Abalabix Books Is Now Open!

Brink Street Market
30 N Williams St, Unit A
Downtown Crystal Lake
(located on the parking lot side of the shopping center)



Tues – Fri: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm
Sunday: 10am to 2pm
Monday: Closed

Holiday Gift Ideas

Popular Titles

Holiday Gift Books

From inspirational life lessons to movie-tie-in editions, we’ve got something for everyone. You don’t want to miss out on these action-packed themes. Treat your shelves to these top titles.

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Cooking, Food and Cookbooks

Cooking, Food and Cookbooks

From holiday baking to festive meals to comfort food and more, we’ve got something for every home chef! You don’t want to miss out on these action-packed themes. Treat your shelves to these top titles.

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Health and Wellness Books

Health and Wellness Gift Books

From healthy eating to career transformation to home organization and more, these books are sure to inspire a bold new year. Usher in 2022 by treating your shelves to these top titles.

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If you see any books you like, please stop by or give us a call, 815-893-6653, and we’ll be more than happy to check if we have them in the store. If we don’t, we can absolutely order them for you! Or you can order them, and have them shipped directly to you, from our page on bookshop.org.

Upcoming Events

Sip & Shop Fundraiser

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We can’t thank you enough!

Our Grand Opening was a huge success and we can’t thank our Crystal Lake community enough! Your kind words of gratitude and encouragement for our little bookstore were, and continue to be, amazing and uplifting. As they say, we hope this is the start of a beautiful relationship.

In order to serve you in as many ways as we can, please know that we offer curbside delivery. Whether you placed an order in the store or on the phone with us, we can take payment over the phone and then bring your books out to your car.

And if for some reason you can’t make it into the store, like, idk, you live in Florida or something, you can continue to support us by shopping through our page on bookshop.org.

We truly appreciate and value your business and hope that we can be of service for many, many years to come!

Happy reading!
Diane (and George)

It’s a Local Thing. It’s a Community Thing.

You probably never think about it but when you support a local business you are not just supporting that business, you are also supporting all of the small, local, independent businesses that they support. Small businesses make up over 99% of the businesses in this country and when you support a small business, on average 67 cents of every dollar stays in your community.

Abalabix Books is proud to support the following merchants:

  • Baldwin Web Design
  • DowntownCL.org
  • Fastsigns (independently owned and operated)
  • George Roach & Associates, CPAs
  • McGrath Printing
  • Howell’s Flooring and More
  • Men in Paint
  • VENTUREWRITE Social Media Marketing
  • The Waggoner Law Firm

We look forward to seeing this list grow and grow as we become an integral part of the Crystal Lake business community.

Abalaba who?

So, no, you’re not crazy. “Abalabix” is not a real word. But it is a word that resonates with my family and makes us smile every time we think about it or say it.

When trying to decide what to name my bookstore, I, of course, began by Googling every literary or reading type name that I could think of. One that I almost used, were it not for the copyright of the great Mr. Ray Bradbury, was “Stuff Your Eyes” in reference to a passage in Fahrenheit 451, “Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world.”

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