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, May 30, 2012

A Bookstore And So Much More

The Bookstore
391 River Street
Manistee, MI

One of the luxuries retirement affords me is the ability to spend time at the family cottage during the week when most of the people on the lake have gone home to school and jobs. It's not exactly schadenfreude, although I must admit that I do derive a small amount of satisfaction from the fact that when I do return home, my departure will be dictated largely by the weather forecast rather than the commitments of employment. But the real luxury is the peace, the tranquility, and the joy that comes from setting my own schedule. I can enjoy a late breakfast on the deck during what would have been second hour and then go for a walk around our small, 40-acre lake during third hour.

Time at the cottage with no commitments comes with yet another advantage. The cottage is in a prime location for more than just sun and swimming. The nearest town, Baldwin, Michigan, is situated within a reasonable drive to many small Michigan tourist towns, and such towns, I have discovered, are often home to interesting small bookstores. Those who have been readers of my blog since I began this journey 10 months ago, will remember that my very first post concerned just such a town, Ludington. (See The Book Mark) Recently, I took the opportunity to visit Manistee, another charming tourist town less than an hour from the cottage. It was there that I visited a delightful establishment called simply The Bookstore. I would soon learn that it is much more than that simple name implies.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sunshine On A Cloudy Day

Bestsellers Books & Coffee Co.
On The Courthouse Square
360 Jefferson St.
Mason, MI 48854

I've been very lucky. So many times when I have paid a visit to a new bookstore, I have enjoyed blue skies and remarkable weather. But you can't have a perfect day every day. Sometimes there are clouds, and even a little rain. On a rather bleak morning in April, I set out for the small town of Mason, Michigan, a short drive from Michigan State University where my son is a graduate student. Later in the day I would be meeting him for lunch. Meanwhile, during the hour or so that it took to drive from my home to Mason, I was just hoping that the impending rain would hold off long enough for me to locate Bestsellers, Books and Coffee Co.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Share--More Fantastic Book Art

Once again Bay Leaf Books (see Bay Leaf ) has shared a link to some spectacular
book art.

Check this out: Book Paintings by Mike Stilkey