January and February Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday - Thursday: 11am-3pm
Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: CLOSED
The bookstore moved from being closed to in-person/in-store shopping to a "regular" shopping model in July 2020.  A maximum of 5 shoppers will be allowed in the store at one time, and shoppers must properly wear a PPE face mask that covers both the nose and the mouth while in store.  If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, please call the store to shop by phone or shop our website for curbside pick up or shipment.
Availability/store hours will continue to be limited to allow me to have time to process online, email, and phone orders for curbside pick up and shipping. 
Please call the bookstore at 828-475-6955 to inquire about in-stock books, complete a purchase or special order, and make secure payment.  I can also accept orders via email.  Email orders require completion via a secure online payment link sent to you before the order is finalized an processed. 
You may choose to have your purchases mailed to you (shipping fees apply) or you may pick your purchases up at the front door. 
You may also now shop our online store as well as purchase audiobooks and eBooks that support your local independent bookstore.


Adventure Bound Books opened its doors June 23, 2018 in downtown Morganton, NC.  In September 2019 we moved out of the 550 square foot shop into a 1500 square foot storefront just up from the original location on Sterling St.  Our goal is to be your preferred independent bookstore in Burke and surrounding counties by getting to know our customers' reading interests in order to offer a customized and personal experience at every visit.  On the shelves you'll find new and used books - Indie Next List favorites, OKRA Picks, new releases, best sellers, classics, fiction, fantasy, science fiction, romance, young adult books, books on nature and outdoor themes, religious, spiritual, and philosophy books, and an entire children's area.  You can also find book-related gifts and educational items - book-themed shirts, hats, and socks, funny and snarky candles, literary themed tea, baby gifts, tote bags, and book lights, as well as art and plush toys made by local artists.   Adventure Bound Books also offers programming - adult Book Clubs, Saturday morning Story Time, Storybook Camp in the summer, Kids' Nights In, and more - as well as a community room (that we affectionately refer to as the Room of Requirement) which offers opportunities for book clubs to meet, and a space for local writers to come and create.  We bring local and regional authors to town for book signings and conversations as well. 

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About Us

We are located at 120 N. Sterling St., in downtown Morganton, NC.
COVID Influenced Hours:
Mondays - Closed
Tuesdays - 11a.m. - 3p.m.
Wednesdays - 11a.m. - 3p.m.
Thursdays - 11a.m. - 3p.m.
Fridays - 11a.m. - 6p.m.
Saturdays - 10a.m. - 2p.m.
Sundays - Closed
Regular Hours:
Mondays - Closed
Tuesdays - 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Wednesdays - 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Thursdays - 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Fridays - 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Saturdays - 11a.m. - 5p.m.
Sundays - Closed
Contact us at 828-475-6955 or adventureboundbookstore@gmail.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Meet the Team

Meet our bookstore owner - Angela Shores!  Angela began reading in pre-school and hasn't stopped since!  She was the child who brought her book to the supper table, would be immersed in the current read so deeply that she often didn't hear anyone attempting to get her attention, and in middle school, sat with the other kids who brought their books to read at the lunch table.  You'll probably see her with her nose in a book if you ever run into her around town. 

Her passion for reading became a passion for learning which fueled the pursuit of her bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, and a little extra coursework along the way.  This excitement for books and learning sparked the idea for the bookstore.  She aspires to ignite a similar passion in others through books, programming, and conversations about the books everyone is reading as part of the Bookstore community.

In order to launch the new adventure, Angela is blending a background of retail experience, work as a mental health therapist and career counselor, and experience as a college professor.  From a decade of experience as a mental health therapist and college professor, she has learned how critical it is to develop strong relationships with others and has honed skills for inspiring in others a drive to learn and grow.  She brings the skills for getting to know people and develop relationships to the retail bookstore business because she believes it is more than a transactional relationship; it is more than trading a book for money.  Getting to know patrons, what their reading interests and preferences are, and relating to them around books and ideas is the foundation to a bookstore that serves the community in which it lives.  She also brings her skills in teaching and developing academic programs to her new bookstore life in order to plan events and programs for children, youth, and adults of all ages.

Volunteer Story Time Readers - bios coming soon!

Ms. Nancy Daniel

Ms. Laura Roberts

Ms. JoAnn Wells

We are conveniently located near several Downtown Morganton parking lots and on-the-street parking spaces.  To view parking options, check out the Downtown Morganton Map.  There are 2-Hour, 4-Hour, and All Day Parking options throughout the Downtown area.
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