, you might end up making two trips to WORD in one day.