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.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Share: Extreme Book Lover

Wow! Book lovers all over the world would love to have a home like the one built by these bibliomaniacs in Japan. They designed their entire house around bookshelves to store and display their revered print possessions. Requiring a ladder to reach the top shelves, it's not just huge; it's also earthquake proof. Color me green with envy.

More pictures and the complete story are here:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

One Book, One Community

Reading a book as a group is a great way to bring a community together, and community reads seem to be popping up all over the place. This makes the librarian in me very happy. Last summer I wrote about a Muskegon area project centered around Timothy Egan's Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher, which was also a selected title for the book club I attend. Then this fall The Friends of the Montague Library and The Friends of the White Lake Community Library collaborated on a One Book, One Community undertaking featuring Michigan author, John Smolens and his book, Wolf's Mouth. As with the Muskegon area read, the Smolens book was a featured selection of my book club, and our usual meeting was attended not just by the regular club members, but also by a crowd of interested White Lake area readers and participants in the community read.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Old Store, New Store

Stirling Books & Brew
119 N Superior Street
Albion, MI 49224

Always look on the bright side of life. Every cloud has a silver lining. When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. I don't want to be cliché here, but a few years back I made a New Year's resolution to have an attitude of gratitude and not let the negative stuff bog me down. Okay, easier said than done, but when I remember to apply this thinking, it is amazingly helpful. Recently I had a great opportunity to find the silver lining and make some lemonade.

My husband was scheduled to take a work trip to Asia, and I had planned to drive him to the airport in his car so that I could take it in for repairs while he was gone. Well, I ended up driving him to the airport alright, but not in his car and not to our local airport. As it turned out, his originating flight was delayed such that he would not be able to make his connection in Detroit. So what else could we do? We drove the 140 miles to Detroit. Since we had just returned the night before from a great, yet exhausting trip to Atlanta for a wedding, we were both tired, cranky, and on edge. The last thing I wanted to do was spend another five hours in the car. I really needed to make some lemonade out of this sour situation. What can always brighten my mood? A bookstore, of course. After dropping my husband off, I was already two hours from home with nobody but the cat expecting me for dinner. The perfect time to take a slight detour for a bookstore I had been meaning to visit. My mood brightened immediately as I drove away from Detroit and toward Albion, home of Stirling Books & Brew.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Bookstores In Advertising?

There are books about bookstores. There are movies about bookstores. There is even a Monty Python sketch about a bookstore. And now there is a new FedEx commercial about a bookstore, Conspiracy Books. This creative 30-second spot is so well put together I had to share it. From the opening shot featuring the exterior of the store to the paranoid woman behind the desk sporting a t-shirt that says “Greetings from Area 51,” this ad immediately caught my attention and prompted me to look for it on Youtube then watch it repeatedly. How else would I have been able to ascertain the hilarious names of these books offered for sale:
Did the 15th Century Happen?
Follow the Chemtrails
Healthy Paranoia
Who's Really Pulling the Levers?
Did 1971 Happen?
Dinosaurs Built the Pyramids
and my favorite, They Control ALL from Shaking Ceiling Fans to Unanswered Text Messages.
A nice added touch is the small sign on the cash register picturing a helicopter above the words, TRUST NO ONE.”

What a fun bookstore this would be to visit!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Intersection of Art and Books

“What most attracts you to a book's construction? The dust jacket? The binding? The end papers, paper or font? The inside illustrations, a ribbon place holder, a colophon? The scent of fresh ink, the crispness of the paper, the texture of a deckle-edge? Each part of a book's anatomy contributes to our sensual delight as readers and as artists.” These words are from a call to artists by Three Pines Studio for its exhibition, Anatomy of the Book, Deconstructed/Reconstructed, a special display in support of the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. When last I left you (see previous post), I had just reached the apex of a glorious drive along M-119, the Tunnel of Trees, and on the recommendation of Katie Capaldi Boeckl, I was about to visit this art installation. And an impressive visit it would be.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Scenic Beauty and a Bookstore

Suddenly it was mid September. As with most summers, the weeks had flown by faster than the Road Runner escaping the clutches of the Coyote. Beep beep! It's gone. Before I even had a chance to take a road trip, it was over. But wait. This year summer decided to hang on for a few extra weeks. What luck.
Since I'm retired, my summer is dictated by the weather, not the calendar. So when September 19 arrived with the promise of sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70's, I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a road trip after all. For quite some time friends had been telling me about scenic Michigan Highway 119, otherwise known as the Tunnel of Trees, and this was the perfect day to do it. And on my way, I decided that this would also be a great time to stop in Harbor Springs and revisit a lovely little bookstore, Between the Covers.