115 S. Mitchell Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
The wailing call of a loon on a still summer evening, a baby laughing, the subtle flutter of book pages being turned--all ear candy to me. The latter treat I enjoyed as I entered Horizon Books in Cadillac, Michigan. One patron, sitting in the comfortable cafe area next to the fireplace, was engrossed in a book while others with laptops were taking advantage of the free WiFi.
The bright, cheery space drew me in immediately.
My favorite thing about Horizon Books is the large, colorful children's area. Its raised platform seating carpeted in vibrant colors invites children to flip through one of the many picture books on display. In addition patrons will find a children's nonfiction section as well as books designated as intermediate reading. Special displays abound. On the day of my visit, for example, there was an interesting summer display entitled "Boredom Busters" as well as a "Welcome to Michigan" display. There is a large selection of games and puzzles, and stuffed animals are everywhere. They sit nestled amongst the books, on shelves of their own, as part of special displays, and they adorn the tops of shelves along with gift items.
Horizon Books also houses a fine selection of YA (young adult) books. The usual titles I expect to see are there--Twilight, Pendragon, Hunger Games, Maximum Ride. But I also discovered a James Patterson series called Daniel X that was completely new to me. You just never know what you're going to come across in an independent bookstore. They can be full of surprises. That's one of the things that makes them so delightful, the thought of printed treasure waiting to be discovered.
The store's great signage led me through the usual adult areas--nonfiction, poetry, romance--through a
reading/study area with tables to a generous selection of periodicals at the back of the store. After my initial investigation of the space, I purchased a coffee and scone from the cafe and enjoyed it at a small table by the fireplace while I checked my email. Nearby a small group of people also took advantage of the free wifi to engage in a Skype visit with a distant relative.
For my purchase on this bookstore trip, I decided on two books. My son is a big fan of Christopher Moore, so I purchased Fluke, a book by that author which I know my son has not read. I also purchased a book for myself. Last winter while I was still working as a high school librarian, I started The Help, but found I had little time to read it what with all the other things I was reading. I ended up cataloging it in the high school library telling myself I would get another copy and read it during the summer. Well, summer is here, so I purchased a paperback copy of The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It is next on my list of things to read, and when I read it, I will remember my visit to Horizon Books in Cadillac.