About

Used books & zines, handmade journals, custom cases & repair.

We believe in doing things the old-fashioned way and are passionate about well-made and handmade books. Our namesake, Tom Bombadil, comes from Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, and was a happy, good-natured fellow who lived alongside a river. We strive for our shop, and online interactions, to always embody Bombadil’s spirit and happy nature.

Bombadil Books is co-owned and operated by Tim Albon and Danielle Alexander. We were a brick and mortar shop located at 315 Division in Grand Rapids, MI from 2015-2016 and are currently seeking a new location! In the meantime, you can shop online or catch us at a local pop-up event.

Thank you for supporting our little shop!

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About the Owners

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Tim Albon was born and raised in Columbus, OH and is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, where he had a triple concentration in fine arts, ceramics, and printmaking. It was at OWU that Tim learned the craft of bookmaking and preservation. Tim’s spirit animal is Ron Swanson, and his favorite books include anything Star Wars, anything with a good typeface, and pretty much all science fiction.

Danielle Alexander was born and raised in White Cloud, MI and is a graduate of Aquinas College, where she majored in English and minored in Creative Writing. Her favorite books include anything inscribed and/or those written by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bonnie Jo Campbell, and Elizabeth Gilbert. Leslie Knope is her spirit guide, as evidenced by her binder-making and love for local nonprofits.

Mugs is our handsome, rascal pug mix. Head of Customer Service & Unsolicited Kisses.