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 21, 2011

All Aboard!

Reading Books
27 S. Squires Street
Rockford, MI 49341
616-866-1319
http://www.booksinrockford.com/

Take a ride on the Reading! No, I'm not talking about the Reading Railroad of Monopoly fame. To be sure, this Reading Railroad sits on iron rails, and yes, it has train cars. But this particular Reading Railroad has books, and a ticket to browse is free. This railroad is a nostalgic used bookstore called Reading Books. My traveling companion on this one-of-a-kind trip was my writer friend Tim. Our conductor, somewhat under the weather, but nonetheless friendly and accommodating was owner, Kim VerHage. Step aboard Reading Books for a unique adventure in train travel.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

King's Castle, Part II

John K. King
Used and Rare Books
901 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
313-961-0622
www.rarebooklink.com

What could possibly compare with four remarkable floors containing over 900,000 books? I was about to find out.  (If you haven't yet read Part I of King's Castle, I suggest you do so before continuing with this post. Click HERE to learn how this expedition began.)

And now, the King Books adventure continues . . .

I had completed my purchases and was wrapping up my visit when who should arrive on the scene? It was none other than John K. King himself. How did I ascertain the identity of this notable personage? Let me back up a moment to provide some important background and introductions.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

King's Castle, Part I

John K. King
Used and Rare Books
901 W. Lafayette Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
313-961-0622
www.rarebooklink.com

From the small-town charm of Montague to the fast-paced excitement of downtown Detroit, one of the great joys of hunting independent bookstores is their broad variety in style and location, each with its own unique appeal. While it may be known as the "Motor City," Detroit is also home to a king, for within its storied downtown area, surrounded by a mote of highways and busy city streets, stands a mighty fortress of the printed word. This four-story structure, once a glove factory, now houses the largest bookstore in Michigan, John K. King Books. Not by any means knightly in manner or countenance, I felt somewhat intimidated by the imposing brick facade. Remembering, however, that the pen is mightier than the sword, I was compelled to storm this castle to discover what riches lay therein.