We are open everyday Noon to 6pm.
(Mask is required.)
You can also purchase a gift certificate and books anytime. Contact us via DM, email, call or text. We will send photos then arrange a pickup or shipping services.
Kaboom Books is a general purpose, used bookstore at the eastern edge of Woodland Heights immediately above Downtown Houston.
For 30+ years we had a succession of bookshops in New Orleans, in the back of the French Quarter. Now, in Houston, our purpose remains the same: providing a bookstore based on complexity and an inventory of ideas, which acts as a sounding board for social discourse within the confines of Houston’s hundreds of neighborhoods.
If you are tired of looking for books by sitting in your underwear, hunched over your keyboard, watching type trickle down the screen, come by and have a browse. Put something more on before you come though; as Lord Buckley said, “You can’t do anything without your pants on.”
Love us or hate us?
Critiques on Kaboom Books
“Quarantine (and beyond) reading.”
Kaboom Books may be closed, but get in touch with them and they’ll find you something unexpected to read while you’re cooped up. I asked for Burroughs, Yeats, and Neruda, and they delivered in spades; “Read Russia!” and “Literature from the Axis of Evil” were the result of asking for contemporary short story collections. Like John and Dee say, books are essential. Go buy some.
“It is sublime to be surrounded by towers of books!”
I couldn’t stop smiling at the sight of so many towering bookshelves! When I asked the owner if I could take pictures, he simply replied “as long as you don’t take any of me”. At first glance, the sheer volume of books is overwhelming, but the bookstore is organized by subject. Some sections have an applicable prop such as a skeleton for anatomy. There are also various seats and ladders sprinkled throughout the store. I plan to return for closer perusal of the culinary and gardening books.
“… a gem in Houston.”
If you’re looking for a unique and eclectic bookstore, this is it! The owner is phenomenal and the inside of the bookstore is as much a treasure trove as it is aesthetically pleasing! You won’t regret going here.
3116 Houston Av., Houston, TX 77009
*more parking spaces available behind the shop