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.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Blast From The Past (and the Present)

Buffalo Books
120 W. Buffalo
New Buffalo, MI 49117

What do you get when you combine a charming Lake Michigan coastal tourist town with fireworks? For the Redd family, that combination made for one fantastic vacation. Although he is a hobbyist, not a professional, my husband Jim is a certified pyrotechnician, and my son Culver and I are avid fans of his fireworks hobby. Each year for the past decade we have spent a week in August attending the Pyrotechnics Guild International annual convention where we enjoy hours of beautifully choreographed fireworks displays among other pyro delights. This year's convention was held for the first time in LaPorte, Indiana, just a little over two hours' drive from our home. We decided to spend the week at a nearby resort in New Buffalo, Michigan, on the shores of what we locals refer to as the Big Lake. After last year's convention in Fargo, North Dakota, it was quite a relief to have such a short drive, and the close proximity also afforded us the pleasure of having Culver's girlfriend Alysandra with us for a portion of the week.

"What does all this have to do with bookstores?" you are probably wondering. Well, no self-respecting bibliomaniac is going to be on vacation in a quaint tourist town without checking to see if there is a bookstore in the area. And I was in luck. As it turns out, New Buffalo is home to Buffalo Books, a delightful and interesting used bookstore with a truly fascinating owner. What's more, it was just a few blocks from our hotel.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Feed Your Body. Feed Your Mind.

Update: Almost exactly a year ago when I was a newbie in the world of blogging, I visited an impressive shop in Sand Lake, Michigan. (See Deception.) A year later, while I am no longer a newbie, I am still learning and growing as a blogger, and Bay Leaf Books is still an impressive and innovative store. Hats off to Bay Leaf Books. I just learned from the store Facebook page that their innovation extends to farm fresh brown eggs and organically grown vegetables. Who knew that purple jalapeƱo peppers even existed? Bay Leaf is truly a unique store. Check them out on their Facebook page at:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Like A Box Of Chocolates

Tammy's Bookworm
2645 Houghton Lake Drive
Houghton Lake, MI 48629

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Most of us are familiar with that iconic line from Forrest Gump. I think the saying can be applied equally to bookstores. You can't tell from the outside what awaits you on the inside. Well, okay, if it's a Barnes and Noble, you know precisely what you're going to get. Therein lies my fascination with independent bookstores, each one unique with its own delightful story to tell. Just such a store is Tammy's Bookworm in the northern Michigan vacation town of Houghton Lake.

Store owner Tammy Jones
Traveling along the busy drive beside the shores of Houghton Lake, it would be easy to miss this shop with its simple, unassuming exterior. But you'd be missing out. Tammy's is a used bookstore with much to offer and proves the point that with small bookstores, like life, you never know what you're gonna get.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Astronomical Delight

Saturn Booksellers
133 W. Main Street
Gaylord, MI 49735

Very early in the morning on Monday, August 6, at 1:31 ET to be exact, the scientific world applauded as NASA's Curiosity Mars Rover made what was by all accounts, a perfect landing. Soon after, it began sending photos back to Earth. By pure coincidence, not 48 hours prior to this magnificent achievement, I experienced my own style of astronomical curiosity when I had the good fortune to visit not Mars, but Saturn--Saturn Booksellers that is. For curious bibliomaniacs like me, this unique bookstore in Gaylord, Michigan, is out of this world.

About an hour's drive from Michigan's beautiful Mackinac Bridge, Gaylord is located in the heart of the northern lower peninsula on the 45th parallel in an area rich with golf courses, ski resorts, and scenic beauty. Saturn Booksellers is a longtime fixture in the town, serving the literary needs of the Gaylord area for the past 20 years or so. Now occupying its second location, the store has one of the most unique interiors I have come across. It's not every day that you find a log cabin in the middle of a bookstore.