About This Blog

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Big Apple in San Francisco

GREEN APPLE Books
506 Clement St. @ 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-387-2272

“Content: pleased and satisfied, not needing more.” Webster's definition aptly describes my state of mind after two and a half lovely days and three great bookstores in the remarkable city of San Francisco. (See City Lights, Russian Hill, and Alexander.) I had taken full advantage of some delightful weather to venture forth within a reasonable radius of our hotel. With decidedly gloomier conditions forecast for the remainder of our time in the City, I was indeed content with the bookstore experiences I had enjoyed. But in the back of my mind was a recommendation I had received from Bonnie Stuppin during my visit to Alexander Book Company. “You must go to Green Apple,” she said. Perhaps on my next trip to San Francisco, I thought. But as luck would have it, I awoke the next morning to a sky with just enough blue to give me hope that I might be able to sneak in one more bookstore, and off I went. After all, when a bookstore owner recommends another store, I take that very seriously.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

On Shaky Ground


Alexander Book Company
50 Second Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-495-2992

One more day. According to the local forecast in San Francisco, I had only one more day of agreeable weather before mother nature would swap cool rain for the sunny skies and pleasant temperatures I had enjoyed so far. One more day—one more bookstore. This time, however, I was determined not to encounter any more severe hill climbs (see previous post), opting instead to exercise my newly acquired Uber skills. So I fired up my app, and a few short minutes later (Uber drivers are plentiful in San Francisco.) I was on my way downtown to Alexander Book Company.

Monday, March 20, 2017

An Easy Walk

Russian Hill Bookstore
2234 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-929-0997

There's nothing quite like visiting a bookstore that has been on my bucket list for several years. (See previous post.) Likewise, there's nothing quite like discovering a charming bookstore completely new to me. After my tour of San Francisco's City Lights, I still had plenty of sunny afternoon left for exploration and, according to Google, plenty of possibilities. I settled on one that judging by the map looked to be an easy walk, and off I went to Russian Hill Bookstore. I was enjoying a pleasant stroll through a section of Chinatown . . . and then . . . suddenly before me loomed the all-too-obvious inspiration for the name, Russian Hill. To call this a steep slope would be rather like calling War and Peace just a book. San Francisco natives, I'm sure, would chuckle, but bear in mind that I am from Michigan. We have beautiful sand dunes and maybe some ski hills with such a severe pitch, but not sidewalks. With no end in sight!! Nevertheless, I pressed on in the firm belief that the cross street I needed was just a couple of blocks away. Five blocks later, I encountered an even steeper portion of this “hill,” so steep in fact that the sidewalk became a stair case. That's right. A sidewalk of steps! Ready to meet the challenge, I continued on, thinking that this bookstore had better be worth such bodily aggravation.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

City Lights In the Afternoon

City Lights
Booksellers and Publishers
261 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94133
415-362-8193

Often referred to as a literary landmark and one of the best independent bookstores in the country, City Lights in San Francisco has been on my bookstore bucket list for several years. What a pleasure it was to finally have a chance to visit this famous bastion of alternative culture. As I mentioned in an earlier post, my husband was scheduled to attend a conference in the City by the Bay, so I took the opportunity to tag along. San Francisco is full of bookstores, and I would eventually visit four of them. (More posts to come.) But of course, City Lights was the very first stop on my whirlwind bookstore tour.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Just for Fun

Attention all readers who have read and loved Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights or any title by one of the famous Bronte sisters. This YouTube creation is for you. Actually, you may have already seen it. It's fairly old. I'd say it qualifies as an oldie, but goodie. As a matter of fact, even if you haven't read any Bronte books, this is still fun. I love it when the classics inspire fun. Enjoy!